Morning Report: Young Women in Military More than Twice as Likely to Die by Suicide

Jalitza Cardona’s life in the Marines felt like a relentless march of horrific events.

While he was still in training, he was sexually harassed by another sailor, who later cleared him of wrongdoing. The anger, frustration and pain of this attack turned into depression, and it made it impossible to get out of bed. His shipmates mocked him and called him crazy.

Then, when he started seeing a counselor, he was ashamed of it. He felt alone.

Today, he is grateful that when he took a handful of pills, they did not bring about what he intended.

A new analysis by the Voice of San Diego found that for young women in the armed forces considering suicide – and acting on it – is far more common than their civilian peers.

Will Huntsberry writes that the trend is even more serious for young women than young men, who were almost twice as likely to die by suicide than their civilian peers in 2020. Previous reports Voice showed. But the suicide rate for young men was lower than in previous years. For young women, it was still well above civilian women.

An expert warned against pointing to one event as the cause of suicide. Instead, they emphasized general pressures unique to women in the services.

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What’s going on with the national mayoral race?

The National City Mayoral election this November has a rare set of circumstances.

Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis won four years ago with the support of both the San Diego Democratic Party and the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council. But is now seeking re-election without either support.

That’s after the Democratic Party this week officially endorsed National City Councilman Jose Rodriguez in his bid to unseat Sotelo-Solis. In the spring, Rodriguez has the support of the largest organized labor group in the county.

Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts get into what that means latest Political Report.

Also in the Policy Report: The San Diego City Council on Tuesday will consider the mayor’s proposal to settle the city’s lawsuit against Cisterra, the company that acted as owner/seller of two downtown buildings the city ended up renting. There are a lot of opinions out there, and our nerdy political nerds read them for you. Here’s a curriculum.

How Much Poo Is Too Much Poo?

San Diego was first in the nation deploy a new technology to test the safety of our seawater. And Imperial Beach and Coronado are struggle with the results.

The tests use a new method to count the number of bacteria found in the guts of warm-blooded mammals, such as humans (eg, feces).

The word poo is funny, of course, but this is very serious for local beach towns – which may not only face economic hardship because of beach closures, but test results suggest the beaches may become seriously ill. In the latest episode of the VOSD Podcast, our hosts discussed the unfolding of these new tests and the ensuing confusion.

Plus: A viral interview with a local school leader. And a new documentary about Barrio Logan’s pollution fight.

Find the full episode here. Or smash that play button your favorite podcast app.

In other news

This morning’s report was written by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña and Nate John.

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