Roundtable: Homelessness And Hep A, Fire Season Looms, Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Settlement
Friday, September 15, 2017
Emergency Measures Downtown, Fire Season Looms, Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Settlement
Lisa Halverstadt, reporter, Voice of San Diego
J. Harry Jones, reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
Susan Murphy, reporter, KPBS News
Peter Rowe, reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego took emergency steps this week to ease the homeless crisis. City officials announced a return to a program they ended in 2015: the temporary tent shelters. They also started power-washing the sidewalks downtown, an area the county has referred to as a "fecally contaminated environment."
These measures come the same week a 16th person has died in the region from Hepatitis A. The outbreak started last November, and has hit the homeless population particularly hard.
-Are the measures the city is now taking going to be enough?
-Has the city lagged in dealing with this crisis?
Fire season is here, but thanks to a wet winter and summer showers, San Diego is not as dry as last year.
But the rest of the West has had a brutal summer. Some 47,000 wildfires have scorched 8 million acres across the nation, with much of the destruction in Oregon, Montana and California. That means fire personnel normally stationed locally are helping up north, and the region could be competing for resources.
Fire officials have also noted that in the last decade, fires are bigger and more destructive than ever before. And, the traditional fire season is now basically year-round.
-How has San Diego's traditional "fire season" changed in the last decade?
-What areas of the county are most vulnerable?
10 YEARS LATER: SAN DIEGO CATHOLIC SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL SETTLEMENT
Ten years ago, the San Diego Catholic Diocese agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle lawsuits with 144 adults, who were sexually abused as children by church leaders.
The Diocese has implemented safeguards to protect kids. Employees now undergo background checks, and students and parents are taught how to recognize predators.
But even the Bishop, who took over in 2015, has said the problem is not completely solved. He told San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Peter Rowe "It will never go away, it is part of human nature."
-What changes has the church made, and are they effective?
-Are victims satisfied with the outcome?
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