The Resistance has brought a welcome and seemingly endless flow of creativity in the form of art and catchphrases documenting the fight against the Trump regime. Here are some of the best from the People’s Climate March in San Diego. [Read more…]
By Tyson Siegele
You can now switch to 50% renewable energy with no increase to your electricity bill. Or you can opt for 100% renewable energy, which only costs an additional 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. That’s according to the latest prices from Arcadia Power, a nationwide clean energy supplier.
While roof mounted solar is the best way for an individual to help the planet and save money, that approach is not possible for everyone, including those of us who rent. Does your rooftop only face east/west? Is it mostly in the shade? Well then, you are also in the same clean energy boat as apartment dwellers. Enough with the problems though. Let’s take a look at how all of us can clean up the air and reduce serious medical issues such as high rates of childhood asthma. [Read more…]
Urgent action needed to prevent $250 million in cuts to targeted NOAA grants and programs supporting coastal and marine management, research and education
By Richard Pilgrim/ Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges
Healthy estuaries defend against property and industry loss in disasters, sustain businesses, support recreational activities and improve water quality.
The Tijuana River Estuary, Southern California’s only National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and a beloved San Diego recreational destination for decades, may be forced to shut its doors if President Trump’s proposed $250 million in cuts to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grants and programs are enacted. [Read more…]
By Raymond Bender
Several times every year, the Board of Supervisors approves county Airport Division, requests (1) to expand airport capacity and (2) to seek 90% FAA grants to pay for the expansion. Usually, county avoids any meaningful environmental analysis. For instance, at McClellan-Palomar Airport in North County, county is preparing its first EIR in 40 years for its pending 2017-2037 Palomar Airport Master Plan.
In theory, council members and supervisors vote for projects that best serves the community. In reality, it is the business community which fills campaign coffers thereby sacrificing community betterment to political expediency. [Read more…]
By Scott Oshima / Capital & Main
On April 29 an estimated 2,000 people from around the country convened for the 48th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, in which President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the forced removal of anyone who posed a “threat” to designated military zones during World War II. From 1942 to 1945, over 120,000 persons of Japanese descent were imprisoned in 10 concentration camps. Manzanar was the first camp, located in an inhospitable valley along California’s Eastern Sierras.
For many survivors, the camps were a source of trauma and rarely spoken of in the decades after World War II. Activist Pat Sakamoto recalled her mother saying, “There’s nothing to remember.” Longtime activist Warren Furutani described this silence as the impetus for the search for Manzanar: “It couldn’t help but stir the curiosity of the generation that was born after [the] camp.” On December 26, 1969, Furutani and over 150 other activists and survivors made the first pilgrimage to Manzanar—and galvanized a Japanese-American civil rights movement. [Read more…]
By Craig VanDierendonck
100 days and what success do we see?
Only to his pocketbook, with branding for free.
100 days and we assess the damages.
Yes, we will need the Mother Of All Bandages.
100 days of bluster, and brazen lies,
With a dozen or two links with Russian spies. [Read more…]
Rep. Hunter’s resignation would trigger either a special election or a replacement appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Here’s how a special election works: A primary election is called and, if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, he or she wins. If not, there is a run-off election between the two top candidates, no matter their party affiliation. Once the dates are announced, the usual procedures apply as with any general election, including mail-in ballots and in-person voting.
We can look to District 34 as an instructive example. Rep. Xavier Becerra vacated his position as a U.S. congressperson on January 24, 2017, just before he was sworn in as California Attorney General. Twenty-four candidates, including 1 Republican and 19 Democrats, ran in the first election, which just concluded. Since no candidate received more than 50%, there will be another run-off election between the top two candidates in June. [Read more…]
By Indivisible 49
In Congress This Week:
With the GOP ACA repeal/replace stalling so many times, it’s interesting to see a few bills that aim to dismantle certain pieces of the ACA gaining momentum in the House and Senate- Namely, HR 285, HR 352, and S 260. We have our eyes on you Congress!
House: Mon- Voting on a series of bills including HR 910 (Expanding ‘safe harbor’ for securities.) GOP, why are you always trying to help rich people? Budget talks to continue as the new deadline is this Fri, May 5th.
Senate: Still confirming people. Noticing a little more action with bills/co-sponsors. [Read more…]
By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press / OB Rag
If anything can be believed from anyone in the Trump regime, the US “strike group” led by the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is indeed heading for the Korean Peninsula.
In dealing with North Korea, Trump said that “all options are on the table,” including a military strike. Vice President Mike Pence added to the war fever escalation, stating that the US warships would be in Korean waters “within days.”
On April 23, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Greece, “We need to make peaceful and rational voices….” [Read more…]
By Mark Hughes, SanDiego350
Like it or not, the American President has a big megaphone and millions are letting him and his gang do their thinking for them. Imagine if, in this moment, there was no media besides state media. Fortunately, there is; it’s there for us to employ, and we can do just that. Here’s how:
This Saturday, April 29th, People’s Climate marches will be held across the country and around the world. The timing is roughly coincident with the end of Trump’s first 100 days. Marching is our megaphone, our way of speaking out for our values. Silence connotes agreement with environmental rollbacks, misogyny, and border walls; vocal opposition is pushback. [Read more…]
By Rafael Bautista / San Diego Tenants United
San Diego is the 4th most expensive city in the United States. It is considered the second worst city for renters in the country and it is the largest city in California without rent control. Rents are increasing 4 times faster than incomes and the economic downturn actually created an upward spike in rental prices. According to Rent Jungle, as of March 2017, one bedroom apartments in San Diego rent for $1771/month on average and two bedroom apartment rents average $2197/month.
One full time minimum wage worker can’t even pay rent with their entire, pre-tax, monthly income. Thus, in America’s Finest City, two incomes are needed to live a life of mere subsistence. The truth is that too many working people are only one to two pay checks from being homeless. High rents, low incomes, a housing shortage and substandard living conditions are part of the 12 year housing crisis and the explosion in our homeless population. [Read more…]
By Bill Adams
Universal health care in the U.S. is inevitable. It’s inevitable as long as this country remains among the league of economically developed countries. This inevitability stems from the answer to the fundamental moral question: Do all persons, regardless of wealth, deserve medical treatment? This question is essentially a rhetorical question.
The only acceptable answer in a modern civilized country is “yes.” Yet, the barbaric U.S. health care system tolerates the death of thousands of people per year attributable to lack of health coverage. Even after the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” aka “ObamaCare”) in 2010, millions remain uninsured or under-insured leading to fatal delay or avoidance in obtaining treatment for treatable and curable illnesses.
The U.S. lags all countries that provide universal health care in every major measurement of health and curing illnesses. Ironically, the U.S. consumer who can afford health insurance receives no benefit for this bloodletting. U.S. health care is the World’s most costly but provides only average medical results – even for those who can afford it. [Read more…]