What We Learned This Week

Over the last couple of years as authorities misbehavior issues have actually controlled the news, I have actually seen a great deal of public hearings resolving whatever from gang policing to racial profiling to cops body cams.
It wasn’t till a hearing this week, however, that I heard anybody talk about monsters.
That wasn’t the only thing that made 16-year-old Leah Blake’s testimony prior to the California Racial and Identity Profiling Board of advisers hearing in San Diego on Wednesday stick out.
Blake was perhaps the youngest in a long line of speakers who went before the board to provide feedback on how to resolve cops racial profiling and the best methods to carry out AB 953, a law passed in 2015 by San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber that needs police officers throughout the state to collect data on who they stop. Yet she was likewise the most poised and comfortable.
So why werewolves? Blake said in the hearing she grew up reading werewolf stories where rogue wolves would peel off on their own due to the fact that they didn’t accept the pack’s laws and customs. She uses that concept to take on the idea of the “rogue police”– a standard explanation that authorities departments provide when misconduct or questionable habits by an officer makes the news. Another term for it that’s typically used is the “bad apple” cop.
Rogue werewolves may be enjoyable to check out. But “I don’t believe in rogue polices,” Blake said.

We Stand Up for You. Will You Defend Us?

Blake, who goes to Helix High School in La Mesa, informed me she’s tagged along to hearings and other occasions before with her sister, Aeiramique Glass, a community organizer with the San Diego Organizing Project. But this was her first time speaking in public at such an event.
She stated she entered into the hearing with a list of bullet indicate address, however otherwise ad-libbed her speech– a truth you can pick up on from the method Blake incorporated moments from earlier in the hearing into her remarks.
Blake informed me that while she and her bro have actually been pulled over numerous times, the cops in those encounters were courteous. But a lot of her buddies in southeastern San Diego, she said, have many stories of being visited police for no reason.
” I want to go into activism, sort of in the very same role that my sis is in, so any opportunity that she provides I generally am incredibly interested to come in and just gain from the experience,” she stated. “As many occasions as I can go out to, I intend on going to all of them.”
What VOSD Discovered Today
I understand we’ve produced some big SANDAG stories in the last year, but believe me on this one, this is big big: SANDAG misinformed citizens on 2004’s Transnet sales tax. It knew a full year the procedure would not raise $14 billion, but it put that number on the ballot anyhow. Andrew Keatts also broke down some of the basics of the story on this week’s podcast.
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Scott Lewis broke down as many of the significant San Diego Unified scandals and failings that we’ve chronicled over the last couple of months, and the list is staggering. The takeaway: The district has invested more time denying issues exist than it has really aiming to address them.
One problem the district has taken steps to deal with, however, is the variation in between trainees of color who are suspended verses white trainees. Though corrective justice programs that might close the gap have great deals of assistance within the district, they don’t have the funding they need.
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The argument about how San Diego gets its energy and who needs to offer it is about to blow up in the next half-year. A new city-commissioned research study shows the city could provide energy faster and more affordable than SDG&E, something that makes sure to include heat to the debate about whether San Diego should begin a neighborhood option aggregation program.
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In the Sacramento Report, I checked out 2 of San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s efforts to rein in authorities misconduct: Her proposed bill to reform the well-known state gang database, and the execution of a law passed in 2015 requiring authorities to collect information on who they stopped.
For all of our policing problems, Mario Koran’s Q-and-A with a border expert whose journalist buddy was performed in Mexico serves as a plain tip: Many severe crimes– even brutal public killings– go unpunished in Mexico.
What I’m Reading.
– The curious case of President Trump’s friend Jim, who might or might not exist. (Associated Press).
– Missy Elliott’s skillful “Supa Dupa Fly” is turning 20, and this collection of lessons the album taught us is supa dupa fun (sorry not sorry). (The Ringer).
– I was one of those lovable kid freaks who remembered all the U.S. presidents at age 5, and have actually been consumed with presidential history ever since. The most recent prez to have a renewal is John Quincy Adams. He was an elitist who flirted with both celebrations and welcomed nationalism. Sound familiar? (The Atlantic).
– Files discovered this year expose author Sylvia Plath was telling the reality about withstanding domestic abuse prior to she devoted suicide. Why have literary scholars and biographers spent decades not thinking her? (Literary Hub).
– I simply ended up Anne Helen Peterson’s excellent brand-new book on rowdy ladies, so she rewarded me with this brand-new piece on Jen Garner as an expert Great Lady. (Buzzfeed).
Line of the Week.
” I’m baffled at the American court system. Undoubtedly it matters that the right monkey is suing me.”– A professional photographer involved in an absolutely crazy copyright fight over a monkey selfie.
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Written by Sara Libby.
Sara Libby is VOSD’s handling editor. She oversees VOSD’s newsroom and its content. You can reach her at sara.libby@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0526.

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