Roundtable: Asylum Seeking Family Split Apart
Friday, March 1, 2019
Erik Anderson, reporter, KPBS News
Kate Morrissey, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Father of Congolese family faces deportation
In 2017, Constantin Bakala and his family fled the Democratic Republic of Congo fearing political violence. After enduring a harrowing journey through nearly a dozen countries, they arrived at the San Ysidro Port of Entry where Bakala was separated and sent to a detention center in Georgia. His wife and seven children remain in San Diego. Now that Bakala is facing imminent deportation, his family is making a plea to the courts to reopen his asylum case.
Local governments move forward on community choice energy
The San Diego region took some important steps this week toward potentially offering a government-run alternative to SDG&E. The city of San Diego will reach out to neighboring cities to develop a community choice aggregation plan. Separately, the county board of supervisors voted unanimously to begin an official feasibility study. Supporters of community choice aggregation say it can help reduce consumer prices and help the region meet its climate goals.
SDSU announces stadium partnership
SDSU has awarded a $250 million contract to Clark Construction, the same company behind the building of Petco Park and many other modern stadiums around the country. After the passage of Measure G, SDSU is in the process of undergoing a land purchase and environmental review that will allow the university to begin work on the SDSU West project. The centerpiece would be a new 35,000 seat facility where SDCCU Stadium currently stands.
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