Looking Back at the Week: June 28-July 4

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Looking Back at the Week: June 28-July 4

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, toons and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on: Hateville USA one year later, anti-Vaxxers failing, La Migra hanging with haters, Barrio Logan doing it for themselves again, Ernie getting poetical at a meeting, Mauna Kea protected (for now), marriage equality, occupying the Neighborhood House and the rise of the Chicano Free Clinic (props to Maria E. Garcia on finishing the series!), Cali workers now getting paid sick leave, trending student loan defaults, CV’s rising politico Jason Paguio, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views.   [Read more…]

Ignored by Comic-Con Barrio Logan Creates Its Own

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By Brent E. Beltrán

Barrio Logan, located less than a mile from the convention center, has been mostly left out of Comic-Con over the years. Comic-Con International recently bought a building at 16th and National in Barrio Logan. Yet no official events are scheduled to take place here.

There’s not even a shuttle bus stop yet there will be Comic-Con buses running every twenty minutes down Cesar Chavez Parkway heading towards the freeway. And there will also be countless attendees using this community as a parking lot to escape the outrageous parking fees.

Yet no official activities take place here. No outreach has been done to incorporate a low income, mostly  Latino community impacted every year by Comic-Con. And that is unfortunate.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: June 21-27

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Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, toons and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on: a dumb idea to link Balboa Park and Downtown, Dems defecting on TPP, hateful flags, victory in SCOTUS on Obamacare and gay marriage, “The Black Problem,” Falk’s war coverage in Hawaii, white privilege, home grown terror, the takeover of Chicano Park, border boundary monuments, Frye calling for a “massive river park,” Mission Bay restoration, SD’s homeless food fight, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: June 14-20

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Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, toons and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on Peters/Davis’ disappointing TPP vote, wage theft in the restaurant industry, Uber’s labor situation, hate in Charleston, the Chargers stadium dilemma, vocabulary for haoles, Trump 2016, girls social clubs in Logan Heights, saying no to ALEC in SD, vacation rentals, a Qualcomm exec going to jail, the Maya at the NAT, lifeguards getting screwed out of benefits, and lots more grassroots news and progressive views.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: June 7-13

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Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and other work by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on SD’s sour politics, the TPP showdown, painful neoliberalism, a pool party in Texas, cyclists getting screwed by SANDAG, attempting to get money out of SD politics (good luck with that), bully Issa, Sweetwater’s reservoir, possible CEQA exemption shenanigans for Mission Valley stadium, early planting, and a whole lot more good stuff from the all volunteer, and occasionally charming, Freeps. All that plus some news and views from our buddies in OB!   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: May 31-July 6

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Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and toons by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on The Freeps turning 3, demolishing LGBTQ history, the upcoming TPP vote, extreme rain and flooding in Texas, pule action, a certain Repug hypocrite, Los Chicanos social club, thanking Snowden, CHE Café on the endangered list, defending Cory Briggs, and much more news and views, plus the usual selection of goodies from SD’s most funky beach community.

We turned three this week! Happy birthday to us!
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Looking Back at the Week: May 24-30

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and toons by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on the new SDUT, Bernie running for prez, Dem local problems, memorializing the dead, Ernie’s sweet memories, Ireland choosing equality, St. Oscar’s beatification, Los Lobos de Logan Heights, SOHO awarding Freep Maria, Greek problems, Esco’s loco charters, Will Falk from the summit, some this and that, and a bunch of other stuff from our OB buddies.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: May 17-23

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and toons by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on the Chargers stadium deal that’s not a deal for San Diegans, the ACLU taking on haters in Esco, Saint Barb’s pipeline break, activists demanding Peters not sell out the American people on TPP, making tax reform fair, Ken10, student debt, Logan Heights social clubs in the ’50’s, John Lawrence living in a van to pay for his child’s college education, Mauna Kea, and more, plus the usual assorted and sordid tales from our Ocean Beach buddies.   [Read more…]

Ten Questions for Ken10

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Local Poet Returns to the Mic at Poetic Libations II

Thursday night marks the return of Ken10 as a featured poet on the San Diego literary arts scene. Ken10, also known as Kenton Hundley, took a short break from performing his poetry regularly at local venues.

In the 2000’s Ken10 was a constant fixture at the various poetic happenings that took place during that period. He was a member of Goatsong Conspiracy and the award winning group, Los Able Minded Poets, and performed his socially conscious, hip hop and jazz influenced verse throughout San Diego.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: May 10-May 16

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and toons by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on the labor struggle in San Quintín, GOP vultures, Todd Gloria wanting to change referendum process, Emerald replacements lining up, Jim Miller turning 50, out of touch Issa, 1950’s Logan Heights, a call to close Florida Dr., SD style “progress”, Hawaii haters, the Freeps’ GALASTRAVAGANZAVERSARY, and a tobacco water pipe full of OB news and views   [Read more…]

A Community Champion Enters D9 Council Race

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Progressive activist Georgette Gómez announces run for public office

By Brent E. Beltrán

On Tuesday morning, surrounded by her partner, family and supporters in City Heights, community activist Georgette Gómez declared her intent to run for City Council in District 9. A resident of City Heights’ Azalea Park, Ms. Gómez wants to be a champion for all D9 residents.

“I believe that we need elected officials who not only listen to our communities when they organize but someone who can actively and proactively serve us,” says Gómez.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: May 3-May 9

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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and toons by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on the cops vs community crisis, the Texas Obamapocalypse, the Civic SD showdown, the UT-SD sale (yes!), stupid neoliberalism, SD’s FY ’16 budget, a certain terror instigator and free speech hater, the Korean War and Logan Heights, SDFP’s website upgrades, the Ruskies in Baja, modern age Jedi raising, protecting Mauna Kea, extreme weather, and a longboard sized helping of news and notices from Ocean Beach.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: April 26-May 2

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Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns and toons by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on that Nat Geo vanity “doc”, Bernie taking on Hillary, Baltimore cops charged!, the environmental and economic justice challenge in SD, the fall of Saigon’s impact on City Heights, a defensive Civic SD, Ernie still groovin’ and grateful, history for haoles, broken windows plus so much more, and, as always, enough news from OB to fill a sandcastle.   [Read more…]

National Poetry Month Has Come to an End

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SDFP once again celebrated poets and poetry in April

By Brent E. Beltrán

After Anna Daniels wonderful job curating 2014’s National Poetry Month here at San Diego Free Press I decided to volunteer my services for 2015. Anna posted a poem here every single day in April last year.

I had no plans to be as ambitious as her but with my background as a former literary publisher I knew I could handle the task of curating selections during the month. But there was no way was I going to seek out thirty separate pieces!

Hopefully our readers enjoyed the selections during the month. Here is a breakdown of the poems and poetry related essays that were shared during National Poetry Month.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: April 19-25

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, toons and poetry by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, sourced writers and poets on National Poetry Month, Chamber’s widow kicking, manufactured stadium consent, CityBeat slacking, jamming up Peters on TPP, Cali taxes & inequality, CivicSD, bits from the barrio, Gov. Brown chummy with water hogs, stupid people things, watching Mission Valley, Will Falk’’s Hawaiian mountain solidarity, Armenian genocide a century later, and enough OB news to stuff in a traveler’s backpack.   [Read more…]

Barrio Bits: Placas, Chicano Park Day and Barrio Art Crawl

Saturday is Chicano Park Day AND Barrio Art Crawl! I repeat. Saturday is Chicano Park Day AND Barrio Art Crawl!

For the first time in the history of the universe two of the greatest things (of the many) that Barrio Logan offers is happening on the same day. From 10am until 5pm you can enjoy the sights and sounds that is the annual Chicano Park Day celebration then from 5pm until 9pm you can crawl the streets of La Logan in search of artistic enjoyment at the various art venues within this creative community.

Chicano Park was founded on April 22, 1970 as a land takeover by community members after they found out that a California Highway Patrol substation was going to be built on the site instead of a park. In 2013, due to the beautiful murals that grace the pillars of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Chicano Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.   [Read more…]

Poet Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez Reads His Work

By Brent E. Beltrán

I have the honor of knowing and being a friend of Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez. In 2004 I met him in a hospital in Tijuana where his comrade in poetry, Pedro Pietri, was receiving experimental treatments for cancer. Though I have only seen him once since he returned back to his apartment in El Barrio in New York we have maintained our friendship through social media.

Papoleto grew up in Spanish Harlem (known as El Barrio), is an original founder of the Nuyorican Poetry Movement, published his first poem in 1969 (“Message To Urban Sightseers”) and his play, Junkies Stole the Clock, was the first Latino play produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival The Public Theater’s Nuyorican Playwright’s Unit.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: April 12-18

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, toons and poetry by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, sourced writers and poets on National Poetry Month, the fight for $15, Equal Pay Day, CivicSD, the answer is love, PLACAS, literary giant Eduardo Galeano’s passing, barrio dancers, school districts hoodwinked by Wall St., SDLFF wrap-up, corporate water hogs, and a sandcastle full of beach news from OB.   [Read more…]

Playwright Paul S. Flores’ PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo is Coming to San Diego

Part Two of a Two Part Interview with the Former Chula Vistan and UCSD Student

By Brent E. Beltrán

For Part I of the interview please visit.

In this second installment of my two part interview with playwright Paul S. Flores he discusses the founding of Los Delicados, what poetry means to him, his novel Along The Border Lies, what attracted him to theatre, his play PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, the casting of Culture Clash’s Ric Salinas in the lead role, the outreach for the play, him being named a Doris Duke Artist, and what advice he’d give to fledgling minority writers.   [Read more…]

Playwright Paul S. Flores Brings PLACAS to San Diego

Part One of a Two Part Interview with the Former Chula Vistan and UCSD Student

By Brent E. Beltrán

Writer Paul S. Flores grew up in Chula Vista and attended UCSD. He moved to San Francisco to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. While there he immersed himself in the Bay Area arts/activist scene, helped found Youth Speaks, co-founded the irreverent poetry troupe Los Delicados, wrote an award winning novel, Along The Border Lies, wrote and performed his original plays, had children, and was recently named a Doris Duke Artist. His play PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo is touring California with a stop in San Diego April 23-25.

I met Paul, along with his Delicado compatriots, at a Floricanto Festival in San Jose in 1999 while publisher of the grassroots literary publishing house Calaca Press. In 2000, Calaca Press produced the spoken word CD anthology, Raza Spoken Here 2, which featured their poem Presente! In 2001 Calaca released their full length CD, Word Descarga. Since then Paul has gone on to do some tremendous literary work.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: April 5-11

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, toons and poetry by San Diego Free Press and OB Rag regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, sourced writers and poets on right wing bigots, Todd Gloria’s next race, police murder in SC, TPP, Russian roulette with water, Chavez photo murals, Extreme Weather Watch, Alliance SD supporting president on immigrants, Mexicali Chinese, plus lots of goodies from OB and literature for National Poetry Month.   [Read more…]

Photo Murals Honoring Cesar Chavez Installed in Barrio Logan

What could have been an ugly structure will now become an important part of the community

By Brent E. Beltrán

This week photo murals depicting late labor leader Cesar Chavez have gone up on a new parking structure in Barrio Logan. The structure, located on the corner of Cesar Chavez Parkway and National Avenue, will be fitted with eight different photo murals “reflecting and honoring the life and work” of the United Farmworker co-founder.

Carlos LeGerrette, activist, photographer and originator of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, was instrumental in making the photo murals a reality through his historic and extensive photo collection of Cesar Chavez and the UFW.

“We worked with LeGerrette and other community members through a series of collaborative meetings to determine which images of Cesar Chavez should be displayed on the facility,” said Rudy Kastelic, Interim President at San Diego Continuing Education. “We have been serving the Barrio Logan community since the 70s and we’ve had ‘good neighbor’ relationships with Barrio Station, Cesar Chavez Service Clubs and other organizations in the community that we wanted to include in our building process.”   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: March 29-April 4

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, sourced writers and poets on National Poetry Month, Steve Kowit, Indiana’s religious freedumb law, Sea World going Scientology, Cali’s drought, the fight for $15, baseball, needing empathy, Lena Horne, Ayotzinapa march, nuclear news, and lots of articles from/for our friends in OB.   [Read more…]

SDFP to Commemorate National Poetry Month Throughout April

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By Brent E. Beltrán

April is National Poetry Month and us litera-locos y locas at San Diego Free Press are celebrating by, once again, posting poetry and poetry/spoken word videos throughout the month.

I have been tasked with curating this internet exhibition of verse. I don’t consider myself a poet (though I confess I’ve written a few poems) but I do know many through my days of publishing while co-owner of Calaca Press.

Calaca published dozens of mostly Latino poets and writers over 13 years. Among those published were Chicano literary icons such as alurista, Francisco X. Alarcón, Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado and my mentor, raúlrsalinas, as well as local scribes like the Taco Shop Poets, Francisco J. Bustos, Michael Cheno Wickert, Ken10 and Viet Mai. Recently I’ve helped North County writer Sonia Gutierrez and LA scribe Iris De Anda self publish their first tomes of poetry.

Though not schooled in the literary arts literature has always been near and dear to my heart. Being able to artistically sling words together is a true craft that must be honed like any other.   [Read more…]