Mar 16, 2018
Talk about an epic clash of worldviews.
When President Donald Trump came to San Diego to kick the tires of the border wall prototypes, he used the opportunity to trash California.
"The place is totally out of control," he said. "You have sanctuary cities, where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities."
The thing is: San Diego is really safe. Last year, crime rates were the lowest they've been in 49 years.
Trump's comments turned hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts into San Diego boosters this week. In the podcast, they put aside their usual criticisms of the region and its issues and instead talked about how things are pretty good here.
Also in the show, Lewis and Keatts discuss the conflicts and nuances between federal immigration policies and California's SB 54, which limited the ways local law enforcement can interact with federal immigration officials. And they talk about the big power shifts happening with local labor unions.
Also, how about that solid Politics Report open rate, eh? People are really digging Lewis and Keatts' new Sunday email newsletter.
Antonio Martinez wants to replace Councilman David Alvarez in representing Barrio Logan, San Ysidro and the rest of District 8.
In the second half of the show, Martinez joined Lewis and Keatts to talk about why he's running. He complained that San Ysidro, his neighborhood, is disconnected from the city. He said people in there, and in other parts of the district, deserve more services and better representation.
"I really want to make sure we get our fair share," he said. "District 8 has been short-changed by the city of San Diego, historically."
San Marcos Unified School District is the hero this week. Most of the time, we fight government agencies for public records, but this time we're fighting alongside San Marcos Unified School District for public records related to sexual harassment and misconduct complaints. Some school districts and their attorneys want the records to remain private. They argue the identity of employees reprimanded for wrongdoing should remain secret, but San Marcos Unified said the records should be disclosed.
This is a little wonky, but the goat this week is the San Diego Unified school board elections. Two trustees in the upcoming election are running unopposed. The system is set up to discourage people from running for the school board. Reform is needed.