San Diego News Matters
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Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration says it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border. So what does that mean for asylum-seekers in Tijuana? Plus, San Diego City Council approves a new law requiring gun owners to lock up their guns and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot campaigns for reelection.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System plans to spend $34 million for a new “tap-and-go” fare collection system. Plus, despite a new state law aimed at increasing transparency of police investigations, the public will not be able to access records detailing the case of an officer killing a man armed with only a pen. Also on today’s podcast, a large San Diego-based tuna fishing operation is slashing the size of its fleet by more than half and a former La Mesa pastor files a civil rights lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.
This week, the list of migrants waiting to enter the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry reached over 9,000. Plus, President Trump abandons his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Vice President Mike Pence visits San Diego navy bases and the family of a man who was shot and killed by San Diego police in 2015 has their suit reinstated by a federal appeals court.
A local archive space in University Heights is home to much of San Diego’s LGBTQ history. Hear what’s inside. Plus, despite a growing Latino middle class, California families face hurdles getting there; Scripps researchers take the lead in a $129 million grant for HIV vaccine research; and a teenage girl from Alpine meets the kidney donor who saved her life.
San Diego's winters may start seeing fewer but more intense storms as the planet's climate changes. Plus, migrants from Cameroon seeking asylum in the U.S. protest the immigration process in Tijuana, California’s Latino middle class is growing and a Carlsbad-based jazzercise club turns 50.
A judge has refused to dismiss charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial outside of San Diego. Plus, in addition to the Congressman’s legal woes, Hunter posed for a photo with an alleged white supremacist over the Fourth of July. Also today, San Diego restaurants are working to comply with a new plastic straw ban and San Diego Habitat for Humanity is using a national campaign promoting housing policy reforms to push for a $900 million affordable housing bond proposed for the city's 2020 ballot.
UCSD Doctor Resigns After inewsource Raised Questions About His China Business Ties And More Local News
A renowned UCSD eye doctor who is part of a Chinese recruitment program under FBI scrutiny has resigned amid inewsource's questions about his foreign government affiliations and businesses. Plus, East County Congressman Duncan Hunter is expected back in court Monday to convince a judge to dismiss the case alleging his illegal use of campaign funds; a group of researchers from San Diego are using robots to help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease; and residents in Lincoln Park celebrate the evolution of their neighborhood.
The Port of San Diego is making improvements to Seaport Village with the hopes of bringing more people to the bay front destination. Plus, a new report says the Pentagon isn’t doing enough to protect military bases from sea level rise; scientists in Carlsbad are using light-based technology to identify lab-grown diamonds; and two new independent films open for the 4th of July weekend — Midsommar and Ophelia.
The 4th of July fireworks show, which features more than four tons of explosives, kicks off at 9 p.m. Plus, a law intended to increase public access to police records does not apply to cases of officers killing people in accidental car crashes, according to the San Diego Police Department; and a Navy SEAL who was acquitted of killing a wounded Islamic State captive but convicted of posing with the corpse was sentenced by a military jury Wednesday to a reduction in rank and four months of confinement.
A military jury on Tuesday acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. Plus, a fifth child sick with E. coli possibly linked to the San Diego County Fair has been reported; the Airport Authority has announced a $500M funding pact with airlines for transit projects; and a growing enclave of millennials is choosing van life as an alternative to a 9-to-5 job and a mortgage.