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Looking Back at the Week: April 12-18

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.19.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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.

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

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.17.2015 Books & Poetry

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.

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Playwright Paul S. Flores Brings PLACAS to San Diego

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.16.2015 Books & Poetry

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.

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This is for…

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.14.2015 Books & Poetry

By Brent E. Beltrán

This is for those that came before
The ones that paved the way
Blazed the trail
And beat the path

This is for he, she
You, me
Everybody in this neighborhood
         We

This is for the park builders
The pillar painters
Sculpture makers
Cactus garden caretakers

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Looking Back at the Week: April 5-11

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.12.2015 Looking Back at the Week

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.

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Photo Murals Honoring Cesar Chavez Installed in Barrio Logan

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.09.2015 Desde la 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.”

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Looking Back at the Week: March 29-April 4

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.05.2015 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, 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.

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SDFP to Commemorate National Poetry Month Throughout April

by Brent E. Beltrán 04.01.2015 Books & Poetry

Hail Pachuco! by raúlrsalinas Kicks It Off

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.

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Looking Back at the Week: March 22-28

by Brent E. Beltrán 03.29.2015 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 “Death for Gays” initiative, marijuana legalization, easier voting, Civic San Diego, evil SD Bay monster, Obamacare hypocrite Ted Cruz, an ode to the Surfing Madonna, the criminal HBSC, California’s drought, Zurbarán and Sorolla, Uptown Planners hating on cyclists, Donna Frye on open government and a tsunami of Ocean Beach news.

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Looking Back at the Week: March 8-14

by Brent E. Beltrán 03.15.2015 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 GOP’s march to madness, SD spring activism, Bonnie’s Law, Pi Day, corporate Dems going after progressive Dems, oversight of Civic SD needed, frat boys toon, barrio bakeoff, searching for local progressive history, Freep Maria Garcia honored, Caravan 43, and a half dozen pieces for our hippy friends in OB.

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Looking Back at the Week: March 1-7

by Brent E. Beltrán 03.08.2015 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 K-Faulc’s mediocre first year, UT buyers, climate change battles, unlikely new stadium, the Mayor’s infrastructure fantasy, The Bibi & Boehner Show, breaking the Chicago machine, deadly oil trains, SD Latino Film Festival, Civic San Diego’s roadshow, and a pierful of OB news and views.

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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

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 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

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 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

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

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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