Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Watch Live

Julian Volunteer Firefighters Asking To Block Dissolution Of Fire Department And More Local News

 April 11, 2019 at 2:36 AM PDT

Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's April 11th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters. The Julian Quia Maka volunteer firefighters were in Superior Court Wednesday trying to get some resolution over the future of their department. KPBS reporter Prius Sri. There has more. Wednesday was the third day of the standoff between the county and the Julian Quia Maca volunteer fire department. The volunteers lawyer appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing on a temporary restraining order against the county. That hearing was postponed to April 17th while the citizens of the area voted to dissolve the volunteer department. The volunteer say the original application to dissolve the department was illegal. The volunteers have locked themselves inside their station. Cal Fire is responding to all emergencies in the area until the dispute is resolved. Prius Sri there k PBS news. California has a favorite daughter of the race for president, but a new poll says Camilla Harris is actually not the favorite among California Democrats. KPBS editor Tom Fudge has the story. Speaker 2: 01:03 The Quinnipiac University poll as Democrats and those, the Lean Democrat who they'd vote for the California primary were held today. Joe Biden came in first with 26% Bernie Sanders got 18% in California. His junior senator, Kamala Harris was third with 17% UC San Diego political science professor, thin cows, or he says it's too early in the campaign to say that it's horrible news for Harris. Even in her home stage, she should be expected to trail such well known candidates, but he says Harris has to turn things around. Before next year's March 3rd primary, Camilla Harris will be the overwhelming favorite in the California primary and anything short of the victory. Will the scene as a stumbled that could, uh, could tank or candidacy. Kelzer says Harris now needs to focus on fundraising and winning endorsements and so far she's done a good job in both areas. Dom Fudge, UK PBS news Speaker 1: 01:57 film consortium, San Diego Kicks Off, it's third annual San Diego film week denied at Sunset Temple KPBS film critic Beth like a module as this preview of what's ahead. Speaker 3: 02:08 San Diego film week highlights more than a hundred local films as well as best of selections from Film Festivals such as film out San Diego, San Diego, Italian film festival, 48 hour film project, and more. One of the film screening at film week is capture directed by John Freeman and Kerensa gear. Freeman has nothing but praise for what the film consortium has done for filmmakers like him. Speaker 4: 02:31 I can make a living right now making movies, doing what I love. I make a living making art. And I got that opportunity directly from the film consortium. They gave me opportunities to meet other filmmakers. They gave me opportunities to enter film festivals. They gave me opportunities to get resources such as crew and locations. Llegara Speaker 3: 02:49 agrees and appreciates the opportunities film week offers to local filmmakers. It's means so much to see your work on, uh, how it's intended on the big screen. And Speaker 1: 03:00 it's such a nice thing to get to go and see your own work or support others in their, their work on the big screen. And that's a huge part of it. Capture screens on April 18th and San Diego Film. We culminates with the sixth annual San Diego film awards presented by Kpbs on April 20th Beth Armando Kpbs News, California as part of a nationwide measles outbreak. The second largest is the disease was considered eliminated in the u s back in 2000 capital public radio's Randall white has this update Speaker 5: 03:30 statewide. There were 19 recorded cases as of April 5th they're almost entirely clustered in the bay area and the more rural counties of Butte and plaster in southern California. Los Angeles County had one measles patient Dr. Dean Blumberg is with Uc Davis Children's hospital. He says even that one case is cause for concern. That's one of the most contagious diseases we know and in fact, in a susceptible population, it'll in fact nine out of every 10 contacts of people. So it's really contagious and that's what makes it so difficult to eliminate. Blumberg says vaccination is key to controlling the disease. California's largest reason to outbreak peaked with 131 cases for years ago. Many of those were traced to visits at Disney parks in Orange County last year. The state saw a total of 21 recorded cases in Sacramento. I'm Randall white. Speaker 1: 04:21 Heck aren't. Spring showcase kicks off its ninth year, tomorrow night with eight days of Asian cinema. KPBS film critic Beth Lock Mondo as this preview because there's an excess of great Asian Speaker 3: 04:32 cinema. Pack Arts treats audiences to a pair of film festivals each year. The main San Diego Asian film festival is in the fall and this month we get the smaller spring showcase. The showcase highlights Asia pop discoveries, mystery Kung Fu theater and works for masters. This year. The most exciting sidebar is temptingly called from the claws of darkness, restoring Philippines cinema. One of the films is Homola from 1980 to about a curse town and the turmoil that erupts when a woman claims to see the Virgin Mary. The film typifies the beauty, melodrama and gripping power of Philippine cinema. The festival runs through April 18th at ultra star cinemas, mission valley Beth like Armando Speaker 1: 05:15 key PBS news. The USS Midway Museum gave a tour to a notable veteran Wednesday, KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman was there as the ship welcomed one of its former sailors and his family Speaker 6: 05:27 ed stand Koski joined the u s navy in 1942 and served through World War II before his tour ended. He was part of the first crew aboard the USS Midway back in 1945 Speaker 7: 05:37 with Darko shakedown cruise to the Caribbean island, pure water and stuff, and they came back, put it on dry dock, recurs at some bugs that they had a remedy Speaker 6: 05:50 stand. Koski lives in Wisconsin and made the trip to San Diego with his family. His son, Ken says, this is a memory they'll never forget, a little bit, heart Speaker 1: 05:58 wrenching. You know, I take the pie, even hit a tear in his eye and he's just kind of a tough nut. Not very often. You see that Speaker 2: 06:03 now, 97 years old. This was 10 Koski his first time seeing the ship since leaving the navy back in 1946 Matt Hoffman, Kpbs News, Speaker 1: 06:13 San Diego City Council President George at Gomes is close to unveiling and update. To a city affordable housing policy. KPBS metro reporter Andrew born explains what inclusionary housing is. Speaker 2: 06:26 Most new housing projects in the city have to set aside 10% of their homes for low income households at affordable rents or pay into a fund that supports affordable housing elsewhere. Most developers choose to pay the feed and some progressive's had been pushing to eliminate that fee option or otherwise put more pressure on developers to subsidize affordable homes in their projects. Here's gum as his chief of policy, Lara Gate Speaker 8: 06:51 clear fact is that the market that builds in San Diego is a luxury market and there are a lot of people being left behind in affordable in middle income ranges. Speaker 2: 07:00 Skeptics say inclusionary housing can hurt affordability by stalling new construction during a housing shortage. The policy is due to be unveiled in April or May, Andrew Bowen, KPBS news, Speaker 1: 07:12 hundreds of Central Americans who've been returned to Tijuana while their asylum proceedings unfold to the u s are wondering where they'll be next week. The White House wants to appeal a federal judge's order to end the return to Mexico program. KPB As border reporter. Gene Guerrero has more. The federal judge said the u s can't sent asylum seekers back to a country where they aren't safe. Robin Bernard Attorney with human rights first says one of her clients was a named plaintiff for the lawsuit. She expects him to return to the u s on Friday unless the Trump administration appeals and a stay is placed on the judge's decision. Bernard says her clients would prefer to be detained in the U s than be out of custody in Mexico Speaker 9: 07:57 waiting in Mexico. They've been sick and God. It's been a very difficult period of time. So them, and then I can only imagine for some of the other individuals who are like families and have young kids. Speaker 1: 08:09 The Trump administration says the return to Mexico program helps overwhelmed asylum system by disincentivizing fraudulent claims. Gene Guerrero KPBS news, the Colorado River Delta is shaped by geographical and political boundaries. It lies on the u s Mexico border and its fate is controlled by people on both sides. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the side of an accidental wetland. Luke Runyon continues his series on the last 100 miles of the Colorado River Speaker 2: 08:43 one butone Mendez navigates a small metal motorboat through amaze of tall reeds at the CN, Aiga de Santa Clara and the Mexican state of Sonora. It's nearing sunset and the sky turning shades of light blue and purple. It smells like wet earth. An unfamiliar sent in the desert. Mendez lives nearby and works for the conservation group pro, not Tura Norwest Day. He cuts the motor and we sit quietly on the shallow water and watch as species of coastal birds land here for the night. There are American Koons with their white bills and dark gray feathers followed by broad winged yellow beaked Pelicans. Mendez has explored this wetland since its creation in the 1970s he's been called the patron saint of the CNAS and the filter. The water started to flow to this place in the 1970s I would walk around here without having to worry about getting wet. The wetland is fed by a concrete canal that removes salty runoff from American farms across the border. Speaker 2: 09:50 It's a perfect stopover for migratory birds on their journey. Along the coast. We Oakland loving lucky. When I come here as soon as I arrive, it's like uh, uh, happiness. It's a pleasure but there's a problem as the Colorado River basin heats up and dries out, Mendez is concerned. People will stop thinking of the Sienna goes water as waste, find a way to use it and in turn harm this oasis that Minessa mother than the the biggest threat that has me thinking at times, although you won't believe it. I'm thinking that one day when we least expected the United States will say no more water for the wetlands of Santa Clara. No Muss, I will. Speaker 10: 10:34 Declan is concern is valid. A way to treat the agricultural runoff already exists in Yuma, Arizona. Mike Norris manages the human to salting plant for the U S Bureau of reclamation. This is the largest practice water facility in the country and the second largest in the world finished in the 1990s the plant could treat the salty wastewater and send it to Mexico for use on farms and cities to meet treaty obligations, but it's never been fully operational that you want me to. Assaults plan is nothing but a tool in the toolbox is it's a costly tool to operate during prolonged dry spells. Though those costs become more reasonable. If the u s did decide to dust off the cobwebs, it would allow for more water conservation, but it would be bad news for this iga which would then only receive briny waste with little water making it in hospitable to wildlife. If we continue in a drought situation as like me drops that plant could be considered as one of the tools to take it out of the toolbox to, you know, to help Speaker 2: 11:38 conserve water and Lake Bait. But because it sat idle for so long, it would need millions of dollars in improvements before it could be used and that funding isn't secure. It's hard to imagine what the Colorado Delta looked like when the river's still float here. The Sienna is bordered by miles and miles of crusty salt flats, but sitting on a boat inside the wetland, you can picture the delta in a past life. The wetlands, patron St wan Butran Mendez says the fate of the area is uncertain. [inaudible] no, the two countries, we're neighbors, right? If the United States and Mexico, we need to have an agreement between the two countries, right? That that that won't happen because it would be a disaster. I mean the South Bay, the country's relationship has been put to the test because of ongoing threats from President Donald Trump and other outside pressures like climate change and growing populations could make it that much harder to keep this wetland from disappearing. I'm Luke Runyon in Sonora, Mexico. Speaker 1: 12:50 This story is part of ongoing coverage of the Colorado River produced in partnership with Public Radio Station, K U N C and Colorado with financial support by the Walton Family Foundation. Tomorrow we'll look at restoration efforts that are bringing some life and water back to the delta. Thanks for listening to KPBS has San Diego news matters podcast. For more local stories, go to

San Diego News Matters is KPBS' weekday news podcast. KPBS covers politics, education, health, environment, the border and more on podcast, radio (89.5FM), TV and online at