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Concealed Weapons Permits Increasing In San Diego County And More Local News

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There were 1300 concealed carry permits in San Diego last year, compared to 2400 now. Sheriffs talk about the rise in permitting. Also in today's podcast: The city of San Diego is taking proposals for Pechanga Arena, and part two of Mexico's American gun flow problem.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's May 1st, I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters in San Diego County. The number of concealed carry permits for firearms is on the rise. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman spoke to the sheriff about why that's happening.

Speaker 2: 00:16 In February of last year there were around 1300 concealed weapons permits through this April. That number has risen to more than 2,400 permits or evaluating the good cause. We've expanded some of the categories and that's why you see the increase in San Diego County. Sheriff Bill Gore says to get a concealed weapons permit, people need to show they are in harm's way and simply wanting a permit for self defense doesn't do that. But of course has the sheriff's department has been working to more broadly defined what good cause means

Speaker 3: 00:43 to get a concealed weapon, concealed carry permit, you have to have good cops. And what we have done is look at what that good cause requirement is and try to broadly defined as we can because I don't want anybody to be victim of a crime out there. We'd be injured, uh, because they were unable to get a concealed weapons permit.

Speaker 2: 01:04 Matt Hoffman, Kpbs News,

Speaker 1: 01:06 Democratic presidential contender. Beto O'rourke held a town hall in San Diego. Tuesday. KPBS metro reporter Andrew Board says he focused on border issues and climate change.

Speaker 2: 01:22 Oh, Rourke opened with brief remarks in Spanish and throughout the event, how did his border city origins in El Paso San Diego is safer than the average city in the interior? He said, because it's diversity teaches people that treat one another with dignity and respect, and that is what has made us see for not walls, not putting kids in cages, not sending 5,500 members of the United States military to a boarder at one of its safest moments in the history of the u s Mexico border. Glory of our guests have. Santi was in the crowd. She says, well, she hasn't made up her mind. A Rourke came across as personable and real. When I came in I was a little bit skeptical, but no, I'm well, I think he's a pretty good guy. I would say he's probably up at the top three. San Diego might expect more campaign stops from Democrats with California's primary moved up to March, 2020 the state's voters matter more now than they have in the past. Andrew Bowen key PBS News,

Speaker 1: 02:15 San Diego County lawmakers will ask regional transportation planners not to change the plan for the county's transportation future KPBS environment reporter Eric Anderson has details.

Speaker 4: 02:27 San Diego County supervisors voted three to two to draft a letter to the San Diego Association of governments asking the planners to stay on course when it comes to funding local transportation projects. Poor Chair Dianne Jacob joined Jim Desmond and Kristen gas bar and asking Sandag to keep funding for more than a dozen highway expansion projects. Those projects were spelled out in a voter approved transportation initiative that's been in place for 11 years. She says her east county constituents need better roads.

Speaker 1: 02:56 There's not going to be any mass transit available

Speaker 5: 03:00 to people that live in these areas, whether it's Julian, Ramona, lakeside, Alpine, how Mall Potrero, Campo Boulevard, any of these areas.

Speaker 1: 03:12 Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox declined to support writing a letter. Eric Anderson Kpbs News, a shooting at a Poway synagogue on Saturday, left one woman dead in three injured on Tuesday. The shooter made his first appearance in court. KPBS has Claire triggers or was there and brings us this report. 19 year old John Ernest was arraigned on the charge of murder as a hate crime, plus attempted murder charges and arson for setting fire to a mosque. Last month. He pleaded not guilty and remain silent and expressionless during the arraignment district attorney summer, Stephen says it's clear these crimes were hate crimes.

Speaker 6: 03:50 As prosecutors, we deal with violence on a daily basis, but when the target of violence is an entire religion, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, the victim pool becomes very large.

Speaker 1: 04:08 Stephen says it appeared he bought the gun legally, she's still deciding whether to pursue the death penalty. Claire Traeger, Sir Kpbs News, most of the craft beer made in California is brewed with ingredients shipped from other states or countries, but now the industry is working with scientists at Uc Davis to change that capitol public radio's Randall White has more

Speaker 7: 04:31 US craft brewers have official guidelines for more than 150 styles of beer and California brewers have a countless number of interpretations, but at the base of all those is a very limited number of ingredients. Water, yeast, hops and the malt and grain with barley reigning supreme on a Yolo county farm just north of woodland is a science experiment aimed at finding the perfect types of barley for California's brewers. Conrad Monotheist with Uc Davis walked me through the fields growing three different varieties, all using organic methods. Barley's how hardy crop, so whether or not it can grow in California is not really a question. It grows everywhere. My phase IIA says it's a drought tolerant winter crop that could work well for farmers looking for our rotation option between other plantings, although currently very little is grown in California. When you compare it to how much barley we consume. This is kind of hopefully the beginnings of the farm to pint movement or the farm to glass movement, wherever you want to call it. Easiest as farmers would get a good price, but whether the processors or brewers could afford the locally grown grain remains to be seen in Sacramento. I'm Randall White,

Speaker 1: 05:42 the city of San Diego. Thanks. It can make more money from Pachanga arena long known as the San Diego sports arena. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman says the city's putting out a request for proposals to operate the arena that first opened in 1966

Speaker 2: 05:59 the city of San Diego pulled in nearly $600,000 in revenue from the arena in fiscal year 2018 that includes money from things like parking, the swap meet and naming rights. As city spokesman says, even more money could be made from the arena. The spokesman says this comes after a careful study of the property Pachanga arena. San Diego sits on city owned land that is operated by AEG management SD. The arena's current operating lease ends. Next May. The request for proposals issued by the city calls for a new lease of no longer than three years at the city's discretion. It could be extended for up to two more years. The RFP notes, Thea Rena hosts a handful of sports teams and nearly 150 events per year, bringing in over 600,000 guests. The current operating lease doesn't provide the city with a percentage of rent from events held inside the arena. Matt Hoffman Kpbs News,

Speaker 1: 06:50 the aging baby boomer generation is expected to transform almost every aspect of life in California where the population over 65 will nearly double over the next two decades. Many of them are concentrated in suburbs and rural areas. We're driving is pretty much the only way to get around. So what happens when older adults can no longer get behind the wheel and a generation that expects to be more active and independent. As part of our series about Grande, California Kpc sees Megan McCardy. Carino brings us this profile. 77 year old Regina Jones might be a retired

Speaker 8: 07:26 grandma, but it's not like she's spending her days knitting in a rocking chair. I've been busy every day. Neighborhood Association. I stayed busy in that and a lot of friends, a huge family. She's hip with the Times. She even has a smart speaker. What do you use it for? Wait a minute. You're the youngster and she's working on a memoir about her life in the music industry. At the beginning of my career, published a black entertainment newspaper called soul from 1966

Speaker 9: 07:51 1982 the world's most vocal, probably the Jackson five, but America's most soulful paper, but Kgfj fall on sale now for

Speaker 8: 08:01 featured all the biggest stars, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, James Brown, and I'm super bad. Really? No, no. I don't know. I really don't Cheetahs, but about 10 years ago, her life hit a sour note. Joan's injured her back in a car crash. It just stopped me. She developed severe anxiety and couldn't get back on the road. I just stopped doing things. I was also in a depression, a horrible depression. It was a very low time for awhile. Jones lives in central Los Angeles, a place well served by public transportation, but her physical limitations make transit challenging. It's hard to walk to the bus stop and when she gets there, places to sit down while you're waiting, that's major. She also has access to two paratransit services run by the city and the county which provide door to door for seniors and others with disabilities. I'm so grateful it exists. Let me be real. But as she healed and wanted to do more, these services weren't cutting. It rides have to be scheduled by phone at least a day in advance.

Speaker 10: 09:08 Thank you for calling access paratransit southern service area. Please stay on the line for the next available agent.

Speaker 8: 09:14 Pickups can only be scheduled within a one hour window like the cable guy rides are shared, so you never know how long it will take to get where you're going. All not okay for a super bad senior on the move. Like Jones still, she says it's not as bad as asking for rides from family. Often they kidnap you after whatever they've agreed to take you to and then they say, oh, I want to stop here for just a minute. So Jones has found an easier way to get around. We'll have a car in two minutes today she's heading to physical therapy using her favorite smartphone app. It's freedom for me. I just call Lyft freedom, but freedom comes at a high price. She spends more than $300 a month on rides, something she could never afford if she had to cover the high cost of living on her own. Several years ago, her daughter and son in law moved back into the family home to help pay the bills. It's a compromise. She's more than willing to me to at least feel like she's back in the driver's seat again. You need to get over a lane to the right. If I know my way, I do backseat drive a little bit in Los Angeles. I'm Megan McCardy Carino.

Speaker 1: 10:21 This story is part of our California dream collaboration. You can find out more at Grande, california.org president Trump continues to demand a wall to stop immigrants and drugs from pouring into the u s last week we looked at how Mexico's record violence is tied to us guns pointing south into Mexico. Today. KPBS border reporter Gene Guerrero looks at what's being done about it. Mexico's customs agency is in the process of trying to get funding to install the technology to detect us. God's Floy south into Mexico.

Speaker 11: 10:57 Matt clear vends, an active shooter defense school in San Diego. He was in the military for 12 years and worked eight years as a police officer.

Speaker 12: 11:06 Guns and Mexico are just like drugs in America. Okay? They're freely flowing across that border. That's completely unprotected. You know, and I don't want to get on the wall subject, but basically we need something

Speaker 11: 11:18 clear says he doesn't think making us gun laws more restrictive is the solution to stopping the smuggling of guns into Mexico. He says that only creates problems for law abiding gun owners like him.

Speaker 12: 11:30 The laws are so convoluted and ever evolving that I can just be sitting at home doing nothing and is, if I'm not going down on my gun store every day asking if there's a new law, I can immediately become okay.

Speaker 11: 11:42 It's against Mexican law to take us guns into Mexico, but t one is police departments as nearly all of the 2000 weapons at his Cs in crime scenes over the three years are from the US. They pour in through ports of entry where there are a few inspections. The reality is affecting real people and see middle of language. Julio Sanchez shows me a picture of her 29 year old son Fernando, who was fatally shot in Tijuana. No, no Essa. They showed him one time in the temple and then he died. She says, the problem with her son started when he began to struggle with drug addiction in the u s get Guinness. Also, Neil says, I want it to rehabilitate him, but it's too expensive to do it here. He was killed in Tijuana after she sent him there to be treated. David Shirk is a researcher with a justice in Mexico project who says, lacks US gun laws are contributing to Mexico's violence hitting an all time high. Last year,

Speaker 13: 12:42 Mexico has a homicide by firearm epidemic. And one way to help address that I could, uh, epidemic is to address the problem with firearms.

Speaker 11: 12:52 He says, American gun lobbyists have blocked legislation to fix the problem because they profit off the black market in Mexico.

Speaker 13: 12:59 One thing that could be really helpful, which we do not do, um, in the United States, is to register firearms and to track firearms. Uh, it's actually illegal in the United States for the ATF to main rain, maintain records of who has a gun in the United States.

Speaker 11: 13:18 But gunshop owners like lemo staff of gunfighter tactical, she's gun law restrictions just hurt his business without doing much else. He says, gun shops to plenty to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. He remembers a man who stopped by once.

Speaker 12: 13:34 He said out loud, um, I want to buy that rifle to take back to my ranch in Mexico. And we said, no, you can't do that. You cannot do that. There's laws against that and I'm not going to sell you a gun. Now

Speaker 11: 13:45 it's some people think Mexico would be safer if it's government made it easier for citizens to buy guns like in the u s Bob Marvin is a self described vigilante in east county. He says Mexico's problems of violence stem from it's restrictive gun laws. I would like to sue the

Speaker 12: 14:02 Mexican people be armed so they could take their government back. The kick take their country back.

Speaker 11: 14:07 The head of Mexico's customs agency, Ricardo Peralta, since the new administration is installing x rays and other surveillance technologies at the ports to capture more information about vehicles coming in from the US. Previously, there were very few inspections of southbound vehicles

Speaker 12: 14:24 in El Paso. In the past. They had used technology like we're using now and which we're planning to expand. We would have avoided so many deaths and Mexico

Speaker 11: 14:35 clear of the active shooter training. School says he has another solution.

Speaker 12: 14:40 I'll tell you right now, here's the answer to just, hey, America's stopped doing illegal drugs. That's it. That's your answer. Every drug addict out there quit. Stop buying illegal drugs.

Speaker 11: 14:51 He says that will stop the violence in Mexico. Gene Guerrero KPBS news, thanks for listening to KPBS has San Diego news matters podcast. For more local stories, go to k pbs.org.

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