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Faith Leaders And Politicians Condemn Act Of ‘Hate’ In Poway Deadly Synagogue Shooting And More Local News

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Following the deadly shooting Saturday at a synagogue in Poway, faith leaders and politicians were quick to condemn the shooting as an act of hate. Plus: The San Diego Association of Governments has unveiled a broad framework for its next regional transportation plan; the ancient European festival known as Walpurgis Night or Witches' Night takes place April 30 to May 1; a bill that would require cities and counties to issue cannabis retail licenses if a majority of residents voted for Proposition 64 and more news from San Diego and California.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's April 29th I'm Deb Welsh and you are listening to San Diego news matters. On Sunday, San Diegans of many faiths were coming to terms with a deadly shooting in a sacred place. Three people were wounded and one killed in a Jewish synagogue called the Habbat of Poway. One of those injured was rabbi Israel Calls Dean who lost a finger after being shot in the hand.

Speaker 2: 00:24 I will never forget yesterday my list be singer forever. Scar me physically what it's going to remind me how vulnerable we are and also how he ROIC. Each one of us can be

Speaker 1: 00:40 the man accused in the shooting, which took the life of 60 year old Lori K is 19 year old John Ernest. He was arrested after fleeing the scene and is now in custody. Ron At lab, one of the founding members of the synagogue said many of the members are still in shock or not surprised by acts of hate. We we know that we were a target by being Jewish. It doesn't stop us. Rabbi Goldstein said, people of all faiths are partners in creation at all. People must work to make the world a better place. Last week was a record week for the s and p 500, the Nasdaq and other stock indices KPBS as Maya trip Woolsey has more on what economists are predicting for the near future.

Speaker 3: 01:22 The markets have been hitting new highs, meaning good news for US companies and investors still reeling from the sharp drop in December and the Federal Reserve has held off on interest rate increases saying no more rate hikes will be coming this year. But SDSU marketing lecturer Miro Copec says, despite all these gains, economists still say the likelihood of a recession is very high. One reason the shape of a leading economic indicator, the yield.

Speaker 4: 01:50 Well, one of the things that happened earlier this month was that the yield curve inverted when the yield curve inverts the bond yield curve. Uh, it's a leading indicating signal of recession. It has never failed in the past to predict a recession.

Speaker 3: 02:04 Big says most economists predict a recession could hit in the middle to latter part of 2020 Maya, triple c k PBS news.

Speaker 1: 02:13 Mexico has long been Arizona's top trade partner now for the first time. Our southern neighbor is also the number one trade partner with the United States from [inaudible] Frontera, his desk and her Mussio Sonora Kendall plus reports

Speaker 4: 02:28 in January and February of this year, trade between Mexico and the United States accounted for 97 point $4 billion in imports and exports. That's about 15% of all US trade worldwide, surpassing both China and Canada for the first time. It's a very, very impressive and rapid growth in bilateral trade. Dunkin, what is director of the Mexico Institute, I think tank with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. He says Mexico's rise to the top and US trade relationships came sooner than experts. Trade has grown between the two countries. Despite recent steel tariffs and political tension over migration, he says, and US China trade disputes have led some US importers to shift to Mexican suppliers. Arizona's economy has depended on trade with Mexico for years. Says Glenn Hammer. He said of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Speaker 5: 03:19 What we're seeing nationally, this is the case in Arizona every day of the year.

Speaker 4: 03:24 The national numbers underscore the importance of the u s Mexico trade relationship with the rest of the country too. He says from MLC, Mexico, I'm Kendall blessed highspeed, public transit, managed freeway lanes, and shared electric vehicles. Those are a few of the elements unveil by Sandag as part of its long range transportation plan. Kpbs Metro reporter Andrew Bowen says it sparking some heated debate.

Speaker 6: 03:49 The county planning agency is required by state law to reduce car travel and greenhouse gas emissions. That's why executive director has sonic Krato says freeway widenings are not a priority, but he does want to help the freeways carry more people by investing in things like carpool lanes and bus only lanes. I think what people need to get away from is stop saying transit versus highway. We're looking at this as a system. These five big moves applied to the highway as much as it this to translate those five big moves also included an expansion of the rail network. The vision was mostly well received by Sandag board members, but several north and east county conservatives were skeptical. Same past promises of freeway widenings shouldn't be forgotten. Sandag hopes to have a cost estimate for its transportation plan in a few months. Andrew Bowen Kpbs News,

Speaker 4: 04:38 the ancient European festival known as which is night takes place. April 30th to May 1st comicon museum is hosting a two night event to explore, which is in history and pop culture. KPBS arts reporter Beth like a Mondo is moderating the event and has this preview

Speaker 7: 04:55 knight from April 30th to May 1st is the time when witches supposedly hold a celebration on Walburga snacked. It was a night when Christians would burn bonfires to ward off the evils of witches, but it was also a night thought to be a moment where which is would gathered together and celebrate their Sabbath that San Diego State University professor Elizabeth Pollard, she studies witches in a historical and literary context and we'll provide an illustrated lecture on Tuesday night at the comic Con Museum, her lecture. We'll also dig deep into pop culture to look at how witches are portrayed in films as varied as the wizard of Oz, Monty python and the holy grail and the witch. There'll be a screening and discussion at the 2015 period in nightmare, the which on Wednesday night plus people can see a rare 1494 book from the San Diego State University libraries special collection, the Malleus Alpha, if a car has caught the hammer of witches, it's a text that was created by two and it's essentially a witch hunting manual. The free event is listed as sold out by the comicon museum, but some seeds may become available on the nights of the event. That's like a Mondo

Speaker 1: 06:08 Kay PBS news. Uh, California lawmaker has a plan to take on, so called hot deserts, areas where cannabis sales are banned by local governments, capitol public radio. Scott Rod has the story

Speaker 8: 06:21 between 70 and 80% of cities and counties statewide have a ban on cannabis retail sales, but assembly member Phil Ting of San Francisco wants to change that. He recently introduced a bill that would require cities and counties were voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana to issue cannabis retail licenses.

Speaker 7: 06:38 What this bill does is ensure that people, that the voters who voted for prop 64 have access to cannabis, especially in the jurisdictions that approved it.

Speaker 8: 06:47 The bill would require issuing one cannabis license for every four liquor store licenses or one cannabis license per 10,000 people, whichever is lower. Ting says the proposal would ensure access for patients who rely on cannabis for medical purposes. The bill passed it's first committee this week from Sacramento. I'm Scott Rod

Speaker 1: 07:05 predicting when a heat wave or wildfire hits and California could be as easy as looking to an APP. Capital public radio's Ezra. David Romero explains

Speaker 9: 07:14 real time data from the campfire, got UC Berkeley Geography Professor Jeff Chambers Thinking California has all the tools for rapidly detecting wildfires, a weather satellites. It's above California taking photos about every five minutes and that's just one satellite collecting information. Data like this is already used while fires are raging, but chambers argues it could be put into app form, which he's modeled. We need some kind of a statewide way of coordinating this and these technological capabilities are an important part of helping to make that happen. His research shows the campfire at times consumed about 200 football fields every 30 minutes. He says a computer program could be easily made to actively search for hot spots and then be used to alert emergency responders and the public within as little as 15 minutes after flames are spotted in Sacramento. I'm as her David Romero,

Speaker 1: 08:08 the congregants of a synagogue attack Saturday vowed to move on a day after a gunman tore through their tight nit community. KPBS reporters, Steve Walsh follow the members of a Bot of Poway.

Speaker 10: 08:21 Bye Bye. Yes. Real Goldstein emerged Sunday from Habana Poway. After being released from the hospital, the rabbi had lost his index finger when he was shot by a gunman Saturday, both hands bandage. He recounted turning to see the gunman the morning of Passover services. Here is a young man standing with a rifle.

Speaker 7: 08:42 Yeah,

Speaker 10: 08:42 pointing right at me and I looked at him. He had sunglasses on. I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul. I froze at that moment. Members of the say 60 year old Lori Kay stepped in front of the gunmen and was killed leaving the rabbi only injured.

Speaker 2: 09:02 I will never forget yesterday my missing finger, well forever scar me physically, but its scope to remind me how vulnerable we are and also how he ROIC. Each one of us can be

Speaker 10: 09:18 19 year old John Ernest was arrested after fleeing the scene. He remains in custody. The mayor of Poway called it a hate crime to other people were wounded including an eight year old. Any members of the congregation live within a few blocks of the synagogue row live. One of the founding members stood outside the rabbi's son's home. She was a friend of the woman who was killed.

Speaker 1: 09:41 Me and my family and our community and anybody who has ever known her, I just blessed for for knowing her.

Speaker 10: 09:47 That says, much of the congregation is still in shock.

Speaker 1: 09:50 We're not surprised by acts of hate. We know that we were a target by being Jewish. That doesn't stop us and it will continue to stop us. We'll continue or, but it's more than how bout of power. This is affecting every synagogue in the United States is affecting every synagogue in the planet.

Speaker 10: 10:09 Other members gathered in the front yard away from the throngs of media assembled across the street from nearby Hubba Poway. Oscar Stewart had been inside the synagogue with his wife and stepdaughter, a veteran of both the navy and the army. Steward confronted the gunman. Normally he sits in the front.

Speaker 11: 10:27 That's why I say this is God's hand because I got up, I was standing in the back and then I heard the gunshot and I ran into the lobby and as soon as I saw I saw him and he fired two more rounds and I charged him. At that point, I yelled at that point and he, when he saw me, he dropped his weapon. He turned and ran. Okay.

Speaker 10: 10:45 Eventually, a member of the congregation who is a border patrol agent in the El Centro district ran out of the temple and began firing at the suspect.

Speaker 11: 10:54 One of the things that moved me was that we went up as soon as we were there. There's an Orthodox church right next door and they opened their doors immediately. Even though there was an active shooter, they opened their doors to our members immediately. So I think we're just going to be stronger and you know, I'm gonna make a tighter bond within the community.

Speaker 10: 11:11 At 2:00 PM today, Rabbi Goldstein will preside over the funeral of the woman who died. He says, Lori Kay's funeral will be the most difficult day of his career. Steve Walsh KPBS news

Speaker 1: 11:23 today in California, a quarter of households care for an elderly family member. That number is expected to rise. Seniors will make up one in five Californians by 2030 and experts say there won't be enough caregivers to help. As part of our series grain, California cal matters, Elizabeth Ag Yulara met a senior being cared for by his daughter, Frances. Rio's holds onto the dining room table and slowly starts to move his feet. The one year old used

Speaker 4: 11:54 to be a competitive ballroom dancer. Music because to remember is to live. He says like Glenn Miller, blue almost tango and all that. I used to dance and I'm happy even if I'm just laying down. Francisco has lived with his daughter, Christina Hernandez in Pomona for 15 years. When he first moved in, he was still fairly independent. He took care of the garden and walked his grandkids to school. He even went dancing regularly with the young neighbor who was a salsa dance instructor. She told people he was her grandfather. Now Age and illness have caught up to him. He has diabetes, a pacemaker, high blood pressure and Glaucoma. I'm became, she's illegal. Gorgon. I arranged debate for war, like power of attorney, the DNR since I'm the one that take him who did doctor and does Holly the game. Christina says caregiving is a tough round. The clock job in early winter, Francisco was admitted to the hospital for a week, so Christina slept there too.

Speaker 4: 12:58 There was a situation that I just end up in the bathroom and his room crying. I feel like, okay, I have to take the right sessions. We have to choose the right [inaudible]. You feel like his life, the fence on you becoming a caretaker has impacted every part of her life. At the beginning I was able to, okay, your kid. I going to go with my girlfriends to get some coffee and I will say, look to do that. Nowadays I don't have no social life. She's cut back her hours as a cashier at target. The state pays her minimum wage for about 22 hours of care a week, so the family depends on her husband's job and health insurance to get by. Today, like every day she makes her dad his favorite snack, a Taco floss it. Francisco says she helps me with everything she helps me be because I can't. I tell her, Christina, I'm an invalid, and she says, no, you're not. When he's feeling bad, Christina reassures him that he is needed. These days his chores include watching over the Guinea pigs and the dogs.

Speaker 4: 14:09 He says, when Christina comes from work, he gets up. He feels more secure that way. Taking care of her father isn't something Christina ever imagined. I didn't grow up with him. I didn't have our relationship, so it'll us kind of like a surprise for me. Take me a little bit of time to get used to that situation. Having him leaving with me. She calls him Pocco instead of Dad, but over time they've gotten to know each other and now neither of them would have it any other way. I see myself taking care of he till I can. I have think about it. You know, like what if he get older lists? They helpfully, he make it to the hungry

Speaker 1: 14:53 in Los Angeles. I'm Elizabeth [inaudible]. Lara. This story comes to us from our California dream collaboration. You can find out more@greyincalifornia.org thanks for listening to KPV SS San Diego News matters podcast. For more local stories, go to kpbs.org.

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