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Police Crack Down On Scooters As Council Member Calls For Temporary Ban And More Local News

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Police were out in force Monday issuing tickets to scooter riders. Plus, a southern white rhino has given birth to a baby boy by artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Also ahead on today’s podcast, UCSD Extension is testing a new way for students to pay for class and a new teen IdeaLab brings sound recording booths, 3D printers, state-of-the-art computers and virtual reality games to teens in Logan Heights.

Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Tuesday, July 30th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. Lease. We're out in force Monday issuing tickets to scooter riders and San Diego, so the region's weather and sea air as tonic in the late 18 hundreds with sales pitches that were over the top. There was a story of a man who lived to be 109 and got so sick of it living in California. They took them out of California so he could die that more San Diego news stories right after the break.

Speaker 2: 00:31 Um,

Speaker 1: 00:33 thank you for joining us for San Diego News Matters. I'm Deb Welsh. Yesterday police were cracking down on scooter riders in San Diego's beach areas. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman says this comes as a council member is calling for a temporary citywide ban on dogless scooters

Speaker 3: 00:50 and mission beats a police officer tickets, two men riding scooters, part of a targeted enforcement operation.

Speaker 4: 00:56 Sarah, he just pulled up and walked in front of us and said, you know, you're not supposed to be writing this on the sidewalks.

Speaker 3: 01:00 Kayla. Paul says he recently moved here and did not know the scooters were outlawed on sidewalks.

Speaker 4: 01:05 I would have liked a warning, but um, it's, I didn't know anything about it so it's just kind of, it's consequences for not being informed.

Speaker 3: 01:11 The enforcement comes as San Diego City Council member Barbara Bree is calling for a temporary ban on Douglas Scooters. She says, too many scooters are posing safety hazards and police have better things to do. Then chase down violators. KPBS reached out to all the council members about a temporary ban. Chris Kate said absolutely not. And Scott Sherman said, hell no. Both cited new limits on scooters that just went into effect this month. Jen Campbell says she supports a band but only on the boardwalks. The rest of the council either would not comment or did not respond. Matt Hoffman, K PBS News Scooter Company Lime

Speaker 1: 01:44 says the proposed ban would only hurt those who rely on the scooters everyday bird, another company says safety is a top priority and it will continue to work with city officials. Understanding genetics could be the key to preventing post traumatic stress disorder. KPV as science and technology reporter Shelina Celani says that's the conclusion of a new study out yesterday by authors around the nation, including at UC San Diego,

Speaker 5: 02:11 UC San Diego, psychiatrist Murray Stein has been analyzing DNA in over 165,000 blood samples. He got them through the federal million veteran program, which is creating a bank of genetic data from a million veterans. He's been using this database to see what genes could make a person more likely to develop PTSD.

Speaker 3: 02:30 There's a bunch of genes that might be involved, but one of those genes is this gene called CRH, r, y, n, which is a stress hormone gene that even before this work was done, people thought that probably had something to do with PTSD.

Speaker 5: 02:45 Stein says genetics is only one part of the puzzle in treating or preventing PTSD, but he says as the research grows, it could help the military see who might be at an elevated risk. Shalina chat, Lani key. PBS News, UC SD extension

Speaker 1: 03:00 is trying out a different way to pay for higher education. KPBS is Annika. Colbert says the program's findings may help replace federal student loans. It's called an income share agreement. It's a contract where all tuition costs are paid up front by the school. The student then agrees to repay up to 8% of their future income for a fixed amount of time. You only have to pay it back if you make at least $40,000 a year after school. If you drop out of school, you don't have to repay anything. Josh Shapiro is director of research and evaluation at Ucs d extension.

Speaker 6: 03:33 It's definitely a big shift for the university, but we know that a rapidly changing labor market, the increasing costs of education and student debt necessitate changes in how higher education is financed. The university sees this as potentially a really interesting, progressive consumer friendly solution to a much more macro economic problem.

Speaker 1: 03:58 The pilot is limited to ucs, d extension certificate programs, but the findings will go towards a national effort to research income share agreements that may replace the current federal student loan program and a covert KPBS news. San Diego Zoo officials recorded an historic ride Oberth on Sunday KPBS environment. Reporter. Eric Anderson says a southern White Rhino gave birth to a male baby conceived by artificial insemination.

Speaker 7: 04:26 The birth took about 30 minutes on Sunday in both mother and calf are doing well. It's the first baby rhino born using artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo facility. The Mom Victoria carried her baby for more than 490 days. Victoria is one of six southern white rhinos. It could become surrogate moms for the critically endangered northern white rhinos. There are only two of them left alive. Both are female and beyond breeding age. Zoo officials are working to develop artificial insemination and embryo implantation techniques so they can put a northern white embryo into a southern white female. Sue researchers have access to frozen northern white cells that they hope to turn into eggs and sperm. Meanwhile, there's another southern white rhino at the safari park who was artificially inseminated. She is due around September. Eric Anderson, KPBS news

Speaker 1: 05:22 libraries are about a lot more than checking out books these days. KPBS reporter John Carol tells us about one branch in San Diego that's trying out a new idea

Speaker 8: 05:33 at the Logan Heights library. The cutting of a ribbon on Monday opened doors literally and figuratively to a new experience, a new room filled with cutting edge technology. The David C Copley foundation teen idea lab. There are sound recording booths. There are two, three d printers and there are state of the art computer stations, director of the San Diego Library system. Misty Jones says it's all about opening doors to avenues these kids wouldn't have imagined possible.

Speaker 9: 06:02 It's about that exposure and exposing them to ideas they never conceived that they would be able to make a career up

Speaker 8: 06:10 one room and a branch library, a place for fun and games and going forward. A place that will undoubtedly change lives. John Carroll KPBS news

Speaker 1: 06:21 in San Diego, like much of California talk these days is about the sky high cost of housing and whether to move, but there was a time when cheap land and the promise of Obama climate inspired scores of sick Americans to flock to southern California as part of our California dream collaboration. KPBS as Ameesa Sharma has the story

Speaker 10: 06:42 after the civil war. San Diego didn't have a lot going for it economically, but it had beauty galore.

Speaker 11: 06:49 The valley was green, the river was flowing, the mountains were on both sides of the valley. Geraniums grew here. Every flower imaginable, like the beach, the sun look very much like southern Spain.

Speaker 10: 07:04 Historian IRS Ang Strand says the weather was equally Mediterranean.

Speaker 11: 07:09 Yeah, it does have the best climate in the United States. It's an average of 70 degrees.

Speaker 10: 07:15 Word spread. Ailing businessmen and families started coming to the region in the late 18 hundreds some credited their healing to the even climate spawning, the birth of what was then called the invalid trade. Andy Strathmerton as a history professor at Cal State San Marcos,

Speaker 11: 07:33 there was a trade in invalids in the sense that you could make a fortune by offering what they wanted.

Speaker 10: 07:40 Strottman says the idea was to sell San Diego Sea topography and temperate weather as a tonic, especially to people with tuberculosis. At times the sales pitch surpassed hyperbole. Death in San Diego was described as a remarkable event. University of San Diego History Professor David Miller called it pure boosterism.

Speaker 9: 08:02 There was a story of a man who lived to be 109 or was it maybe a hundred or 200 years old, something ridiculous and got so sick of it living in California, they took them out of California so he could die.

Speaker 10: 08:11 The air in southern California was touted as so fresh and beneficial that it would bestow. It's people with melodic voices eventually creating an entire race of singers and everyone was in on it. The citrus industry's orange crate art depicted southern California as Eden with beautiful people against the backdrop of picturesque landscapes. Miller says, transportation did its part to

Speaker 9: 08:38 you have the railroads actively marketing health to sick patients to bring people to San Diego to develop it. San Diego

Speaker 10: 08:47 and Los Angeles even competed for the patients. The city's trash talk to each other. According to the book health that Southern California Angelenos warned travelers not to go self because San Diego's constant fog caused malaria diptheria and a slew of other contagious diseases, but it didn't work. San Diego became known as a cure for almost any illness, says historian Ang Strand quoting from the British newspaper publisher Samuel's story.

Speaker 11: 09:18 This is a land of promise for those threatened with or suffering from consumption, asthma, throat diseases, dyspepsia or physical prostration. Infectious diseases are scarcely known.

Speaker 10: 09:33 In 1890 at Cape Wearing San Diego physician named Peter Rehman. Dino published a book called longevity and climate. I asked retired pediatric surgeon, George Kaplan to read an excerpt.

Speaker 12: 09:46 She year has been shown to exercise. It is cited preventative action in the case of consumption,

Speaker 10: 09:52 could there be any truth to it

Speaker 12: 09:55 scientifically? Unfortunately, I don't want to get as what's your merit, but if you came to San Diego or any of the other places that were thought to be of benefit for tuberculosis and you recovered, obviously use Fred. The word

Speaker 10: 10:12 San Diego benefited from the scores of people with illnesses that came to this city, and in 1870 San Diego Union editorial titled Our Winning Card, the author wrote quote, it is hardly too much to assert that probably two thirds of our population and wealth aside from our largest land owners, has been drawn to San Diego by its advantages as a health resort alone. Those sick people helped turn San Diego into the city. It is today in San Diego. I'm, I'm [inaudible] Sharma

Speaker 1: 10:47 tomorrow. How San Diego's reputation as a healthy city continues to attract people today. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters. If you're not already a subscriber, take a minute to become one. You can find San Diego news matters on apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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