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Clergy Abuse Victims Caution Against Accepting Church Settlements And More Local News

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In today's San Diego News Matters podcast: Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have cautioned against accepting a church-sponsored program to financially compensate them. Also in the show: While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for its existing Space Command. And to help address the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is tapping its partner agencies — including the TSA.

Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's May 17th I'm Deb Welsh and your listening to San Diego News matters. Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy are criticizing a compensation fund set up by the church this week. KPV As reporter John Carroll says they claimed the program doesn't hold priests accountable.

Speaker 2: 00:19 The compensation program is being offered by six Roman Catholic diocese in California. It has no statute of limitations and will be administered independently from the church, but the victim has to agree never to sue the church over the abuse at a news conference. Thursday. Victim Esther Hatfield Miller cautioned against taking that deal.

Speaker 3: 00:40 Survivors don't get their day in court if they offer for taking the compensation fund. We can't expose wrongdoing of the systemic cover up by the church.

Speaker 2: 00:52 The Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego says the fund is a way for the church to take responsibility for past wrongs. John Carroll KPBS PBS News,

Speaker 1: 01:01 a new team of medical workers is bringing healthcare and triage treatment directly to homeless people living on the streets of San Diego. KPBS health reporters, Susan Murphy Talk to the doctor leading the pilot project, a team of two to four medical workers with Father Joe's villages heads out onto the streets twice a week to bring primary care to people in need. Medical director, Dr. Jeffrey Norris oversees the program. He says high blood pressure and diabetes or some of the common issues they treat.

Speaker 3: 01:30 So you say the most significant thing that we've seen a lot of lately is, is serious skin conditions. A lot of abscess sees a lot of other skin conditions like scabies that need treatment.

Speaker 1: 01:41 Nora says 30% of homeless people have complex health needs, but don't seek kelp. He says the ultimate goal is to connect people to longterm healthcare services to help them get back on their feet. Susan Murphy Kpbs News, the third chapter and the John Wick Saga arrives this week. KPBS film critic Beth like Amando brings us up to speed on Keanu Reeves and the visual journey that began to films ago with the killing of his dog,

Speaker 4: 02:09 John Wayne. Tax Community in effect in three two, one.

Speaker 3: 02:17 Yep. Time for John Wick chapter three

Speaker 4: 02:20 and away we go. Hudson's

Speaker 3: 02:23 the Indonesian film, the rate have I felt so exhausted and exhilarated by an action film. John Wick chapter three raises the bar on fight choreography by adding dogs. Horses, Katana wielding motorcyclists and more WIC played by Keanu Reeves, continues to face the consequences for his violent rampage over the death of his puppy. Wasn't just a puppy as a dog lover, I felt he was totally justified. Stunt Man, turned director, Chad's to healthy delivers one of the most gorgeously shot in choreographed action films ever as the elevates wick saga to ridiculously epic proportions. Some may be offended the excess violence and I get that, but this film is as much a descendant of Sam Peck and Paul and John Woo as it is a silent clowns. Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. It's to healthy, understands the dynamics of screen action better than any other American filmmaker and he delivers a film that allows a fan like me to save her the intoxicating adrenaline rush of action onscreen Beth like Amando KPBS news, John Wick three opens this weekend throughout San Diego. Government agencies nationwide use facial recognition software to assist with policing and security. But some state and local lawmakers want to limit it. You see, California capitol public radio. Scott Rod has the story.

Speaker 2: 03:41 San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies. The city of Oakland is considering a similar proposal. Last week, the California Assembly passed a measure to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology with police body cameras statewide. According to Matt Kegel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California facial recognition technology reinforces biased policing. The harms of uncheck surveillance are very real and they often impact, uh, immigrant and communities of color. Disproportionately law enforcement groups are opposed to these bands. Boucher Mutschler who represents the California State Sheriff's Association, says eliminating the technology will make it harder to fight crime.

Speaker 3: 04:23 We are very concerned about the legislature removing, uh, tools that could potentially protect the public safety and eight investigations.

Speaker 2: 04:31 San Francisco's ban only applies to city departments. Federal agencies may continue to use the technology at locations like airports. The statewide proposal on police body cameras will need to pass the Senate before reaching the governor's desk from Sacramento. I'm Scott Rod.

Speaker 3: 04:45 The Trump administration says it's terminating a federal agreement with California's high speed rail project and taking away nearly a billion dollars in funding as capital public radio has been. Adler reports it sets up yet another legal fight between California and Washington. The federal railroad administration says California has repeatedly failed to comply with the agreement and failed to make reasonable progress on the project. It also says the state has abandoned its original vision of a high speed passenger rail surface connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. Governor Gavin Newson would argue California has not abandoned that original vision, but he did himself no favors and it's February state of the state address right now. There's simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to La. The formal termination of the agreement isn't a surprise. Federal officials had already stopped cooperating with the state long before Newsome's remarks. Now the governor is promising a lawsuit. He calls the termination political retribution and a direct assault on California at the state capitol. I'm Ben Adler. Cal fresh food assistance will be expanded in June up to 95,000 in San Diego County

Speaker 1: 05:58 who are on supplemental security income. KPBS health reporter Susan Murphy Talk to people waiting in a food distribution line about how the added benefit, we'll help them before sunrise. On Wednesday, hundreds of people started lining up outside of the salvation army in El Cahone did pick up a bag of groceries. They waited for hours for food. They say they wouldn't be able to afford on their own.

Speaker 5: 06:23 Well if I was facing difficulties because the rents are high.

Speaker 1: 06:27 66 year old Jim mill Shariece like many of the others says he realized on charities for many of his meals on this morning, he's at the Jacobson, Cushman San Diego food bank distribution to pick up canned foods, rice, fruit and needs don't feel, but starting June 1st we'll be eligible to apply for CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps. If the federally funded program is being expanded to people with disabilities like Shariece who are on supplemental security income or Ssi, I need more. Yes. Connie Rios is also on SSI and planning to apply for CalFresh. The 63 year old says she stands in food distribution lines three times each week. I named Mona help move afoot. The CalFresh benefit averages $192 per month for a single person household. Susan Murphy Kpbs News to help address the flow of migrants at the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security is tapping it's partner agencies KPB as reporter Matt Hoffman says that includes the TSA

Speaker 6: 07:30 emails reviewed by KPPS show. More than 250 TSA employees have volunteered to support customs and border protection efforts. Tsa workers from San Diego are being asked to volunteer for jobs ranging from transportation, security and healthcare agents will not be conducting immigration duties at ports of entry. A TSA spokesperson says the agency is supporting DHS to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the border and TSA is in the process of soliciting volunteers. While minimalizing operational impact, a few hundred agents could end up being sent to the border representing less than 1% of TSA employees. Emails show. Dhs is also looking for agents to assist immigrations and customs enforcement. Matt Hoffman, Kpbs News,

Speaker 1: 08:13 military towns across the country are competing to be the new home of the US space. Command the Trump administration, reestablish the command last year, bringing out space resources from all the military branches together under centralized leadership. It's an intermediate step that could lead to the creation of the president's proposed space force, which would be its own military branch. Dan Boys reports for the American home for project.

Speaker 7: 08:40 The message was clear in a recent hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee as Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed's says, space is essential to us. Security is a critical component of almost every aspect of everyday life from financial transactions and navigation to the weather and read says the country has long enjoyed a certain superiority way up there though near peer adversaries are catching up. Eventually it could be a war fighting domain and we must prepare accordingly. The question is how and right now there are two major options on the table. The first idea is this reestablished space command run by an air force general. It's temporary home has been set up at Peterson air force base in Colorado Springs, but lawmakers from Florida to Texas and California are also fighting to land the permanent home. Colorado Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn posted a cell phone video to Facebook touting his states bona fides while standing outside the Pentagon,

Speaker 8: 09:39 Colorado at Colorado Springs in particular have so much to offer when it comes to space

Speaker 7: 09:45 or how about Alabama Republican congressman Mo Brooks pleading for the military to choose one of his bases during a hearing in the House Armed Services Committee,

Speaker 2: 09:54 we had the highest concentration of engineers in the United States of America, physicists, mathematicians, scientists. In conclusion, I hope you'll concur that redstone arsenal and the space command seem like an excellent fit.

Speaker 7: 10:07 Meanwhile, president Trump wants to take this new emphasis on space to the next level. He's been very clear about his end goal.

Speaker 8: 10:14 Very importantly, I'm here by directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That's a big statement,

Speaker 7: 10:29 a completely new military branch. That Senate Armed Services Committee hearing we referenced at the beginning of this story was a chance for some of the militaries, top brass to argue in favor of establishing the space force. Here's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford. Taking a next step to create a space for will allow us to develop and maintain a singular focus on developing the people. The capabilities, the doctrine in a culture will need to maintain our competitive advantage in space. Dunford and others argue having space personnel come up through the different military branches with different training protocols. Results in an approach that is often slow and dis aggregated. The hope is a space force would streamline that not everyone agrees. Mount Holyoke college visiting lecturer Brian Nakiyama focuses on the relationship between technology and warfare. He says, creating a new military branch would actually produce more bureaucracy and the infighting rather Nakiyama says the space command strikes the right balance

Speaker 9: 11:32 because it isn't, you know, an entirely new department. It doesn't cause as many visible turf battles.

Speaker 7: 11:38 And he says going the route of a full on space force could lead to an escalation in military space projects by competitors like China and Russia,

Speaker 9: 11:48 the creation of a service department, and you know, the massive investments that would take would signal to other countries they need to increase their involvement in space.

Speaker 7: 11:57 Whatever option the military chooses longterm. It's probably important to clarify something when officials talk about preparing for space as a war fighting domain. They're not talking about astronauts flying around shooting laser guns. Not yet. Anyway. The space soldiers of today are more along the lines of deskbound computer wizards, largely using American satellites to assist in military operations on the ground in thwarting the increasing attempts from adversaries to jam those satellites. I'm Dan boys.

Speaker 1: 12:27 This story was produced by the American Home Front project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veteran's funding comes from the corporation for public broadcasting. Thanks for listening to San Diego. News matters. Get more KPV as podcasts at k

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