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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

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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 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

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 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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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: October 5-11

by Brent E. Beltrán 10.12.2014 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 upcoming November election, dirty DeMaio, being moonstruck, Alvarez compromising on the winter shelter, extreme weather, the history of the Neighborhood House, scarred cities, Michael Brown and buckets of OB news. Now go catch up on the past week at SDFP.

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David Alvarez Brokers Compromise on Siting of Winter Homeless Shelter

by Brent E. Beltrán 10.09.2014 Desde la Logan

Barrio Logan to host this year but won’t be considered in 2016

By Brent E. Beltrán

With his back against the wall, and a community within his district upset with the continued siting of the winter shelter in their neighborhood and the negative impact it brings, Councilmember David Alvarez stepped up and brokered a compromise.

Though the shelter will return this coming winter the City Council voted unanimously (with Councilmember Marti Emerald absent due to health reasons) with Mr. Alvarez’s motion to not have the location at Newton Avenue and 16th Street in Barrio Logan considered by the Housing Commission in 2016.

It’s rare that Republican City Councilmembers vote on anything positive for Barrio Logan. This compromise is one of the few times in recent memory and a welcome sight. It also shows Mr. Alvarez’s ability to get deals done when needed.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: September 28-October 4

by Brent E. Beltrán 10.05.2014 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 newly signed laws, the heat wave, unsafe DA software, what rules?, teabola, Sunshine/Noir II, Harlem, Harlem revival, Sea World, a video poem by Ish, sexy resistance, student loan debt for life, theater reviews by Alejandra Enciso Gúzman and a bunch of Ocean Beach news from our sister site, OB Rag. Enjoy our weekly look back.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: September 21-27

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.28.2014 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 the UT-SD going nonprofit, the continuing war on women, pot legalization coming to Cali, the USA’s first banned book, Belmont Park’s non-deal, a convo with D8’s Alvarez, Esco Mayor’s park, photos of the climate march, FB “Likes” you, Mexican book smugglers, and lots of OB happenings. If you haven’t read our stuff this week then now is the time to catch up and see what’s going on in our county. Do it!

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Barrio Arts District Shines with Multiple Cultural Events in Barrio Logan

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.25.2014 Arts

Barrio Art Jam, Barrio Art Crawl and Concerts in the Barrio Take Place this Weekend

By Brent E. Beltrán

Barrio Logan is becoming well known for its thriving, grassroots arts scene. This weekend’s activities are proof of that. From Friday through Sunday numerous cultural events will take place within San Diego’s most historic Chicano community.

The events include the 2nd annual Barrio Art Jam at La Bodega on Friday night, Barrio Art Crawl throughout the Barrio Arts District on Saturday afternoon/evening and the Barrio Logan Association’s Concerts in the Barrio at the Mercado del Barrio plaza on Sunday afternoon.

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A One-on-One Conversation with District 8 Councilman David Alvarez Continued

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.25.2014 Desde la Logan

By Brent E. Beltrán

In Part I the Councilman discussed the minimum wage, upgrades to Chicano Park, Barrio Art Crawl and creating a place to be on Sunday afternoons in Barrio Logan. In Part II he talks about the Emergency Winter Homeless Shelter, bringing an outpatient mental health facility to Logan, big rigs rumbling though Barrio Logan streets, the final leg of the Bayshore Bikeway, and the Barrio Logan gateway sign.

Brent E. Beltrán: The Winter Homeless Shelter is probably going to be sited here again. How does this community fight that? Other districts don’t want it. It’s been here for so many years now. I’m under the impression that it’s always going to be here. My issue is how do we mitigate the impact of having hundreds of people not just living in the shelter but also living on the streets and in the park. How do we get more resources to come in without having to use Barrio Logan Association funds to clean up?

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: September 7-13

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.21.2014 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 on punitive taxi cartels, the Chamber of Misery, poverty going up, the People’s Climate March, an interview with Alvarez, inside an outsiders campaign, a grassroots mayoral campaign in IB, corporate deserters, Falk finding rock bottom, OB plan waits until January, changes to Belmont Park, OBTC’s resolution against homelessness and much more San Diego news you may have missed. We write for free so please take a looksee.

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A One-on-One Conversation with District 8 Councilman David Alvarez

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.18.2014 Desde la Logan

In this first of two parts the Councilman discusses the minimum wage, upgrades to Chicano Park, Barrio Art Crawl and creating a place to be on Sunday afternoons in Barrio Logan

By Brent E. Beltrán

I woke up on Monday morning and, as I usually do, checked my email first (then Twitter and Facebook). In my inbox was an email from the Raise Up San Diego campaign stating that they were holding a press conference with David Alvarez at Chicano Park at 10am.

Feeling compelled to attend a presser across the street from where I lived I went about my morning business of getting my son Dino ready for preschool and walked him the two blocks to Perkins Elementary.

With him starting school I’ve been on a walking kick to get rid of some of the “sympathy” weight I gained in solidarity with my wife during the pregnancy. From 9am to about 10am I’d walk from Barrio Logan down Harbor Dr. — dodging traffic since there are no sidewalks — to the Convention Center stairs and then back to my barrio.

Knowing that I’d be dripping sweat, from not only walking but from the muggy weather we’ve been having, I thought I’d hang in the background of the presser once I arrived to Chicano Park. That was not to be the case.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: September 7-13

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.14.2014 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 big lies by Dirty Energy, the costs of football, DeMaio smelling bad, an intensified minimum wage fight, the Illumina lawsuit, an oppressed Chamber, false CC premises, Obama chumping out, glutton buddies Kevin & Jerry, taxi drivers on the move, bad reality, Gloria’s living the wage challenge, Dick & Henry’s warmongering, regulating initiatives, Vets 360, lots of OB stuff and much more. Go read what you’ve missed out on this week. You’ll thank us.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: August 31-September 6

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.07.2014 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 Labor Day still matters, DeMaio dissed by Chamber, fast food strike, Living the Wage challenge, the TOT, Prop 47, Flor y Canto in Logan Heights, city government run like a biz, sand sculpting, Neighborhood House, Baja lovers, the Mayor’s tax giveaway, SD Rep, fall gardening, immigration and deportation, OB Town Council meeting, seasonal lifeguards, Raglan Beach cleanup and so much more. Click the links below and read what you may have missed.

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Obama Reneges on Using Executive Action to Implement Immigration Reform Until After Midterm Election

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.07.2014 Desde la Logan

San Diegans Speak Out Against the President’s Unwillingness to Help the Latino Community

By Brent E. Beltrán

Latinos throughout the United States woke up yesterday morning to the news that President Obama had decided not to use his executive powers to push immigration reform forward until after the November election.

For months the President has said he would do whatever he could to implement reforms for millions of undocumented immigrants in the US. He kept the Latino community’s hopes up only to have those hopes crushed in an act of political cowardice.

Once again the President, whose administration has deported more people than any other President in American history (over 2.2 million!), has chosen to play politics while undocumented immigrants continue to live in fear of being kicked out of the country.

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Bay Area Poets and Musicians to Share Talents on Behalf of Refugee Children

by Brent E. Beltrán 09.04.2014 Books & Poetry

Logan Heights Restaurateur to Host Flor y Canto and Future Community Events

By Brent E. Beltrán

Flor y canto. Flower and song. Poetry. Music. Love.

This Saturday afternoon Mark Lane of Poppas’s Fresh Fish in Logan Heights is going to help share some musical and literary love. The parking lot of his small restaurant will be the site of the 3rd annual Flor y Canto where poets and musicians will share their words on behalf of the border refugee children.

Mark Lane was thrust into the immigrant rights spotlight after calling for a boycott of Murrieta, California and taking in a refugee family from Guatemala. I interviewed him recently about the hate and threats he faced from those wanting to send refugee families back to their country of origin to face possible death.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: August 24-30

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.31.2014 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 regulars, irregulars, columnists, and at-large contributors on the minimum wage battle, women’s equality, sick restaurant workers, climate change bad news, K-Faulc’s Golden Hill “improvements”, community weeklies, crawling for art in the barrio, flying home, union thug Todd Gloria, Neighborhood House, ACLU settlement, fallacy of charter city savings, drones, ocean acidification and a whole bunch of other articles. If you haven’t caught up on SDFP news then now’s the time. Get to it.

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