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A new audit found schools across the state have misused hundreds of millions of dollars.That money was supposed to help disadvantaged students. Plus, 25 years ago Friday, California voters passed the anti-immigrant Proposition 187. The reaction to that vote ushered in a generation of immigrant activists that has transformed the state. And, San Diego veterans are getting some help finding a job after their military service at the "Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet" job fair in Oceanside.

Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Friday, November 8th I'm Andrew Bowen and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. A recent audit finds a San Diego school district misused hundreds of millions of dollars and 25 years ago California voters passed prop one 87 leading to a political awakening for many Latinos. We learned

Speaker 2: 00:19 that in order for us to be able to win, we had to have a strategy that allowed us to build broad coalitions that and more coming up next,

Speaker 1: 00:33 a new audit found schools across the state have misused hundreds of millions of dollars. That money was supposed to help disadvantaged students, but as KPBS education reporter Joe Hong explains the audit found school districts including San Diego unified used the money for district wide investments.

Speaker 3: 00:51 The audit shows the California school funding model hasn't closed the achievement gaps for disadvantaged students including foster children, English learners, and low income students. San Diego assemblywoman, Shirley Weber's has. Districts have often used money reserved for disadvantaged students on district wide programs. Instead

Speaker 2: 01:07 to have additional funding going to the schools and then they turned around and throw it into the base grant. And don't do programs they can be accountable for and we still have these kids failing. That is unacceptable.

Speaker 3: 01:17 The audit found that San Diego unified school district earmarked five point $2 million last year for libraries of spokesman for the district said the libraries serve disadvantaged students because they provide computers to students who might not have them at home. He added the district has been able to raise graduation rates under this funding model. Joe Hong K PBS news,

Speaker 1: 01:36 countywide sales of previously owned single family homes and attached properties. We're both down from September to October. KPBS is Deb Welch says. Meanwhile, prices according to the greater San Diego association of realtors were up.

Speaker 4: 01:51 Sales of single family homes fell nearly 5% from September to October. Attached property sales also fell during that same time period by 2% median sales prices on the other hand were up from $645,000 in September to 665,000 in October. Attached property prices also increased from $490,000 in September to 429,000 last month, association president Kevin Burke argues the downward sales trend coupled with the increasing prices is due to the limited supply of available properties by our demand. He says should see some lift for mortgage rates, which are about 1% lower than at this time last year. And in case you're wandering, Fallbrook takes the prize for most homes sold in the County last month. Deb Welsh KPB as news

Speaker 1: 02:45 mayors from roughly 15 cities across the us, Mexico border gathered in San Diego this week for an annual conference to discuss cross border issues. San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer hosted the meeting on the UCS D campus. The mayors on Thursday signed to a joint resolutions calling for the ratification of the U S MCA free trade agreement and increased funding for border water infrastructure. Faulconer says, cities work together across the border all the time.

Speaker 5: 03:13 Our economies, our culture, um, our environment are all things that we both have a mutual stake in. And we realize this as barter mayors, um, that we have an obligation to continue to work together and tell our story. Our shared story of success

Speaker 1: 03:29 on Friday morning, Faulkner is scheduled to lead a discussion on how to make communities welcoming to immigrants. San Diego veterans are getting some help finding a job after their military service. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman was in North County on Thursday with employers looking to hire former service members.

Speaker 5: 03:46 Dozens of veterans showed up to an Oceanside career center for the honor, a hero hire a vet job fair. I went to camp Pendleton most of my time and then I was more into warehouse facilities. 26 year old Patrick [inaudible] was a Marine up until just three weeks ago. A lot of my stuff that dealt with the supervision and managerial side with the Marine Corps side of a construction supply and logistics and the heavy equipment. Kagan says his training as a combat engineer officer will help him land a job in construction or working with military contractors. I'm ready to start tomorrow for you. If you had the positions available. The next honor hero hire a vet job fair is in mid December at the South Metro career center near downtown Matt Hoffman, K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 04:24 Who's Mike Bond? A former San Diego state athletic director is now the top sports guy at the university of Southern California. He's taking over a department that is in turmoil. KPBS is Alexander Winn has more on the hire that was announced on Thursday.

Speaker 6: 04:39 The 50 year old bond will be the first athletic director USC has had since 1993 who has no connection to the school that could be a good thing. Three of us' previous eighties were former Trojan football stars without any experience managing college athletics. The latest was Lynn Swann who quit a probably in September, admitted college admissions scandal. Several top officials were indicted on federal charges. It would be up to bond to restore USC luster. He is coming in with decades worth of experience in college athletics administration, including the stint at SDSU in 2003 his first task may be the most daunting replacing football coach clay Helton Alexander one KPPs news

Speaker 1: 05:19 after dozens of horses died at Santa Anita park this year, the California horse racing board is prepared to release what it calls the most comprehensive investigation it's ever done. Capitol public radio, Scott rod reports last weekend, all eyes were on Santa. You need a park for the famed breeders' cup. Everything was going smoothly until a horse named Mongolian groom broke its leg and had to be euthanized.

Speaker 7: 05:43 It was an unbelievably catastrophic end to those two days.

Speaker 1: 05:47 That's Rick Baedeker, director of the horse racing board. The incident refocused attention on the deaths at Santa Anita park in renewed scrutiny from California leaders. Senator Dianne once again, cold for racing to be suspended there. Baedeker says that would be an extreme step that would negatively impact horses and workers at the track. The board is set to release its investigation in December, which we'll look for patterns among the incidents and could lead to more reforms at Santa Anita and other tracks in Sacramento. I'm Scott rod. The Corps on auto Island film festival kicks off on Friday this year. It will include big names like celebrated film critic Leonard Maltin with over 100 events held across four days. KPBS mid day edition spoke to the festival as artistic director, Andrew Friedenberg about the festivals finale, some like it hot, which stars Marilyn Monroe and was filmed at the hotel Del Coronado back in 1958 this is our event that we repeat each and every year.

Speaker 1: 06:44 It's iconic. There are people, particularly in Kortni that say, I was there. I was on the beach when Marilyn was there, and they tell these stories. It's, it's a very important, the cinematic experience that happened on the Island. The Cornetto Island film festival runs through Monday, 25 years ago. Today, California voters passed proposition one 87 which barred people in the state illegally from receiving public benefits or attending public schools. While the proposition never took effect, it ushered in a generation of immigrant activists that is transformed the state. KPBS reporter max Riverland Adlers spoke with three activists about our post one 87 world.

Speaker 8: 07:24 It's the element gum. The Chavez is 25 born the same year. Prop one 87 was passed. She's a DACA recipient from Mexico to her. Proposition one 87 is the world's. She entered one where the lives of undocumented people has hung in the political balance.

Speaker 9: 07:39 I think there's remnants of it growing up undocumented in the border region because you know, I grew up fearing police and if my mom was driving us to school, whatever, to the grocery store, you know, I remember feeling significant fear if a police officer was behind us

Speaker 8: 07:58 for Christian Ramirez, his political awakening took place during the fight over one 87 when he was a freshman at San Diego state university growing up on both sides of the border in San Diego and Tijuana. He was shocked when when 87 passed with the two thirds majority,

Speaker 2: 08:13 I live in a boat. You know, I thought that my gosh, you know this, there's no way that this proposition is going to pass.

Speaker 8: 08:19 Ramirez who now works for the labor union. FCIU is part of a generation that turned their shock into power. They spring into action in the years following when 80 sevens passage to usher in California's dream act, which gave undocumented students access to college, California also provided undocumented people with driver's licenses and severely limited the ways in which law enforcement could interact with immigration and customs enforcement. He says his generation found out that it had to build a larger movement to overcome the resentment of the immigrant community.

Speaker 2: 08:49 We learned that in order for us to be able to win, we had to have a strategy that allowed us to build broad coalitions and to employ every single means available to us to push for the kind of change that we are beginning to see in California. Now,

Speaker 8: 09:08 Chavez gives an example,

Speaker 9: 09:09 you know, sitting in a room of a community of 10 folks from the immigrant community and 10 folks from the LGBTQ community and having conversations about coming out and how that kind of story was very similar

Speaker 8: 09:22 for Chavez, the Obama era executive order that allowed her to live and work in the U S pushed her into activism. She now works as an organizer for the group Alliance San Diego in the hope that an organized community could avoid another proposition one 87 moment. At the same time, the Trump administration has folded some of the content of prop one 87 into national policy,

Speaker 9: 09:43 but I do think that if we want to get systematic change, right, it's not about who's in office, it's about, again, changing those structures that allowed politicians to make the moves that they're making.

Speaker 8: 09:55 Andrea [inaudible] poly is another DACA recipient and she's still a student at USD. She got to go to college thanks to California dream act. She didn't learn about proposition one 87 until she was a freshman in college showing just how far this moment has receded in popular memory.

Speaker 10: 10:11 I didn't learn about it, like I didn't realize or learn about prop one 87 until a couple of years ago. And I think that was the most shocking thing to me was the fact that like so many things had happened right here in this border and that I, I didn't even get to learn about it.

Speaker 8: 10:27 Still, she's fighting essentially the same battle as the students who kicked off protest 25 years ago. Next week, the Supreme court will hear arguments over the Trump administration's cancellation of the DACA program

Speaker 10: 10:38 when DACA was rescinded in 2017 I think that I had the normal reactions that any undocumented student would have. Um, fear, anger, and I think that I was really frustrated and upset and sad, but my way of thinking was either I can continue to be sad and frustrated or I can try and do something about it. Next Tuesday,

Speaker 8: 11:02 Andrea will be leading campus protest against the cancellation of DACA, renewing a long tradition of activism that has achieved huge gains for immigrants in California in the 25 years since proposition one 87 at the same time for many undocumented immigrants across the country. 1994 is looking a lot like today. Max [inaudible], Adler,K , PBS news for more San Diego news stories that go to for KPBS. I'm Andrew Bowen.

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