Roundtable: Family Of COVID-19 Victim Files Wrongful Death Claim

Roundtable: Family Of COVID-19 Victim Files Wrongful Death Claim


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Above: Evangelina Garcia, widow of Leon Martinez, who died of COVID-19 after contracting it at Donovan state prison, is shown with his children looking at a family photo album at their Yucaipa home on May 21, 2021. His children, from left, are Andrew Martinez, Bella Martinez and Leon Martinez Jr.

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A Southern California family files a wrongful death claim after an inmate at San Diego County’s Donovan State Prison died from COVID-19, conflict of interest investigations shake up operations for … Read more →

Aired: May 28, 2021 | Transcript


Jill Castellano, investigative reporter, inewsource

Scott Lewis, CEO/editor-in-chief, Voice of San Diego

Cristina Kim, race and equity reporter, KPBS News

KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio.

COVID-19 Wrongful Death Claim

Eighteen people have died at Donovan State Prison in Otay Mesa as a result of COVID-19, and now the family of one of those inmates is filing the first local wrongful death claim. This is one of several cases across California where dangerous conditions inside prisons and jails during the pandemic have been well documented and reported. inewsource talked with the inmate’s family about the conditions he dealt with, and the hoops they had to jump through just to get information on what was happening with him.

RELATED: Tracking COVID-19 Inmate Deaths In California Proves Challenging

Financial Scandals At Volunteers of America, San Diego Housing Commission

The San Diego Housing Commission is dealing with a conflict of interest scandal in which a real estate broker hired by the commission to purchase hotels is accused of not disclosing financial ties. In an unrelated case, the local Volunteers of America chapter is now being run by the national organization after whistleblower claims of financial mismanagement. Voice of San Diego broke both of these stories and CEO/Editor-in-Chief Scott Lewis joins us with some of the details.

RELATED: Housing Needs Report Reveals Depths Of Affordable Housing Shortage

Reclaiming Public Names And Spaces

A couple of moves this week mark the progress San Diego is making in reconsidering the names used in our common spaces. Clairemont’s Lindbergh-Schweitzer Elementary School is being renamed due to racist views held by the school’s namesakes. In Chula Vista, a decision to temporarily remove a statue of Christopher Columbus is now permanent. This is part of an ongoing push toward inclusion and equity, even among everyday things that had been taken for granted for decades. KPBS race and equity reporter Cristina Kim joins us for a conversation on how these recent actions fit into the larger movement.

RELATED: Social Justice Advocates Demand Removal Of Pete Wilson Statue

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