News From the San Diego Home Front

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Underwater Homeowners Start To Lose Patience

By Tom Fudge / KPBS / March 14, 2012

Rolling Hills Ranch looks like a pretty plush neighborhood. Three thousand square-foot stucco homes line the winding streets, and they’re framed by a panorama of nearby mountains. But like a lot of Chula Vista neighborhoods developed in the past decade, its new homes went to market near the height of the housing bubble. Now homeowners here are underwater, owing more than their homes are actually worth. …

 Use Of Pigs In Medic Classes Sparks Protest

By Steve Schmidt / 10 News / March 14, 2012

It’s about training the finest medics in the world.  It’s about cruelty to animals.

When it comes to the goings-on at secluded Covert Canyon, an outdoor training facility near Alpine, there’s little that the two sides in the issue agree on.  As often as four times a month, live pigs are used in combat simulation exercises designed to sharpen the skills of Navy corpsmen — skills the military says could save lives in places like Afghanistan.

But the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a physicians organization and at least one local policymaker — Rep. Bob Filner — say the use of animals is unwarranted and call on the military to use alternatives. …

San Diego Rents Third Highest in Nation

 By Don Bauder / The Reader / March 13, 2012

San Diego County median rents for January were $2083 per month, topped only by San Francisco ($2392) and Los Angeles ($2232) among the 25 major metro markets, according to statistics released by Zillow this morning (March 13). ….

Jamul Indians Cut Developer Ties, Revive Casino Plans

 By Dave Rice / The Reader / March 14, 2012

The Jamul Indian Village, where a tribe of Kumeyaay Indians reside on what County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has referred to as a 6 acre “so-called reservation,” has announced plans to pursue a scaled-down version of the casino it has sought in the East County community of Jamul since 1999. …

The Reader: OB Rag Calls Out Bonnie Dumanis on Her “Education Plans”

Mayoral hopeful Bonnie Dumanis has announced plans to develop a regional “Educational Leadership Summit” as part of her plans for reforming the San Diego Unified School District, which she calls her “Framework for America’s Finest Schools.”  … Many active in the education community, however, have been critical of the Dumanis plan. The OB Rag’s Doug Porter laid out many of the arguments in a January article  article shortly after the initial “Framework” proposal was released. …

Labor -Community Coalition Breakfast to Discuss Tax Plans

A Better San Diego Breakfast Forum – Tax Proposal Discussion:  After years of wrestling with deficits and deep budget cuts, California has three prominent ballot measures in circulation for signatures that propose to increase taxes to restore funding for services. Representatives of all three leading tax proposals will publicly discuss the merits of their respective plans for the first time anywhere in California.  They include:  David Kieffer, Executive Director, SEIU California (For the Governor’s proposal), Kim Pattillo Brownson, Director of Educational Equity, The Advancement Project (For the Munger Initiative), and Josh Pechthalt, President, California Federation of Teachers (For the Millionaire’s Tax). Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO, San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council (Moderator)  This will be held Friday, March 16, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., at  UFCW Local 135, 2001 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Latino Leaders Unite Behind Bob Filner for Mayor

National and local Latino leaders came out to support Congressman and Mayoral Candidate Bob Filner Saturday, March 10, at Chicano Park. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL- 4), Congressman Charles Gonzalez (TX-20) joined local Latino leaders in endorsing Bob Filner for Mayor of San Diego.

More than 25 supporters met Mayoral Candidate Bob Filner in Chicano Park, Saturday, March 10th.  Filner declared:

 “I’m humbled to receive the support of Congressman Gutierrez and Gonzalez and our community leaders, all of whom I’ve worked alongside to make sure Latinos have a voice in Washington, DC and in San Diego. As I did on the City Council, on the School Board and in the House of Representatives, I will be a Mayor who is on the side of our communities, not the side of the powerful and privileged.

That means reaching out and making sure the Mayor’s office is open and accessible to everyone not just the powerbrokers. It means investing in all of our communities. It means making sure all of our children have access to a good education. And it means creating an economy with good paying jobs — not just in one part of the city — but all over the city.”

 Filner currently represents the 51st District which is one of the most diverse districts in the country. He has consistently fought to make sure Latinos are involved in government decision making, including the creation of a Latino Advisory Board. Those efforts led the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce to recognize Filner at their annual gala earlier this year for his work to improve the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry and ensure that the community’s voices were heard at all levels of government.

Filner was also endorsed today by the Chicano Democratic Association of San Diego, supporters in Saturday’s endorsement included: David Valladolid, CEO & President at Parent Institute for Quality Education, Roger Cazares, Activist, Jose Naranjo, Local 229, Guillermo Lizarraga, President, US Customs Brokers, Linda Blair-Forth, President, Comprehensive Training Systems, Maria Nieto Senour, Board of Trustees San Diego City College, Yolanda Hernandez, San Ysidro School Board, Richard Barrera, San Diego School Board, Caridad Sanchez, District Director, Barbara Boxer, Delia Talamantez, Activist, Humberto Peraza, Southwest College Board of Trustees, David Alvarez, San Diego City Council, Steve Castaneda, Chula Vista City Council, Denise Ducheny, Former State Senate – CA., candidate 51st CD – CA., Waynee Lucero, Chicano Democratic Association.

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