Issues & Ideas: Military recruitment at high schools, eviction and a plan for a local WWII memorial

Nov 4, 2019

On this week’s Issues & Ideas: Truth in Recruitment is a student advocacy group working to reduce the presence of military recruiters on high school campuses. We hear the group's concerns and what they are doing to expand access to information about post-high school options for teens. We also hear the perspectives of a Santa Maria Joint Unified School District administrator, and the U.S. Army captain in charge of military recruitment on the Central Coast.

Also, a group is raising money to create a tribute to honor and preserve the history of the men and women who served at the Santa Barbara Airport during World War II. The airport played a significant role as a Marine Corps Air Station. We speak wtih with Central Coast artist Douglas Lochner and the veterans working to make the large-scale glass sculpture, called Wings of Honor, a reality.

We also hear from sociologist Matthew Desmond, about his new book titled “Evicted.” The MacArthur Genius Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner is helping decipher how eviction is not only a consequence of poverty, but also a cause.