The U-T Endorses Either Saldaña or Day for District 2 City Council Race

May 16, 2022 by Source

The following are the comments about District 2 endorsements by the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board:

District 2: Joel Day and Lori Saldaña

There’s a lot to unpack in this race, so we’ll stick to the highlights — or lowlights.

Incumbent and former City Council President Jennifer Campbell might seem like the frontrunner given that she was somehow able to negotiate a city compromise on the intractable issue of short-term vacation rentals, that she survived a recall attempt and that only twice since 1992 has an incumbent not been re-elected to the San Diego City Council.

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New Addition Destroys Original Design Intent at Salk Institute

May 16, 2022 by Source

By Sheila Pell / San Diego Reader

A dispute over an addition to the Salk Institute in La Jolla has ended. Last week, the Planning Commission denied an appeal claiming the proposed design ruins the historic integrity of the East Torrey Pines building.

It’s like installing a two-story-high picket fence around Stonehenge, as one critic put it.

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‘Hostile Architecture’ Another Obstacle for San Diego’s Houseless

May 16, 2022 by Source

By Heather Hope / CBS8

From armrests in the middle of benches to large rocks added underneath bridges and along sidewalks, some homeless advocates in San Diego call these designs “hostile architecture” or anti-homeless. In Hillcrest along University Avenue, it’s not hard to spot a metal bench at MTS bus stops with armrests that prevent people from sleeping on them.

MTS spokesperson Mark Olson says the benches are industry standard. “Prevents people from sleeping on them, so multiple people can sit down. Partitions also offer dedicated space to sit and help people with mobility issues stand up to get on the bus,” said Olson, via text message. Two of the MTS benches are in front of the Mattarello restaurant in Hillcrest.

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‘We Won’t Go Back’ – Bans Off Our Bodies Rally in San Diego – Sat., May 14

May 13, 2022 by Source

Our country is facing a healthcare crisis. We invite you to show up for reproductive rights and freedom now!

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Challenging Mayor Gloria’s Bogus Claims About ADUs

May 13, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Hueter –Chairperson, Neighbors For A Better San Diego

Partly thanks to a recent CBS8 news story about neighbors fighting back against multi-unit ADUs in the College East area, Neighbors For a Better San Diego has a lot of engagement. (An ADU is an accessory dwelling unit, sometimes called a “granny flat.”)

In the news story, Eric Rosenzweig was interviewed and spoke for many residents when he outlined the very negative consequences of building eight-unit apartments in older neighborhoods that were designed, engineered, and built for single-family homes.

You’ve heard the arguments before, but they’re always worth repeating:

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U-T Summary of District 2 Candidate Forum

May 12, 2022 by Source

David Garrick at the San Diego U-T wrote up a summary of Monday night’s District 2 candidate forum at the Point Loma Library. We’ve reconfigured it and broke it down around the main issues discussed. (Comments are Garrick’s.)

As we know, incumbent Democrat Jen Campbell is being challenged by 3 other Democrats, Lori Saldana, Joel Day and Mandy Havlik, and one Republican, Linda Lukacs. The primary is June 7 and the top two vote getters will move on to the General Election.

Go here for the link to the video of the candidate forum, sponsored by the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board.

Vacation Rental Legislation

Campbell fought back against opponents’ attack on her compromise vacation rental legislation she has touted as a major success

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District 2 Candidate Forum Video

May 10, 2022 by Source

Come inside for the link to the video of the District 2 candidate forum Monday night, May 9, at the Point Loma Library. The forum was sponsored by San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board and the video is on the U-T site.

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Peninsula Gardens Are Blooming Beautifully

May 10, 2022 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

(All photos by Kathy)

My husband and I started our Spring with visits to local gardens, starting with the Point Loma Native Plant Garden by Collier Park.

Spring is the perfect time to put on your walking shoes and get out and visit the peninsula gardens while they are in their peak season. The flowers burst forth in color, and branches fill with fresh green foliage.

Unlike the popular Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, which has become full of crowds on most days and evenings, we decided to go to the Native Plant Garden, which is quieter and less crowded.

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Events at OB Community Garden – Sat., May 14

May 10, 2022 by Source

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An Inside Look at the ‘New’ Point Loma High School

May 9, 2022 by Source

By Ted Walker / Peninsula News of the Point Loma Association

Many of us drive past Point Loma High School and wonder what it looks like inside, and when will the project be finished?

Clark Burlingame and I recently toured the campus with Principal Kelly Lowry to ask those questions. There was so much to see that we will share our observations over 3 editions of this newsletter.

The construction project is divided into 2 phases, the first being the current activity, which is about 95% complete according to Lowry.

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‘Village Lights – Light Up the Night’ in Point Loma – Monday, May 9

May 9, 2022 by Source

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Navy Pushed to Clean Up ‘The Fiery Marsh’ of Coronado Where Hazardous Waste Still Leaks Into San Diego Bay

May 5, 2022 by Source

State of California Pushes Navy to Act 30 Years After Pledge to Clean Burnoff Site

By J.W. August, freelance journalist

May 5, 2022 (San Diego) – It’s aptly described as “The Fiery Marsh,” covering 95 acres on the southwest side of Naval Air Station North Island. The “fiery” part of the name refers to six pits in the marshy areas of the island that were used to burn off chemicals used on the Navy base.

A letter sent in February by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control board’s Executive Officer, David Gibson, to the Commanding Officer at North Island, Captain Dwight Clemons, asks the Navy“ to initiate a formal dispute process in response to the environmental and water quality concerns at the “Fiery Marsh.”

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Mayor Gloria and Bike Extremists Are Blind to Disabled Drivers and Elders Needs

May 5, 2022 by Source

by Kent Rodricks/ Times of San Diego / May 1, 2022

Times of San Diego recently published a piece announcing the opening of the new Landis Bikeway without asking basic questions or challenging the bike utopian orthodoxy championed by Mayor Todd Gloria and his bike extremist minions.

How many bikers will actually utilize this bikeway? How will it impact residents? What about the decreased number of parking spaces? How will less parking affect the ability of disabled drivers to park close to their destinations? Will they be forced to ambulate longer distances?

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The San Diego Movement to Preserve Older Buildings for Affordable Housing

May 5, 2022 by Source

The San Diego-based Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), along with thousands of San Diegans, has noted and discussed how housing affordability is an increasing crisis of major concern for our county’s present and future. The loss of naturally occurring affordable housing (another name for unsubsidized) is compounding the problem.

An obvious and potentially widespread solution would be to reinvest in, preserve, and adapt older buildings for housing, yet neither the City nor County of San Diego has embraced this nationally proven solution.

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The 2022 Election Will Be Won ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’

May 4, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

The leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s tentative decision to overturn Roe v. Wade may have just doomed the GOP and uplifted the Democrats.

At its base, the Justice Alito decision is not just an assault on the “rule of law,” the sanctity of legal precedence, and the appearance (if never the reality) of an unbiased Court bench, but it has now eclipsed the news coverage of the brutal Ukraine war; the omnipresence of Donald Trump-isms; and to what end?

The legal, cultural, economic, race and gender-biased ghosts—still lingering from the 1860s U.S. Civil War—are rising from their graves—to fight again.

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Religion and the Law Continue to Blame Women

May 4, 2022 by Source

By Joni Halpern

Very few Americans know the history of the Roe v. Wade decision, either legally, socially, or medically.

But the short history is that throughout the evolution of the human species, women have never been the sole determinants of whether they become pregnant. Instead, they have most commonly been treated as the wrongdoers, the flawed, the negligent, the sinful perpetrators of unwanted births. Yet, from ancient times, the real determinants of pregnancy have been religion, culture, and law,

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Parrots & Pirates in Paradise at OB Woman’s Club – May 14

May 4, 2022 by Source

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By Nearly 2 to 1 Margin, Most Americans Want Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Abortion

May 3, 2022 by Source

Most Americans say the Supreme Court should uphold Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion, a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted last week finds.

With the Supreme Court poised to overturn the right to abortion, the survey finds that 54 percent of Americans think the 1973 Roe decision should be upheld while 28 percent believe it should be overturned — a roughly 2-to-1 margin.

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What Is Supply and Demand in Housing? San Diego As a Textbook Example

May 2, 2022 by Source

By Mat Wahlstrom

It’s the mantra of pro-developer pundits who self-describe as “YIMBY,” or ‘Yes in My Back Yard,’ that anyone who opposes their agenda of total deregulation on land use as a prerequisite for creating affordable housing, simply doesn’t understand ‘supply and demand’ — or as they put it, “Economics 101.”

If the problem is people need affordable housing, then we just need to allow a ‘free market,’ unconstrained by regulation, to supply whatever housing it wants in order to meet that demand.

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May 2022 Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

May 2, 2022 by Source

All events are online and free unless stated otherwise.

Every Saturday at 10:30 am. Climate Mobilization Coalition Zoom Meeting May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

May 12th Thursday 6 pm – 7 pm Raising Backyard Chickens Workshop

May 12th Thursday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm BLOC POWER: Making America’s Cities Smarter, Greener & Healthier

May 14th Saturday 9:30 am – 11:30 pm Backyard Composting Basic Workshop

May 16th Monday 5 pm – 7 pm Political Discourse: How We Use the Terms Fascism and Socialism Event by League of Women Voters

May 18th Wednesday 3 pm Transit Town Hall Sponsored by the Green New Deal

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Dear Democrats: Please Don’t Do Stupid

April 29, 2022 by Source

By Collen O’Connor

Democrats need to outrun the “raw sewage flooding the public square,” that former President Obama cited in a recent speech.

Seriously, Democrats need a winnable “three-word,” Trump-like campaign slogan, akin to James Carville’s, “It’s the economy, stupid,” to avoid massive losses come November.

Three words seem to be the maximum allowed for memory retention in the metaverse of disinformation, lies, and depravity now dominating the social media and some fake news outlets.

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Fund uses Oligarch Money to Privatize Public Schools

April 29, 2022 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

Born in 2018, The City Fund (TCF) is a concentration of oligarch wealth crushing democracy and privatizing the commons. John Arnold (infamous ENRON energy trader) and Reed Hastings (Netflix CEO and former California Charter Schools Association board member) claimed to be investing $100 million each to establish TCF. Their July 2018 announcement was delivered on Neerav Kingsland’s blog “Relinquishment” which recently started requiring approval to access.

The TCF goal is to implement the portfolio school management model into 40 cities by 2028.

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Omertà, San Diego Style

April 28, 2022 by Source

By Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner / April 27, 2022

Let’s pretend we’re hotshot detectives in a Netflix blockbuster about a real estate deal gone bad … really bad. The action takes place in San Diego, where most every city official — past and present — is hell-bent on burying the evidence.

An apt name for our show is “Omertà, San Diego style” (a code of silence about criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to authorities). But prepare yourselves: this whodunit is a true story about real perps, real victims, real consequences, and a labyrinth of backroom deals, tangled networks, secret handshakes, and a really convoluted chain of events.

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Meet and Greet for D2 Council Candidate Mandy Havlik – Sat., April 30

April 28, 2022 by Source

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The Needless Death of Point Loma’s Historic Palm Trees at the Hands of the City of San Diego

April 26, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

The City of San Diego committed a crime against the Point Loma / OB community on the morning of Monday, April 25, there is no other way to put it. They came out to Newport Ave. and thumbed their noses at the public while hiding behind a phalanx of police officers as they murdered historic palm trees.

What is so infuriating is that the city did this very same thing last October. Only the public outcry the morning they showed up and quick legal action saved the trees in 2021. In both cases, the city attempted to come out and quickly, and stealthily to kill the trees, with barely 24 hours of notice to anyone. On Monday, it was less than 24 hours.

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Here’s the Letter the City Handed Out to Pt Loma and OB Residents While Crews Chopped Down Palm Trees

April 26, 2022 by Source

April 25, 2022

Dear Resident,

Thank you for supporting our urban forest.

On March 25, 2022, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority again directed the City of San Diego, under both state and federal law requirements, to remove five palm trees for public safety. These trees currently intrude into the protected airspace for the San Diego International Airport, and to avoid impacts to the Airport operations, these palm trees must be removed. The palms are located at the following locations:
• 4404 Newport Av
• 4411 Newport Av
• 2 trees at 4386 Newport Av
• 4369 Newport Av

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San Diego Planning Depart. Using Outdated Population and Housing Projections for College Area’s Community Plan ‘Update’

April 26, 2022 by Source

By Danna Givot

Last December 2021, SANDAG adopted Series 14 projections for population and housing growth through 2050. These projections take into account the latest California Department of Finance population projections. Despite the availability of these updated projections, the Planning Department continues to plan based on outdated, inflated data. This leads to unnecessary, harmful impacts.

For the City as a whole, the new SANDAG Series 14 data projects 132,000 less people living in San Diego in 2050 versus Series 13 numbers. That is 19% population growth versus 28% population growth previously expected. SANDAG Series 14 projections are available by community planning area, where the differences versus Series 13 can be huge.

The College Area is a great example.

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Here’s the City’s Response to the Killing of Palm Trees

April 25, 2022 by Source

City of San Diego Senior Public Information officer Anthony Santacroce issued the following statement Monday, April 25, in response to media inquiries:

“The City of San Diego removed five palms on Newport Avenue this morning at the direction of the FAA and the San Diego Airport Authority. The trees removed today presented an urgent threat to flight paths and aviation operations that impact public safety and economic health of San Diego.

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The Story Behind Shelter Island

April 22, 2022 by Source

Shelter Island has been a resounding success story, especially for what was a shifting shoal that was once considered a navigational hazard.

By Eric DuVall / Point Loma-OB Monthly /April 21, 2022

The course of history seldom runs in a straight line. In fact, history may often be said to meander in one direction for a time until that path is changed. Such corrections are often evident only in retrospect.

The flow of San Diego’s history has been closely tied to both the shifting channels of the mighty San Diego River and the development of our remarkable natural harbor, San Diego Bay. This story has its beginnings at a place and time where and when both of those waterways came together.

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Greta Thunberg: ‘Act As If the House Is on Fire – Because It Is.’

April 22, 2022 by Source

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