San Diego

A Golfer With No Quit in Him Rises Again

April 19, 2019 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I’ve never witnessed
a more beautiful scene:
Eldrick Tont Woods,
leaning over
a “gimme,”
gently tapping it in
to a Hallelujah chorus
of cheers
and chants
that came suddenly
like a gust
of wind
and continued
as though
there was no end,
bringing tears to my eyes,
just seeing
this man who,
for a decade,
going on two,
was in decline,
trying to contend
with an array
of young players

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Duck-duck-goose: San Diego’s Quest for a New Mayor

April 18, 2019 by Source

By Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner / April 15, 2019

Let’s start with an urban tale about dreams and possibilities. Not long ago in a city far, far away, an international gathering took place and it called itself the Fearless Cities Summit.

And this summit brought together 700 mayors and councilmembers and active citizen groups from far-flung cities and towns around the world. And their plan was to collaborate on creating global networks of solidarity in the cause of human rights, democracy, and the common good. Overblown hype?

As it turns out, the “fearless cities” concept is completely down to earth. It entails people merging their efforts to modify local government institutions and create practical programs that address the specific needs of their particular communities. Their efforts are unified by a simple overarching goal–to improve the lives of city residents. Who could find fault with that?

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Labor and Progressives Mix It Up at Summit 2019

April 17, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds / April 15, 2019

Advocates for a progressive policies and organized labor gathered in San Diego this past weekend at the Doubletree Hilton in Mission Valley. Hundreds of union members mingled with local political activists for a day of speeches, strategizing, and solidarity at the third annual Progressive Labor Summit.

The assembly of one of the most powerful forces in local electoral politics and the driver of significant social change featured nationally and locally prominent speakers. And, despite, an active public relations campaign, this column will likely be the only coverage of the event.

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Black Panthers in San Diego

April 15, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Interview with Henry Wallace – San Diego Black Panther

There are Black Panthers here in San Diego today. Henry Wallace – for one – is a member of the San Diego Black Panther Party. Henry Wallace was also a Black Panther here in San Diego back in the late Sixties, fifty-some years ago.

Today a Black Panther Party chapter exists in San Diego. And Henry Wallace is responsible for breathing new life into the militant political party that calls our town home.

Henry was a teenager when he joined the San Diego chapter of the Black Panthers in the late 1960s. His sister had been a founder when it unfurled its banner in San Diego for the first time in 1967. The Party reached its zenith locally over the course of the next two years later, but it had shaken the white establishment so much, the establishment reaction forced the party out of it public existence.

This is all part of the history Henry shares with us here in an interview with the OB Rag.

For historical context, back in the day – the late 60s – the Black Panthers were either lied about or ignored by the mainstream media such as the San Diego Union and the Evening-Tribune.

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Point Loma Nazarene Community Reacts to Trump’s Threats to Close the Border

April 12, 2019 by Source

by Jessie Fernandez/ / April 11, 2019

Trump threatening to close the border may not be new, but many students still don’t know the implications of a border shut-down.

Mexico and the United States are a part of the United States-Mexico-Canada- Agreement. This agreement has been signed but is not officially valid, and is basically a new NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). This deal is meant to protect intellectual property and harmonize regulatory systems and e-commerce.

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Promising Progressive Progress with San Diego County Board of Supervisors

April 11, 2019 by Doug Porter

Freshman Nathan Fletcher Opens Up the Budget Process

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds

It’s all too easy to be cynical about politics in San Diego, with a history of local governance known mostly for kowtowing to reactionary interests. And I’ll be the first to say we have a long way to go. But things are changing, thanks in part to last year’s ‘Blue Wave’ elections and the persistence of some dedicated local activists.

A decision by the Regional Airport Authority to require a project labor agreement with the contractor responsible for a planned $3 billion expansion of Terminal 1 signals that the days of unions not having a seat at the table are over.

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After Months of Complaints and Health Concerns About Noxious Fumes SDSU President Holds Meetings

April 11, 2019 by Source

by Brad Racino, Lauren Mapp & Bella Ross / inewsource / April 3, 2019

More than 75 faculty members, staff and students at San Diego State University packed an open forum Wednesday, April 3, to demand answers of campus leadership about noxious odors that have sickened many since January.

Editordude: From an earlier post:

The odors arose from a chemical used during roof repairs to the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building, which was closed on March 13 — six weeks after the university was told of the problem and began air monitoring tests. Students and professors who occupied the building despite the smells said the university did a poor job of notifying them or giving them options.

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The Convention Center Expansion Zombie Ballot Measure Rises Again

April 10, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds

A coalition of more than two dozen voting-rights, civil-rights, social-justice, labor and community organizations organized by Alliance San Diego has written to the City Council, urging them to not place a measure on the March 2020 primary ballot.

Despite two thirds of city voters in 2016 casting ballots in support of Measure L, limiting local ballot measures to November general elections, supporters of an increase in the tourism occupancy tax (TOT) have been maneuvering to get their initiative considered earlier.

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Over 80 Women Sue Sharp Grossmont for Secretly Videotaping Their Surgeries Without Consent

April 8, 2019 by Source

by Cheryl Clark / inewsource / April 2, 2019

More than 80 women are suing Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Healthcare for videotaping them without their consent as they underwent painful and emotional obstetric surgeries, including C-sections.

According to the 15-page lawsuit, the operating room cameras in the La Mesa facility captured videos of about 1,800 women between July 17, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Plaintiffs’ attorneys said Sharp officials disclosed those numbers and dates during legal proceedings before the lawsuit was filed.

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3rd Annual Progressive Labor Summit 2019 in San Diego, Saturday April 13th

April 8, 2019 by Jim Miller

All Day Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Mission Valley at 7450 Hazard Center Drive from 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM.

Want a great crash course in local, statewide, and national progressive issues and politics? Then you won’t want to miss the third annual Progressive Labor Summit this Saturday, April 13th in Mission Valley. This one-day event will feature a wide range of speakers and breakout sessions on labor, the environment, immigration, housing, transit, education, local politics, organizing, and much more.

Some of day’s highlights include: the first San Diego mayoral forum with Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson, and Barbara Bry; a discussion with leaders from the unions whose recent strikes woke up the country—the United Teachers Los Angeles and the Oakland Education Association

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Broad Array of Groups Push San Diego City Council to Place Local Ballot Measures on 2020 General Election Ballot

April 3, 2019 by Source

In a publicly released letter, dated April 2, 2019, a broad array of organizations urged the San Diego City Council to uphold voters’ wishes and place local ballot measures on the 2020 General Election ballot instead of the March Primary ballot.

In 2016 San Diego voters overwhelmingly passed Measure L that limited local ballot measures to November general elections when the most people vote.

Here is the text of the letter:

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Surfrider Celebrates Success Over Seawalls at Coastal Commission

April 3, 2019 by Source

By Kaily Wakefield/ Surfrider Foundation San Diego / March 15, 2019

On Thursday, March 7, members of the Surfrider San Diego Chapter Beach Preservation Committee and Policy Staff attended the California Coastal Commission Meeting in Los Angeles. The Chapter achieved two important victories for our coastline that have the potential for huge impact in the future.

As always, there were numerous items to be heard by the Commission over its three-day meeting. Of importance to the San Diego Chapter were two applications involving seawalls. One permit requested that an existing seawall serve as protection for a proposed demolition and remain in place to support a new home on the bluff top in Encinitas. The other was a permit application for the construction of a new seawall that would front three properties in Solana Beach.

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8 Years After, San Diego Federal Judge Throws Out Sailors’ Class Action for Injuries from Fukushima

April 3, 2019 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2019

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world. Here is out March 2019 report.

Eight Years on, Fukushima disaster continues-and so does the coverup

Exactly one week before the 8th anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Courthouse News Service ran its story, “Judge Tosses Radiation Class Action”. The story reported,

“Hundreds of American sailors who filed two class actions…”

The sailors were on the then-San Diego home ported aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan

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Reader Rant: ‘We Must Do More for the Women and Children Living on Our Streets’

April 3, 2019 by Source

Are we helping those most in need?

By David Patterson

Kudos to the Alpha Project and Chelsea Investments for their success getting homeless Veterans into apartments as outlined by Gary Warth, UT San Diego, March 31 2019, “Homeless Vets have New home”.

Great work done by all, but now it’s time to prioritize to get an even more vulnerable population off the streets, women and children.

It may sound unbelievable that we have women and children on the streets but it’s true and frequently we at Veterans For Peace encounter these people while handing out sleeping bags.

Over a month’s time I have encountered dozens of unaccompanied women, 2 different women each with 4 young children including toddlers and a young teen aged couple, cold filthy and according to the female, pregnant. This goes on week after week, month after month with little change in my view. It’s time that we changed our priorities.

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Redevelopment Reconsidered as Civic San Diego Fades

April 2, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words & Deeds / April 2, 2019

It’s taken more than seven years, but seeds planted by former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have borne fruit. The inclusion of an outsider or two in the oversight of redevelopment ultimately led to the end of a process that claimed to be helping the many when in fact, they were little more than a rubber stamp for the interests of a few.

The era of farming out authority and oversight to autonomous agencies, based in large part on the presumption government should be run like a business, is ending, I hope. Going forward, the hope is for a process including consideration of the interests and concerns of the community and the planet.

Bottom line –

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The OB Green Center Activist Calendar for April 2019

April 2, 2019 by Source

April Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

April 3rd. Wednesday 6 pm- 8 pm Clean Elections Campaign Meeting First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103,
April 5th Friday 7 am – 9:30 am Walk to Work Day Circulate San Diego invites you to participate in Walk to Work Day 2019.
April 5th Friday 6:30 pm Sierra Talks – Mystery Cat: Southern California’s Elusive Mountain Lion.
April 6th Saturday noon – 2 pm Ocean Beach People’s Annual Meeting and Lunch. Free of Charge.
April 6th Saturday 2 pm La Jolla Harbor Seals Walk and Talk Presented by Seal Society of Sierra Club
April 6th Saturday 2 pm Getting Started in the Garden Ocean Beach Library
April 6th Saturday 11 am – 4 pm South Bay Earth Day Memorial Park
April 9th Tuesday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Climate event for Students – with Bill McKibben.

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Faulconer Proposes Connecting Ban On Living In Vehicles With Expanded Parking Lot Program

April 1, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Plus an Historical Caution about South Shores Parking Lot

A week ago on March 25 Mayor Kevin Faulconer and District 2 Councilwoman Jen Campbell held a press conference in Mission Bay to announce their proposal to bring back the city’s ban on vehicle living coupled with an expanded Safe Parking Lot program.

Flanked by a bevy of local beach leaders, including OB’s own Mark Winkie, President of the OB Town Council, Faulconer took the lead in pushing the reinstatement of the former ordinance – a longstanding vehicle habitation ban enacted in 1983 but ruled too vague to legally enforce by a Federal court. The City Council unanimously repealed it in February backed in a corner by the court ruling. Over the last several weeks, however, both the Mayor’s and Campbell’s offices have been inundated with complaints

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The Future Mayors of San Diego : Candidate Cory Briggs

March 27, 2019 by Source

Here’s the fourth installment of Norma Damashek’s series,. The opinions expressed here are of the author’s and do not reflect those of the OB Rag.

Mayoral candidate Cory Briggs (CB)

by Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner / March 26, 2019

Once upon a time in the city of San Diego a much-heralded and wondrous happening took place.

From a crowded field of mayoral candidates (including three sturdy Republicans–Nathan Fletcher, Bonnie Dumanis, Carl DeMaio), voters chose to elect a brash, iconoclastic, independent, politically progressive Democrat to become the city’s mayor. That person was Bob Filner. It was the first and only time in recorded history that an authentic liberal came to power in San Diego.

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Can We Not Screw San Diego’s Public Employees Again?

March 26, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds / March 26, 2019

A conservative scheme to build their cause by demonizing municipal employees has ended, likely costing local taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The promised savings will now evaporate, plus 7% interest, unless you believe the people who say there will be a minimal cost. (ProTip: Don’t).

On Monday, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ordered the City of San Diego to financially compensate about 4,000 employees who don’t have pensions,

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San Diego’s Future Mayors – Candidate Barbara Bry

March 22, 2019 by Source

Editordude: The opinions expressed here are of the author’s and do not reflect those of the OB Rag.

Mayoral candidate Barbara Bry (BB)

By Norma Damashek/ NumbersRunner / March 21, 2019

Here’s a fact: San Diego is a big small town in which–at one time or another–most everyone gets into bed with most everyone else (figuratively speaking, of course, but literally sometimes). So when we question who’s got easy access to whom, we’re not just being nosy.

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Local San Diego Dems Demand Kevin Beiser to Step Down From School Board

March 20, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds / March 20, 2019

The Union-Tribune reported yesterday on a lawsuit alleging sexual assault and ongoing harassment filed by a political consultant against San Diego Unified School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser. Later in the day, Voice of San Diego dropped a story based on weeks of investigation concerning three more accusations of sexual harassment.

I believe Beiser’s fall from grace has a silver lining for San Diego Democrats. Last night, the party proved it’s moved past the era of providing cover for malfeasance on the part of elected officials who happen to have a “D” beside their name, calling on Beiser to step down from his elected office. …

Beiser, who last year was president of the SDUSD Board, was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in November. He was widely expected to run for City Council next year.

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‘Standing With Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters’

March 18, 2019 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray – Posted on March 15, 2019 on Facebook

I had no idea
when I opened my eyes
on this beautiful day
that I would,
a bit later,
at midday,
be standing with a number
of loving peace seeking folks,
shaking our heads,
pledging, in our sadness,
to stay the course
against the madness
that brought us together
on this ill fated day:
our Muslim brothers and sisters
in New Zealand

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Rules on Streetlight Spy Cams Released by San Diego Police

March 14, 2019 by Source

Video cannot “harass, intimidate, or discriminate against any individual or group”

By Matt Potter / San Diego Reader / March 13, 2019

More than a year after San Diego launched a video and audio surveillance network incorporated into 3200 streetlights, the police department has finally released new rules spelling out how the system is used by law enforcement.

Since its inception in early 2017, officials have not been eager to acknowledge the eavesdropping potential of the multi-million-dollar surveillance set-up, dubbed the Intelligent Streetlight project.

Mayoral spokeswoman Jen LeBron went so far as to insist in a February 23, 2017, Reuters account that information gathered by the system’s cameras would consist of “anonymous data with no personal identifiers.” Video amassed by the system “is not as detailed as security camera footage,” she went on to assert, per the report.

But the facts were different,

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San Diego’s Future Mayors – Part 2

March 14, 2019 by Source

Mayoral candidate Todd Gloria (TG)

Editordude: The opinions expressed in the following post are of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the OB Rag.

The second of a 4-part series (Part 1) Part One was on Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

By Norma Damashek/ NumbersRunner / March 14, 2019

Origin stories are the rage nowadays, but do they make one person intrinsically more worthy than another? Do they reliably predict the abilities, values, ethical yardstick, or qualifications a person develops over the years?

Take Todd Gloria, for example. You may already have a mental image of him as a likable, winsome, up-and-coming kind of guy. He self-identifies as a gay person of color: ½ Alaskan tribal- native American, 1/4 Filipino, a tad Dutch, and a touch Latino (Puerto Rican), nestled in a home-grown man from an economically disadvantaged background.

In other words, our man for all seasons.

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San Diego’s Mayor: Present, Past, and Future

March 13, 2019 by Source

Editordude: The following opinion does not reflect that of the OB Rag.

Part 1 of 4: Mayor Kevin Faulconer

By Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner / March 13, 2019

Kevin Faulconer, San Diego’s 36th mayor, is finishing up his last term in office. Recently, I was taken to task over my choice of adjectives when describing our mayor. I was criticized for being too negative.

It’s true that I’ve called him a lightweight. An embarrassment to his constituents. An elected official lacking independence, imagination, backbone, and the political moxie to do right by our city. I even referred to him as a chip off the old Jerry Sanders block.

Lately he’s been parading around the country as a moderate politician destined for greater things

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2 Wealthy San Diegans Charged in Elite College Admission Bribery Scandal

March 13, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Two wealthy San Diegans have been charged in the elite college admission bribery scandal that is rocking the country’s academia community.

One is Elisabeth Kimmel, former owner of KFMB-TV, San Diego’s CBS affiliate, who was arrested Tuesday at her La Jolla home. The other is Toby MacFarlane, a businessman from Del Mar and a former executive of a title insurance company.

From 7SanDiego:

Kimmel is accused of participating in an illegal conspiracy to get her daughter into Georgetown University and her son into USC.

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San Diego’s Streetlight Surveillance Gets Its First Public Meeting

March 12, 2019 by Source

San Diego Reader Continues to Expose the Street Lights that Spy

By Matt Potter / San Diego Reader / March 11, 2019

Following months of uncertainty regarding the low-profile rollout of San Diego’s so-called smart streetlights, equipped with spy cams, shot-spotters, and related intelligence gathering gear, officials have called a community meeting in Southeastern San Diego to tell the public what they have wrought.

The session, to be held at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, March 13 at the Malcolm X Library

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Mayor, Unanimous City Council Against City Attorney’s Efforts to Undermine State’s Public Records Law

March 12, 2019 by Source

Ry Rivard and Andrew Keatts / Voice of San Diego / March 11, 2019

Update: On Tuesday Sen. Ben Hueso announced he was pulling SB 615 from consideration by the Legislature.

City Attorney Mara Elliott went out on a limb to change the state’s Public Records Act, an effort Mayor Kevin Faulconer believes conflicts with his efforts to create a more transparent city government.

Now other elected leaders in the city are pushing back, too – aggressively. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to oppose what they said was an attempt to undermine the state’s public records law. Last week, Faulconer himself made clear to Voice of San Diego that he did not support Elliott’s effort.

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‘Airbnb Vans Coming to a Curb Near You’

March 11, 2019 by Source

Airbnb vans invade San Diego streets

By Mike Madriaga / San Diego Reader

On the Airbnb app/website, Craig is referred to as a “Superhost” for his $70 per night unit that can sit five visitors.

Craig accommodates his guests in his green 1998 Ford E350 van; he’s based out of Clairemont. “[It’s] great for camping and the back seat folds down into a bed for two,” he states on his ad. …

Last week, an Ocean Beach resident posted …

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From Super Bloom to Super Bust: The Water Crisis that Could Kill Borrego Springs

March 11, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

The formal beginning of spring is just around the corner, but an unusually wet winter already has visitors flooding into Borrego Springs in search of desert sunflowers, verbena, lupine, poppies, and primrose.

Thanks to a chain of storms, the desert is green and bursting with the promise of a rare “super bloom” that will likely carpet its floor with wildflowers in and around Anza-Borrego State Park. For local Borrego Springs businesses and hotels, this event is an economic boom that floods the town with a wave of commerce and full hotel rooms.

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