Public forum held to develop strategic plan to welcome integrate immigrants into

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city Friday kicked off an effort to develop a strategic plan to better welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees into San Diego.A daylong forum being held Friday features discussions and speakers from the public sector, nonprofit realm and business community who have come together to help develop the “Welcoming San Diego” plan, which will identify ways that the city can support immigrants economically, socially and educationally so as to better tap into their contributions to the community.The event is the first in a series of community forums slated for the coming months.Speakers included San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Sanders, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and City Attorney Mara Elliott.“The chamber understands the importance of immigrants,” Sanders said.Immigrants have a great deal of economic power: They’re more likely to be entrepreneurs and tend to be very hard working. He hopes the strategic plan outlines ways that the immigrant workforce can be further supported, Sanders said.By supporting those workers, he said, it will drive more innovation and attract more investment in the San Diego economy.Immigrants make up 23 percent of San Diego County’s population. Compared to other regions in California, immigrant workers living in San Diego are better educated and have moderate incomes and have a high rate of linguistic integration, according to the University of Southern California.Immigrants contribute 26 percent to the gross domestic product of San Diego and Imperial counties, according to USC.Peters said the continued embrace of the contributions of immigrants is the key to long-term economic growth.Efforts such as this one serve as an example to the rest of the country as debate over immigration wages on and the public consciousness is flooded with negative stories about immigrants on the national stage, he said.“We don’t fear the border — it’s not a threat, it’s an opportunity,” he said. “It’s really important to tell the stories of people who are making a contribution.”The effort is funded by a $12,500 grant for research and technical assistance from the Gateways of Growth Challenge, a collaboration between nonprofits the Partnership for a New American Economy and Welcoming America. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 2, 2018 February 2, 2018 Public forum held to develop strategic plan to welcome, integrate immigrants into San Diego KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: City Attorney Mara Elliott, President Jerry Sanders, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

6000 reward offer in murder of 77yearold Oceanside man

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter $6,000 reward offer in murder of 77-year-old Oceanside man John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, September 12, 2018 Posted: September 12, 2018 John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Authorities announced a $6,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to an arrest in connection with the slaying last month of a retiree during a burglary in his coastal northern San Diego County home.The bloodied body of John Roth, 77, was discovered by his wife at their house in the 500 block of North Tremont Street in Oceanside when she returned from a double shift at her job at a nursing home shortly before 7 a.m. Aug. 14, according to police.Zui Pang, 41, had last seen her husband alive about 16 hours earlier, Detective Erik Ellgard said.There were no signs of forced entry or a struggle at the couple’s home, and a back door was found open, the detective said. Roth had suffered severe trauma to his upper body, according to police, who have withheld the nature of the fatal wounds.Missing from the victim’s home were some of the couple’s possessions, including costume jewelry, a wooden jewelry box, an Asus laptop computer, an LG cellphone and Pang’s wedding ring.Four days later, an acquaintance of the victim’s found Pang’s stolen purse, photos of the couple and other personal effects of theirs dumped in an alley off North Ditmar Street, a few blocks from their home.Roth had mild dementia but no known enemies or ongoing disputes, according to police. Investigators have developed no suspect description, though they have questioned several “persons of interest” in the case, Ellgard said.Pang is putting up $5,000 of the reward fund, with the remainder supplied by San Diego County Crime Stoppers.Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the nonprofit regional agency at (888) 580-8477 or online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous. last_img read more

Magic in marble

first_imgShe defines all things fine and Italian and her works are like magic flowing through marble and metal. Simona Bocchi, the Italian artiste who has made India her home over the last few years, unveiled her latest work Devotion Divine in the Capital. The evening was a celebration of art and its finer nuances as the Italian Ambassador of Italy, Daniele Mancini spoke about Bocchi’s works and her fine talent. The piece, crafted entirely out of marble flows in tandem with Bocchi’s deep attachment to spirituality. In fact, Bocchi’s India chapter is all about her spiritual connect with the country.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bocchi was born in Monza, Italy and her initial enlightenment in her field happened in her academic sojourn through art schools in Milan, Brera, Wimbledon, finally graduating in Carrara. She came to India in 2006, invited to organise an exhibition in Delhi by the Italian Embassy. And then there was no looking back. Her experience in India brought her closer to the spiritual search she had been on forever and Udaipur soon became her home. The piece, Devotion Divine, reflects an figure that has the finesse of a female body, the soft curves and flow but it also has the slight edge of the masculine chiseled in. This connects to Bocchi’s fascination with Shiva-Parvati, a theme that has been an intricate part of her work.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHost VN Dalmia expressed his love for art with a simple line, ‘Never buy a piece that doesn’t give you joy,’ he says, explaining why he picked Bocchi out of a million other artistes. Bocchi is not only the perfect cultural ambassador for her country, she now merges the finer arts learned in India with her past.  She is currently working on a personal exhibition scheduled for next year and at the same time concentrating on her book.last_img read more