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New Homes Come Available As Baby Boomers Age Out Of Housing Market And More Local News

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As baby boomers age, upwards of 20 million homes across the country are expected to change owners in the next 20 years. What this means for prospective home buyers in the competitive Southern California market. Plus, recent findings show that the military often mishandles domestic violence, which can lead to dangerous situations for the abused spouse and family members. And, millions of travelers will be hitting the roads and taking to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Rain expected Wednesday through Friday could complicate people's travel plans in San Diego.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Wednesday, November 27th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up in the next 20 years, about 20 million homes across the country are expected to change owners and recent findings show that the military often mishandles domestic violence. No one offered any services. No one told me that there were things that were there for my benefit, for my children's benefit. That more coming up right after the break. As baby boomers age, upwards of 20 million homes across the country are expected to change owners in the next 20 years. That's according to a new analysis by the real estate database companies. Zillow, KPBS reporter Joe Hong explains what this means for prospective home buyers in our region.

Speaker 2: 00:51 More than a quarter of homes in San Diego will change ownership by 2037 in San Diego is coastal neighborhoods, so that'll be the case for more than 35% of homes, but the Exodus of baby boomers won't be enough to end the housing woves and millennials, San Diego sons, Norman Miller is a professor of real estate at the university of San Diego. He says that without an increase in housing supply, younger generations won't reap the benefits of baby boomers exiting the housing market

Speaker 3: 01:16 unless we increase the housing supply significantly. Um, it's, it's going to be an increasingly expensive place to live. And, uh, I think that a lot of millennials will, will do well and others will leave. The state.

Speaker 2: 01:32 Miller says that one solution is to build middle income housing and your transportation hubs. Joe Hong KPBS news,

Speaker 1: 01:38 millions of travelers will be hitting the roads and taking to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Rain expected today through Friday could complicate people's travel plans in San Diego. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman explains,

Speaker 3: 01:52 AAA says 55 million people are traveling across the nation this Thanksgiving. Most people will be traveling by cars for the holiday. The California highway patrol says San Diego will have extra staffing throughout the weekend. Officer Jim Betancourt says expected rain plus traffic is a recipe for accidents.

Speaker 1: 02:08 With that inclement weather, we're going to get those crashes. We're going to get those incidents. So you're going to see a lot of traffic on those days.

Speaker 3: 02:18 Jonathan Heller with the San Diego international airport says to expect the usual Thanksgiving crowds we expecting on average about 73,000 people a day, uh, for this holiday week to make your flight. The airport is suggesting travelers arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours ahead for international ones and everyone should continue to check their departure times as rain could spell flight delays. Matt Hoffman, K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 02:41 Heavy snows expected for Thanksgiving in the mountains. Be sure to check the latest conditions before traveling San Diego zoo officials welcomed another baby rhino to the world. Late last week. KPBS environment reporter Eric Anderson has details.

Speaker 3: 02:57 The rhino camp is the second born the San Diego zoo Safari

Speaker 4: 03:00 park as a result of artificial insemination. Both mom and calf are doing well. The mother Amani is one of six Southern white female rhinos brought to the zoo to help with an ambitious recovery effort for the Northern white rhino conservation is tope. The Southern whites will eventually serve as surrogates for a Northern white rhino embryo. There are only two living Northern whites left on the planet. Researchers in San Diego are working to develop STEM cells from frozen Northern white tissue. They hope to turn cellular material into sperm and eggs, which would allow researchers to create a Northern white embryo in the lab. The calf is the 100th Southern white rhino born at the Safari park. Eric Anderson, KPBS news

Speaker 1: 03:44 five photo journalists who covered the migrant crisis along California Southern border are now suing the federal government for interrogating them about their work. These journalists believe freedom of the press doesn't stop at the border. KPBS has max rather than Adler explains

Speaker 5: 04:01 one by one photo journalists covering last year's migrant caravans and Tijuana found themselves being interrogated by border officials as they cross back into the U S they were asked about what they were doing, who they saw, and whether they could identify anyone who organized the caravans. A database leaked to NBC seven San Diego soon confirmed that they were being specifically targeted by the department of Homeland security. Now they're suing Mutua Abdula. He is an attorney with the American civil liberties union of San Diego and Imperial counties.

Speaker 1: 04:33 But these types of questions lead to a significant chilling effect for journalists seeking to investigate and report about a significant developments and it's a violation of the first amendment.

Speaker 5: 04:47 The government now has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit. Max Riverland, Adler K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 04:53 Winter is still more than three weeks away, but a winter storm is coming to San Diego. KPBS reporter John Carroll says it will bring both needed moisture and travel headaches.

Speaker 6: 05:05 A big storm is coming to San Diego just in time for Thanksgiving. If the forecasts are right, this cold with her storm will last through Friday. The storm will bring wind and lots of rain and snow with the snow level dropping to 3,500 feet. Damn Gregoria of the national weather service told KPBS mid day edition. The moisture will help since according to the state drought monitor, more than 81% of California is now reported as dry. We're not in a drought here in Southern California, but as we know, those can sneak up on us really quick. So this storm will help and there's a possibility of more precipitation for the state next week. He says the showers will wind down on Friday and we should have a nice weekend, but another storm is predicted to arrive at the beginning of next week. John Carroll KPBS news,

Speaker 1: 05:56 a recent report found that

Speaker 7: 05:57 the military often mishandles domestic violence on base leading to fewer prosecutions and more danger for people who are abused. Some spouses say they're not taken seriously and the process favors the abuser. Carson frame reports for the American Homefront project. Elise Monroe remembers her ex husband's anger quick, explosive and loud. He liked to punch things. One night when he was drunk and angry, he punched a hole in our shower. It was always my fault if he was angry. It was something I did,

Speaker 8: 06:29 but Monroe says the first time she felt fear was in January, 2010 a few months after she, her husband and their two young children moved on base at Fort drum, New York.

Speaker 7: 06:38 And I remember that night I had tried to lock myself in our bedroom and he kicked it open and cornered me and I had tripped and fallen and he grabbed me really hard on the arm and picked me up.

Speaker 8: 06:50 When military police showed up, they noted the torn apart house and the bruises that it started to bloom on Monroe's arms. They took her husband away for a 72 hour cooldown period and sent Monroe to have her injuries photographed at a base medical facility, but while the army punished Monroe's husband for damaging their house, he was never prosecuted for hurting her. Instead, his command ordered him to go to anger management counseling. Monroe says no one followed up about her wellbeing.

Speaker 7: 07:17 No one offered me services. No one told me that there were things that were there for me for my benefit, for my children's benefit. In my opinion, it was solely concentrated on him.

Speaker 8: 07:28 Monroe's situation is not unique. Earlier this year, the defense department inspector general found that the military, often ms handles domestic violence. It said military police sometimes were sloppy with evidence collection and interviewing and often failed to report offenses into federal databases as required. The inspector general also found that police often didn't tell abused spouses about family advocacy, a defense department program which offers them support and safety counseling. Lisa Colella directs healing household six a military family organization. You know, certainly people come to me and they show me evidence that they have reported in the way that they're supposed to and there have been more times than I can count that the family advocacy representative told me that there they didn't have any file on this person. The report also found commanders sometimes interfered at crime scenes, pushing law enforcement to do things that weren't in keeping with protocol.

Speaker 8: 08:24 And Colella says and abusers command sits on the committee that decides what's actually violence. It's just this giant like jumbled mess of reputations and culture and who's the service member and how many metals do they have and what have they done. And was this really abuse since the IgE report was released in April. Calila says she seen signs that some bases have begun to take their domestic violence protocols more seriously, that the response has been inconsistent. Another change happened last year when Congress amended the criminal code to include domestic violence. Brian club of the battered women's justice project says that may be encouraging enforcement. What Congress directed was that now with the specific domestic violence and domestic assault offense, it would be easier to track these offenses within the military justice system, be able to report on them as well as to be able to flag them correctly for civilian law enforcement. But for domestic abuse, survivor Elise Monroe changed, didn't come fast enough. Her ex-husband's violence continued to escalate until 2016 when after leaving the service, he threatened her life.

Speaker 1: 09:33 There was a moment where he had me on the front stab with his knee and my side and he had punched me in the face and said that if I was not quiet, he was going to put me in the ground where I belonged. Um, I knew he had a loaded weapon in his truck, Monroe flood with her kids to safety and is now remarried. Her ex husband continued to spiral last year. He was shot by a guard of the department of veterans affairs after he threatened the guard with a knife. He survived the shooting, but was convicted of several crimes. Monroe can't help but wonder if that all could have been prevented if the military had taken her abuse more seriously. This is Carson frame reporting. This story was produced by the American home front project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans funding comes from the corporation for public broadcasting. 500 years ago, a group of explorers led the Spanish crowds invasion into what is now the Southwestern United States. The men became known as the conquistadores. Today. Their name and legacy and whether they should be celebrated are debated. Fronterra is reporter Laurel Miralis with KJ Z. Z brings us the first part in a series we're calling the Mark of the conquistadores. For many years, actors wearing colorful costumes would parade into Santa Fe on horseback and perform. This re-imagined historic mode

Speaker 9: 10:54 rubber on stage Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. I have been sent here by his majesty, the King with full pardon for all of you. The only condition being is that you returned to Christian religion, Don Diego de Vargas. The return of the Spanish was sure to happen even though we hoped you'd never come back and then portray

Speaker 1: 11:18 Diego de Vargas is peaceful reclamation of Santa Fe after the Pueblo revolt in 1680 for years, the pageant was performed on the Plaza as part of the town's annual Fiesta de Santa Fe. This is a video of that drama desertion found on YouTube.

Speaker 10: 11:38 [inaudible]

Speaker 1: 11:38 the story and say there may have been a moment without bloodshed, but to Vargas and his men went on to murder hundreds of Pueblo people. In recent years. The reenactment has become a symbol of colonialism to need of Americans and a painful reminder of the bloody past Alina Ortiz as a spokeswoman for red nation Anita of American advocacy group. She was in kindergarten when her father found out that they were performing the reenactment at school. Her parents told the principal that they did not want their daughter to participate in this quote Fiesta.

Speaker 11: 12:10 It wasn't until I was in high school and I'd realized that what they were essentially celebrating when they came to the schools was the conquest, the subjugation, and the genocide of my own people.

Speaker 1: 12:24 Today, Santa Fe public schools have said they will limit when the reenactors are allowed to visit or T's who now has a daughter of her own in school says they aren't telling the whole story.

Speaker 11: 12:34 This was a land that had over a hundred communities, farming, hunting, living, being, and when the Spanish were done, we had 19

Speaker 1: 12:46 for years or teas and other protesters held signs saying the reconquest was not peaceful and celebrate resistance, not conquest. That finally came to a head two years ago when police made a spectacle of arresting eight people for trespassing and disorderly conduct. Protestors reacted by shouting

Speaker 12: 13:12 [inaudible]

Speaker 1: 13:12 after pictures and video of the arrest made national news. The organizers held several meetings and finally agreed to abandon the event to activist Jen Marley. Canceling the celebration is just a start.

Speaker 11: 13:24 It's not nearly about symbolic change or seeking complete systemic change about people's lives to the belt, the actual death and poverty that people are still experiencing every day.

Speaker 1: 13:39 Marley says it's about returning land resources and sovereignty to tribal nations. Marley compares the controversy to that of the Confederate flag and monuments saying the country acknowledges its history with slavery, but it has not acknowledged its legacy with indigenous genocide. Some have seen the error in their ways in Albuquerque, the university of New Mexico is working on changing its seal, which depicted a conquistador and a Frontier's men, but Ralph Arianna is who chairs the Hispano round table of New Mexico doesn't get it.

Speaker 11: 14:12 He gave me race history. I mean, we are who we are. It's been a tremendous role in improving the lives of their Americans.

Speaker 1: 14:21 Historians point out they also brought disease and slavery to Arianna's and many people. It disrupts how they see themselves. They'd rather identify with Europeans or descendants of Spanish explorers than embrace their Mestizo heritage, which is why many monuments, streets, hotels, and even cities still bear the names and faces of conquistadores. I'm Laura Morales and Flagstaff. Thanks for listening to San Diego news matters. If you liked the show, do us a favor and tell your friends and family to subscribe to the show.

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