First Cuppa Coffee – April 18, 2012: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute Edition

by on April 18, 2012 · 10 comments

in Economy, Environment, First Cuppa, Media, Popular, San Diego

Tony Young’s WalMart folly…Last year WalMart came to town and threw a bunch of money around to undermine a proposed local regulation requiring impact reports prior to the construction of Superstores. WalMart promised all kinds of things, like a dozen new stores in the region and job, jobs, jobs. Their “go to” guy on the City Council was Tony Young, who told anybody that would listen about how WalMart was going to bring jobs and prosperity to the neighborhoods he represents.  Last week we told you that the jobs promised in the construction of the sole WalMart (for San Diego) on the site of the old Sherman Heights farmers market actually were all imported from Orange County.

The community, betrayed… Yesterday, residents of the area were shocked to discover construction crews were bulldozing the historic building on the WalMart site. People interviewed by KPBS this morning said that they felt betrayed; at community meetings prior to the start of construction, WalMart never mentioned destroying the existing structure. Responding to calls from concerned residents, a City inspector showed up at the site late yesterday and discovered that required permits for the project had not been posted.

Human chain preventing demolition crew from going into site of demolition, Wed, April 18, 2012. Photo by Lorena Gonzalez.

The community fights back… Locals organized a demonstration for 6 am this morning hoping to halt construction.  The City inspector promised he’d return this morning to make sure that needed permits were posted.  There was no word on whether Councilman Young would show up to make more promises on WalMart’s behalf.


White supremacists don green robes for Earth Day… A reasonable looking twenty-something white guy appeared on my TV screen during NBC San Diego’s 6pm news; it  certainly seemed like an ad for some environmental group.  After all, Earth Day is this weekend. Then ‘the pitch’ oozed out of the screen, talking about how immigrants have an environmental impact five times greater than native born (white) Americans… Even my 15 year old daughter looked up from Tumblr long enough to say, “What’s he talking about?”

Welcome, San Diego, to the world of, a well funded breeding ground for xenophobic environmentalism, based just up the coast in Santa Barbara.  These folks are the suit and tie (or loafer and jeans) 21st century version of what White Power has come to look like.  They’ve got studies. They’ve got lawyers. They’ve got money. And they’ve made a major media buy in San Diego and other cities to persuade you that they are ‘reasonable people, with science on their side’.

I’m not gonna waste bandwidth debating about the issue of immigration or the credibility of CAPSWEB here. Do what I did. Google them. Use their TV ads as a teachable moment. See what CityBeat had to say about them the last time they polluted our airwaves. Learn about how right wing hate groups are posing as environmentalists to fan fears of immigrants overrunning the United States.  See the connections between all these reasonably named peddlers of hate around the country.

Let’em know that it’s wrong, period… As Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young once sang, “Teach your children well”. Take a few minutes to express yourself on NBC San Diego’s Facebook page. (Use the message button) I’m sure they’ll have some weak sauced explanation about their complicity with hate; they’ll reference the First Amendment, and talk about the marketplace of ideas. Fact is nobody from the government’s telling you not to run the ads. This is about doing the right thing, and when you mix this kind of advertising with your news, you’re sending a message that infers credibility. It ain’t right and you ought to know better.


NRA convention craziness… Rocker Ted Nugent has earned himself the scrutiny of the Secret Service, and it doesn’t have anything to do with prostitutes in Columbia.  Speaking with the press at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis last week, he told reporters that he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Barack Obama is re-elected.  At other points in the interview, he compared Obama and his administration to “coyotes” that needed to be shot and encouraging voters to “chop [Democrats’] heads off in November.” One thing for sure, regardless of his status next year, Nugent will continue to be remembered as a dumb ass.

Speaking of dumb asses… Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council — a hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center — has gone public in connecting the Secret Service prostitution scandal to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Huh?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Jack April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

Oh Doug, you make my brain hurt so early in the day….thank you.


avatar Frank Gormlie April 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

He gets jacked up … oops, sorry, Jack, on coffee.


avatar doug porter April 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

WalMart Speaks. (Not to us, of course)
Scott Lewis over at Voice of San Diego just tweeted: Just got a Walmart statement via email: “Construction activities have gone well so far & we will continue to work with the community …” {twitter break} “..& the city to ensure that all work is in compliance with local regulations & done to protect the iconic spirit of the original structure”


avatar Jack April 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Well that is a relief….I guess this was much ado about nuthin’


avatar Ken April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

Would someone please show me Walmart’s promise to not demolish the building at 1916 Imperial Ave?


avatar doug porter April 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

We reported back what WalMart said to citizens in community forums that WalMart held prior to the onset of construction. The local CDC and the Logan Heights Neighborhood Council both maintain that WalMart promised not to demolish the building.


avatar rick trujillo April 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Was Ozzie Guillen involved in this Secret Service–hotel—ladies–Columbia deal? SNL, Belushi, Rosanna dannaa where are you? A full accounting from GSA is in order. A highly placed Pentagon source states “They’re Cuban gals, our guys were on a mission” Another source claimed the FARC informed the policia. Travel agents are getting an unusually high volume of bookings.


avatar doug porter April 19, 2012 at 6:08 am

WalMart says that it will halt all work at the site until Monday, when a local judge will hear an emergency request to halt demolition. The company told reporters yesterday that it plans to keep much of the building’s facade.


avatar JMW April 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

Just speculating on the lifestyles of the CAPS folks. Economy cars, bicycles, solar and wind at home, collecting rain water, home gardens, modest homes? My guess is probably not. Wonder how they compare in consumption terms. Do they turn off the light when they leave a room? Water in the evening on a schedule? Restrict travel to save gas?
One other thing: Anybody know of a wealthy Latin sneaking across the desert because it was impossible to live well below the border?


avatar doug porter April 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

we stand corrected: (via Facebook)
Wal-mart did not “decide to halt the work.” They were ordered to by the judge in a TRO hearing late Wednesday afternoon. You are missing a critical piece to this story and are instead printing Wal-Mart spin!


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