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San Diego, Interrupted: Trump’s Threats To Close The Border Slow Cross-Border Trade And More Local News

 April 5, 2019 at 2:35 AM PDT

Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's April 5th I'm Deb Welsh and your listening to San Diego News matters. An international team of scientists led by researchers at Uc San Diego, maybe one step closer to successfully treating pancreatic cancer. KPBS has Sally Hixon tells us studies by the research team reveal some unexpected findings using gene editing tools. The scientists were able to stall cancer development and improve survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients by inhibiting a certain hormone receptor. It's called retinoic acid, receptor related orphan receptor gamma, and it was previously studied in inflammation and t cell differentiation. The significance of all that according to medical experts drugs targeting the hormone receptor that have already been developed by several pharmaceutical companies and are in trials for auto immune diseases. Those same agents could also serve as a valuable therapeutic strategy for pancreatic cancer. The one year relative survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 20% according to the American cancer society, the five year rate is just 7% Sally Hixon KPBS news, the San Diego Fleet football team's season was cut short after the league that owned it. Suspended operations this week. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman says, while the team has done the city of San Diego still owed money. Speaker 2: 01:22 The San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American football league played four games at Stcu stadium this year. The stadium is owned by the city of San Diego and according to an agreement to play there, the city charged $100,000 in estimated expenditures plus $25,000 in rent per game. According to a city spokesman, the city has not received any of the estimated $400,000 and game day related expenses and has not yet been paid rent for two games. Ticket sales force supposed to go to the team, but the city has withheld that money to cover operating expenses. A spokesman says it's a common practice to keep ticket revenues to cover expenses incurred by tenants. The fleet still had one home game at Stcu stadium this year and a statement the team says it hopes to share information about refunds for tickets soon between ticket sales, parking, and concessions revenue. The city says it will make a profit from fleet football. Matt Hoffman. KPBS news. Speaker 1: 02:16 KPBS reached out to the alliance of American football to see if it was planning to pay the city, but have not heard back. Jordan peals us is a hit in theaters now. He's trying his hand at rebooting Rod Serling is the twilight zone for CBS all access KPBS arts reporter Beth Armando has this review. Jordan Speaker 3: 02:36 peels reboot of the groundbreaking 1960s TV show is out of the gate with two episodes. Your next stop. The twilight zone anticipation was high with the talented peel overseeing what he's calling a reimagining of the original twilight zone series, but as an anthology show with a different director each week, consistency may be an issue. The production values and acting are top so far, but the writing is more erratic. The first episode offered a rather uninspired riff on the old cliff Roberts and episode the dummy. However, the second episode delivered a more provocative reimagining of the famous nightmare at 20,000 feet with the update cleverly acknowledging how new technology and new fears generated by terrorism can affect us. The twilight zone. Reboot has yet to dazzle me, but it shows a respect and affection for the original. That's encouraging along with a willingness to reinvent. That's promising death. Mondo KPBS news Speaker 1: 03:33 earlier, the twilight zone got a reboot and now Stephen King's pet cemetery gets a remake. KPV has film critic Beth welcome. Mondo has this review. I have to confess, I'm not a huge fan of the original 1989 pet cemetery. I did like the joy took and it's cheesy scares and that a woman Mary Lambert had directed it and I think I was too old and jaded to actually find its tail of raising the dead scary, but at least it embraced Stephen King's horror with enough fund to make it re watchable. The new pet cemetery is a fairly watchable one Speaker 3: 04:05 with the exception of John Lithgow. The cast is unengaging. Yeah, Speaker 1: 04:08 and the scares holy predictable. Sometimes dead is better and sometimes remix just aren't needed. As with kings, it sometimes the scariest things have nothing to do with the supernatural, but rather with the real world. If the filmmakers had recognized that perhaps pet cemetery would have been better. The Fuck Amando KPBS news. Uh, California lawmaker wants to close a special DMV office that only serves people connected to the state legislature or other elected and appointed officials. Capital public radio's Randall white explains, Speaker 4: 04:40 the DMV service center is located inside the legislative office building across the street from the Capitol in Sacramento. You have to know where to go to find it. And it's behind a locked door. It has a staff of three people. One of them is part time, the department of motor vehicles. It says 90% of the work done at this office is to help customers who need to resolve DMV issues. But the other 10% involves by appointment only services for a select Speaker 5: 05:07 group. I think it needs to close down. Speaker 4: 05:09 That's Republican Assemblyman, Kevin Kiley of Rocklin. He says if legislators had to wait in line like the rest of the public, they'd be more likely to fix the DMVS problem. Speaker 5: 05:18 I mean, uh, you know, this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, not as sort of oligarchy, uh, where, uh, you know, in a week, political class has privileges that aren't available to the folks were supposed to represent. Speaker 4: 05:30 Kylie says his bill would preserve the services offered at this office that are available to everyone in Sacramento. I'm Randall white Speaker 1: 05:39 in San Diego at the country's busiest land port of entry. Tens of thousands of people cross the border every day to go to school, work, see a doctor or go shopping. If president Trump closes the border, their lives and the regional economy would be interrupted. KPBS border. Gene Guerrero Speaker 6: 05:58 has the story more than a hundred thousand people across the border daily through San Diego and Tijuana and the city's exchange more than $4 billion a year. President Trump has floated closing the border to address the unprecedented number of families applying for asylum in the US. So we're going to have a strong border. We're going to have a closed border. Correct. Just to close the border are scaring people here. Americans who can't afford San Diego housing live in Tijuana while commuting to work wealthier Mexican, send their kids to private school in San Diego and San Diegans who can't afford healthcare in the u s good doctors in Tijuana such as Bertha [inaudible] who lives in San Diego, but has a dentist in Tijuana, and I came here because it's cheap, but cheaper corner. Then in San Diego, she says, closing the border would be a real mess for her because she also needs to take care of her mom who lives in Tijuana. All my things and my life's goes over there, but I went to see my mom. Every row is seeing a dentist at the first Mexican Hmo to be licensed as a healthcare provider by the state of California. Simsa offers medical and dental services to American, but in Tijuana, president Frank [inaudible], dozens of people canceled their appointment this week because Trump's threats to close the border and made them afraid they'd get stuck in Mexico if they crossed. Speaker 7: 07:26 It's just the threats alone. Yes. Then that in itself has so many Korean a problem Speaker 6: 07:32 reuse uses. The HMO employs about 500 physicians and treats between 1500 and 2000 patients a day. He says closing the border would be devastating, not only for his business, but for most of the people he knows. Speaker 7: 07:46 We're dividing families by doing this so, so really know nobody wins in this and this Speaker 6: 07:52 many local residents live as if the region, we're a single place. Speaker 8: 07:56 San Diego and Tijuana are really one metropolitan area, even though there's a border between us. Speaker 6: 08:06 Lucy Lecona works at a San Diego nonprofit that installs solar panels for low income families, but she has a house in Tijuana and cares for sick relatives over there. Speaker 8: 08:17 We have, uh, commitments and, and relationships on both sides. I have a, I have found a family member who is on dialysis and Mexico and she requires a help and attention. Speaker 6: 08:32 Every morning dozens of new asylum seekers arrived at the port of entry to put their names on a wait list. It takes weeks to be called to speak to a u s customs officer because it's a long backlog. Most are from southern Mexico and Central America. One woman who's been waiting since last month is from Cuba, does it them to stay close to the border. I don't know what's going to to us, she asked for anonymity because she fears for her life settled model. They hustle by East is when a human leaves her country, her culture, her habits and roots. It's because she must, because the saddest thing in the world, this BM migrant people humiliate you. They mistreat you back at the medical practice, got to reuse as much as he fears for his business. He fears for asylum seekers to Speaker 7: 09:20 the crisis is real. It is real. Is that, is that this isn't that fabricated? We do have a crisis. The crisis is in this. In Central America. These people are fleeing poverty and violence, so, so the, the answer to this problem is go to the root of the problem. The root of the problem is there. Speaker 6: 09:42 He says the U s should help people in Central America, but president Trump recently announced plans to end all aid to what? Amala Honduras and El Salvador as punishment for failing to stem the tide of migrants. Gene Guerrero. KPBS news. Thanks for listening to KPBS as San Diego news matters podcast. For more local stories, go to k pbs.org.

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