Seventh death in San Diego County Jail this year

Good morning, I’m Anika Kolber … it’s Wednesday, April 13 >>>>

Seven deaths in custody this year

More on that below. But first … let’s make the headlines … #######

Millions of gallons of sewage have flowed into the U.S. from Mexico. The agency responsible for overseeing sewage infrastructure in the Tijuana River Valley will take action to mitigate the problem, as part of an arrangement announced yesterday. The lawsuits allege that the U.S. part of the International Border and Water Commission violated the Clean Water Act by allowing polluted water and garbage to flow into the U.S. for years.


A judge in San Diego has reaffirmed his ruling that revoked the carnival rider’s contract for this year’s district fair. Judge Kenneth Madell has previously ruled that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the process of bidding for the contract was false.

Board President Joyce Roland said at a board meeting Tuesday that the fair will work to find a way to comply with the court order.

“I want to assure everyone that we are doing everything to keep the carnival full in the middle of the fair.”

Fair officials have said in the past that if no stay is given, the fair can be canceled.


A Supreme Court judge says Santi must throw away the approval of a project that was supposed to build 3,000 homes in the hills northeast of San Diego.

The San Diego Tribune Union reported that the judge expressed concern that the plan did not fully address the question of whether the new residents would have time to evacuate in an emergency, such as a fire in a field of thorns.

The developers say the project is not dead, and that they will change the environmental impact report to address the judge’s concerns.


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For the seventh time this year, an inmate died while in custody in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The department has been under investigation since a state audit found the deaths of inmates in San Diego County state ranks among the highest in the state … kpbs reporter kitty alvarado tells us that civil rights groups met with the interim sheriff on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

This meeting came when another person died in custody on Monday.

The fact that we just had a seventh death in the county yesterday illustrates the urgent need now

Shane Harris, president of the People’s Bar Association, scheduled the meeting before the last death.

Going to jail should not be a death sentence, that’s what I told the sheriff and that’s what I asked him to think when he goes home at night

He said he pressured the interim sheriff to approve the Custody Life Saving Act. This is legislation that will cause the department to implement recommendations made by a state audit of San Diego County jail deaths.

Kitty Alvarado KPBS News


More granny apartments for low- to middle-income earners may be on their way to San Diego. kpbs talk at city height reporter Jacob USA explains.

The San Diego City Council has approved a new amendment to build more auxiliary housing units, or ADUS, for low-income households … by providing incentives to their owners.

Daniel Shkolnik is a real estate broker and developer. He was at the forefront of building ADUs in San Diego.

“The average timeline for building a multi-family structure takes 3 to 4 years until you survey the site, do all the permits and development, architecture, construction, you go 3 to 4 years from the time you look to stabilize. It’s a really long timeline.”

According to him, ADU can be built in half the time.

Under the new rules, apartment owners can build a second unit for rent at a market rate … if the first is rented to tenants with a low income for ten years … or to tenants with a medium income for 15 years. Jacob Aere, KPBS News.


For more than 100 years, San Diego residents living in single-family homes have not had to pay for garbage collection. But a new poll suggests voters may be willing to support a means of voting that would change that – the so-called “People’s Ordinance.”

KPBS investigative reporter Claire Tragerser says there is one thing in particular in the ordinance that voters liked.

It’s a free replacement of trash cans. San Diego’s trash cans are often broken by garbage trucks – as the KPBS investigation found in 2019, San Diego’s ordered more than 17,000 replacement bins in just one year.

“People do not like the fact that they feel they are getting nickel and dull when their trash can breaks. And they and they call the city and the city says, well, yeah, you can buy another one. And they’re like, buy what? What, what is it about?”

Mike Zocket is the general manager of the White Collar Workers Union in the city. The San Diego Municipal Workers’ Union paid for a survey that found people are much more likely to support paying a garbage collection fee when you include the section quoting “provide containers for free”

For sidewalk pickup ”- in fact, it added 9 points to overall index support.

Overall, the poll found that voters support the move by a margin of 14 points.

Claire Tragerser, KPBS News

If approved by the city council, the move will be at the November ballot box.


Coming soon …. we bring you the next episode of Let’s Talk About That of KPBS, a new series in which we answer tough questions from listeners like you.

How can we have a conversation and not let it get to an extreme? How do we maintain someone’s focus?

This is next, just after the break.

In our ongoing series “Let’s Talk About It” we answer your questions about race and equality. In Part 2 of the series, kpbs race and capital reporter Christina Kim looks at the art of hard talking.

When you first meet SETCHE KWAMU-NANA you may notice her big smile or her unique clothes that she designs herself …


I like to incorporate my costume cultures right here is what I call an African country girl.

An immigrant from Cameroon … she calls herself creating bridges between cultures and ideas.

I deal with diversity, equality and inclusion and assist the National Center for Conflict Resolution.

For her this job is not a 9 to 5 job … it’s the way she lives her life.

Almost two years ago, at the height of racist justice protests in 2020, Kwamu-Nana lived in Santa …

At the corner of Mission George and Kuyamka Street, where the demonstrations took place like most demonstrations, then on the other side of the streets were some protesters inside.

The air was thick with tension …

I could not imagine how anyone could have a counter-protest in this? You know, it does not make sense to me.

So she went to talk to them to try to understand … it did not go particularly well …

One man approached her and told her ..

Oh, I can not breathe, which I found very offensive because we on the other side hold signs that said I can not breathe.

She walked away, gathered but then kept coming back. Listens and also explains her experiences as a black woman.

All to say … Cuomo-nana knows how to have tough conversations … and that’s what makes her the perfect person to answer this week’s audience question.

It comes from 36-year-old LA MESA storekeeper and artist Alan Nakash.

He is a first-generation Iraqi-American who says he has noticed that it is difficult to talk to people with different political views because people tend to shut themselves off. He asks:

Drawing from her experience for Kwomo-Nana there are three tips for knocking and others looking to have tough conversations.


Enter this conversation not with the intention of destroying, but with the intention of engaging. If you’re going on purpose I want to destroy you, close very quickly,


Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Expect discomfort and you will see that it is okay, in fact necessary. We can not grow without discomfort. [00:09:10][25.4]

And finally…

Get into the conversation not to prove you are right, but to sharpen your understanding of the issues.

We come into conflict when narrow experiences lead us to different conclusions about how the world really is.

But … she says it’s important to remember that engaging in conversations is not always possible when the other person is unwilling to hear you. Mutual respect and respect are the key, she says … because difficult conversations are not about giving equal trust to people who emit hatred and racism.

Self-care is a choice not to engage with people who are committed to your misunderstanding. That’s kind of my motto.

And yet, despite the failures … she still believes in the power of taking time to talk to people about what they believe. For her, it has nothing to do with repairing all the divisions in the world through some magical combo moment …

“It’s not supposed to stay in the conversation, right. We need to lead them to action but not every conversation will lead to action tomorrow. But I see them as sowing seeds.”

It’s about taking the first step towards a more just world.

Christina Kim. KPBS NEWS.

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Lela Lee created the Angry Little Asian Girl comic back in 2000. Moments with My Mother is her latest comic book collection, the one that features the main character of the series, a high school Korean girl and her mother. The comics are fueled by humor and insight that are both very personal and universal.

KPBS’s art reporter Beth Beth Commando spoke with Lela Lee about creating her own comic book character and what angers them both.

It was Beth Ecomando who spoke to Lela Lee. Her book Angry Little Asian Girl: Moments with My Mother was released last month. You can listen to the full interview on KPBS-dot-ORG.

This is the podcast today. As always you can find more San Diego news online at KPBS dot org. I’m Anika Colbert. Thanks for listening and have a good day.

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