Wednesday, May 30 - Evening Edition

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>> >>DWANE: Tonight on KPBS Evening Edition, sth head of San Diego citizens review board
responds to a drit kl grand jury report. How your tax dollars are helping serve up
a better future for students at a San Diego high school.
Kiss it goodbye. A giant statue of a kissing couple has left the downtown waterfront.
KPBS Evening Edition starts now. Captions provided by ecaptions.
>> >>DWANE: Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Dwane Brown with less than a week
before election day, the money machine is cranking full force in San Diego's 52nd congressional
district race. It's considered one of the most competitive
in California. Ryann Grochowski joins us from the news center.
What can you tell us about this race? >> >>: Scott Peters who's running for congress
contributed more than one million dollars to his campaign in May.
He's now over taken Brian Bilbray, the Republican incumbent and is way ahead of Lorie Salda�,
the other Democratic on the battle for fund raising.
Peters is approaching nearly two million dollars raised so far.
A lot of that cash has come from his bank account.
Salda�'s campaign has blasted Peters saying he's trying to buy his way into congress.
A spokes person for Peters says his personal contribution was necessary to be able to compete
in such a competitive race. >> >>DWANE: Reporter Ryann Grochowski.
Police are investigating a security breech at San Diego's international airport
just released from jail got past security on Tuesday and board ad flight without a ticket.
Airport personnel realized the problem and ordered everyone off the plane.
Lee snuck on the flight to get home. He's back in jail tonight.
A man falsely convicted of rape is getting a second chance at a pro football career.
Last week Brian banks was exonerated with the help of the California innocence project
and students from the California western school of law, he spent five years in prison.
Banks was a star high school football player and been contacted by six professional football
teams. His first try out is with the Seattle sea
hawks next week. A popular tourist attraction, the sailor kissing
the nurse has stood next to the U.S. S.midway downtown for six years.
It was on loan and today the statue came down. Angela Carone was there to see it.
The statue is called unconditional surrender at 25ハfeet tall and 6,000 pounds.
>> >>: It comes apart in five sections. It's sort of stacked like a layer cake.
They use a 70 ton crane to remove it section by section.
So they removed the head first and it's actually two heads, remember, both the sailor and the
nurses head locking lips. That bust alone weighs 1500 pounds.
The foreman told me the middle section is actually the heive ys and weighs as much as
a car. They put each of these massive segz sections
which are giant body parts on the back of flat bed trucks and they transport them back
to the artist studio in New Jersey. The truck drivers love to transport the statue
uncovered without any tarps over them because then you can imagine it draw as lot of attention.
You have threez over sized heads on a parade across the country.
>> >>DWANE: A parade of legs and heads across the country.
Have San Diegans seen the last of unconditional surrender?
>> >>: We may have seen the last of this particular statue but a million dollars was raised for
a permanent bronze version of the statue that will go in the same place.
It will look exactly like the one that is leaving.
It will be painted, and Seward Johnson is making it.
The bronze was cast in China in September. And plans for the statue to be done and ready
to install by the end of the year. >> >>DWANE: Reporter Angela Carone.
Last fall we told you about plans to open a new state thoof art kul nary facility on
the campus of mors high school. The three million dollar project in the sky line neighborhood
was funded a part of a voter approved bond and today was the grand reopening for the
hungry tiger. >> >>: One, two, andハ three.
>> >>DWANE: This ceremony marks an end and a new beginning for mors high school's kul
nary arts program. >> >>: Do you know where the trays are alt?
>> >>DWANE: It's also senior lolly last few weeks to sharpen her skills.
>> >>JOANNE: It has mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and fried onionsハ Carmelizeed onions.
>> >>DWANE: Before going off to kul nary school to become a chef Martinez says students really
like the tiger muf n breakfast sandwich withying, cheese and meat named after the school's mascot.
And teachers go for the turkey PANINI with sun descried tomatoes and pes o.
The gumbo was great, but they shouldn't have let me in the kitchen.
>> >>: It's a restaurant feeling environment so the students can get used to it.
They know how to treat people and when it comes to kul nary arts.
>> >>DWANE: The hungry tiger has been teaching kids and serving up food on this high school
campus since 1971. Instructor Sarah says there's a connection
between science and the kul nary arts too. >> >>: Most people think about medicine when
they think about science. The food industry hires more scientists than
any other industry in the world. They get excite whd they see that chemical
action of bread rising. >> >>DWANE: Thanks to voter approved proposition
S bond funds, this autobody shop with modern equipment was built, along with a child development
center on campus. One organizer told me the bond funds will
insure all public schools in San Diego are equitable.
Especially of under served communities. A San Diego grand jury report charged with
evaluating complaints against police. Joanne Faryon speaks with the head of the
committee at the round table. >> >>JOANNE: Words like threaten and bully
were used to describe what wentd on at committee meetings.
Complaints against police are founded. Jim Kaese, chair nominee of the citizens review
practices. Let's review what this committee is supposed
to do. >> >>JIM KAESE: When you boil it all down,
we are an oversight board of city of San Diego police officers we look at complaints made
against police officers and we do not do our own investigation, we're not authorized to
do that, so we review investigations performed by the internal affair dz partment of the
police department. >> >>JOANNE: What power do you have if you
find out that a police officer did something wrong?
>> >>JIM KAESE: Well, we would review the complaint, we would review the investigation
perform bid internal affairs and then we can either agree or disagree with internal affairs
findings. Wowfn the things I think has been missed in
this grand jury report is the frequency that we do actually disagree with internal affairs.
>> >>JOANNE: We're going to talk more about that.
If you disagree, it goes to the Mayor. The Mayor gets a report saying the citizens
committee found they don't agree with internal affairs.
>> >>JIM KAESE: If the bottom line is there's still disagreement.
Before it reaches that point, there's disagreement within internal affairs.
When we first receive a case, we can disagree with internal affairs a lot of times we can
persuade internal affairs to end up agree withing us.
>> >>JOANNE: Does the Mayor ever or has he ever ended up with a report on his desk saying
your committee disagrees with internal affairs? >> >>JIM KAESE: I don't think so.
Internal affairs, it's a collaborative process, and I think internal affairs respects the
authority of the CRB, citizens review board. When the citizens really take a strong line
on our review and say look, this is not right, they will change their finding.
>> >>JOANNE: Let's gook get into that then. The grand jury report was pretty tough on
your committee. I want to read just a section said the
report every current and past board member interviewed told the grand jury they had observed
and experienced board member misbehavior. These alleged actions became a matter of routine;
intimidate, threaten, bully, yell, and curse one another in both open and closed door sessions.
How do you respond to that? >> >>JIM KAESE: A cup ofl points, number 1
y think the grand jury report is y poor whrea writ expn vague.
>> >>JOANNE: That wasn't vague. >> >>JIM KAESE: No, but please, I don't know
how many of the people from the current member of the board were interviewed.
Not one officer of the board was interviewed, I was not interviewed.
I'm a former trial attorney. If I'm going to do an investigation or a complaint
against an organization, the first thing I'm going to to do is talk with the officers of
the corporation. I talked to the foreman of the grand jury,
about a half hour, very professional, courteous, respectful discussion, and heハ the one thing
that he said to me is that the grand jury feels the CRB is doing a good job.
I said really, that does not come across in the report.
I said are you comfortable if I tell our board members that.
He said absolutely. I think the way this was written and the sensationalism
that is going on, is really taking this to a level that was wasn't intended by the grand
jury. >> >>JOANNE: I want to go back to something
you said about whether the Mayor has received something on his desk from your committee
that says there's disagreement. Because one of the things this grand jury
report pointed out is when it talks about intimidation and bullying, it mentions that
members of internal affairs, this is the police, are in these meetings.
So is the job to negotiate back and forth and I guess some people might view that was
some form of bullying. You fiebd a consensus or is your job to say
there is a problem and the Mariott to know about it.
>> >>JIM KAESE: Our job is to agree or disagree and if we feel that internal affairsis has
a wrong finding, we disagree and stick to our position.
Now, I don't think we should anticipate thalt that internal affairs just rolls over.
You have to substantiate your position. At time thrz might be some passionate conversations
and discussions on that. So no, absolutely.
I kind of go back to I would say approximately 20ハpercent of the time, we have disagreements
with internal affairs where we persuade internal affairs to change the finding.
>> >>JOANNE: So they change their findings, just to clarify.
The Mayor doesn't get a report saying you disagree would them? They just change what
they said? >> >>JIM KAESE: Correct.
Nor does the public find out that we disagreed with internal affairs.
All the public sees is that we agreed. They don't see this behind closed doors disagreement
and discussion we had with internal affairs. >> >>JOANNE:, Jim Kaese, thanks for
being here. >> >>JIM KAESE: Thank you.
Captions provided by ecaptions. >> >>DWANE: Young girls with a history of
trouble and low self esteem often fall prey to sex traffickers.
Susan Murphy tells us about a city heights group wurvegging to prevent girls from becoming
victims. >> >>: It's graduation day for these girls
in city heights. The teens have spent the past six weeks learning
to make better choices after being arrested for kur few violations.
>> >>: I was at a party and everyone got kicked out of the house.
While we were walking to my ride, the officer pulled out of the alley and stopped us.
>> >>: There was a fight in the street and then all these police came and they got me
and my friend. >> >>: I was arrested for drinking.
>> >>: Here is star pals located near KOLINA park in city heights.
A non profit organization. Their di version program gives at risk girls
an alternative to facing a judge. Officers teach the girls how to stay safe
by making positive life choices. >> >>: A lot of the girls that come into the
program have really low self esteem. Our goal is to have their self esteem up high
and goals for their life. >> >>: Often lead girlsinto dangerous situations
like being coerced into the growing sex trafficking industry.
She says vulnerable girls are a pimp's prime target and greatest monetary asset.
>> >>: A lot of girls think it can't hap toon them, we tell them now how it's so popular
in the schools and it could be your friend or boyfriend that possibly moightd try to
convince you to be sold into human trafficking. >> >>: Fifteen year old Jordan coal says that's
what happened to her. >> >>: At my school there's boys who try to
pimp girls. They tell them to ho up for them.
But I used to talk to this boy, he used to try to make me, I was like no.
>> >>: San Diego police Sargent patty clait n says education is power with h when it comes
to preventing girls from becoming victims. >> >>: I think by educating the girls on the
approach of the stuff that goes behind if and the recruitment procedures, help educate
them on what to look out for. >> >>: Many of these girls say they were unaware
of the dangers of sex trafficking until learning about it in this class.
Now they say they'll do more do protect themselves. >> >>: I learned a lot about self image and
feeling better about yourself before you can like love someone else or have feelings for
someone else. A lot about substance abuse, and keeping your
body safe. >> >>: They don't discriminate, black, white,
Asian, Hispanic, any age they'll take you. They don't care.
Its frr their benefit, not yours. >> >>: The FBI ranks San Diego as one of the
top child prostitution areas in the nation. The average entry age of girls force under
to prostitution is 12 to 14 years old. Police say it's one of the fastest growing
criminal industries in the region. A growing number of San Diego advocates, educators
and law enforcement are stepping up efforts to raise awareness.
Mark Jose spoke at a sex trafficking forum. >> >>: F they look like they're from a gang,
how do they get three or four girls to go out there who have never done this before?
Go out in the streets, do the things they're doing.
>> >>: He explains how pimps are masters of seduction.
>> >>: They'll start building her esteem up saying how beautiful she is, how wonderful
she is. They'll start to pay her, start buying her
stuff, leaving TRINKETS, clothes maybe. It gets to the point where they'll have sex
with them. Usually at that time point they know.
>> >>: Jose says sex trafficking plays out hundreds of times every night in San Diego.
He says recruiting happens in schools, malls the beach and low income neighborhoods like
city heights. >> >>: I think it's more prevalent in those
refugee and immigrant communities that the girls are prey because they don't understand
the society. They haven't been here that long.
They are very oftentimes poor and they are typical teenagers.
>> >>: ZARA workswith refuge eeys and immigrants in city heights.
Girls fall prey because they're too trusting and don't understand the dangers until it's
too late. >> >>: Our refugees and immigrantses are hesitant
to call law enforcement because in their own countries, you know, the police is not your
friend. >> >>: Star palsis working to change that.
Officer mills tells the girls they can call her 24 7.
>> >>: I would want to bring them all home. They're like family to me at that point.
We keep in contact with the majority of the girls and I think they justハ I want them
to know their self worth. They are somebody and we love them.
>> >>: Fourteen year old singt you says what started as the worst night of her life turned
out to be the best thing that could have happened to her.
>> >>: I try to stay out of trouble for sure. I do want to have good grades and I do want
to get to college. >> >>DWANE: Susan Murphy reporting on Saturday
afternoon KPBS and our community partners will host a speak city heights event on teens
and safety from 4 in the afternoon to 630 at Hoover high school.
You can find more information on >> >>DWANE: San Diego has an open city council
seat for the first time in almost 70 years. There's own where one candidate running, Joanne
is talk withing him. >> >>JOANNE: It is extremely rare in San Diego
politics for someone to run unopposed in a city council district.
In the case of district 5, an area including Rancho Bernardo, Mark Kersey has such luck.
Carl DeMaio has left the seat open because he is running for Mayor.
The last time there was a vacant seat on council with one candidate running was 1943.
Mark Kersey joins me now. I will add, mark, back in 1943, that council
member went on to become Mayor eventually. Now you are small business owner.
Tell me a little bit about your business. >> >>MARK KERSEY: Thanks for having me here.
My business is technology research. Do a lot of work with advanced video technology,
HTPV, ITV, broad band internet. I've had my own firm for about eight and a
half years, been in the industry for probably 13 years now.
>> >>JOANNE: Let's talk about your politics. This is a non partisan race, but you are a
Republican. I think one could argue a rising star in Republican
ranks. You're a president of the San Diego young
Republicans, and unchallenged, you're a board member the linking club, and the local Republican
party here has endorsed you in this race. Is the city council seat the beginning of
your official elected office career? Is this a start for you? So far it looks like you're
headed for something. >> >>MARK KERSEY: You know, I don't know what
the future is going to hold, but I will say going from being active politically kind of
on the side while running my business to being, you know, starting in December a full time
city council member. I'm looking forward to the transition because
we have a lot of hard work ahead f us. We've also made a lot of good strides over
the past several years under the leadership of Mayor sanders bringing fiscal reforms that
the city needs. I'm not focused on my own career, but on doing
a good job for the people of the fifth council district.
>> >>JOANNE: Recommends freezing pensionable salary for existing employees.
Now, in the Republican blog slash report dot org you wrote:
That why you support this proposition? >> >>MARK KERSEY: I think we just need to
be providing retirement security for people we can afford.
Right now, what's clear is that the current system given what happened with MP1 and MP2
in the 90sis not sustainable. The city cannot afford to continue with this
system. We need to make changes to insure future councils,
and Mayors don't go back and repeat the mistakes of the past.
>> >>JOANNE: I think the argument we're hearing on people who don't support the proposition,
it goes to your statement about not being granted better retirement benefits, is that
city employees don't get social security benefits. So how would you address that once you're
elected. >> >>MARK KERSEY: My understanding is there's
going to be a transition period and some of the new city workers will be able to get back
into social security potentially. There seems to be a little bit of guidance
we're going to need from the IRS and the social security administration on how that would
happen in terms of who gets to make that decision. Certainly from the standpoint of the city,
the city is going to pay a matching contribution into something, whether it's a 401k, social
security, annuity, the city will be doing something.
I personally would rather have more control of my own money because I'm of the opinion
by the time I hit 62 or 65, social security is not going to be around for people like
me. So I would want that freedom.
>> >>JOANNE: I want to talk a little bit about jobs.
I know that again from watching some video clips and reading some of the articles you've
written and being quoted in, you talk about being a business owner and a job recreator.
You also went on to talk about rethink city hall, whether cities should be running airports,
golf courses, looking at redundancy in libraries. Do you support privatizing airports, golf
courses, laying off redundant staff? >> >>MARK KERSEY: I don't know if it's about
privatization. It's a question of what is the city good at?
Does the city need to be in the business of running golf courses? Does the anybody think
the city's core competency is running golf courses? Does the city think the city needs
to run airports? I don't think the city is best at doing that.
I'm not suggesting the city sell the assets, but we put them out to bid and see if there's
a firm that can come in and do a better job and provide a good revenue stream for the
city and get us out of the business of things the set city's probably not very good at doing.
>> >>JOANNE: Do you support a new chargers stadium?
>> >>MARK KERSEY: I do, but the that will be in the detail.
I would like to see a new stadium, but it really comes down to how do we do it and we're
not going to bankrupt the city to make it happen.
>> >>JOANNE: We have a much longer conversation with you on our website,, I encourage
peep tool go there. Thank you for being here.
>> >>MARK KERSEY: Thank you Joanne. >> >>DWANE: And you can get a look at all
the races along with our online voter guide. Go to
>> >>JOANNE: Tonight on it public square, some reaction to our interviews with the candidates
running for congress in the 52nd congressal district.
Brian Bilbray, Scott Peters, and former assembly woman Laurie Saldana are the top three candidates
in that district which stretches from imperial beach to Poway.
Alex sacks wrote: And philosopher 3,000 says:
You can see all three interviews at, and if you want to comment on them, you can
do so on Twitter, or like us on Facebook, and of course you can always send me an e
mail, >> >>DWANE: Be sure to pack your smart phone
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>> >>: Businesses in San Diego that rely on having a clean safe water for recreation such
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Thanks for joining us. You have a great night.
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