San Diego

Protests Set as County Supervisors Ready Endorsement of Trump’s War on Immigrants – Tues., Apr. 17

April 16, 2018 by Doug Porter

On Tuesday, April 17, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will meet in closed session to consider endorsing the Trump administration’s lawsuits challenging California’s legislation offering some minimal protections for immigrants.

While the Supes action is mostly symbolic, it is a statement of values. It is an affirmation of a cruel campaign waged by militarized forces, based on irrational fears, and drummed up by those who seek to disenfranchise all minorities as a means of building a political base.

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Landmark Lawsuit Against SANDAG Ends With a Victory for Clean Air

April 16, 2018 by Staff

The San Diego County Superior Court has formally ordered the San Diego Association of Governments to decertify its defective Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for 2011 the Regional Transportation Plan. SANDAG has also agreed to cover attorney’s fees in the amount of $1.7 million for the petitioners in this public interest case.

It has taken six long years to reach this point, with the lawsuit going to the California Supreme Court. The two precedent-setting court opinions arising from this case will guide SANDAG and other agencies in addressing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and public health impacts of regional transportation planning.

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San Diego Progressive Activist Calendar April 13-23, 2018

April 13, 2018 by Doug Porter

Morality Guide

Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings below. Following those listings are upcoming events of national importance, along with opportunities for organizational involvement.

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March for Science in San Diego – Sat., April 14th

April 11, 2018 by Source

Join thousands of your fellow San Diegans this Saturday, April 14th for The March for Science – at Waterfront Park next to the County Administration Building along Pacific Highway.

Here are details – taken from the March for Science website:

Why We March

The March for Science champions publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. Read more about our goals and concerns.


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The Cases Against UFCW Local 135’s Mickey Kasparian Can Be Judged by the Depositions

April 10, 2018 by Brent Beltran

Mickey Kasparian

By Brent E. Beltrán / San Diego Free Press

On December 9, 2016 Sandy Naranjo was unjustly fired by UFCW Local 135 President Mickey Kasparian and subsequently filed a lawsuit. That firing and lawsuit lead to a chain of events that will soon culminate in the end of Kasparian’s Machiavellian grasp on San Diego’s progressive body politic.

After Sandy’s termination former Local 135 staffer Isabel Vasquez stepped forward and filed a sexual harassment complaint against Kasparian and the union.

Shortly after expressing support for Sandy and Isabel, Nohelia Ramos filed a lawsuit against Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) claiming retaliation for showing solidarity for the two women, UFCW Local 135 is a funder of ACCE.

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Shenanigans at the Barrio Logan Planning Committee Remind San Diegans of Importance of Democracy

April 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Peninsula planning board is not the only community planning panel in the city that’s having conflicts. Over in Barrio Logan, there’s some really funky stuff going on these days.

Consider this: in the middle of counting ballots for the most recent annual election to the Barrio Logan Planning Committee held on March 18th – all counting stopped.


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50 Years Ago Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Murdered in Memphis – His Connections to San Diego Citizen Journalism

April 4, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Complete Text of King’s Last Speech (inside)

In U2’s Pride (In the Name of Love) Bono sings:

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

These lines are about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968 – 50 years ago. King was in Memphis where he had gone to provide support and encouragement to 1300 African-American sanitation workers who had walked off their jobs in that city.

The day before he was assassinated, King gave his final speech, known as ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech.

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Back to the Spring Rituals of Baseball

April 2, 2018 by Jim Miller

Baseball is back, and, as I do every year—no matter how bad the Padres are—I enjoy re-immersing myself in the game. And, as opposed to our president who argues in this ridiculous interview that talent comes strictly from innate ability and is made manifest on the Social Darwinist proving ground of sport, I know that it’s all about focus and work. Perhaps the most important thing of all is failure that leads to more focus and work and honing one’s craft.

You alone with the thing itself.

On the diamond this cliché holds true: even the best players fail most of the time, sometimes quite badly. .

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San Diego County Supervisors Set to Oppose California’s Sanctuary Law

April 2, 2018 by Doug Porter

We can no longer afford to ignore the County of San Diego in the struggle against the policies of the Trump administration.

San Diego’s Republican County Supervisors are proposing to join Attorney General Jeff Sessions lawsuit challenging our state’s stance against the administration’s racist policies. These actions will be considered in a closed session on April 17. The vote will likely be 3-2 in favor our using the County’s moral authority and our tax dollars in support of bigotry.

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Congressional Districts 51, 52, and 53 – Three Incumbent Democrats with Safe Seats

March 30, 2018 by Doug Porter

Editordude: Check out this great snapshot of what’s up in 3 Congressional Districts in San Diego County, the 51st, 52nd and 53rd – OB and Point Loma are in the 52nd CD – ; it’s by Doug Porter over at our sister website the San Diego Free Press.

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Three incumbent Democrats. Zero controversies. No surprises expected on June 5. I thought this snapshot would be the most boring of all the election pieces I write pre-primary. But it wasn’t. I learned some stuff, and you will too.

The Democratic Party has a majority of registered voters in each of these Congressional Districts. .

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Debate Over Dockless Bikes Continues: ‘The Bikeshare Blowout’

March 26, 2018 by Source

By Paul Jamason / San Diego Urban / March 18, 2018

The meltdown over dockless bikeshare in San Diego is in full swing, but it’s somewhat expected in a city where cars come first – often at the expense of other travel modes. A common argument against dockless bikes has been that the bikes are in the way, which they sometimes are, since many of our sidewalks aren’t wide enough to accommodate a parked bike and pedestrians. But it’s remarkable that pedestrians and bike share users are fighting over the last sliver of public space.

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A War of Words in the District 4 County Supervisor Race

March 20, 2018 by Doug Porter

Editor: County District 4 includes most of the City of San Diego, OB and much of Point Loma – there’s a portion of Point Loma in District 1.

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

The race for District 4 County Supervisor is heating up. And not necessarily in a good way.

Four Democratic candidates are seeking the seat: attorney Omar Passons, former Deputy Fire Chief Ken Malbrough, along with former Assemblypersons Lori Saldaña and Nathan Fletcher. Former DA Bonnie Dumanis is the sole Republican on the June 5 primary ballot.

Saldaña and Fletcher are the ones making the news this week, with stories in the Union-Tribune and the Times of San Diego. You’d need a scorecard to keep track of the charges and counter-charges between two camps.

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Legal Cannabis Brought San Diego Over $350,000 in Tax Monies in One Month

March 15, 2018 by Source

San Diego’s cannabis business tax brought in $358,348 in the first month of legalized recreational marijuana sales, according to early figures released to KPBS on Monday, March 12.

Local marijuana businesses are required to pay the 5 percent gross receipts tax every month, and the first due date to pay the tax was Feb. 28. A city spokeswoman said the figure was for retail transactions in the month of January.

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What’s Happening During Trump’s San Diego Visit

March 12, 2018 by Doug Porter

Trump San Diego

The President of the United States is coming to one the safest cities in the United States to complain about crime and immigration. No doubt he’ll echo this weekend’s Saturday address expressing his unhappiness with California’s defiant stance on cooperation with federal authorities:

“California’s leaders are in open defiance of federal law,” Mr. Trump said. “They don’t care about crime. They don’t care about death and killings. They don’t care about robberies. They don’t care about the kind of things that you and I care about.”

Whatever. Here’s what we know as of Monday morning.

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County Announces Restrictions for Border Protests During Trump’s Visit to San Diego

March 9, 2018 by Source

Editor’s Note: The County of San Diego has announced Temporary Area Restrictions in the area near the Border Wall prototypes effective March 9 -16. Via the Times of San Diego, here’s their release directed at people planning to demonstrate during Trump’s visit.

It has been widely advertised that there will be a Presidential visit to San Diego during the second week of March. This visit may prompt individuals and groups with contrasting opinions to gather in the area near the Border Wall Prototype Construction in Otay Mesa.

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Progressive Activist Calendar for San Diego – March 9-19, 2018

March 9, 2018 by Doug Porter

Young woman speaking with bullhorn

Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings below. Following those listings are upcoming events of national importance, along with opportunities for organizational involvement.

This is likely to be a historic week for activism in San Diego. Black Women will march to build power and community on Saturday, March 10th, Anti-Trump Protests will span Monday & Tuesday, and students from five colleges, along with 29 elementary thru high schools will walk out for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14th to protest gun violence.

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Debate Dodging and Disappointed Democrats in the 49th Congressional District

March 7, 2018 by Doug Porter

“We, not the candidates we elect, are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.”
-Flip the 49th! organizer

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Wow. What could have been a defining event in the effort to win a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives turned into a punch in the gut for North San Diego County activists.

Polling from February confirmed what many feared; absent a Republican incumbent there was a real possibility of no Democrat making it past June 5th, thanks to California’s top two (regardless of party) primary system.

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San Diego’s Rapid Response to ICE

March 6, 2018 by Source

By Peter Zschiesche

There can be no doubt that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids at workplaces and in neighborhoods will once again become major activities in our area – top officials in ICE have said so. After California’s Governor Brown signed a law limiting California law-enforcement officials’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities,

Mr. Holman, a top ICE official warned, “California better hold on tight—they’re about to see a lot more deportation officers.”

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Students, Moms, and San Diego Officials Make Actions Against Gun Violence a Priority

March 1, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Students in more than a dozen local high schools have announced plans to participate in a nationwide walkout organized by the Women’s March to protest gun violence on March 14th. The 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m. in each time zone is meant to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.

The San Diego Unified School Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for federal background checks for gun and ammo purchases, a ban on semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines and bump stocks. It also called for the reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban.

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Keeping the Stupid in Politics, San Diego Style

February 27, 2018 by Doug Porter

Ernest Dronenburg, Sheriff Bill Gore and Bonnie Dumanis Are Still Running

The ‘stupid’ in San Diego politics is mighty intense for this time of year. It’s February, right? People can still file to run in the primaries for another week or so.

Three of San Diego County’s keepers of the ‘same old, same old, flame’ are apparently running for ‘who can be the most outrageous and still get votes.’

These are people who expect to get elected or re-elected on June 5 because they think their name recognition is enough to win. Or because they ‘deserve’ the position.

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Arm the Teachers, Blame the Liberals Says Rep. Hunter, Plus Progressive Activist Calendar for Feb. 23 – Mar. 5, 2018

February 23, 2018 by Doug Porter

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Not Indicted Yet) needs a new nickname. Mr. AR15 sounds right, cause they’re both available for (relatively) cheap.

The Center for Responsive Politics, says as of the end of 2017, Hunter has accepted $41,087 from the National Rifle Association. That puts him next to last among California’s Republican Congressman who have been supported by the NRA.

None-the-less, Hunter’s been front and center pushing the NRA’s line. Teachers who have served in the armed forces need to be armed: “Nobody is getting shot in these school shootings after an armed presence arrives.”

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Survey: Flipping the 49th Congressional District Won’t Be Easy

February 22, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

A just-released poll, conducted February 12-15 by FM3 Research for Flip the 49th! Neighbors in Action has a cautionary tale for Democrats seeking to replace retiring Congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District.

The good news is the Republicans’ brand is so tarnished that a generic Democrat could win over a generic Republican by 7 points or more.

The bad news is that the current line-up of Democratic candidates is likely to split primary voters in such a way that two Republicans will face each other in the general election.

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‘Teresa Gets a Boyfriend’ at Saville Theatre

February 22, 2018 by Anna Daniels

By Anna Daniels/ San Diego Free Press

When Teresa Gunn performs her one woman show Teresa Gets a Boyfriend at City College’s Saville Theatre on Saturday, February 24, she will take on the universal and oftentimes worn themes of looking for love, finding love and trying to keep love.

Creative storytelling makes old stories new and Teresa Gunn is a consummate storyteller.

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Millions Made From Medicaid by San Diego Couple Who Run Managed-Care Plan

February 21, 2018 by Source

By Retired OBcean

I belong to a Medicaid managed-care plan called Community Health Group. It covers me when I go to a local nonprofit clinic in my neighborhood. I really don’t have any complaints about the clinic’s service or of the plan.

The Plan – which has annual revenues of $1.2 billion – serves nearly 300,000 poor and disabled patients in San Diego County – all under a state contract funded entirely by taxpayers. Reportedly, Community Health Group has earned above-average ratings for patient care. But I just found out .

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Why Should I Be a Democrat? – Part One: The 2018 State Convention Comes to San Diego

February 21, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

The California Democrats State Convention is slated for the San Diego Convention Center this coming weekend (February 23-25), so it seems like a good time to explore what’s going on with the party these days.

I know in my heart of hearts the two-party system is not likely to change in my lifetime. I know I’m drawn to what the Democratic party says it represents. But I also know its history of backroom dealings and the often-outrageous actions of the county party. Both are all-too-often more bound to money than principles. And right now I feel the principles of democracy itself are under attack.

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In Break with the Past, San Diego County Board of Supervisors Cancel Evening Budget Hearings

February 15, 2018 by Doug Porter

In recent years the County Board of Supervisors has held evening budget hearings, providing an opportunity for ordinary citizens with regular jobs to observe the process and give testimony.

Hundreds of people attended these evening sessions, sharing their views and aspirations. Many of the Supervisors commented on how important it was to hear from more San Diegans about budget priorities.

This year, things will be different. The Supes (except Greg Cox) don’t care.

People will have to take time off from work if they have an interest in local government this year. With most of the Board of Supervisors leaving office in the next couple of years due to term limits, they’ve decided daytime hearings are all the people need.

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Mass Transit and Bicycle Advocates Urge San Diego to Reform Community Planning Groups

February 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Circulate San Diego, an advocacy group for public transit, is urging the City of San Diego to enact reforms in how the fifty or so community planning groups within the city are run.

The group has just released its report titled “Democracy in Planning,” – which they claim is “how the City of San Diego can improve democratic representation through the City’s Community Planning Groups.”

The reforms Circulate San Diego calls for include “Prohibitions against policies that restrict the right of community members to vote in and stand for elections,” changes to term limits, increased training and education for citizen planners, as well as “agenda reform” that calls for planning groups to hear land use and transportation items at the beginning of meetings.

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San Diego County Government’s Injustice Machine

February 14, 2018 by Doug Porter

I have a few observations about our County so-called government to share :

First Amendment eff up. Journalist Kelly Davis has worked diligently over the past few years exposing injustices in local government. The County of San Diego didn’t take kindly to her (along with Dave Maass) exposés concerning (60!) jail deaths at the SD County Jail. So they decided to drag her into court to reveal her notes, interviews, and recordings from the award-winning CityBeat series. She’s off the hook, for now, thanks to a judge with common sense. But there’s still a chance the County government’s legal counsel will appeal. Read about it here.

Sexual predator County Sheriff still on the loose. County Sheriff Bill Gore’s investigation into a sheriff’s deputy accused by 14 women of groping them,

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San Diego Congressional Campaigns – Show Us the Money, Part 2

February 13, 2018 by Doug Porter

Will San Diego See a Blue Wave in Red Districts?

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Campaign financial reports were filed recently, and it’s worth a look at this time to see who’s looking to be a serious contender in the five contests for the House of Representatives in San Diego.

The really juicy stuff–contributions by Political Action Committees, etc., revealing the special interests backing candidates–typically come in the final months before the election, so we’ll have to wait for numbers.

Yesterday’s column included information on City and County campaigns, which is sourced differently than contests for federal or statewide office. We will be publishing a voter information guide in early May with details on candidates in many San Diego contests.

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Show Us the Money, Part 1: San Diego City and County Campaigns

February 12, 2018 by Doug Porter

Campaign financial reports for the second half of 2017 were released recently. There’s good news and bad news, and news needing to be taken with a grain of salt.

In San Diego County, the system of passing the torch from retiring officeholder to anointed successor gives the GOP candidates for District Attorney and D4 Supervisor all the advantages of incumbency sans the need to defend past actions. Republican Bonnie Dumanis is running as a “Judge” in the hopes of creating some distance from the scandals associated with her tenure as County District Attorney.

Simply put, the County government is the biggest entity impacting the most lives in San Diego.

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