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Mayor Faulconer's Budget Revise Funds Scooter Enforcement, Balboa Park Upgrades And More Local News

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced $6.7 million in additional spending Tuesday as part of his revised fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. Women participating in a UCSD HIV research study still haven't been told their information was exposed in an October data breach. And California advocacy groups want lawmakers to further address what they call a blind spot in the state's climate policy.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's May 15th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters. San Diego Mirror, Kevin Faulkner is proposing a small spending increase for is 2020 budget KPBS reporter Lynn Walsh explains where the money's coming from and how it will be spent. Faulkner says higher revenue projections and savings and department budgets are freeing up an extra six point $7 million that would pay for the new city staff positions, brush management, graffiti cleanup and enforcement of new scooter regulations. Included in the new jobs are three park rangers and Lgbtq coordinator and assistant city attorney in three positions focused on homeless services. Bob Mcelroy is CEO of the nonprofit Alpha project, which serves the homeless population. He says the additional staff would help his organization get more done.

Speaker 2: 00:50 Maybe there's going to be three new staff positions which will streamline the communication between us in the mayor's office so we can deal with stuff today instead of two or three days from now.

Speaker 1: 00:57 Puzzle also funds a new program to help San Diego police officer's buy homes in the city. Lynn Walsh Kpbs News, a coalition of California advocacy groups would like lawmakers to further address what they call a blind spot in the state's climate policy. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports

Speaker 3: 01:16 emissions from homes and buildings are what the groups would like. Leaders like Governor Gavin Newsome to include in the state's climate goals. Panama Barthelemy with the building decarbonization coalition says homes and buildings are responsible for 25% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaker 4: 01:31 If we don't solve buildings, we don't solve climate change and we don't play our role in preventing some of the catastrophic impacts the California's already suffering through.

Speaker 3: 01:40 The group has laid out a roadmap that says California should adopt zero mission building code. The California public utilities commission plans to reduce emissions from buildings by implementing a 2018 bell. The law allocates $200 million for things like clean heating options in homes in Sacramento as her David Romero

Speaker 1: 02:00 wheel chair. Accessible maths on public beaches are a first for corn. Otto KPBS as Sally Hickson has details. The mats which were installed last week feature a temperature controlled technology that keeps them cool under the hot sun. Cornetto mayor Richard Bailey says the mats can be found at central beach, North Beach, dog beach and glory at a Bay Park. The maths, according to the mayor, costs about $78,000 they'll also stay at the beach year round one better. They'll come and segments and it can easily be adjusted depending on the tide and do not require removal for repairs. Sally Hixon KPBS news in the aftermath of the shooting of the Hublot of Hauwei synagogue. Questions have been raised about what could've been done to prevent this attack from happening. KPB As reporter Prius rather looks into what law enforcement is doing to monitor the online activities of potentially violent extremists. On the last day of Passover celebrations, a gunman entered a synagogue and Poway opened fire killing one 60 year old congregation and injuring three others. According to authorities, the suspect, 19 year old John Ernest had no criminal record and no prior interactions with law enforcement. San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore.

Speaker 5: 03:19 You're collecting digital evidence and we're aware of his manifesto, which we are in the process of, uh, reviewing the determines validity and authenticity.

Speaker 1: 03:29 That manifesto was reportedly posted on an online message board called h Chan. It's the same website that was allegedly used by a suspect charged with murdering 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand. In March, the site welcomes users to the quote, darkest reaches of the Internet and promotes free speech above all else.

Speaker 6: 03:50 We're talking about individuals who are self radicalized through the Internet.

Speaker 1: 03:54 Daryl Foxworth is a retired FBI special agent with 30 years of experience.

Speaker 6: 04:00 And now how does, how does that occur? Uh, through a number of ways. I mean, they go on the Internet, they identify a chat rooms, social media sites, things of that nature, and they start, you know, ingesting this, digesting this internally, and then they find some reason to identify this, to identify with these groups and take violent actions against others.

Speaker 1: 04:21 He says federal law enforcement agents will sometimes monitor chat rooms when they're involved in specific investigations

Speaker 6: 04:28 and everything that they do, it's going to be done based on the law. They're not going to break the law to enforce it. So you're going to make sure that, that you have a court order or some lawful authority that's going to allow you to do that. And usually that means that you're going to have to be involved in some type of um, intelligence collection or, or investigation

Speaker 1: 04:49 because the Internet is vast. That monitoring usually happens at the federal level. And when a specific threat is identified, the agency involved in the investigation, we'll pass that information on to their regional field offices who will then work in cooperation with the local law enforcement agency. Lieutenant Sean Taki Yuchi is with the San Diego Police Department

Speaker 7: 05:11 in terms of Internet monitoring the Internet. That's something very, very difficult to do because again, that credibility has to exist. And so, um, oftentimes we rely on our federal partners for that. Um, with the Internet, we don't know where that information is coming from. If the threats being made in another state and it's coming across state lines, well that's, that's going to be very, very difficult for us to investigate.

Speaker 1: 05:32 He says, another challenge is identifying whether a threat on the Internet is criminal and credible or if it could be protected by freedom of speech.

Speaker 7: 05:41 We have the bill of rights where we have the first amendment and freedom of speech. So in this country we have the ability to say things that we want to say, um, without fear of prosecution, without fear of government intervention.

Speaker 1: 05:52 According to the California Penal Code, a criminal threat is defined as a willful threat, commit a crime that will result in death or bodily injury to another person. The threat can be made in writing verbally or by electronic communication. Today, those threats have become even more difficult to track things to incorruption services or private chat rooms. More Hackman is a cybersecurity professor at the University of San Diego

Speaker 8: 06:19 as a new tools we've developed, the, our governments are law enforcement comes up with, with countermeasures which forces the development of new measures and a, that's never ending. And I don't, I don't see that we'll ever have the last word on that. Um, it was very difficult to stay up on what's new on the latest thing that's happening. Any tool that can be used for good could also be used for evil.

Speaker 1: 06:44 He says, trying to find a balance between monitoring the Internet and maintaining privacy is an ongoing debate.

Speaker 8: 06:50 We're right on the park boundary between privacy and security and perfect privacy and perfect security are I think both impossible.

Speaker 1: 06:59 Federal authorities have charged the suspect in the Poway shootings with 109 counts of hate crimes. That includes setting fire to a mosque in Escondido. He also faces state charges of murder and attempted murder precursory there k PBS news. 24 women with HIV had their personal information exposed in an October date of breach and it UC San Diego research study more than seven months later, the woman still haven't been told that it happened. I knew source investigative reporter Jill Castellano as the story. In 2016 Uc San Diego researcher, Jamila Stockman, had an idea she wanted to encourage HIV positive women to get treatment, so she proposed a study where they'd have regular support sessions to confront their experiences with trauma, domestic violence, and mental illness. Then she figured they may be more prepared to confront HIV.

Speaker 9: 07:55 I developed this interest way beyond my undergraduate training.

Speaker 1: 08:00 Here she is speaking in 2013

Speaker 9: 08:02 and I've been fortunate and blessed to be able to continue to develop a research agenda surrounding these issues among vulnerable populations.

Speaker 1: 08:11 Stockman partnered with a San Diego nonprofit called Christie's place to enroll two dozen women into the study. Along the way, all their data was put on the wrong computer server at the nonprofit. The breach meant anyone at Christie's place could view their names, survey responses, and taped conversations. How big a deal is that? Here's a ucs, d privacy officer talking about patient data in a campus podcast. That is still

Speaker 10: 08:38 somebody's data. So if you do have personal information about someone, yeah. Think about what would happen if that data were to be compromised in some way or to be misused in some way. That's not something you want to see on the front page of a newspaper

Speaker 1: 08:54 Stockman, her research staff

Speaker 11: 08:56 at ucs Dee told the university officials about what happened in October. They were told to draft a letter notifying the women that their personal information was exposed seven months later. That letter still has not been sent. Um, inappropriate plan.

Speaker 1: 09:18 Michael [inaudible] is a former associate director at the US Office for human research protections

Speaker 11: 09:25 are completely unclear. Almost certainly not acceptable

Speaker 1: 09:29 emails obtained by I knew source show the director of ucs Ds Human Research Protection Program. Kip can't, Alo told Stockman and her colleagues not to mention the data breach in the letter to participants. The university worried that telling the women what really happened could expose this school to more liability. C K Gonzales is the director of the National Center for professional and research ethics. She looked through all the records I knew source has about the data breach

Speaker 11: 09:59 from the documents I've reviewed. I don't understand how the responsibilities to these vulnerable subjects are being fulfilled and it appears does the subjects are coming last in the considerations, and I don't understand that

Speaker 1: 10:12 in a statement he said the seven month delay and telling the participants what happened was mostly due to a single administrator who failed to fully examine all the facts. You CSD wouldn't say who that was, but said the administrator is now on leave. The statement also said the university is planning to talk to the women affected by the breach in face to face meetings, which will begin in about one to three weeks. You CSDS statement too. I knew source, read quote, the privacy and protection of study participants were and continue to be paramount for KPBS. I'm I knew source investigative reporter Jill Castillano to read more about the university's response to the data breach. Go to, I knew source.org/risky research. I knew source is an independently funded nonprofit partner of KPBS. Thanks for listening to San Diego. News matters. Get more KPV as podcasts at k pbs.org/podcasts.

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