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Looking Back at the Week: Feb 22-28

by Brent E. Beltrán 03.01.2015 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors and sourced writers on the Chargers leaving narrative, crime and punishment roosting at home, gas prices on the rise, Corey Briggs, CPAC wingnuttery, Barrio Bits, adjunct profs getting screwed, Gandalf vetoes XL, Perry’s Café review, slow renewable energy conversion, happy talk Newt, the best medicine, the origins of institutionalized racism and lots of news nuggets from OB.

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Barrio Bits: Will East Village Chargers Stadium Bring Ethnic Cleansing to Barrio Logan?

by Brent E. Beltrán 02.26.2015 Desde la Logan

Plus, Barrio Loganites Seek Crosswalk, Barrio Art Crawl Returns, Barrio Seed Bank Opens, Chicano Park Day Fundraiser y Más!

By Brent E. Beltrán

With all of the talk around town about the Chargers and their demands for a new stadium something has been overlooked: Barrio Logan. If the city acquiesces to the demands of the Chargers (which they have done in the past) and gives them a brand new stadium in the East Village what happens to the community that sits just south of there?

The impact on Barrio Logan residents would be tremendous… in a bad way.

For the most part the residents of Barrio Logan are renters. A new stadium so close to a community of renters would raise property values up to the point where they could no longer rent in the community they love. Thus, forcing many longtime community members out and changing the socio-economic and cultural character of Barrio Logan.

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Looking Back at the Week: Feb 15-21

by Brent E. Beltrán 02.22.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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This week at SDFP, during Black History Month, we focused on Race & Racism thus this week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors and sourced writers on talking about race, why racism matters, SD’s hurtful racial narrative, how racists from the south have ruled, black girls matter too, being almost white, imagining an all female POC SCOTUS, a chosen path, the San Salvador and Junipero Serra’s domination, whites fighting racism, a poem on being brown unlike others, lots of videos on race, plus a bunch of other great articles and columns like the Chargers flipping SD the bird, Syrian Kurd leftists’ victory in Kobani, music and theater reviews and the usual plethora of OB goodies.

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Looking Back at the Week: Feb 8-14

by Brent E. Beltrán 02.15.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors and sourced writers on west coast ports’ labor unrest, our super mayor taking over New York, marriage equality and SCOTUS, bike share and helmets, immigration and the not so GOP, the class war, Brian Williams’ friendly fire, a youth party, stopping vicious dogs, and a pocketful of news from OB.

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Looking Back at the Week: Feb 1-7

by Brent E. Beltrán 02.08.2015 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors and sourced writers on the Chargers’ stadium pipe dream, biz as usual in SD, the U-T’s hilarious 2nd term Obama predictions, anti-vaxxers’ immunity from reason, SD labor going green, a pile of offshore Apple cash, Ché Café fights on, dirty frackers poisoning wells, the passing of an OB icon and more news from the funkiest community by the sea.

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Looking Back at the Week: Jan 25-31

by Brent E. Beltrán 02.01.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors and sourced writers on UC doc’s one day strike, local GOP fighting money limit, the City budget, VofSD picking on minimum wage advocates, Super Bowl winners and losers, Eisenhower Obama, honoring MLK’s dream beyond the holiday, Echo Sparks bringing real country, water main breaks, Civic San Diego and CBA’s, Andrea Skorepa, and lots of great OB news.

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Looking Back at the Week: Jan 18-24

by Brent E. Beltrán 01.25.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on anti-vaxholes, the Issa Revenue Service, the State of the Union speech, not lovin’ McD’s, needing a fierce urgency of now, King Tiger, some bits from the barrio, a record hot 2014, the 4 Mile March, CommonUnion59 brings anti-hipster folk, and, as usual, a bunch of OB happs.

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Barrio Bits: Barrio Logan Planning Group Begins, SD Workers Center to Open, Break Down Borders Run, La Bodega’s Anniversary y más!

by Brent E. Beltrán 01.22.2015 Desde la Logan

By Brent E. Beltrán

This is the first in what I hope will be a bi-weekly column within my Desde la Logan column that will highlight the various happenings in the barrios of San Diego. I can’t cover everything but I can highlight those things that I feel deserve to be seen and read about. It’s a work in progress so bear with me.

Barrio Logan Planning Group Holds First Meeting
Barrio Logan finally has a planning group! And I’m on it!

On January 20 the Barrio Logan Planning Group held its first meeting ever at Woodbury University School of Architecture. The meeting was attended by more than 65 people plus the fifteen appointed planning group members that were able to make it. The large crowd was a good start and shows the interest that community members have in getting involved in Barrio Logan.

Maritime industry made it very clear that they were upset with David Alvarez not appointing anybody of their liking to the group. Well boohoo! Elections have consequences and the consequences for their B & C referendum is them not (yet) having a seat on the planning group. There’ll be plenty of opportunities in the future for them to worm their way onto the group. Until then they can give public comment.

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Looking Back at the Week: Jan 11-17

by Brent E. Beltrán 01.18.2015 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on the strike at Kaiser, policing the po-po, global warming, the failed state of the city address, Repugs in Coronado, Dems needing to step up on budget, the return of the Neighborhood House, the American Dream redefined, Readers Write, forum on death, MLK happenings, more from Unist’ot’en, and lots of goodies from the fine folks at the OB Rag.

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Looking Back at the Week: Jan 4-10

by Brent E. Beltrán 01.11.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on racist cops, Brown’s legacy, Dems trying to get act together, fighting for a soulless Democratic Party, Obama pushing TPP, the mostly white male Congress, Steal Heaven, Je Suis Charlie, Civic SD, the Bail-In, homeless veteran sleeping bags, an interview with SDFP cartoonist Junco Canché and a peninsula full of OB news and views.

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Looking Back at the Week: Dec 28-Jan3

by Brent E. Beltrán 01.04.2015 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on wrapping up the end of the year, hope for 2015, 2014 lessons learned and unlearned, stories corporate media didn’t tell, tamales and smiles, cartoonist ready to draw 2015, poetic re-solutions, NY bans the frackers, Barrio Logan gets a gateway, Abbie Hoffman resurrected onstage, remembering Pete Chacón and a pocketful of OB stuff.

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Looking Back at the Week: Dec 14-20

by Brent E. Beltrán 12.28.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on fear mongering after the deaths of two NYC cops, San Diego’s dozen bad boys and girls, a baker’s dozen of SD do-gooders, a dozen orgs doing good deeds, the love of tamales, a double dose of Junco toons, a Machete toon on GOP crying foul in Cuba, Ish’s poetics, the lingering stench of Ayn Rand’s ghost, a video essay on an art exhibit for the missing 43, remembering Pete Chacon, wanting a better NFL and a couple juicy bits from the OB Rag.

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Looking Back at the Week: Dec 14-20

by Brent E. Beltrán 12.21.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors related to our Guns, Policy and Progressives series plus Cuban normalization, Sony’s capitulation, Stingray (neither Schwinn nor Corvette), torture, saying “No More”, toys for American kids of deportees, a Machete toon, video poetry and, as always, the best news from the People’s Republic of OB.

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Restaurateur and Cartoonist Join Forces to Help Children of Deported Veterans, DREAMers, and Refugees

by Brent E. Beltrán 12.18.2014 Cartoons

Mark Lane of Poppa’s Fresh Fish and Lalo Alcaraz of La Cucaracha organize holiday toy drive this Friday in Logan Heights

By Brent E. Beltrán

Once again restaurant owner Mark Lane, the accidental activist, has stepped forward to help not only refugee children but the children of deported American veterans and children of deported DREAMer moms as well. He will be hosting a toy drive and presentation on Friday night at Poppa’s Fresh Fish featuring former Lemon Grove native and syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz.

Lalo, the creator of La Cucaracha and Pocho.com and writer and consulting producer for the soon-to-be aired Fox cartoon Bordertown will be giving a thirty minute presentation about his cartoons and art and will follow with a book, poster and 2015 Cartoon Calendar signing.

“We chose to work with Lalo Alcaraz, as he has been a tireless fighter for immigrant rights, using his forum as a syndicated cartoonist to fight. He is a hometown hero in my opinion,” wrote fellow Lemon Grove native and resident Mark Lane.

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Looking Back at the Week: Dec 7-13

by Brent E. Beltrán 12.14.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on Boxer possibly stepping down, torture American style, frat rape culture, Gloria getting backstabbed, a day of resistance, loving thy neighbor, unindicted ham sandwiches, Joshua Tree, Tijuana dentistry, a heartless Union Bank, Kevin Beiser, and a beachful of OB news.

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5th Annual Love Thy Neighbor Toy Drive Takes Place This Weekend

by Brent E. Beltrán 12.11.2014 Arts

 By Brent E. Beltrán

This weekend the 5th annual Love Thy Neighbor Clothing & Toy Drive takes place at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. For the past five years Ruben Torres and some of his close friends have organized this event to bring a little joy during the Christmas season to youths in San Diego and Tijuana.

South Bay native Ruben Torres continues to give back to the community he loves. He says, “God gives us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with. I’m honored to see the community come together to give and to be a blessing to the needy.”

Toys will be collected for the children of the YWCA as well as families of The Training Center in Spring Valley.

This year’s main event takes place on Sunday, December 14 from 12-8pm and is hosted by radio DJ Beto Perez of 95.7 KISS FM and features an art show curated by Ruben Torres and Wendy Wolf.

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Looking Back at the Week: Nov 30-Dec 6

by Brent E. Beltrán 12.07.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on the nationwide and local protests against the police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and NYC, the fast food strikes, Tortilla’s Army, the slow conversion to renewable energy, Canvass for a Cause, the journey of two Guatemalan refugee children, capturing light on the face, plus a handful of OB news and lots of other great articles and editorial cartoons.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: November 16-29

by Brent E. Beltrán 11.30.2014 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors (except for The Starting Line’s columnist Doug Porter who was on vacation in the Land of Enchantment, no, not Disneyland) on giving thanks, Thankstaking, Blackout Black Friday, the Ferguson protests, Logan Heights history, a bike conference, cheers for Obama and jeers for Congress, spotting fake online reviews and a handful of OB news and views.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: November 16-22

by Brent E. Beltrán 11.23.2014 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week is smaller that usual since we had Massive Technical Difficulties on Thursday and Friday but it still features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on the looming Shut-Peachment, protests over missing students in Mexico, the taxi union victory, effort needed in Climate Action Plan, water conservation, Wall Street criminals, Horacio Jones’ Peruvian video series begins, more craft beer in North Park and lots of OB happenings.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: November 9-15

by Brent E. Beltrán 11.16.2014 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on war & peace, DeMaio conceding, the taxi drivers’ victory, SD’s political shuffle, labor unrest, tired Mexico, the voting cycle, Honky, extreme weather, and, as always, bucketfulls of OB news.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: November 2-8

by Brent E. Beltrán 11.09.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on the lead up to the election, the election and the aftermath of the election (thank the gods it’s over!), the Corporate Welfare Defense League, a toon on Mexico’s skeletons, more on the NH, gas down/solar up, peeing on the tomatoes, the answer to the local rag, the center is a political graveyard, and more, plus a plethora of news about the People’s Republic of OB.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: Oct 26-Nov 1

by Brent E. Beltrán 11.02.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on Issa and DeMaio’s Ebola fascination, the UT’s ongoing decline, sexist Lincolnites, our progressive procrastinator’s guide to voting, Wankergate, crossing borders, dia de los muertos, Laura’s legacy, anti-democratic MTS, the new F word, Alaskan socialism, Troublemakers, ballot drop-off locations, OB Rag’s 7th birthday and other community news and progressive views from San Diego’s finest, all volunteer, don’t-get-paid-but-we-love-our-city-enough-to-do-this-for-free journalists of the San Diego Free Press and our mama site, the OB Rag. Read on and share with your friends, families and strangers.

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What Does Día de los Muertos Mean to You?

by Brent E. Beltrán 10.30.2014 Culture

A list of the many Day of the Dead events happening this weekend in San Diego

By Brent E. Beltrán

Every year Mexicans celebrate their dead by honoring and remembering passed loved ones or people they may have admired on los días de los muertos, the Days of the Dead. November 1 is for honoring the children that have moved on from this mortal plane. November 2 is for remembering the adults.

How one honors those that are no longer here varies. The meaning does as well. Though it always comes down to remembering.

I asked some people I know, what does Día de los Muertos mean to you? Here are their responses and then a listing of Día de los Muertos celebrations throughout San Diego.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: October 19-25

by Brent E. Beltrán 10.26.2014 Looking Back at the Week

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on the continuing scandal saga of Carl DeMaio, the Ché Café’s looming eviction, icon co-opting in Hillcrest, Laura Rodriguez, SDFP election endorsements, another Wall Street scam, electing judges, Malin Burnham’s return, cross border cultura, and lots of other San Diego and OB news and views.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: October 12-18

by Brent E. Beltrán 10.19.2014 Looking Back at the Week

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on DeMaio and the upcoming election, Issa’s continued follies, the minimum wage battle, the education wars, McCray’s reflection on love, a double dose of Junco, the co-op movement, introducing SDFP’s Street Beat, SD’s “growth machine”, destroying Mission Valley, and the latest OB news. You haven’t read them all so go read what you’ve missed.

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