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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

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 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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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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Barrio Art Crawl Once Again Takes Over Barrio Logan

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.28.2014 Arts

San Diego’s Last Bastion of Grassroots Art Spaces Join Forces for Monthly Series

By Brent E. Beltrán

On Saturday, August 30 the various arts venues in Barrio Logan will join together for another Barrio Art Crawl. The Crawl is a self-guided tour of open studios, galleries, and local businesses within the Barrio Arts District. The Barrio Art Crawl was initially created for the Barrio Arts District by the operators of The Roots Factory.

Participating venues in this installment of the Barrio Art Crawl include Border X Brewing/SD Taco Co., Chicano Art Gallery, Chicano Park, La Bodega, La Esquina, Pop-Up Art Gallery at Fuller Lighting, The Church, The Glashaus, The Roots Factory, The Yard at Stronghold Collective, Union Barrio Logan and Woodbury School of Architecture. Each venue will have either visual art, music, food or a mixture of all.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: August 17-23

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.24.2014 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 Shamu soon getting a new cell, slimeball Republican operatives and their anti-minimum wage lies, the need to read, VofSD’s experiment, Anglo-American justice, military leftovers, need for black boys to feel free, meaning of Americanized, humanity trail video by SDFP newbie Horacio Jones, SD’s P100 program screwing a family, thumbs down for Buona Forchetta, slow death at Ft. Rosecrans, Ed Hariss’ second half issues, beach news, and OB Rag goes on vacation plus many more articles, poetry and other good stuff on what’s happening in San Diego. Now’s the time to catch up on what went down this past week at SDFP and OB Rag from our motley crew of contributors.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: August 10-16

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.17.2014 Culture

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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 GOP’s gubernatorial candidate, $20 Koch burgers, Ferguson, anti-minimum wage increase shill Jason Roe, the mayor’s war on the poor, A Trail for Humanity, Kingmaker Papa Doc, double toons by Junco, SD’s genome, a new Cold War, remembering Robin, Sea World losing money and building a bigger bathtub for Orcas and so much more from San Diego’s community journos. Go read them if you haven’t already.

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A Trail for Humanity Comes to San Diego

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.14.2014 Activism

Marchers take a stand against violence targeting migrant women and children

By Brent E. Beltrán

On July 22 a group of mothers and their children began a journey from Merced, California to the U.S./Mexico border. This Saturday at 7am they will be at Chicano Park in Barrio Logan for the final leg of their pilgrimage.

After a ceremony at Chicano Park participants in A Trail for Humanity will leave around 8am and walk to Kimball Park in National City. From there they will be transported by vehicle to the MAAC Charter School in Chula Vista where they will have lunch.

After lunch and a brief rest they will continue their journey on foot to Larsen Field in San Ysidro. They will arrive at the park sometime between 3pm and 4pm where a rally will take place with speakers on immigration rights, danza Azteca and entertainment.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: August 3-9

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.10.2014 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 our cowardly mayor vetoing the minimum wage ordinance, a Logan Heights businessman getting hated on, two Machete toons, video poetry from Ish, ACLU appealing Esco’s shelter denial, Extreme Weather Watch, the continuing story of the Neighborhood House, Who’s Running SD continues with Papa Ugh Manchester, the journey of unaccompanied minors, Wall St. redevelopment schemes, Lucas O’Conner contemplates what could have been, reverberations of OB plan vote, and lots more San Diego community journo stuff. If you haven’t read them yet then now’s the time. Get to it!

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Logan Heights Restaurateur Faces Hate for Supporting Refugee Children

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.07.2014 Activism

“They’re not gonna make me not live. There not gonna make me stop what I’m doing. If anything they’re making my resolve harder and firmer.”

By Brent E. Beltrán

Last week I found out there’s this restaurant owner in Logan Heights that has been facing death threats from the people that have been hating on the refugee children from Central America. Mark Lane, owner of Poppa’s Fresh Fish, has received numerous phone calls and social media messages calling for his death and that of his family after calling for a boycott of Murrieta, Hate City USA, and for taking in a refugee family from Guatemala.

After hearing about the death threats and the attempted boycott of his business by hateful bigots I thought I’d contact him and see if he was willing to talk about his situation. He was and he had a lot to say.

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: July 27-August 2

by Brent E. Beltrán 08.03.2014 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 minimum wage and civil disobedience, the unjust firing of SCPA’s principal, a well spent Saturday at Comic-Con, the border refugee crisis, Kaskari’s ridiculous homeless stunt, Labor Studies at City, Sheriff Joe hating in Ramona, Escondido just hating, P100 program targeting the poor, North Pacific Dispatches, Who Runs SD, the OB plan getting approved and lots more good stuff from San Diego’s finest community journalists and writers. If you haven’t read them yet then now is the time to catch up. So what are you waiting for? Read them!

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Looking Back at the Week at SDFP and OB Rag: July 20-26

by Brent E. Beltrán 07.27.2014 Books & Poetry

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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 and at-large contributors on Comic-Con, a proud day for activism, stinky SDPD, the Mayor’s climate indifference, GOP wanting to impeach, minimum wage, Obama and Cap America, Neighborhood House, for-profit colleges, who runs San Diego, bare facts, native solidarity, El Machete, OB planning and lots more.

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Spotlight on San Diego Artist/Animator Tony Washington

by Brent E. Beltrán 07.25.2014 Arts

He started in comics at eighteen and twenty years later continues his dream

By Brent E. Beltrán

There is a tremendous amount of homegrown San Diego talent that contributes in various ways to making popular culture and Comic-Con what it is. Going into Comic-Con I wanted to profile one such individual.

The person that came to mind is someone who has become part of my extended family, Anthony Washington. Tony was born in Detroit, Michigan but didn’t live there long. With his dad in the navy he moved around the country a lot and eventually settled into Imperial Beach. Though not born here Tony still considers himself a native San Diegan.

At 38 years old Anthony Washington gets to do what he loves: draw.

On Preview Night at Comic-Con I interviewed him about his background, his influences, how he got started, what projects he’s worked on, what he’s got coming up and what advice he’d give to wannabe comic book artists looking to get into the business.

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