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Gov. Newsom Will Not Call Special Election Following Resignation Of Rep. Duncan Hunter

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Governor Newsom says he will not be holding a special election following the resignation of Rep. Duncan Hunter. Also, no local troops are among those who have been deployed to the Middle East following rising tension with Iran. Plus, local Iranians are concerned about what lies head. And Mayor Faulconer marks the completion of a new rapid bus lane along El Cajon boulevard.

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Speaker 1: 00:01 It's Thursday, January 9th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. Governor Newsom says he will not be holding a special election following the resignation of representative Duncan Hunter and the princess costume created by an Oceanside woman who was born without an arm, has inspired children and people with limb differences. This has been a complete dream come true for me, that Cinderella story and more right after the break. Thank you for joining us for San Diego news matters. I'm Deb Welsh. Governor Gavin Newsom's office announced Wednesday that there will be no special election for the 50th district. After Congressman Duncan Honore officially submitted his letter of resignation. KPB as reporter Bria Schreder explains what's next.

Speaker 2: 00:59 The governor's office says, based on the timing of the resignation, a special election will not be called. This means that after Hunter leaves office Monday, January 13th the 50th congressional district will have no representation in Congress until January, 2021 last month, Hunter pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy for misusing campaign funds for personal use. Laurie fountain, a voter in the 50 it says the voters deserve representation

Speaker 1: 01:28 and I think there should be a special election. We can't go without a representative for a year.

Speaker 2: 01:33 Hunter faces a possible five year sentence and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing hearing is March 17th Pria. Sure. Either K PBS news,

Speaker 1: 01:44 local military installations remain on alert after rocket attacks hit bases in Iraq with us troops. KPBS military reporter Steve Walsh says troop deployments appear to be on old

Speaker 3: 01:57 in some ways. It's business as usual at us. Bases in San Diego Marine air station Miramar announced on social media that they still plan to host an air exercise cold winter fury and are alerting people to expect extra noise. First Marine division at camp Pendleton is going ahead with joint exercises with Japanese forces. People going into bases can still expect extra security to remain in place. For example, Miramar discontinued its trusted traveler program. All bases continued to see long lines due to heightened security. Close to 200 Marines from Pendleton, Miramar and 29 palms are already stationed in Kuwait. Some of them have been moved into Baghdad to protect the embassy. So far, no other local deployments have been announced. Steve Walsh KPBS news

Speaker 1: 02:45 tensions between the U S and Iran appear to be calming at least compared to just 24 hours ago. But Iranian immigrants in San Diego are concerned about what lies ahead. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman explains, we live

Speaker 4: 03:00 abroad, but at the same time our heart and our mind is gravity gravitating towards the Euro.

Speaker 5: 03:09 Medi Moeen is from Iran and now leads the house of Juran and Balbo park. He's lived in the U S for more than 30 years and says Iranians in San Diego are hoping tensions do not escalate further.

Speaker 4: 03:18 A chain reaction is what everybody's concerned with and when there is no way to control the action or reactions of course, as as a community of immigrants, we are concerned. Yeah. And also we are concerned about the Iranians that are living any wrong.

Speaker 5: 03:37 Malouin says, he's concerned that Trump's anti Iran rhetoric could negatively impact Iranian immigrants here in San Diego.

Speaker 4: 03:42 I have seen and I've heard Iranian that have complained about them being um, cognitive and in fact some being insulted, hence the request for the American friends, colleagues and, and you know, people of San Diego that understand us and walk with us.

Speaker 5: 04:06 Matt Hoffman, K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 04:08 San Diego just got a bit greener with a new rapid bus lane on Elgon Boulevard speak city Heights reporter Ebony Monet has more about the bus way that extends from North park to city Heights,

Speaker 6: 04:23 an alcohol in park Boulevard fresh white paint outlines the start of a new rapid bus lane that mayor Kevin Faulkner says will encourage more people to use public transportation.

Speaker 5: 04:34 This three mile bus lane aims to reduce traffic, increase ridership, and of course protect our environment.

Speaker 6: 04:43 The lane extends to Fairmont Avenue in city Heights, metropolitan transit system estimates this corridor serves 10,000 passengers a day. City officials say the pilot project cost $100,000 and to experience the new bus lane, passengers can ride the two 15 rapid bus for free through January 17th Ebony Monet, K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 05:07 Governor Gavin Newsom took several actions Wednesday with the goal of getting homeless people off the streets in California. Capitol public radio is PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols is tracking Newsome's promise to tackle homelessness.

Speaker 7: 05:21 Newsome called for using state money and property to address the growing crisis. He proposed a new fund of $750 million in the upcoming state budget. Much of that would pay for rental assistance to house people who were homeless. The fund would be set up to receive donations from philanthropy and the private sector as well. Newsome also signed an executive order requiring state agencies to find government property that can be used for housing. Caltrans will be asked to look for land along highways. Health departments will look for old, decommissioned state hospitals and even will be considered.

Speaker 8: 05:58 All of this is aimed at bringing the estimated 90,000 unsheltered Californians indoors. Chris Nichols, cap radio news,

Speaker 2: 06:08 an Oceanside woman with a passion for costume making has become an inspiration to kids across the country. In a story that first aired last year, KPV has reported Prius rather explains now set her godmother. Are you ready to go? Once upon a time. And Oceanside lived a woman, Mandy, her husband, Ryan and their eight year old daughter, Kaylee, the lightest tap, the gentlest touch, and she was dressed in a gown. Their tail is one of happiness and love and family, but it wasn't always an easy one. Right? Crystal Mandy was born without an arm. They think that an amniotic band wrapped around it and just kept it from developing properly. So I've had my whole life to figure out how to adapt and do the things that I want to do after spending her childhood bouncing from place to place with her father, who was a pastor. Mandy eventually settled down in Florida. It was there that Mandy met Ryan. I'm so fortunate that I found my own Prince charming. Um, he is so sweet and accepting and supportive in real life too. The two fell in love. Ryan a Marine was living in San Diego. He flew his new love to California where the couple went to their own ball, the Marine Corps ball. Eventually they got married and had a baby girl.

Speaker 8: 07:26 Our space. Our second, um, Valentine's day, we, uh, I went and bought her a sewing machine because in the Marine Corps my job is a Perisher rigor or flight equipment technician. We basically sold and repair, uh, fabric things that uh, the aircrew use. I bought her solution cause she is a theater arts major and she had her own little book of costumes. She wanted design force theater

Speaker 9: 07:49 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 07:49 it was that hobby that ended up transforming Mandy into a fairy godmother herself.

Speaker 9: 07:58 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 07:58 she created some costumes for her daughter friends, but then she got inspired. My daughter had been studying Cinderella stories at school and I realized that there were all these beautiful tales from around the world, but there was still no princesses who looked like me. And so I just had the thought, if this character doesn't exist, I'm going to create [inaudible]

Speaker 9: 08:21 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 08:21 she spent 60 hours creating a Cinderella ball gown and another 40 creating one for her Prince charming.

Speaker 2: 08:30 She wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do with it all, but she knew she wanted to highlight and celebrate her difference. When I was growing up, I rarely saw anybody who looked like me on television. I still didn't see amputee women being portrayed as beautiful or strong. And so it took me a really long time to recognize that the things that make us different and unique can actually be really positive traits. And that was the twist. Mandy decided instead of a glass slipper, her Cinderella would have a glass arm. After telling friends about her plan, she was linked up to a sculptor in Arizona who took one of her prosthetic arms and created a glass looking one out of clear rosin. She posted the pictures on her Facebook and overnight the post went viral with thousands of likes. I've actually been amazed that everybody has been so positive and encouraging. You know, it's kind of scary to put yourself out there on the internet like this, but it's been incredible how everyone has, uh, had just had positive messages to convey. She now has received messages and pictures from families across the United States who say she's an inspiration. Her Prince charming says all of this couldn't be happening to a better person.

Speaker 8: 09:47 I'm very proud of her. Definitely. She's, um, and she definitely deserves it. She's a very sweet person, a very, uh, uh, compassionate person for people.

Speaker 2: 09:56 Mandy has created a new Facebook page where she's invited her followers to share their own stories about celebrating their differences. I began to realize, you know, this is something really special and I at least want to kids who were like me, who had some kind of physical difference or limb difference to be able to see it, to maybe inspire them that they can be the hero of their own story too. She says, this is just the beginning. This has been a complete dream come true for me. She says her Cinderella story continues to evolve and she wants to help put the happy and the ever afters of many more children who might feel a little different pre Sri, their K PBS news. Are you worried about what happens to your data on the internet? Well, a new law that went into effect at the beginning of this year allows California's to ask businesses to delete their data or be fined. KPBS science and technology reporter Shalina Chet Lonnie's spoke to businesses and consumer advocates for this story

Speaker 10: 10:57 ever stroll through Facebook or Instagram and seen an advertisement for, well that thing you looked up on Google just two minutes earlier. Targeted advertisements are commonplace on the internet where human behaviors and preferences can be stored and potentially sold by tech companies. Emory Rhone, an attorney at the privacy rights clearing house in San Diego says identity theft data breaches and these advertisements are among the many concerns residents have brought up.

Speaker 11: 11:23 I want them to have my information and now my debit card and my social security number and my driver's license are out on the internet. Apparently. What do I do and how did it get this bad?

Speaker 10: 11:33 A March ACLU polls show 90% of voters in the state support more consumer privacy protections from online technology companies and last year residents got that when legislators passed the California consumer privacy act, the legislation says consumers can request from certain larger businesses to know how their data being used and ask those businesses to delete it or acid and not be sold. Rowan calls it a landmark piece of legislation, especially in terms of the steps consumers can take to protect themselves. Rather than saying, freeze your credit or you know, take some remedial steps to try not to be low hanging fruit. We can say, look, why don't you go to that business, find out what information they have on you and then take that control back. The legislation has many businesses focusing on getting their data assets in order, but the legislation is fairly vague, says Justine Phillips, a San Diego attorney specializing in data privacy for businesses.

Speaker 2: 12:30 Ben till CCPA was here, this was a wild West type world. You were allowed to amass data, um, that was unregulated data. Now the definition of personal information under California consumer privacy act is really broad.

Speaker 10: 12:45 She says, now businesses will have to figure out what data applies and whether they even fall under the scope of the law. For example, a business partner that's just providing software support to a larger technology company could be subject to the CCPA. Like ESET, a company that produces computer antivirus products. Alexandra ALB, Rose and executive there. She says, even though East side only collects a limited amount of data from its consumers, staff had to have lots of meetings on it, spend thousands of dollars and hire a consultant to get prepared.

Speaker 2: 13:15 Well, first of all, I needed to educate myself on what, what is the act, once I understood kind of what the act means, look at our business and the business model and how we communicated with our customers and put into place, uh, measures. Um, whether that is, um, changing things on the website or whether that's changing how our systems work.

Speaker 10: 13:38 All bro says it's important to protect consumers privacy. So the company's happy to comply. But she says East side is a medium sized business. So larger companies may have had to do more.

Speaker 2: 13:47 We need to keep certain amount of data to be able to conduct business. And the law had that in mind as well. So there are exceptions to, um, deleting information. So while it's not gonna prevent us or other companies from doing business, it definitely is something where all the businesses have to think about, okay, what is it that we really need in order to, um, maintain business?

Speaker 10: 14:16 East side wasn't hit too hard, but Phillip says that may not be the case with other small companies.

Speaker 2: 14:21 This is going to be a trickle down effect, uh, where the priority, uh, will be pushed down to organizations that may not just have the size to justify a large, uh, dedication of resources.

Speaker 10: 14:36 And that includes many businesses in San Diego. Phillips says the city is home to a major tech industry, but despite the impending burden of data management, businesses will have to address consumer privacy rights. Attorney Emory, Ron says this is needed to happen for a while. We have arrived

Speaker 11: 14:52 at a point where consumers around the world are waking up to the realities of what it means to exist in a big data world. And they're pushing back on that.

Speaker 1: 15:01 Both of these attorneys say they believe lots of California residents will exercise their new rights under this legislation. Shalina Celani key PBS news. That's it for San Diego news matters today. Consider supporting this podcast by becoming a KPBS member today. Just go to kpbs.org/membership.

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