Looking Back at the Week: August 16-22

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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: SDFP celebrating, the final legislative push in Sacras, the return of the union, wage theft in Cali, two telling tales of Hillary, a trip up Highway 1, rudo Trump, a bumbling EPA, American socialist Sanders, lowrider anatomy, some Freeps in the news, the downtown crowd needing to pay their own way and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s all volunteer, community news site.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: August 9-15

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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: FrankenTrump, the stadium joke, Black Lives STILL Matter, DeMaio’s pension scam, the SD infrastructure blues, high stakes climate poker, checkmate Mr. Trump, cutting women’s healthcare, bad signature campaign in Carlsbad, lowriders in SD, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s all volunteer, community news site.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: August 2-8

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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: electile dysfunction, dirty ALEC opposing clean power, Voting Right Act proxy battle, lost places Downtown, extreme weather, our Galastravaganzaversary, a local brewer selling out to big beer, the top ten lobbyists, Horacio Jones winging it, the return of lowriders to Highland Ave. and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s all volunteer, community news site.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: July 26-August 1

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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: Repugs attacking PP, a new stadium wrinkle, inequality in SD, Medicare turning 50, Trump digging, Chicano Park, the slow death of the party of death, the Fringe Festival, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views.

Horn tooting time: A few of the Freeps got recognized for our work by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Though none of us took home the gold we are pleased that our little, all volunteer, lefty news site can hold its own amongst the corporate media and other outlets and journalists who actually get paid to do this thing. Props to all the Freeps, and our readers, who make this website what it is.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: July 19-25

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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: ALEC, ALEC and some more ALEC, and then a bit more ALEC, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out ALEC, costly crappy roads, getting lost in SD, Junco’s art show, the mayor welcoming his ALEC buddies, 1915, giving Gitmo back, did I mention ALEC?, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views.

If you didn’t notice, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their extreme right wing, anti-worker agenda were in town this past week so we kicked up the coverage a bit.   [Read more…]

SDFP Cartoonist Junco Canché to Have First Solo Exhibit of Work

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Artesano: The Political Cartoons of Junco Canché to be held Saturday in Barrio Logan

By Brent E. Beltrán

San Diego Free Press is always looking for contributors. Especially voices from outside the mainstream dominant culture. Some contribute one or two pieces. While others stick around for longer.

One such contributor brought fully into the Freep fold is Joaquin Junco, Jr. aka Junco Canché. Since May 19, 2014 he has contributed sixty editorial cartoons under the Junco’s Jabs moniker. His toons have taken jabs at a variety of local, national and international politicians, celebrities and evil-doers.

For the first time in his young life Junco will have a solo exhibition of his work. The exhibition takes place this Saturday, July 25 at Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: July 12-18

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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: ALEC and their minions coming to town, the fantastical stadium financing plan, Skyline Church’s hater conference, easing in UC, Democratic Capitalism, Cali’s new Latino majority, nesting in Iraq, Natalie Cressman impressing at Dizzy’s, suburban climate changers, Filipino power in South Bay, OB’s Red House and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their extreme right wing, anti-worker agenda are coming to town this week so we’re kicking up the coverage a bit. Expect more articles on them and their dirty deeds throughout the week.   [Read more…]

Looking Back at the Week: July 5-11

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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: Greece standing up, the Repugs’ clown car candidates, the Chinese stock market, evil ALEC coming to town, traitorous flags coming down, women of color in comics, Jeeni’s Niche, Comic-Con taking over, eight black churches burning, free ID’s for homeless, extreme weather, A Green Alternative, our affordable housing crisis, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views.   [Read more…]

Logan Library to Host Women of Color in Comics Panel

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An interview with panel moderator and comic book writer/publisher Regine Sawyer

By Brent E. Beltrán

Comic-Con is here and, as usual, Barrio Logan has been left out of the official fun stuff. But we don’t fret around here. We do things for ourselves, like Chicano-Con and MARVEL vs DC.

But there is also something else taking place in San Diego’s favorite barrio. On Sunday, July 12 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm there will be a panel discussion at the Logan Heights Library called Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender & The Comic Book Medium.

The panel is free to all and will be moderated by Lockett Down Productions Publications owner Regine Sawyer. There will also be some free giveaways to audience members from the panelists as well as free superhero comics for kids and parents donated by an anonymous friend of mine.   [Read more…]

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…]