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San Diego Winters Could Start Seeing More Intense Storms Soon And More Local News

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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.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Wednesday, July 10th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. Climate change could soon have an effect on San Diego winters and the Latino middle-class in California is expanding. People. Neighbors just assumed that we were drug lords and there was a rumor that came back to us. I was like, what? That story from our California dream collaboration right after the break.

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Speaker 1: 00:33 thank you for joining us for San Diego News Matters. I'm Deb Welsh. San Diego researchers say the region could start seeing a more intense cycle of drought and rain as the ocean and atmosphere. Warm KPBS reporter Eric Anderson has details.

Speaker 3: 00:48 Scripps Institution of oceanography researchers are among a team of scientists that expect atmospheric rivers to have a growing impact on southern California. The weather systems bring moisture from the subtropics to San Diego while blocking colder storms from the north. Research meteorologist. Alexander Gorshin off says dry or periods will last longer, but when it rains, the downpours will be more intense.

Speaker 2: 01:12 We found that it's due to atmospheric rivers being bolstered than the warmer climate, while the other storms decline and basically atmospheric rivers become bigger contributors to the hydro climate of this region.

Speaker 3: 01:26 Gorgeous enough says the region is expected to get the same amount of average yearly rainfall in the future, but totals will be volatile from month to month and even year to year. The findings are published in the journal Nature Scientific reports. Eric Anderson, KPBS news,

Speaker 1: 01:43 San Diego County. We'll take a closer look at opening new voting centers for the 2020 election. KPBS reporter John Carroll tells us about a plan that would replace the county's nearly 1600 polling places.

Speaker 4: 01:57 Five counties in California have already done away with polling stations and replaced them with vote centers. On Tuesday, San Diego County supervisors voted to do a feasibility study on the matter. The proposal from supervisor Nathan Fletcher would establish several vote centers if that proposal is ultimately approved, the vote centers would replace all polling stations for the election in 2022 Fletcher says it's all about making it easier for people to vote.

Speaker 2: 02:23 Folks from any part of the county could go to any vote center. They could register to vote, they could help get help with translation services or they could cast a ballot. And so it really is just making it easier to participate in democracy. And in our elections,

Speaker 4: 02:36 Fletcher says, other California counties have experienced an increase in voter turnout. More than 70% of San Diego County residents vote by mail. John Carroll KPBS news.

Speaker 1: 02:47 Next year, people buying insurance through California's health insurance marketplace could see a smaller price increase than they're used to. Covered California officials announced Tuesday that are expected to rise just 0.8% on average in 2020 capital public radio is healthcare reporters. Sammy k Oli explains what this means for consumers. Premiums have risen every year, sometimes by a lot. In 2017 they spiked 13% on average, the price jumps and a Trump administration moved to drop the fine for people who don't carry insurance led some to leave the marketplace. But Governor Gavin Newsome's push to reinstate that fine. Plus a major state budget investment to make covered California cheaper could draw people back in. Experts say more people with insurance means lower costs for everyone. The premium rates will vary by region and maybe higher in places where a few health plans participate. Those final rates will come out later this month in Sacramento. I'm Sami K Yola asylum seekers from Cameroon and other African countries staged a protest Tuesday morning in Tijuana for hours. They blocked a van used by Mexico to bring migrants to the u s border. KPBS reporter Max Rivlin never was there and says they were protesting what they believe to be a corrupt immigration system

Speaker 5: 04:08 for six days straight and no one was called from the unofficial list of migrants, which keeps track of who is allowed into the u s to apply for asylum. The Cameroonians believe it's because the asylum processing slots made available by the u s each day are now being filled by people bribing Mexican officials. The asylum seekers had said that if no one from the list was admitted on Tuesday, they would block the vans that take asylum seekers to be processed in the u s shortly after 8:00 AM they followed through on that promise and block the driveway next to the port of entry. One woman named Beatrice said she had been waiting for more than three months for her chance to apply for asylum.

Speaker 1: 04:47 Amy Gretchen Office. As [inaudible] Westie

Speaker 5: 04:56 flustered Mexican immigration officials met for an hour with asylum seekers to discuss the protesters demands. Douglas, who only gave his first name was one of the negotiators. He said that Mexico promise to allow asylum seekers to verify that the list was being called in order every day.

Speaker 1: 05:13 So we have told them, they said we should appoint some shoe people to work with them to see that [inaudible]

Speaker 5: 05:20 the protesters dispersed, but not without a promise by many of the protesters to hold the Mexicans to their word Max or Lynn Adler. K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 05:30 Today, the House oversight committee will hold a hearing on the treatment of immigrant children in government detention facilities. KPBS reporter Malayna Spitzer has an update on the health of Migraine children and families at the temporary shelter for asylum seekers in San Diego. By far, the most common things we see are things like scabies and lice, which we treat immediately before those folk can. Families are commingled with other families. That's Dr Jennifer Tutor, the deputy chief

Speaker 6: 05:58 medical officer for San Diego County. She says when families get dropped off after being in custody, they often present with a host of ailments. The shelter run by Jewish family services screens the families to check for communicable diseases. Some of the families are flown in from facilities in Arizona and Texas since January. The shelter has received over 13,000 asylum seekers and treated 235 cases of influenza, 746 cases of lice and 471 cases of scabies tutor says the quarantine of migrants prevented the spread of the flu. And to San Diego they get new clothes that have been donated. They get showers. Um, and then they, if they need to be isolated or quarantine, families are kept together. But that all happens in a very safe area, um, where they follow all of the environmental and infectious disease protocols so that none of these conditions are passed along. Tutor says the San Diego shelter is not the best place to treat the trauma that many migrants have suffered. Families typically only stay in the shelter between 12 and 72 hours before traveling onto the final leg of their journey to meet family members or sponsors in the u s Melina Spitzer KPBS news.

Speaker 1: 07:11 Nearly 1 million Californians do not have access to clean drinking water. On Monday, lawmakers approved a plan to change that capitol public radio. Scott Rod has the story.

Speaker 7: 07:22 The legislation calls for an investment of more than $1 billion over the next decade to ensure Californians have access to safe drinking water. Governor Gavin Newsome has signaled he will sign the bill and set aside funding in this year's budget for the plan. He abandoned an earlier proposal that would have created a new water bill fee to address the issue. The legislature. His plan will invest up to $130 million per year to provide technical assistance and increase oversight of local water systems. The money will come from the state's cap and Trade Fund, a program that requires large businesses to purchase credits that offset pollution. Some critics of the plan said the cap and trade fund was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not address water issues in Sacramento. I'm Scott Rod,

Speaker 1: 08:04 vice president Mike Pence has plans to visit San Diego County this week. KPV S as Sally Hickson says, is part of a three day swing through California and Texas. The vice president is expected to arrive in San Diego on Wednesday night. On Thursday. He's scheduled to visit US naval amphibious base core in Otto while in San Diego pence also will attend a fundraiser for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign. Although vice president pence has not been in San Diego County in an official capacity since taking office in 2017 he did travel to the US Mexico border in Calexico last year to discuss immigration policy. Pencil's San Diego visit will be followed by a stop in McAllen, Texas. On Friday. Sally Hixon, KPBS News, the Latino middle class in California is growing. The poverty rate is falling for many families. The road financial stability has included real estate, but it's a path that's becoming harder to follow. Here are the first of two stories for the California dream collaboration. KPC sees Leslie Berenstein. Ross introduces us to a family that's made it.

Speaker 6: 09:13 We very family loves horses. One and Helen Rivera owned several of them on a two acre horse property in Chino, a suburb about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. One pets, a horse named Xen got, oh, you're a friend of mine brought him from fame. You might say the Rivera's are comfortable. They live in a modern Spanish style three bedroom. They designed themselves. There are stables out back in grounds, lush with purple Jacaranda, a convertible Mercedes sits in the driveway. Before this, they had a five bedroom home with stables in la. Marotta

Speaker 8: 09:45 first just assumed that we were drawing lords and there was a rumor that came back to us. I was like, wow,

Speaker 6: 09:52 that's Helen. She's an administrator with the county health department. One owns a welding repair business over the years. They've invested in rental properties and it's paid off nicely. The Riveras are part of a growing demographic, affluent Latinos, the children and grandchildren of immigrants who've worked your way up from blue collar origins to the middle class and beyond or seeing increases in socioeconomic attainment with each generation sense. Immigration, Jodi, ages by year hoe is a sociologist at USC. She says as a second and third generations come of age, more Latinos have become business owners. More Latinos are graduating from high school and enrolling in college at absolutely contrasts with the myths and the rhetoric that is out there for Juan Rivera. It began with his parents. They came from Mexico in the 1960s and eventually sent for their kids that didn't have legal status at first. Both worked in a foundry that made aircraft parts.

Speaker 6: 10:47 In 1971 they scraped together a $3,000 down payment and bought a triplex. The family of six crammed into the front house, a small two bedroom and my mom and my dad sleep in one bedroom. Then my sister's lip on the other one. We slept in the living room, the boys, and they rented out the other units and that's how the Rivera family began building their multigenerational wealth. Growing up in east Los Angeles, Helen Rivera struggled too. Her parents were US citizens, but they hit hard times. When she was a kid, Helen and her dad would go to the central produce market to scrounge for food.

Speaker 8: 11:24 As a little girl. It was easier for me to go in under the trucks and pickup the potatoes that fell off the truck,

Speaker 6: 11:31 but in time her dad earned better pay, he was able to buy a house. Reaching financial security took both Juan and Helen years and lots of work. Neither had a college degree. Helen worked three jobs at one point, including waiting tables. One was working as a welder when he bought his first home as a young man. Soon after he was laid off, so then I went oranges on the street, but he kept on making those payments, building equity and capital. Over time. The couple started investing in property. Today they own 26 units. These properties helped their daughter Monica go to college. She graduated from USC in 2012 with no student loans. I believe that the American dream is to come to a place where you open up new opportunities, not just for yourself, but for your family. Today, Monica has a successful career in real estate.

Speaker 6: 12:22 Had it not been for the road that was paid by my parents, by all of our families that came before us. I would never have gotten the opportunity to go to college. One and Helen are getting close to retirement age as Helen brewed coffee. The other morning, Monica took mugs out of the cupboard on each mug or the words Rancho Rivera. They also have custom plates with a mascot of sorts that caricature the guy sitting under a cactus him. This guy's supposed to represent the drunk, so this not like a real favorite thing of mine, but Helen sees something else. Attired worker rusty from working that Gavi fields from working and you know the fields period, but working, working hard, which is what the Rivera say is ultimately the key to their success in Chino unless they bear Stein. Rojas. The

Speaker 9: 13:15 fitness dance studio, jazzercise that was founded in Carlsbad is 50 years old this year. KPBS mid day additions. Maureen Cavenaugh spoke to jazzercise CEO Judy Shepard, miss it about pioneering the business and standing the test of time. Well, I'll tell you what. I was teaching regular jazz dance classes working professionally in a dance company and and teaching in the company's studio. I had a lot of women in my class and I was teaching the class like they were going to go on and become professional dancers when in fact they didn't want to be professional dancers. They just wanted to look like one. When I realized that I just changed the structure of the class, I made it fun, easy to follow. I turned them away from the mirror. I based what I did in, in the jazz dance technique that I knew, but just made it really fun, gave them lots of positive encouragement.

Speaker 9: 14:15 I had about 15 people in the first class and the second class, they all brought a friend and I had 30 in the next class. Those friends brought another friend and I had 60. It was just a crowded and we had a lot of fun. And that was the beginning. How did you sell the idea of workouts aimed at women because that wasn't too popular back in the day, was it? No, it, it wasn't, but uh, you know, it didn't mean that people didn't want them. It just, that they didn't have many choices. Uh, they had to go to the y and do a calisthenics or that of thing or they went to a strict dance class, which was really as I found out, too strict for them. So it was pretty easy. Uh, once people found out what I was doing that, you know, they can have some fun, they would meet friends and, and they would, couldn't change the way their body, uh, was looking. And so it, you know, it was an easy sale. Very easy. Huh.

Speaker 1: 15:18 Now jazzercise has obviously grown dramatically over the last 50 years, but how has it changed with the times?

Speaker 9: 15:26 It has changed considerably because change is really important in the growth of a company. As we began to develop an industry and there was scientific studies out there about how long did you need to really work the cardio system. I changed what I did and made that segment longer. And then we learned that we needed strength training, that that was really important. And now today we have many different formats, high intensity interval training format. We have a dance cardio box format and we have a core format. So, um, we just keep plodding along and enjoying ourselves, but we keep changing.

Speaker 1: 16:09 Can you share with us maybe one of your most important business lessons that you've learned?

Speaker 9: 16:14 Doing a passion that is serves a purpose that makes a difference, um, to someone else, to your community. I also think when you are opening a business or thinking about that you, you really have to use three parts of your body. The first is your head. You've got to think through things. The second part is your gut. Pay attention to what your gut tells you because it's never ever going to lead you astray. And the third thing is make the decisions and do what you have to do with heart. I think you remember those things and you can't go wrong.

Speaker 1: 16:54 Judy Shepard, miss it. Founded the company jazzercise in Carlsbad 50 years ago. Her new book is called building a business with a beat. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters. For more KPBS podcasts, go to kpbs.org/podcasts.

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