Mixed reviews of San Diego climate programs

Good morning, I’ve Anika Kolber … it’s Thursday, April 14 >>>>

Mixed reviews of the area’s climatic action plans

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San Diego law enforcement leaders say they have agreed to change the way cases where cops shoot and kill people are investigated. They said Wednesday that when a law enforcement officer in every department in the county other than the sheriff’s department shoots and kills someone, the sheriff’s department will conduct the investigation. If the incident involves a deputy sheriff, San Diego police will handle an investigation.

Supporters of police reform demand that no law enforcement agency investigate any other law enforcement agency. But Lower Sheriff Kelly Martinez rejected it.

“I understand the question, I understand the point, everyone thinks that every agency is the same and that we all work very closely together, but it really is not, they are much more independent, we are all independent of each other.”

Martinez says every local county law enforcement agency has signed the new agreement.

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SANDAG plans to move forward with a project to connect public transportation to San Diego International Airport. SANDAG Chairwoman Cincinnati Mayor Catherine Blixfire said Wednesday that downtown San Diego is the preferred site for downtown transportation. The center will serve anyone traveling to and from the airport, whether by bus, trolley, COASTER or Amtrak.

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The San Diego Padres are today opening their home in Petco Park.

The team will face the Atlanta Braves tonight, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:10 p.m. San Diegoers had to wait a little longer for the Padres home to open due to bargaining delays that included a three-month lockout.

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Climate advocates give the region mixed reviews when it comes to developing climate action plans.

KPBS environmental correspondent Eric Anderson says it may cost the region access to state and federal funding.

More than half of the municipalities in the area have climatic action plans, and the latest report card shows three good examples, Escondido, Encinitas and La Mesa. The top-ranked Escondido program has focused on climate equality, green infrastructure and food availability. My environment is heavier than their neighbors.

Alejandro Almdor, family home

“San Isidro is one of the communities that needs to endure exposure to higher levels of air pollution caused by highways that surround and intersect our community.”

Almdor says this leaves residents more vulnerable to the effects of the changing climate. Pavi is the only city with no commitment to developing a climate action plan.

Eric Anderson KPBS News

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The president of the San Diego Humane Society has just returned from a special trip to Poland to help Ukraine’s pets.

Kpbs reporter Kitty Alvarado says Dr. Gary Weizmann has left his heart there, and he hopes to do more again.

What a good girl

It’s just a typical day for Dr. Gary Weizmann, a veterinarian and president of the San Diego Humane Society, caring for pets and making sure they get a good home is his mission …

Recently this mission took him to the Polish border with Ukraine

Hey i’m here with this little guy we found this morning … he’s getting along really well and we called you a slava, like a Ukrainian slava

For me pets are a medicine, honestly they are the medicine that goes wrong in our world

When he saw pictures of people fleeing the war, with their pets, he knew he needed help,

And what we wanted to make sure was that they would not have to lose the animals on their homes and anything else in their lives

He took medicine and groceries and worked in an makeshift animal shelter set up in a tent and helped as many pets as possible in ten days

He hopes to return but until then he says he will continue to help through donations. But he will not forget those he helped comfort through helping their pets.

I think what I did was very very little, with the extent of what is happening, the real heroes are the Ukrainian people, honestly.

Kitty Alvarado KPBS News

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The CDC is extending its masking mandate on airlines and public transportation until May 3rd. Meanwhile, recent data from the San Diego County indicates continued low rates of Covid-19 infection, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Dr. Eric Topol is the director of the Institute for the Translation of Scripts in La Jolla. He spoke with KPBS Midday Edition host Jade Hindmon.

It was Dr. Eric Topol who spoke with KPBS Midday Edition host Jade Hindmon.

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San Diego leaders have announced a plan to create a black arts and culture district in San Diego in the Ankanto neighborhood.

KPBS Speak City Heights reporter Jacob Air has more.

San Diego’s Black Arts and Culture District will brand the Imperial Avenue area in San Diego’s Ankanto neighborhood as a black cultural center.

San Diego Pro Council President Tam Monica Montgomery Stepa says it will honor the hard work and contributions of the black community.

“The Arts District has the potential to help us attract more businesses, more cultural organizations, events and tourism to this area without forgetting who we are and who brought us there.”

The district’s actual location will be on Imperial Avenue between 61st and 69th streets, including Marie Widman Memorial Park.

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee heard the proposal for the Black Arts and Culture District for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. Jacob Aere, KPBS News.

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Soon …. veterans are more likely to develop eating disorders than citizens. We’ll get this story from the American Home Front project, next, right after the break.

A recent study suggests that military veterans may be more likely than civilians to develop eating disorders, especially if they have experienced PTSD or sexual assault. This is an area that has not been researched much in the past.

Desiree D’iorio reports for the American Homefront project.

[Chandler Rand has struggled with various eating disorders since she was a kid. She says she’s healthy now, but her recovery is an ongoing process. She still has to fight off negative thoughts about her body image and weight.

“ It’s basically like walking a tightrope is what it means for me day to day.”

Back in 2016, Rand was a Marine. She’d been successfully treated for anorexia as a teenager, but after boot camp, she began to binge eat and became bulimic.

“I don’t think I saw that as part of my eating disorder at the time. I think I just saw it as part of being a good Marine.”

To Rand, that meant meeting the strict military standards for weight and body fat percentages. At the same time, she was coping with a sexual assault that happened in college.

“You just want to obsess over something other than fear and panic or sadness and guilt. So you try to place this moral high ground on food and fitness.”

People like Rand, and others who develop harmful eating habits during their service, have not received much attention from the Departments of Defense or veterans affairs. But a study by the VA in Connecticut shows that veterans have bulimia at about three times the civilian rate. Some develop eating disorders while they’re in , and others grapple with food habits after they’re out.

Dr. Robin Masheb is a research psychologist and the founder of the Veterans Initiative for Eating and Weight. It’s one of the only national programs that studies eating disorders in veterans.

“I was seeing very high rates of binge eating disorder in the veteran population. But I also wanted to know about these other disorders.”She says risk factors unique to military service go beyond the strict weight requirements.

“People talked about being in very chaotic eating situations where one had to either go for a long period of time without eating anything or having to eat very quickly under certain conditions. Those types of things also seem to be risk factors for setting people up for problems with their eating later in life.”

She also says veterans who were sexually assaulted are more likely to develop eating disorders.

For ex-Marine Chandler Rand, it was all of the above.

“I think the military environment aside from height and weight requirements can be a perfect storm for an eating disorder.”

That’s because so much of military life is based on numbers and rules.

“You’re scored on your fitness tests and your combat fitness tests. And there’s point systems for conduct and proficiency and the rifle range. So you always want to be in that perfect score range. And so to me, that was just another score I had to meet.”

Now, Masheb’s new study is focused on how VA doctors can screen veterans for eating disorders. She’s experimenting with different ways to ask veterans questions about their relationship with food.

“Typically, men and more typically, our veterans, are uncomfortable with that language of being out of control. Being in the military is about being in control.”

Masheb received a defense department grant to test virtual therapy to help veterans with eating disorders. But she says veterans face other challenges, like busting the myths that eating disorders only occur in young women, or that patients who are overweight can’t have an eating disorder.

In March, the defense department released new guidelines that grant more leeway for the service branches to loosen the restrictions on weight and fitness standards.

Masheb and Rand agree that’s a small step in the right direction.

I’m Desiree Diorio on Long Island.

And that was desiree diorio reporting from long island. This report 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.

That’s it for the podcast today. As always you can find more San Diego news online at KPBS dot org. I’m Annica Colbert. Thanks for listening and have a great day.

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