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Roundtable: Mayoral Debate, Border Death Video, AG Reverses Kruzan Position

Evening Edition

John Carlos Frey, a journalist with the Gatekeeper Foundation, talks to KPBS about deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Aired 4/20/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests: Craig Gustafson, UT-San Diego

Amita Sharma, KPBS News

John Carlos Frey, Freelance Journalist


Mayoral Debate -- The four leading candidates for mayor of San Diego faced questioners and each other in the KPBS studios Thursday. This mayor's race is the closest in at least eight years. Polling has Carl DeMaio at 28 percent, Nathan Fletcher at 26 percent, Bob Filner at 20 and Bonnie Dumanis at 13 percent.

The candidates were asked about plans to implement pension reform; creating an improved transportation plan; helping small businesses; improving employment; and the Chargers stadium.

Bob Filner was asked what a Filner adminstration would be like since he has not as yet released any policy initiatives. Nathan Fletcher was asked if he anticipates re-joining the GOP. Katie Orr asked Carl DeMaio why he voted to support changing the booking of conventions to ConVis. Craig Gustafson asked Bonnie Dumanis what her political identity is.

Video In Border Death Surfaces –- New video has surfaced of the May 2010 death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas at the San Ysidro border crossing. The death was ruled a homicide by the San Diego County Coroner. Border agents said Hernandez became out-of-control after they caught him crossing into the U.S.illegally and attempted to return him to Mexico. He was tasered and, some allege, beaten.

The new video, taken from above the scene, shows Hernandez-Rojas on the ground surrounded by a scrum of agents, one of whom is seen to tase him.

Border agents are part of Homeland Security and not subject to the same public scrutiny as police. In the last two years, eight people have been killed along the border under disputed circumstances. The video is part of a new documentary on the use of excessive force by border agents airing tonight at 8:30 on Need To Know on KPBS.

Harris Reverses Self in Kruzan Case –- State Attorney General Kamala Harris has reversed her position in the Sara Kruzan case. Kruzan killed her pimp when she was 16 and spent 17 years in prison. Her horrific life included being molested, kicked out at 11, gang-raped at 13 and then pimped out the same year.

The AG's original opinion, delivered to the California Supreme Court for a habeas corpus hearing, said that Kruzan's relationship with her pimp was at best financial and professional. Therefore she wasn't a victim of domestic violence and not entitled to early release.

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laplayaheritage | April 20, 2012 at 8:29 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

When Nathan Fletcher made the midnight deal in Sacramento to end CCDC's Cap, Fletcher also went along with Mayor Sanders, CCDC, and the downtown developer's plan to not increase the Affordable Housing Set Aside from 20 percent to 30 percent minimum for Redevelopment Plan Amendments. Literally taking and annual $15 million cash from the poor and homeless to subsidize luxury projects including a new NFL Stadium.

Nathan Fletcher, Mayor Sanders, and CCDC's move to steal from the poor brought scrutiny on themselves and helped end Redevelopment throughout California.

Plus Nathan Fletcher went around the Redevelopment Board of Directors, our City Council, specifically our downtown Councilman Kevin Faulconer, and City Attorney Goldsmith to make the midnight deal with CCDC development interests without public input from communities of need. With this BOLD move, Fletcher essentially stole Councilman Faulconer's place as the future star of the Republican Party. Lowering Councilman Faulconer's chance to run for Mayor in 2012.

Months later, Fletcher was betrayed by Mayor Sanders and the downtown Republican elite who back Dumanis for Mayor.

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laplayaheritage | April 20, 2012 at 8:36 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Congressman Filner promised to end Homelessness in San Diego through the use of former Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Tax Increment (TI). In late December 2011, Congressman Bob Filner was on KUSI News in San Diego and was asked his view on Redevelopment’s death.

Congressman Filner talked about the repayment of misappropriated $150 million in Federal HUD Debt including CDBG and Section 108 loans siting in now the City of San Diego’s RDA bank account that could be used immediately for Veterans Homeless with the help and approval of the State of California.

Attached on Pages 3 and 4 please find a letter from Congressman Filner to Governor Brown requesting the misappropriated/stolen Federal HUD funds be return through an Accelerated Repayment Schedule specifically to end Homelessness amongst Veterans in San Diego

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judgesmails_1 | April 21, 2012 at 9:26 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Re Kruzan. Earth to KPBS - the issue before the CSC is not whether Kruzan should be "entitled to an early release." It's whether she can prove that she should get a new trial. And, keep in mind that all of the assertions as to Kruzan's "horrific life" have come from Kruzan. Given KPBS's Kruzan Crusade, it should would be nice to see KPBS offer some independent evidence substantiating this. Maybe John Gardner should draft a declaration stating that he only killed those girls because he was a sex slave. I guess we'll have to immediately let him out. Or does KPBS require a pretty face to accompany the claim?

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