Good Morning, I’m Debbie Cruz….it’s Monday, December 5th.
More on that next. But first... let’s do the headlines….
The San Diego Unified School District received a cybersecurity threat last week.
The potential data breach could impact personnel files, grades, and confidential health information.
In a written statement to parents and staff, Friday, Superintendent. Lamont Jackson, said…
“The district acted swiftly to take steps to secure the network, to launch an investigation, and to prevent any disruptions to operations.”
All staff passwords were immediately changed…and passwords for all students will also be changed in the coming days..
Authorities are investigating who is responsible.
The San Diego Police Department on Friday began citing street vendors who violate the city's new sidewalk vending ordinance.
The law prohibits street vendors of any kind from selling in the Gaslamp District.
Vendors who continue to sell in “No Vending Zones” are now going to be cited.
The fines can range from 200 to one-thousand-dollars, and other possible penalties.
Although street vendors are not permitted in the Gaslamp District, vendors can obtain a sidewalk permit and conduct business in other designated areas.
Flu and Covid-19 cases are both up across San Diego County, and that’s before considering any potential Thanksgiving surge cases.
New case numbers will be released on Thursday, when the county’s Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report is updated.
Nearly 10-thousand Covid cases were reported in the county last month.
And since July, there have been nearly 13-thousand flu cases reported.
This time last year, only 424 flu cases were reported.
From KPBS, you’re listening to San Diego News Now. Stay with me for more of the local news you need.
Chula Vista officials claim a new policy bans the sale of data picked up by police surveillance tools.
But privacy advocates warn most personal information could still lawfully be sold.
KPBS Investigative reporter Amita Sharma explains.
Last week, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria signed an executive order responding to the fentanyl crisis in San Diego.
It directs the San Diego police department to focus more of its efforts on disrupting sales of the drug.
In 20-21, more than 800 San Diegans died of fentanyl-related overdoses… and many of them were homeless.
Sam Quinones is a journalist and author of the book “The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the time of Fentanyl and Meth.”
He joined KPBS’s Jade Hindmon to talk about how we got to this point.
How has fentanyl become such a major problem, how did we get here?
This executive order from the Mayor would increase enforcement measures against the drug. How well has this strategy worked in other cities?
That was author and journalist Sam Quinones, speaking with KPBS Midday Edition host, Jade Hindmon.
Homelessness can happen fast.
And for many, the pathway out can be long and difficult.
KPBS reporter Jacob Aere says a Friday event in Lakeside brought together organizations dedicated to helping people get off of the streets and back into society.
The goal of the Homeless Resource Fair in Lakeside was to provide unhoused people with access to food, clothing and services they need … and a chance at stability. Superior Court Judge Roderick (ROD-uh-rick) Shelton says it’s crucial people experiencing homelessness get more than just a shower and a warm meal. They also need legal help. “So what we're doing here is that if the person may have a warrant from some small infraction, or some small misdemeanor case, we can take care of all that here today.” The event offered this help … through the Homeless Court Program …with attorneys present on site. Friday’s event was the 6th Homeless Resource Fair held in San Diego County since November 2021. Jacob Aere, KPBS News.
Southwestern College and S-D-S-U have just received grants to support more Hispanic students in healthcare careers.
KPBS Education reporter M.G. Perez has details.
More than 70-percent of students attending Southwestern College are Hispanic. Those who want to go into nursing or any medical career will benefit most from the quarter of a million dollars in grant money that will now support their continued education. The funding comes from Bank of America which has also awarded San Diego State with the same grant. Both schools will use the money in developing curriculum, providing staff and job placements for their students in the healthcare industry…which was severely strained during COVID. DR. Mark Sanchez is President of Southwestern College “If this were ever to happen again..we will have the people who can respond to the needs of the community. I think the pandemic exposed just how important this work is to invest these types of collaborations.” The grant money is already funding programs that will support students graduating next spring. MGP KPBS News
They don’t hold a job, they don't pay rent and they poop all over the place.
Sea lions have made the Oceanside harbor their home… and boat owners there don’t like it.
KPBS North County reporter Tania Thorne has the story.
Boat owners in the Oceanside Harbor have some new dock-mates… sea lions.And they’re causing damage. Devan Halford cleans boats at the Harbor.“ they’ve sunk boats, their oily skin, their excrement gets on the side of boats, dries like concrete and they’ve been an absolute nuisance.”Harbor staff say they routinely shoo sea lions away by pounding the dock with a broom handle. The sound and vibration tends to move them along.Staff recommend boat owners “politely” move the sea lions off the docks.Michael Millstein is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.They are the agency in charge of the protection of marine mammals and protected species.So anything that could lead essentially that could lead to their death is, is off limitsMillstein recommends the public keep a safe distance, do not feed the seal lions, and dispose of bait as far away from harbors as possible.TT KPBS News
Coming up.... Was the city of San Diego’s street sweeper naming contest legit? We’ll have that story and more, next, just after the break.
We’ve been updating you on the city of San Diego’s naming contest for its newest electric street sweeper.
The contest was a trend San Diego hopped on among cities to hold naming contests.
But was the city’s contest legit?
KPBS reporter Claire Trageser says not really.
This week San Diego officials announced that residents had spoken and the winning name for the new street cleaning machine was “SWEEP-E.” But it wasn’t a true popularity contest. The city received more than 300 name submissions. They ranged from “Bristleface McGee, Defender of the Waterways” to “Meryl Sweep.” But no one tabulated the results to see what names were suggested most. So says city spokesperson Anthony Santacroce. “The number of times that we saw any particular suggestion didn't really factor into our decision making. We also had to exclude any offensive or inappropriate suggestions." The city also excluded “Sweepy McSweepface.” That’s a variation of the legendary Boaty McBoatface … the name UK residents chose for a government research boat. CT KPBS NEWS.
To see a full list of the names submitted, head to KPBS-dot-org.
Prepare for some season’s beatings as Santa takes on a group of mercenaries in the new film Violent Night.
KPBS film critic Beth Accomando spoke with actor David Harbour about delivering a different kind of holiday cheer.
As Violent Night opens, Santa’s feeling depressed that the holiday he created to encourage generosity has gone commercial and centers on greed. You ain’t driving are you… I steer a little but the reindeer do most of the work. And things go from bad to worse as he arrives at a house where mercenaries are holding a family captive. I am in a room with my entire family and there are 2 bad men with guns watching us… I need to get you out of there… So Santa has to step up his game and deliver more than gifts. David Harbour plays the put upon Santa. DAVID HARBOUR What I found was really unique about it was you go on this wild action ride, action comedy ride. And then at the end, you come out with that Christmas moving thing of, like, believing in the spirit of Christmas. Harbour brings a lot of heart but also a lot of carnage as he decks the halls with the blood of the naughty crooks in this R-rated holiday comedy. Think Die Hard but with Santa as the reluctant hero taking care of business, and ho ho ho replacing yippe ka yay [bleep]. So basically, the perfect Christmas movie for action fans. Beth Accomando, KPBS News.
That’s it for the podcast today. As always you can find more San Diego news online at KPBS dot org. I’m Debbie Cruz. Thanks for listening and have a great day.