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San Diego Landlords Could Face Historic Rent Control Legislation And More Local News

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In a variety of recent assembly bills: one proposes a form of rent control statewide, another bans tiny toiletry bottles in hotels, and another aims to expand the practice of collecting scooter ride data. KPBS Film Critic and host of Cinema Junkie podcast Beth Accomando has full details on how the LGBTQ film festival is taking a year off, but will still being showing a series of short films at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's May 14th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters. A bill that would limit rent increases in California is one step closer to becoming law. KPBS reporter Priya Schrader says it aims to stop rent gouging right now. A landlord in San Diego can increase the tenant's rent by any amount as long as they give the required legal notice to their renters. But that could all change if assembly bill 1482 becomes law. The bill would ban landlords from increasing runs by more than 5% per year plus inflation. Ginger hit ski is an affordable housing developer. She says the bill is a step in the right direction.

Speaker 2: 00:40 My biggest issue is with um, folks who are buying up existing apartment complexes that have a potential upside for rent. So they'll go in, they'll throw in a new kitchen and, and just immediately jack up the rent. What valued did that just add to society? What did you really do? You, you didn't do anything. You just, you found an opportunity in the market and you exploited it.

Speaker 1: 01:04 Many tenant's rights groups believe the bill wouldn't do enough to protect renters. Priya. Sure. Either k PBS news, one of the navy's newest ships is being named after civil rights leader in Georgia. Congressman John Lewis Kpbs reporter Matt Hoffman says the ships being built in San Diego and Monday Lewis was here to formally kick off its construction. Yeah.

Speaker 3: 01:26 The navy's latest class of Oilers is being named after Congressman Lewis. The first ship in the fleet is named the U s n s John Lewis, and is sponsored by actress Alfre Woodard, Monday Lewis and Woodard rat Nassco shipyard for Q laying ceremony formally kicking off construction. Yeah.

Speaker 4: 01:42 [inaudible]

Speaker 3: 01:45 Louis also welded his initials on a steel plate that will go on the ship.

Speaker 4: 01:49 Margo Louis

Speaker 3: 01:54 hopes that when future generations see his name on the ship, they will look back at his fight for civil rights

Speaker 5: 01:58 and see what I tried to do as a teenager and in my twenties and my thirties to make America better

Speaker 3: 02:07 construction on the ship named after Louis is scheduled for completion late next year. Matt Hoffman KPBS news

Speaker 1: 02:14 when it comes to natural disasters, disease outbreaks and terrorism attacks. California may be slightly less prepared than the rest of the nation, but the state has made improvements over the last few years. Capital, public radio, Sammy Kay or explains, there are a couple of key things states need to do to be prepared for health emergencies. They need backup stocks of vaccines and basic medical supplies and they need to make sure government agencies, community groups and homeowners have a way to talk to each other. California fell short on most of those benchmarks in a new survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They did move up in every category since the last survey in 2013 the biggest failings had to do with health care delivery, how fast people can get medical services after a disaster. California did perform better than the national on keeping the water and food supply safe and an emergency that there have been major water contamination concerns in paradise. Following the Campfire in Sacramento, I'm Sammy Kay Yola. Imagine renting a room at a hotel and there's no pocket size toiletries in site. Capital public radio is as Road David Romero reports. That could be the new reality in California inspired

Speaker 6: 03:20 by Santa Cruz County. Benning tiny toilet trees last year, democratic assemblymen, Osh cholera wants to do the same statewide on average. Only about 30% of the product in the bottle is use those a lot of ways to Cora's bill would force all hotels to stop using them by 2023 and replace them with 12 ounce bottles. Violating the law would result in a warning and then daily $500 fines. Merriot is already using larger bottles at many of its hotels. Is the niece Negi with the chain?

Speaker 7: 03:50 The financials definitely make sense once you kind of get past the initial hurdle of getting product into Chicago.

Speaker 6: 03:56 The California Hotel and Lodging Association is working with cholera. It wants the potential law to go into effect in 2025 and opponents say the bill will have negative ramifications for companies that distribute the toiletries in Sacramento. I'm Ezra David Romero

Speaker 1: 04:12 with shared bikes, did e scooters cropping up across California. State lawmakers are debating whether to give a city's more power to collect ride data, Capitol Public Radio, Scott Rod reports.

Speaker 3: 04:23 Adrian on loves zipping through downtown Sacramento and east scooters, but sharing data with the city about his rides. That's a different story.

Speaker 8: 04:31 Y'All need to be checking where I'm out all the time and I was like innovative privacy.

Speaker 3: 04:35 Some cities like Sacramento and Los Angeles are already collecting this information, but city officials say the data can't be traced to individual writers and assembly. Bill could expand this practice under the proposal. Cities could require companies to hand over ride data if they want to do business there. The proposal has drawn criticism from privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation in response to bill was recently amended. Cities could request only aggregate data that has been scrubbed of identifying information. Bill Romanelli, a shared bike user in Sacramento. Since the proposal doesn't bother him.

Speaker 8: 05:08 I think if it's data that helps cities increased mobility and reduce traffic and help people get from a to B, then I don't really have a negative feeling about that. Yeah.

Speaker 3: 05:16 The bill of way to vote on the assembly floor from Sacramento. I'm Scott Rod.

Speaker 1: 05:20 Phil Mount San Diego's a Lgbtq film festival is taking a year off for some reorganization, but in place of the annual film festival. KPBS film critic bath, like Amando says, you can enjoy a night of Lgbtq short films at Hillcrest cinemas tomorrow. Michael McWiggin has been programming at film out for the bulk of it's two decades, but celebrating the 20th anniversary of San Diego's Lgbtq Film Festival last year was a lot of work for the nonprofit. Well, we decided to take a break from the festival because frankly we were all a little bit burned out, especially me. Um, we decided that it would be best us to

Speaker 3: 05:58 restructure our board, bring in some new blood, figure out fundraising techniques. In addition, the festivals venue of the Observatory in North Park had been sold and Phil Matt would have needed to secure a new location for our festival this year, which was daunting, but McWiggin is happy to announce that the full festival, we'll be back and better in 2020 we're going to expand to four days. So in 2020 our opening night will be April 30th at the nat natural history museum and bubble a park. And then the rest of the weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday we'll be at Mopa, but MCWIGGIN didn't want to go two years without showcasing new LGBTQ films in San Diego. So this Wednesday film out, we'll host short fest, one of the 20 films screening in the two part collection is called Cathy and was directed by San Diego filmmaker Jonathan Hammond. My name is Frankie d Bernardo and I have a secret coffee is a dark comedy with a true story stores and it's about the trauma of being a gay kid being raised in a household with stringent religiosity and the occasional exorcism in the living room and they gave a demon.

Speaker 3: 07:12 Yeah, it's a demon. Okay. Frankie passed me the holy water. Hammond is part of a growing wave of gay filmmakers who feel inspired to work within Shondra such as horror to explore themes that are important to them. That's very different from the kinds of films showcased in the early years of the festival says Hammond. Initially it was stories about where we were just trying to see ourselves and now we can assure ourselves much more nuanced ways. We got to see ourselves in stories where there is genre. We got to see ourselves and more complicated, um, settings and where the characters can be far more nuanced. Film out is also seeing more women filmmakers. And this year McWiggin is excited to showcase not just female, but international directors. January Jones is both, the Australian director is thrilled to be having the world premiere of her film, Lone Wolf at film, out short fest on Wednesday.

Speaker 7: 08:04 As a filmmaker, as a queer woman, being part of this community is really important to me. And I particularly chose some festivals that supported Lgbtq people and, and Women Jones.

Speaker 3: 08:16 His debut film looks to a girl's sleepover and the particular awkwardness a shy girl can feel as she tries to fit in,

Speaker 9: 08:23 have a shave. Before I did. Did what? Fight a bad for them. I did shave. Come on Blair, didn't you have a mono brow last summer? Shut up. Willow Jones

Speaker 3: 08:36 is a journalist who decided to go back to school to study film. When she began writing lone wolf, she was in complete denial that it was about her own life

Speaker 7: 08:45 and it was only when I was in pre production and I kind of started thinking back to being a young woman myself and I was like, oh my gosh, it's so many similarities, but I just didn't even think of when I was riding and and thank God I didn't because I would've been so much more self conscious in the writing process if I was looking at it like myself. But yeah, there's a lot more of me in it that I thought as and when I wrote it at the time,

Speaker 3: 09:06 it's that sense of identification that makes the film appealing. Jones uses comedy and a wonderful sense of compassion to make audiences identify with the young characters and what they're going through, and that's one of her goals, to combine a very personal perspective with something universal that everyone can connect to.

Speaker 7: 09:24 It's important to me to always have LGBTQ characters in anything I made. I don't know. I wasn't having human moments that anyone could have it. Anyone can relate to. Everyone knows what it needs to feel awkward, to feel uncomfortable, to feel like they don't fit in. That's not a a queer feeling that anyone can feel like that.

Speaker 3: 09:41 Phil. Matt has been working for 20 years to showcase films by, for and about the Lgbtq community and to share those perspectives with a broader audience. The pleasure of a short film festival is that you can sample a diverse array of Shaundra styles and perspectives all in one night. Beth, like Amando, KPBS news, Phil Mounts Lgbtq short fast is tomorrow at 7:00 PM at landmarks Hillcrest. Cinema's. Thanks for listening to San Diego. News matters. Get more KPBS podcasts at k

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