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California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise And More Local News

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California has received the nation’s highest marks for coastal protection policies. A report out this week from California-based Heal The Bay looked at how the country’s 31 coastal states are dealing with climate change. Plus, protecting kids from harm is the goal of a new online tool unveiled by San Diego county prosecutors Wednesday. It allows people to report suspected abuse of students in school. Also ahead, an increase in home prices in City Heights is keeping the dream of owning a home out of reach for many residents.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Friday, November 15th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up, California receives the nation's highest marks for coastal protection policies and a remote Alaskan community hosts training exercises for the Navy and Marines and some newly navigable waters.

Speaker 2: 00:20 From a Navy Marine standpoint, we looked at this exercise as an opportunity to conduct training in a very, very challenging environment

Speaker 1: 00:28 that more coming up right after the break. Thank you for joining us for San Diego news matters. I'm Deb Welsh. California gets the nation's best marks for protecting the coast and the latest heal the base date of the beach. Survey KPBS environment reporter Eric Anderson as details. California

Speaker 3: 00:49 got an a grade for its efforts to protect the state's coast line. The survey looked at sediment management, coastal development, coastal armoring and sea level rise. Washington state and Oregon got B grades on the West coast, but nearly half of the state's graded around the country got D's or F's. Surfrider foundation's Stephanie c-KIT. Quinn says California is good. Reviews don't mean that officials can relax.

Speaker 4: 01:14 This is going to be a continual, perpetual updating of building standards and of sea level rise planning as we have climate change, continue and extreme weather events continue.

Speaker 3: 01:26 The higher scoring States had strong policies for our coastal protection. Six of the 31 coastal States measured improved their rankings since the first report was issued in 2017. Eric Anderson KPBS news

Speaker 1: 01:40 protecting kids from harm and that's the goal of a new online tool unveiled by County prosecutors Thursday that allows people to report suspected abuse of students in school. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman has more

Speaker 5: 01:54 district attorney. Summer Stephan says the website is a place where students, teachers, parents and others can report incidents online of suspected physical or sexual abuse,

Speaker 6: 02:03 making sure that the gaps are closed and that there is not any situation where um, a, you know, a person who is harming kids is just moving around from school to school without real accountability.

Speaker 5: 02:20 Stephan added that the tool will be a resource for parents or others who feel that their complaints to schools are going unanswered. The DA's office says you do not need to wait to see a crime to make a report. Seeing something like inappropriate touching or text messages is enough. To submit a report, go to the DA's website, SDC da.org Matt Hoffman, K PBS news,

Speaker 1: 02:39 the rabbi from the Havato Poway where a deadly shooting took place last spring as decided to step down from his day to day duties. KPBS reporter, Prius reader has more. April 27th a gunman entered a synagogue in Poway. He opened fire killing 60 year old Laurie K and injuring three others. The rabbi

Speaker 7: 03:00 57 year old years, real Goldstein lost a finger this week. Goldstein became rabbi emeritus of the congregation. News reports say the rabbi is stepping down due to PTSD from the incident his son Mendel Goldstein will take over the day to day duties. 20 year old John T Ernest was arrested and charged with more than a hundred counts in connection with the shooting. He faces the death penalty. Priya, either K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 03:26 San Diego is an expensive place to live and while the neighborhood of city Heights has traditionally been an affordable community, that trend is changing. Speak city highs. Reporter Ebony Monet explains the median household income and city Heights is about $40,000 a year, but the median home price is about $490,000 according to numbers from the greater San Diego association of realtors. Carla Farley is the president. City Heights steel is one of the most affordable areas in San Diego, so we still get a little upward tick in ourselves. Farley says with good timing and research about financial assistance programs, moderate income earners can realize their dream of home ownership, but it is still very possible and so that's the thing that keeps us going and it's the reason why I do what I do because you create that legacy. You see what happens. Ebony Monet, K PBS news. Netflix is once again setting its sights on an Oscar with the release of Martin Scorsese's, the Irishman.

Speaker 1: 04:26 That film was produced for Netflix and begins a theatrical release before streaming on the service. KPBS film critic bath lock Amando. As this review of the film, I fell in love with Martin Scorsese films as a teenager and the 1970s films like mean streets and taxi driver, but for almost two decades I haven't loved a film of his as I did those early ones until now the Irishman marks are returned to form four square Ceci, a return to those main streets with less of that pandering for an Oscar feel of the past couple of decades. He's back with Robert de Niro and Harvey Ky tell of mean streets back with the Joe Peshy from Goodfellas and casino and working for the first time with Al Pachino. Hi your friend. Cause the Jimmy Hoffa. Yeah, glad to meet you. Good to meet you too. Even if it's over the phone. I heard you paint houses score sassy revisits, ground covered and films like Goodfellas, but instead of that flamboyant style of a young gangster, square SESE gives us a look back on the mob from a dying man's perspective. Some have complained about the euthanizing CGI effects, but when it's applied to actors like DeNiro, Peshy and Pachino, you quickly forget the gimmick and just enjoy the performances. I'm thrilled to once again be able to say a score Ceci film will be on my top 10 list this year. Both like a Mondo KPBS news as climate change freak CIS in the Arctic. The U S military is preparing for potential missions in the newly navigable waters and in the remote Alaskan community of a

Speaker 8: 05:58 deck in the Aleutian islands residency, the pinnacle on Pentagon's interest as an opportunity. Alaska public media is Zachariah Hughes reports for the American Homefront project. It act is more than 1200 miles from Anchorage so far that it has its own separate time zone from the rest of Alaska. That remoteness is part of why vice mayor Carey plant lives here. I initially came to ANAC on a hiking trip for the appeal of the natural beauty and the lack of bears plant made more visits than decided a few years ago to join the population of around 120 permanent residents, just about all of whom are originally from some place else, even by Alaska standards. Eight act is unique. It was massively built up during world war two as a staging ground for the American militaries campaign to dislodge Japanese forces from the Northern Pacific. During the cold war, the Island hosted a Naval air station, submarine base and 6,000 service members and their families. There were barracks and bunkers, but also schools a bowling alley. Even at one point the McDonald's in the 90s though the Pentagon closed the ATAC base abruptly leaving behind the infrastructure for a whole town plant says visitors first. Reactions are often about the stark juxtapositions. The combination of the incredible physical beauty. People say it looks like Ireland or Scotland combined with the urban decay of so many buildings are falling apart and there's walls missing and floor's falling apart.

Speaker 9: 07:31 So I'm up on a Hill overlooking the town site. It's just a very, very, very strange place. It feels like a factory town, uh, from the early sixties was just deposited on this very windy weather, a beautiful Island

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Speaker 8: 07:55 But now residents are hoping to get a boost from the military. His potential return in September, the town hosted the first training exercises by the Navy and Marines and more than 30 years. It's part of the Pentagon's renewed interest in the Northern Pacific and Arctic as climate change opens previously frozen waters to maritime shipping. Many people here hope the military will reestablish a permanent presence. Paul Fuze is a military liaison for the Elliot corporation and Alaska native company that owns much of a acts land. He's working to convince the Navy of eight acts unique appeal, including an abundance of a weather ravage buildings to use an urban warfare training

Speaker 11: 08:35 because you know, it's half fallen in the windows are broken, it's dark, there's tunnels. Heidi holds booby traps. I mean, that's what they want.

Speaker 8: 08:44 This drill followed a rare visit over the summer by an aircraft carrier during a separate summer training. In the Gulf of Alaska. More than a thousand troops took part in the September exercise with amphibious assault vehicles storming a beach and helicopters, helping to seize an airstrip.

Speaker 8: 09:03 His basketball court sized hovercrafts carried Marines and heavy equipment across the frigid bearing sea wind and rain alternately pummeled to the beach and the fog seemed to advance and retreat every few minutes. You can't simulate this rear Admiral Cedric Pringle is in charge of 15,000 semen and Marines, many of whom are in Alaska for the first time. As part of these exercises from a Navy Marine standpoint, we looked at this exercise as an opportunity to conduct training in a very, very challenging environment. Any major changes in the military, his footprint in the region are far from certain. Asked whether the Navy plans to reestablish a permanent presence on a dock. A spokeswoman for the third fleet said the specifics are pre decisional at this point. Meanwhile, eight acts vice mayor Kerry plant says that while no one expects the basal return to the size it was in the 90s she's optimistic that enough military families might come back to help. The once abandoned town. Keep transforming into a community in a deck. I'm Zachariah Hughes.

Speaker 1: 10:06 This story was produced by the American Homefront project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans funding comes from the corporation for public broadcasting. Thanks for listening to San Diego news matters. For more KPBS podcasts, go to kpbs.org/podcasts.

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