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Kehoe Withdraws Request To Audit Controversial Escondido Checkpoints

On Tuesday afternoon State Senator Christine Kehoe's office withdrew her request for a state audit of Escondido's drivers license and sobriety checkpoint program. She issued the following statement:

Aired 8/7/12 on KPBS News.

State Senator Christine Kehoe withdrew a request for a state audit of Escondido checkpoints.


Kehoe Audit Request

Kehoe Audit Request

Senator Christine Kehoe request for state audit of Escondido checkpoint program.

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"I have decided to withdraw the audit request for the checkpoint impound practices in the City of Escondido. The State Auditor reviewed my request and raised concerns that this audit would be duplicative of a statewide audit that she completed earlier this year on sobriety checkpoints. I hope that the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the Legislature will explore other ways to bring more transparency to this situation."

Kehoe had planned to ask a state legislative committee to decide whether to launch an audit of Escondido's controversial sobriety and drivers license checkpoint program, which has long been criticized by immigrant rights activists who say the police department uses the checkpoints to target undocumented immigrants.

Earlier this year, the ACLU said it was concerned the city was profiting from the checkpoints by overcharging drivers whose cars were impounded, in violation of state rules.

Following those accusations, Escondido conducted its own audit of the program and concluded that its fees were justified.

In her original letter requesting a state audit, Kehoe said the city’s internal report raised more questions than answers, and said a state audit would ensure full transparency.

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Avatar for user 'Roberto Rolando Salinas'

Roberto Rolando Salinas | August 7, 2012 at 6:12 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

I want to thank Senator Kehoe for her attention to this most serious matter. Escondido needs more audits focusing on their blatant discriminatory policing and anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant policies and procedures. Mayor Sam Abed and Police Chief Jim Maher, can try and convince the public that their policies are not targeted at Mexican or Mexican looking people, but Sen. Kehoe, the ACLU, and former law enforcement officers know profiling when they see it. Shameful racist policies alive and well in Escondido, I for one will not spend a penny of my money in Escondido and have encouraged my friends and relatives to do the same.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 7, 2012 at 8:11 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Over the years the city of Escondido, and in particular the Esc. police department, have been in the news - civil rights concerns here, charges of corruption there; police misconduct here, defensive and hostile public officials there.

It sounds like this whole town is under one big veil of corruption - - I hope for the sake of the people of Escondido they one day get a top to bottom cleaning where all politicians and law enforcement officials are replaced with non-corrupt individuals.

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Roberto Rolando Salinas | August 8, 2012 at 11:27 a.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Very disappointing that Sen. Kehoe has withdrawn her audit request. She is one of the few elected officials that has continually challenged those seeking to violate the rights of the public. Her call for more transparency in government is welcomed, but as we have witnessed in Escondido, they work more effectively under a cover of darkness.

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Missionaccomplished | August 8, 2012 at 1:14 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Salinas, why do your posts contradict themselves?

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | August 8, 2012 at 2:32 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago


I can't speak for Mr. Salinas, but my guess is that he first commented on an earlier version of the story. If you click on the date above the byline you'll see the earlier reporting. I know it's not obvious that you get more info if you click on that link. We have it on our list of items to fix.

Anyway... My guess is that his first comment was related to this: His second comment was in response to the story you see now.

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Missionaccomplished | August 8, 2012 at 7:20 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank you.

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