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Green Bins for Organic Waste Coming to a Home Near You — Yours

December 1, 2022 by Source

Public Service Announcement

Green waste bins are being prepared to be rolled out to homes across the city of San Diego as the Department of Environmental services starts up their green waste program.

All organic and food waste products will no longer be slated for the grey trash bins, but they now will be placed in the green bins with yard clippings.

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20 Ways to Make a ‘Fine’ Coffeehouse

December 1, 2022 by Source

Editordude: The following list is by John Rippo, who knows a thing or two about coffeehouses. He used to publish a coffeehouse-oriented newspaper called The Espresso. Currently, it’s on line.

By John Rippo

SOMETIMES PEOPLE ASK what I would propose as a fine coffeehouse. In case you don’t know, I’ve been in a few and have some preferences. One of them is to never under any circumstance have anything to do with running a coffeehouse; this is because I was imprisoned in a retail operation by family as a mere child and had enough of “serving the public” to last a lifetime. But I do have a few fond concepts and list them below. Add your own if you’re so inclined.

1. A coffeehouse should be big, with high ceilings, lots of windows that open, and preferred to sit on a corner. It should have decent parking and bike racks.

2. Art, paint, lighting and bling should create a fair contrast everywhere the eye goes. Too much harmony is dull and makes the eye vibrate

3. A cafe can cater to the poor, too. An urn, filled with Folgers and marked by a danger sign should stand near a door, asking for donations. Another sign should tell of the good stuff within the cafe.

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Evangelical Lobbying Threatens Supreme Court’s Independence

December 1, 2022 by Source

“Operation Higher Court” sent lobbyists to wine and dine Alito, Thomas and Scalia, while pushing right-wing positions.

By Marjorie Cohn / Truthout / November 29, 2022

Recent exposés have uncovered an emerging pattern of improper lobbying of right-wing Supreme Court justices by wealthy evangelicals. They reveal serious threats to the independence of the judiciary. But equally alarming is that the Supreme Court is unconstrained by a code of judicial ethics.

From 1995 to 2018, the right-wing evangelical nonprofit Faith and Action executed “Operation Higher Court.” It was an organized and systematic campaign “to wine, dine and entertain conservative Supreme Court justices while pushing conservative positions” on social issues pending before the court, Politico reports.

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University of California Strike Enters 3rd Week — Some Tentative Agreements Reached

November 30, 2022 by Source

By Amy Graff / SFGATE / Nov. 29, 2022

After a grueling 15-day labor walkout by 48,000 academic workers at the University of California, two of the four groups striking announced Tuesday that they reached a tentative agreement that includes wage increases, officials said.

The academic researchers and postdoctoral scholars agreed on a new five-year contract with the state university system, per a news release from United Auto Workers Local 5810, the union representing the workers. But the two groups will continue to walk picket lines in solidarity with the other the two groups that have yet to strike a deal: academic student employees and student researchers.

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Prefabricated Housing Construction Could Lower Home Prices in San Diego

November 30, 2022 by Source

By Jacob Aere / KPBS / Nov. 29, 2022

A prefabricated house may look like most other modern homes, but the process to get there is rather different.

“Prefabricated simply means that it’s built in a factory off-site. People sometimes confuse the terminology — modular is a term we use in the industry, it’s built in sections in a factory (and) delivered to the site for assembly,” Todd Kesseler said. Kesseler is the president of USModular Inc., a company that specializes in manufactured and modular housing.

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Mike Davis: A Southern Californian Visionary

November 23, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Many were saddened when they heard that Mike Davis had passed back in late October. Davis was an activist and historian with a San Diego connection and, as Thomas Reifer in a thoughtful tribute in the Union-Tribune wrote, “embodied a rare combination of brilliance, storytelling and committed scholar activism.”

He is probably most famous for publishing the “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles,”in 1990, which since has become a “bible” at architectural schools. Then came his “Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster.” And many more.

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Chula Vista’s Discovery Park to Be Renamed Kumeyaay Park

November 22, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Three weeks ago, the Chula Vista City Council did something very cool and very historic. On November 2, they unanimously approved the renaming of Discovery Park in the Rancho del Rey Community to Kumeyaay Park of Chula Vista. They said the designation recognizes the Kumeyaay people, who are native to the region with 13 reservations.

A Christopher Columbus statue stood in the park for 30 years but was removed and placed in storage two years ago after repeatedly being targeted by somebody who obviously wasn’t down with the forefather of the genocide of America’s indigenous peoples being displayed in the park.

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Reader’s Rant: ‘As a Consumer, I’m Against the Proposed Merger of Ralphs and Vons.’

November 22, 2022 by Source

By Deborah Porter

I haven’t seen much chatter about the proposed merger of Ralphs and Vons, but I think it will not benefit any of us and in fact could cause higher prices, fewer stores, less variety and fewer choices for the consumers of San Diego. I have posted some comments on Nextdoor and predictably have gotten informative responses as well as people blaming kids from the high schools of stealing food causing higher prices.

I’m not trying to food fight inflation (useless to try), or denigrate the large grocery options here, it is just that I think that for the average consumer — who may not have a Walmart nearby (we don’t), or cannot go to Costco for their groceries, or prefer to not pay the higher prices at Jensens, Lazy Acres, Target etc. — should rally against this merger. The average consumer cannot afford the higher cost premium grocery stores, and Costco may not make sense for small families.

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New Book: 50 Year Anniversary of ‘Race Riot’ Aboard Aircraft Carrier Kitty Hawk — Only Black Sailors Punished

November 21, 2022 by Source

New book by Navy lawyer who defended accused Black sailors documents one-sided investigation, dubious testimony and other injustices in case that rocked the military

By John Wilkens / San Diego Union-Tribune / Nov. 20, 2022 (Only for subscribers)

For 50 years, Marv Truhe kept the boxes. He moved from San Diego to South Dakota, from South Dakota to Colorado, and a lot of belongings came and went. Not those boxes. There were five of them, cardboard Bankers Boxes filled with official investigations, witness interviews, medical reports, trial transcripts and other documents from an incident that rocked the U.S. Navy in October 1972: a Black vs. White race riot aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.

“I knew some day I wanted to tell the full story,” Truhe said.

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The 4th Annual 2022 San Diego Music Hall of Fame Was Held in Ocean Beach

November 21, 2022 by Source

From SDMHF

Our ceremony began with a full house on Veteran’s Day. Our silent auction area was full of awesome items including instruments from Taylor Guitars, Pit Bull Audio, local art, loaded gift baskets and more.

A warm welcome came from Master of Ceremonies, Jefferson Jay, venue host Pastor Mike Quinn, and awesome San Diego musical talents, Gato Papacitos.

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San Diego’s Susan G. Komen Walk: ‘3 Days. 60 Miles. Not As Hard As Breast Cancer’

November 21, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

By Colleen O’Connor

Need more proof than the 2022 election to comprehend the strength, dedication and power of women.

You must have seen them.  Over 1700 women (and men) in all sorts of pink outfits walking, singing, smiling and some dancing, all devoted to eradicating breast cancer.  It was the 18th annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60-mile walk to promote awareness and raise funds to save lives. Each participant walked 20 miles a day, raised funds, and camped outdoors overnight.

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River Money

November 17, 2022 by Source

By David Garrick / San Diego Union-Tribune / Nov. 15, 2022

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a new funding source to pay for upgrades to the San Diego River, which officials say could become a regional attraction with recreational amenities and riverfront dining.

The upgrades include parks, bicycle bridges and flood-prevention efforts that could make private-sector investment more likely along the 52-mile river, which runs from Ocean Beach, Mission Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside to Julian.

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Styrofoam Products to Be Banned in San Diego

November 16, 2022 by Source

by Elizabeth Ireland / Times of San Diego / Nov. 15, 2022

Styrofoam products are on their way out in San Diego following the city council vote on Tuesday, Nov. 15 approving an ordinance banning all single-use polystyrene foam food containers, utensils, coolers and pool toys effective next year.

According to a staff presentation at Tuesday’s meeting, while Styrofoam products are accepted in the city’s blue recycling bins, it is difficult to find a market willing to recycle them, and they often are sent to the landfill — if they don’t break up into tiny pieces and get into the region’s environment first.

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In Largest Real Estate Competition in US Navy’s History – NAVWAR Is Now Officially on the Block

November 16, 2022 by Source

Edited from BusinessNews, November 16, 2022

It’s official. The United States Navy is officially seeking bids to renovate NAVWAR, the 70.3-acre complex in San Diego’s Midway District, launching the largest real estate competition in the federal agency’s history.

On Tuesday, the Navy released  the RFQ, the request for qualifications for the lease and development of the NAVWAR property, which includes Naval Base Point Loma, and Old Town Complex. The 182-page solicitation published on federal procurement site SAM.gov formally puts the property on the market and invites development teams to respond by February 7, 2023 with their high-level vision for the site and financing plans.

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Establishment Democrats Attacked Fellow Democrat Saldaña and Promoted Republican Lukacs to Re-Elect Campbell

November 14, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s Michael Smolens, renowned U-T columnist, shaking the boat with assertions that San Diego’s establishment “bi-partisan” Democrats attacked fellow Democrat Saldaña and promoted Republican Linda Lukacs in order to get Campbell re-elected (the Rag has been making the same assertions since June):

San Diego City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell may have secured her re-election in June when an independent committee waged a negative campaign against Lori Saldaña, a high-profile San Diego political figure who has served in the Assembly and run for a number of other elected positions.

A Democrat like Campbell, Saldaña is a former chair of the Sierra Club’s local chapter who has a strong following among progressive Democrats, and her criticism of development has appealed to neighborhood groups.

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Thousands of Researchers and Student Workers Out on Strike at All University of Calif Campuses

November 14, 2022 by Source

Edited From KPBS

Thousands of researchers and student employees at the 10 University of California campuses have gone on strike as of 8 a.m. this morning, Monday, Nov. 14, in an effort to secure improved pay and working conditions.

Contract talks affect 48,000 workers, including 17,000 student researchers, at the 10 schools in the UC system, including UC San Diego. They voted to authorize a strike in October. UC officials are in contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers regarding four separate academic bargaining units

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After a Week, Measure C Still Too Close to Call

November 14, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

It’s been a week now since San Diego voters officially cast their ballots, and Measure C is still too close to call. Although as of this report, November 14, the “Yes” votes lead the “No”s by 6,058. Percentage wise, that’s only a difference of 1.82%.

The County Registrar of Voters says there are still another 165,000 outstanding ballots (county-wide). Their next posting won’t be until 5 pm today.

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Legal Actions Claim San Diego City Council Is Violating First Amendment Rights and Brown Act by Muting Speakers

November 11, 2022 by Source

Former Candidate Lori Saldaña “Muted” During Public Comments on Oct. 27 and Nov.1

By Ken Stone/ Times of San Diego / Nov. 4, 2022

The San Diego City Council is violating the First Amendment rights of citizens with a policy barring certain public comments at council meetings, a lawsuit filed last Friday, Nov. 4 alleges.

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The Audacious Re-Election Campaign for Councilwoman Jen Campbell

November 10, 2022 by Source


By Scott Lewis
Voice of San Diego / Nov. 10, 2022

When the Union-Tribune editorial board endorsed Linda Lukacs in her race to oust City Councilwoman Jen Campbell, it offered a strange logic.

Campbell, the paper said, had laudable positions: She had resolved the long, torturous dilemma about how to regulate vacation rentals and she supported major investments in housing and development in the Midway area. In contrast, the paper wrote, Lukacs had “disappointing” views on housing and “seemed too inclined to Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) thinking.”

But ultimately, none of that mattered and the U-T endorsed Lukacs. Why?

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San Diego Music Hall of Fame Kicks Off Friday, Nov. 11 in Ocean Beach

November 10, 2022 by Source

From SDMHOF

The San Diego Music Hall of Fame (SDMHOF) is holding its 4th annual induction event at Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2022, Veteran’s Day.

The SDMHOF was founded to celebrate the city’s rich musical past and to honor over a century of great music in San Diego.

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San Diego Establishment Must Be in Shock at How Poorly Measure C Is Doing

November 9, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

There is some anguish in the office towers of the city today, the day after the election, about what is happening in the Midway District.

Indeed, San Diego’s establishment must be in shock at how poorly Measure C is doing. At the most recent vote tabulation, there’s only a 623 vote difference between the “Yes’s” and the “No’s.”

Which is an 800-some vote loss since earlier in the day when the time the San Diego U-T posted its returns. Which means the margin of “victory” is slowly being eroded.

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It’s Neck and Neck for Measure C

November 9, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

With only 29.4% of the vote counted, Measure C is neck and neck between the “No’s” and the “Yes’s” — 50.15% Yes versus 49.85% No. There’s less than 1,000 votes between them. This is as of 7 am Wednesday morning, the day after.

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SeaWorld Still Owes San Diego $10 Million in Back Rent Despite ‘Robust’ Summer Revenue

November 7, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a continuing saga of how SeaWorld owes the City of San Diego nearly $10 million in back rent. And this despite the park’s “robust” revenue intake this past summer. The other day U-T reporter, Lori Weisberg, gave the paper’s subscribers an update, and here are some of the take-aways:

  • San Diego officials just recently renewed their demand that the theme park write a check for nearly $10 million. This demand comes after a formal audit by the city treasurer confirming that SeaWorld owes more than $9.7 million in back rent, plus nearly $12,000 to cover the cost of the audit.
  • SeaWorld is the only city lessee, out of about 800, in default on their required lease payments;
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93-Year Old Veteran for Peace Hands Out Group’s 5,000th Sleeping Bag to Homeless

November 7, 2022 by Source

By Diane Bell / San Diego Union-Tribune 

When Stan Levin encountered a homeless man in a wheelchair behind a Denny’s last month, he did what he always does. He started a conversation. As they chatted, he asked the fellow if he was sleeping on the ground and needed a sleeping bag. What he wanted at that moment, though, was a meal.

“Go in and tell the cashier what you want for breakfast and I’ll pick up the tab,” Levin replied. While the stranger was ordering, Levin walked to his car and came back with a sleeping bag to give to him.

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Video: Rally for the Height Limit, ‘No’ on C

November 7, 2022 by Source

Here’s a video by Charles Landon of the rally for the height limit and “No” on Measure C held Thursday, November 3. It was held adjacent to the San Diego River just across from the Midway area and sports arena.

Two city council candidates spoke, Linda Lukacs running in District 2 and Tommy Hough, running in District 6. Both are opposed to Measure C.

Also speaking were Lisa Ross of the Sierra Club, Geoff Page of Keep the Coast 30,

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The Saga of Pickleball at Robb Field Continues at Mission Bay Park Committee

November 4, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The saga of pickleball’s attempt to find a home at Robb Field continued Tuesday, November 1, with an appearance before the Mission Bay Park Committee, at the Santa Clara Recreation Center in Mission Beach.

Stephan Boyland and Mike Shinzaki made the pitch on behalf of the Pickleball Association of San Diego. The pitch involved three possible options to have pickleball at Robb Field.

#1 – Share the existing 12 tennis courts. There are six courts in one fenced-in enclosure and six in another. Pickleball would like to have six of the 12 courts.

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Today – Thursday – Rally to Save the Height Limit and Oppose Measure C

November 3, 2022 by Staff

There is a coming together today, Thursday, of all the various groups and city council candidates who want to save the 30-foot height limit and oppose Measure C.  It’s along Sea World Drive at 11 am.

The Sierra Club, Keep the Coast 30, Raise the Balloon, Save San Diego’s Character, Save Our Access as well as council candidates Tommy Hough and Linda Lukacs will be in attendance.

Measure C will eliminate the 30-foot height limit throughout the entire Midway planning area, over 1300 acres. The measure is the most serious threat to the 50-year old height limit, established by a citizens’ initiative in 1972 that was approved by over 63% of the vote.

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Mission Beach Is Shrinking and the City Is Using Incorrect Numbers in Issuing Licenses for Short-Term Rentals

November 1, 2022 by Source

By Gary Wonacott

Mission Beach is shrinking but the City is not using this fact in issuing licenses for short-term rentals (STR). This addresses two issues related to the 2020 census data, not yet included in SANDAG Data Surfer, but everyone else in the world has access to it.

Upon examination of the 2020 census data, there is one piece of information that jumped out at me.

While the housing in the majority of San Diego has been growing, in some areas by leaps and bounds, the number of housing units in Mission Beach has decreased, substantially.

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Minor Victory of Sorts Claimed at San Diego Planning Commission

October 31, 2022 by Source

From Neighbors for a Better San Diego

Here’s what happened at Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting of October 27…

After much public testimony and Commissioner commentary, the Planning Commission passed a resolution recommending that the City Council adopt the 2022 Land Development Code Update (LDC) Update with the exception of:

Item 5 – Definition of a Sustainable Development Area (the item we asked you to comment on)

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Surfrider Says ‘Support the San Diego Single Use Plastics Ordinance’

October 26, 2022 by Source

From San Diego Surfrider:

The foam ban is back! This Thursday, October 27, at 1pm, the San Diego Environment Committee will consider reintroducing the Single Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance before the full City Council for a vote.

The ordinance, which prohibits throwaway foam foodware citywide, was originally approved by the City Council back in January 2019. However, the City agreed to stay the ordinance and conduct an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to avoid a costly, plastics industry-funded lawsuit.

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