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Looking Back at the Week: Jan 18-24

by Brent E. Beltrán 01.25.2015 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 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

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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 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

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 (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

Compiled by Brent E. Beltrán

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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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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