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hip-hop_anonymous1058 karma

SD District 2 here (recently Dist 9.) I'm all for supporting efforts to reduce environmental hazards to human health, and will support sensible efforts toward this end. District 8 is on the border with Tijuana where pollution regulations are not subject to US control. How much of District 8's pollution problem is created within its own borders as a result of its environmental policies and enforcement? How much of the problem is out of its hands and created by Tijuana? Have efforts been made by San Diego to work with Tijuana to reduce pollution on the other side of the border and, if so, how effective have these efforts been in achieving this end?

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I appreciate the answer, and agree that a local response will only address part of the problem. Regarding the zoning issue in District 8, I understand that David Alvarez has been passionate about this since first running for city council. What have been some of his accomplishments to this end in your opinion? What are some practical steps that you might suggest to address this problem, considering that there are already residential units abutting industrial?

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Are you basing your questions on data or stereotype? Have you visited the border in SD County? If it's not properly secured now, I'm not sure what you might consider to be 'proper.' I don't know the impact of illegal immigration on the local police force, but it's not something that I've seen much of in local news. And considering that SD has among the highest property values in the country, I don't think that the border affects this much.

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Immigrant crime rate is half that of citizens: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-are-crime-and-immigration-correlated-20180307-htmlstory.html

We already have a functional and secure border in our state. Do people cross illegally? Yes. Will a wall prevent this? No.

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Excerpt from the article:

What does the research say about crime and immigration? There is, however, vast amounts of research that does not concur with the views of the Trump administration. “[R]oughly 1.6 percent of immigrant males 18-39 are incarcerated, compared to 3.3 percent of the native-born. The disparity in incarceration rates has existed for decades, as evidenced by data from the 1980, 1990, and 2000 decennial census. In each of those years, the incarceration rates of the native-born were anywhere from two to five times higher than that of immigrants.” One explanation: Immigrants who commit crimes face harsher penalties that include deportation and are therefore motivated to avoid breaking the law. Another one is that immigrants “self-select for those willing to work rather than those willing to commit crimes.” And what are the crime rates in California? California violent and property crime NOTE: Violent crime includes homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; property crime includes burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny theft (including non-felonious larceny theft). Courtesy: Public Policy Institute of California Several news organizations including Politifact and The Texas Tribune have concluded that border cities like San Diego and El Paso, Texas, are some of the safest cities in the nation. A 2013 Congressional Quarterly report citing FBI statistics found that San Diego and El Paso have, in fact, the lowest crime rates in the nation. And they’re both on the border. Ironically, Indiana where Vice President Mike Pence comes from had one city that was ranked among those with the highest crime rate: Indianapolis.