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Dogs Vs Boats: The Future Of Fiesta Island And More Local News

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In today’s San Diego News Matters podcast: Space for paddle sports or a place for dogs to run free? The fate over Fiesta Island’s multi-use park could soon be decided. Also today, the county takes steps towards cleaner air and federal regulators say San Onofre fuel transfers can resume.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's May 23rd I'm Deb Welsh and you are listening to San Diego news matters. A year's long dispute over a dog park at fiesta island could be on its way to a resolution that won't please everyone. KPB As reporter John Carol tells us about the controversial proposal to build a road through the park to give access to paddler and outrigger your boat clubs.

Speaker 2: 00:23 Jean Snow and fellow members of her paddle boat club called team. Survivors say it's getting harder to get access to beaches where they can launch their boats.

Speaker 3: 00:31 The places around the bay where this is possible to have boats stay and be housed are shrinking, not expanding, and yet paddle sports are expanding tremendously.

Speaker 2: 00:43 That's why snow land, other paddler's are in favor of a proposal to build a road through 90 acres of land on fiesta island, primarily used as an off leash dog park. The road would give the paddlers access to base and launch their boats from a shore line, but the road would by sector. The island's splitting the space roughly in half. Carolyn Chase with fiesta island dog owners says that would ruin the integrity of the open space. The city's environment committee will take up the matter on Thursday. It's expected to go before the full city council in June. John Carroll Kpbs News

Speaker 1: 01:15 San Diego County supervisors are moving forward with a plan to tighten air pollution limits on local industry. KPBS reporter Eric Anderson says court rules are more than 20 years old.

Speaker 4: 01:27 The supervisors voted unanimously to have the county air pollution control district draw up tighter pollution limits. The existing guidelines are based on the number of cancer cases the toxins could cause. San Diego's limit of a hundred cases per million residents is four times higher than limits in Los Angeles and San Francisco Supervisor Nathan Fletcher says the local risk should be reduced.

Speaker 5: 01:50 We want to lower that threshold of cancers per million. I would like to see it lowered as low as possible. Um, which will provide a greater obligation on the part of industry to to clean up their at their act. Yeah.

Speaker 4: 02:01 Regulators will take the next year or research the change and get public input. They expect to have a proposed rule with tighter limits ready for supervisors. By next April, Eric Anderson, KPBS news

Speaker 1: 02:14 actress Olivia Wilde makes her feature film directing debut with book smart. It's a comedy about two over achieving high school girls who decided to close their books and party the night before graduation. KPBS film critic Beth like Amando has this review book. Smart looks to a pair of straight a high school girls who think they're cool for being smart, but the day before graduation, Molly feels a sudden urge to party and break rules her BFF. Amy is not convinced that's a good idea.

Speaker 3: 02:43 Name one person whose life was so much better because they broke a couple of rules. Casa. Yes, he broke art rules, name of person who broke her real rosa parks named Susan B. Anthony, it's refreshing to have a teen comedy focus on smart, witty girls and have humor arising from character rather than from outrageous situations

Speaker 1: 03:00 to rector. Olivia Wilde wanted booksmart to feel like a buddy cop film and took inspiration from movies like lethal weapon. The result is a comedy that embraces differences and celebrates friendship. Beth like Amando KPBS news book smart opens Friday throughout San Diego, southern California. Edison can now resume transferring, spent nuclear fuel to dry storage at the Santa, no free nuclear plant. KPV as science and technology reporter Shelina shoot, Lonnie says it got the green light from federal regulators. It's been nearly 10 months since the nuclear regulation commission put a ban on fuel transfers at Santa. No fray. It came after a near accident when a canister of radioactive material was suspended for nearly an hour without proper supports. A spokesperson for the NRC wouldn't say why. They're allowing the fuel transfers to resume. He says more information will come in a June 3rd Webinar, a spokesperson at southern California Edison says transfers will begin after a few weeks. Shelina chat. Lonnie Kay PBS news. A federal judge has ruled Qualcomm violated antitrust laws and we'll have to renegotiate licensing deals with customers. KPBS reporter Lynn Walsh says the San Diego based company plans to appeal

Speaker 6: 04:18 an elite ruling Tuesday a US district judge in San Jose said Qualcomm made it more difficult for cell phone chip manufacturers like them to enter the marketplace. The judge said, the company unlawfully squeezed out competition by imposing excessive licensing fees for its chip technology. The ruling says Qualcomm's pricing will be monitored by the federal government for the next seven years. University of San Diego Economics, Professor Alan Jen says this ruling may benefit consumers

Speaker 7: 04:48 if it stands. Um, CalCom hopped the Lord's prices and so that may have a benefit. Consumers in that, uh, the companies that use COLICOM products may lower their prices. Then

Speaker 6: 04:58 Qualcomm declined an interview with KPBS, but send a statement saying the company disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal the decision. Lynn Walsh, KPBS news

Speaker 1: 05:08 top Mexican officials say they're looking for ways to handle migrants overwhelming their facilities near the Guatemala border from Kj Zzz Mexico City Bureau, Jorge Valencia reports

Speaker 8: 05:20 the head of the country's immigration agency says the agency is looking to build a new shelter in southern Mexico. Commissioner donut [inaudible] Jen says that as opposed to a detention center, migrants and the shelter would be free to come and go. And Foreign Relations Under Secretary Mike See miliano ridges says his office meets weekly with officials from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which is where most migrants come from. [inaudible] we're doing what we can to increase the number and speed of deportations that are just says President Donald Trump has repeatedly said Mexico isn't stopping migrants from reaching the u s this is even though Mexico

Speaker 1: 05:58 is detentions and deportations have increased this year and officials are holding thousands of people near the Guatemalan border in Mexico City. I'm Jorge Valencia, attorneys for the navy seal accused of war crimes say they want the case dismissed even before a presidential pardon. KPBS military reporter Steve Walsh has the latest,

Speaker 9: 06:18 the New York Times has reported that seal chief Eddie Gallagher was one of a handful of people. President Trump is considering for a pardon Gallagher was in court Wednesday. His attorney Tim palpatory says they would rather have the case be dismissed

Speaker 10: 06:31 based on the merits. Uh, and based on the evidence in this case, it should never have gone forward. Uh, to begin with. Now I'm, we have not asked the president to get involved.

Speaker 9: 06:42 The seal is charged with killing a wounded teenage isis prisoner in 2017 members of his own platoon are set to testify. Wednesday, prosecutors were accused of placing electronic tracking devices in emails centered the defense attorneys and reporters. The judge has ordered that to stop Steve Walsh KPBS news.

Speaker 1: 07:02 Many colleges and universities will get more than just your typical sat score to determine next year's incoming freshman class. KPBS report or Prius or either explains that a new score is supposed to give schools more context about a student's background.

Speaker 11: 07:18 It's 6:00 PM on a school night in city heights, but for many of the students here, the learning is just beginning. They're part of a program called reality changers that targets low income students who might be the first in their families to attend college. Angel Rios is a junior at Lincoln high school.

Speaker 12: 07:37 That's my mother never really made it to college or past the high school level of education. She was never really, she never really pushed me to achieve or seek higher education.

Speaker 11: 07:47 Once a week, 175 eighth to 11th graders meet to get standardized test prep tutoring and classes that help them with admissions, essays and financial aid applications. Many of the students like Rio say reality changers has been essential to their journey to college.

Speaker 12: 08:04 I don't even know when to sign up. I didn't know when the test was, but um, they helped me gain the information, the knowledge that I needed. The

Speaker 11: 08:12 students say because of their backgrounds figuring out how to navigate. The college admissions process has been especially challenging. Now the college board is trying to do something about that this fall. They'll provide an applicant's environmental contexts dashboard in addition to their sat score. The dashboard includes a zero to 100 score based on data from a student's school and neighborhood like median family income, crime levels and percentage of students eligible for free and reduced cost. Lunches. Score is closer to a hundred indicate a student may have faced more hardship because of their environment. Doug Maui, Osi, he grew up in city heights but now attends La Jolla high school through the school choice program. She thinks it's a good idea for schools to consider where she came from. Me being here

Speaker 13: 09:02 living in city heights and the expectations from people in the lawyer are totally different. When you go to Loyola high school, everybody has very high sat act scores because they get like they have the money in order for them to have sat prep,

Speaker 11: 09:18 but not all the students at this afterschool program agree. Brittany Hernandez is a junior at Hoover high school despite having one of the top three gps in the reality changers program and winning a scholarship to study in Hawaii this summer. She still worries that she won't be able to keep up if she's accepted to a selective for your college. Studies show that children of college educated parents are much more likely to pursue and finish their degrees than students whose parents didn't attend college. Even now

Speaker 13: 09:50 I got to high school and everybody says although they have easy classes, you have to pass I Hoover or you're kind of like the, and I'm scared. Like if I go to like Patrick Henry or La Jolla, I might not perform as well

Speaker 11: 10:03 in his statement to KPBS. David Coleman from the College Board says the new scoring quote shines a light on students who have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less. Jordan Harrison is senior director of programs at reality changers. He says, while including a score like this is a step in the right direction, he worries, it might be manipulated.

Speaker 14: 10:27 I think I'm also weary of uh, how, how are we not turn it into like an oppression Olympics, where now how does this adversity score turn into, well, how do I get my house in the neck? Another area code.

Speaker 11: 10:37 But local schools like San Diego State University want as much information as they can get on applicants. Sandra, Tamara's Valdez is the senior director of enrollment services there.

Speaker 13: 10:48 There's disparities when it comes to performance of the test scores and so this allows us to look at other factors that we consider in the admission process versus just that one sat score

Speaker 11: 10:58 back at reality changers. Students are working to become the first generation of college students in their families. Last weekend, 350 students graduated from reality changers, and 100% of them are going to college. 11th grader Angel Rio says he's proud to join those ranks next year.

Speaker 13: 11:18 It kind of changes the standard of, you know, us just being another statistic because it shows that we can do more than what we are given.

Speaker 11: 11:26 The college board will roll out the new scores at 150 colleges and universities this fall. Priya, sure. Either k PBS news. Thanks for listening to San Diego. News matters. Get more KPBS podcasts at kpbs.org/podcasts.

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