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Doctor: Stabbing By Navy SEAL Could Have Killed Prisoner And More Local News

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A pathologist testified Monday at the murder trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher that a wounded Islamic State militant in Iraq could have died from a stabbing described by other witnesses. Plus, city council approves a five-year extension for the Campland on the Bay campground, and a food kitchen in Oceanside tests a new concept to help those who are food insecure.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Tuesday, June 25th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. Camp planned by the bay gets its five year lease extension and activist and broadcast or Oscar Gomez finally earned his degree from Uc Davis. Even though he didn't live to receive it, we still don't know what happened to you. I don't know. I don't like to use the word closure. Likely you or whatever, but it would, it does make us happier that and more right after the break.

Speaker 2: 00:29 No.

Speaker 3: 00:33 Thank you for joining us for San Diego News Matters. I'm Deb Welsh prosecutors in the war crimes trial of seal chief Eddie Gallagher showed video to prove the wounded teenage isis fighter could have survived had he not been stabbed by the defendant. KPBS military reporter Steve Walsh has been in the courtroom.

Speaker 4: 00:53 A video from a rocky television was introduced into the trial of seal chief Eddie Gallagher. The video shows the detainee was alive after being caught in a bomb blast in muzzle. He was talking and probably suffered a blast lung and a partially closed airway. According to Dr. Frank Sheraton with the San Bernardino County sheriff's department. Now seals, Cory Scott and chief Miller both testify they saw Gallagher's stabbed the fighter or the neck. The doctor said a blood and bandage seen in later photos is consistent with the two seals testimony and the entry they described could be fatal, but he couldn't draw any firm conclusions just from seeing pictures. Defense points out that no photo shows blood on either Gallagher or his knife. Steve Walsh KPBS news,

Speaker 3: 01:40 they can't play a recreational area at mission bay park will be around for a while longer. KPBS reporter John Carroll says the San Diego City Council voted on Monday to extend camp lands lease

Speaker 5: 01:52 for the last 50 years. Camp land has occupied a 46 acre site in the northeast corner of Mission Bay Park for a five year extension of their lease. Can Plan has promised to clean up about 100 abandoned and decrepit mobile homes in the old Deanza cove mobile home park. They will then expand into the area camp land supporter. And Matt Gardner says it's worth saving.

Speaker 6: 02:14 We're excited for the opportunity they've been given to, uh, increase the amount of people that they can introduce to the wonderful resources that we have in mission bay.

Speaker 5: 02:22 The Autobahn Society took the lead for a coalition of groups opposing the camp land lease extension. Rod Mead testified that the council is only putting off the inevitable transformation of the area into wetlands as envisioned by the Mission Bay Park Plan.

Speaker 6: 02:36 You're repeating the same mistake council made in the 1960s when it committed the DNC shoreline to mobile homes. Now it is camping.

Speaker 5: 02:45 The final vote was six to three in favor of camp land. A representative of the Audubon society told KPBS they're probably going to sue John Carroll KPBS news.

Speaker 3: 02:55 The city of Oceanside is spent one point $5 million on a state of the art community kitchen that will rescue food before it's thrown away. It'll also teach sustainable cooking practices and generate meals for hungry families. KPBS has Ellison, Saint John says it's a concept that other cities may try to follow. There was good food cooking demonstrations and tours at the opening of the state of the art green ocean side kitchen gone in foster Oceanside's environmental officer. It says the idea was born after a new California state law passed last year, mandating cities to cut down on the 40% of food that ends up in the landfill.

Speaker 7: 03:33 We have one in seven Americans that don't know where their next meal is coming from, so we need to do better. We shouldn't be feeding their dumpsters better than we feed our people.

Speaker 3: 03:41 Oceanside is working with kitchen collaborative and nonprofits like the local food banks and farmer's markets. The city aspires to be a zero waste city and used money from it's solid waste fund to build a new kitchen in an existing community center. Ellison Saint John Kpbs News. Earlier this month the Mexican government agreed to expand its military presence on its southern border in an effort to stop Central American migrants from entering the country now. Oh, KPBS report reporter Max Ruhlin Adler says, Mexican troops are also deployed on its border with the u s

Speaker 4: 04:13 last week photographers showed Mexicans soldiers detaining two women and a young girl in Texas before they cross the Rio Grande into the United States. It was a role that Mexicans security forces had not commonly played before. On Monday, it was revealed that the action was part of a larger shift in enforcement by Mexico. We're not only will troops guarded southern border with Guatemala and Belize, but also it's northern border with the United States Defense Minister Luis Cruz, Senscio Santa's fall, explained that Mexico would be sending up to 15,000 troops to its northern border. It's an effort to deter migrants from entering the United States to satisfy demand from the u s over threatened tariffs. According to Sandovall, Mexicans, soldiers would hand the migraines over to the National Migration Institute for possible deportation or do establish legal status in Mexico. Since November, over 5,000 US troops have been stationed along the country, southern border Max with Lynn Adler, k PBS news.

Speaker 3: 05:11 California is poised to reinstate the individual mandate to purchase health insurance that president Trump and congressional republicans ended two years ago. Capital public radio has been Adler has more on legislation said to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk on Monday,

Speaker 8: 05:28 starting January 1st the state would charge a fee of at least $700 a year to Californians who don't obtain insurance is simply budget committee chair filtering says the revenue would help extend subsidies on the state's affordable care act insurance exchange to middleclass consumers

Speaker 9: 05:43 covered. California has projected that these new subsidies will impact almost a million Californians and help them get the health access that they deserve.

Speaker 8: 05:53 But vice chair Jay [inaudible], he criticized the shift in money away from the young healthy lower income Californians were most likely to pay the individual mandate penalty.

Speaker 10: 06:01 This trailer bill will take money away from people making 30 to $50,000 a year and give it to people making between 75 and $130,000 a year. Colleagues, that makes no sense.

Speaker 8: 06:12 Lawmakers also voted to expand the state's health care program for low income Californians to young adult immigrants living in the state illegally. Currently medical only covers immigrant children at the state capitol. I'm Ben Adler.

Speaker 3: 06:25 The California Democratic Party could soon let undocumented immigrants serve as delegates. Capitol public radio. Scott Rod says there's also a bill that would allow them to run for local party. Yeah,

Speaker 8: 06:37 physicians. Sarah Sousa immigrated to the US from Brazil nearly two decades ago as a teenager. The DACA recipient has since earned a master's degree in public affairs and gained recognition as a Democratic Party activist. Now, a bill in the legislature would allow her to run for a seat on the Democratic Party Committee in San Francisco County. She says, letting noncitizens run in party elections advances California's mission as a sanctuary state

Speaker 11: 07:00 as California is. We spent for equity and representational for all. So I think again, it's an opportunity for us. You're proof that we are seeing to a very

Speaker 8: 07:09 members of county committees are not public officials, but they are delegates who vote in party elections. The state Democratic Party would have to amend its bylaws to allow noncitizen delegates the parties expected to take up the issue at a meeting in August from Sacramento. I'm Scott. Rod

Speaker 3: 07:25 graduation season has been going on at California universities and Uc Davis just converted to degree on a student who attended 25 years ago. Oscar Gomez built a statewide reputation as a broadcaster and Chicano rights activist, but he didn't live to see the impact of his work. K PCCs Adolfo Goosmann Lopez brings us his story for the California report.

Speaker 2: 07:53 [inaudible]

Speaker 12: 07:53 the first degree you see Davis Dean Helene Dillard announced would be given to a graduate present only in name and memory. Oscar Gomez Oscar, also known by his friends and radio listeners as El Bandido. They hasn't been an inspiring college activists within the mechanics Latinix community 25 years earlier and Bandidos voices echoed beyond the Davis campus miles into the surrounding towns and farms through his weekly music and public affairs show on the college radio station.

Speaker 13: 08:35 [inaudible] [inaudible]

Speaker 12: 08:36 flying with you. He says, your host Bandido the bandit as in [inaudible] 19th century hero to Spanish speaking immigrants and an outlet to California authorities. Again, his show mixed 1960s and seventies music with political analysis,

Speaker 13: 08:51 but you know, like we know how history proves that, you know, there's many treaties that were broken, not just with the Mexican

Speaker 12: 08:56 federal with other native American peoples. Oscar was born and raised in a blue collar suburb of Los Angeles County to immigrant parents. Students at the Davis campus turned him on to the politics of the time and there was plenty of it. Voter initiatives to take away public benefits and bilingual education from immigrants sparked protests. Oscar traveled around California to bring news of these events to his listeners, which included students, farm workers, and even inmates and local prisons. Then on a November night in 1994 the beginning of his senior year, his voice was silenced. After a student protest in Santa Barbara,

Speaker 14: 09:37 the body of 21 year old Oscar Gomez was discovered in the surf at the bottom of a steep cliff near the UCS B campus. An autopsy today revealed at Gomes died of headwinds that were caused by a blunt object.

Speaker 12: 09:49 Police could not determine the circumstances surrounding his death

Speaker 7: 09:53 after the crime that that like this can't be happening.

Speaker 12: 09:58 Judith Segura Moda had recruited Gomez into the Chicano student group, Metro.

Speaker 7: 10:01 It took some time to reflect and think about the beautiful memory that he left for all those and the legacy through the, through the radio.

Speaker 15: 10:13 Yeah.

Speaker 12: 10:13 Judith join family and other friends near Davis. The day before the awarding of the posture, Mr. Degree, fellow student Eddie, I Jala recited and indigenous poem.

Speaker 16: 10:24 All right. If you're shorter the flowers and fell, we mourn. No, we shall. We shall break wear bright colors and because our lives are shorter, the flowers

Speaker 12: 10:38 people like are they [inaudible] who live in the area and hadn't even met. Oscar talked about the harvest of this activism.

Speaker 7: 10:45 I, I felt like Oscar was always present even though I didn't know him. I would see posters of Oscar and people felt compelled to tell me about him and his history here at his tragic passing. Yeah.

Speaker 12: 11:02 Oscar's degree came after UC Davis, Chicana and Chicano studies. Professor Susi Cepeda advocated on his behalf. She says his friendships with students outside his own ethnicity signal the broader view of Chicano activism.

Speaker 7: 11:16 It's not male centered and it's not homophobic and it's, you know, it's open to women and it's not just about Mexican American chicken, eggs, people. It's about all of us being us being our own Webelos together

Speaker 12: 11:28 and those Pueblos, those communities have grown on campus. The number of Mexican American and Latino graduates at UC Davis has more than tripled since Oscar Gomez attended Gomez. Father Oscar Gomez. Sr is grateful that the university recognized his son's contributions, but that doesn't erase the pain. We still don't know what happened to him. I don't know. I don't like to use the word closure lightly or whatever, but it would, it does make us happier clutching the degree and a framed cap and gown. The family returned home with this testament to the life of Oscar Gomez for the California report. I muddled full Guzman Lopez. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters. For more KPB as podcasts go to k pbs.org/podcasts.

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