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, cartoonists, and sourced writers on: The Trumptanic, Kasparian getting the boot from Labor Council, Amy Goodman, making schools safe, sexual assaults at SWC, Smart People, Truax House, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s friendly, neighborhood, all volunteer, slightly funky, community news site. [Read more…]
The shattered skull of Amathus
buzzes with invaders
from unexcavated countries
whose gods have been sold
to the sirens of human immortality. [Read more…]
The following is a statement from Faiz Shakir, national political director of the ACLU:
Today marks the 100 day since Jeff Sessions took the helm of the Justice Department as attorney general.
In just 100 days, Attorney General Sessions has already rolled back the clock on decades of progress for civil rights. The Justice Department’s lowlights include opposition to consent decrees that aim to correct systemic bias in policing, its revival of mass incarceration policies that destroy communities, and multiple failures in the court of law as it has tried to implement Donald Trump’s unconstitutional policies. [Read more…]
Communicating or Avoiding?
By Raymond Bender
Should the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) talk directly to you about airport expansion projects when it funds up to 90 percent of their cost?
In 2016, the FAA revised its 1976 Airport Planning Communication Policy in the October edition of its Advisory Circular titled “Community Involvement in Airport Planning.” As it turns out, for individual projects, the FAA wants you to talk to the county, not them at all. [Read more…]
Students held a protest against sexual assault at Southwestern Community College on Thursday, May 18th. The group gathered in front of Mayan Hall and several speakers made demands on the administration, after which they marched to the Student Center.
The protest was ignited by a special April edition of the college newspaper The Sun, which devoted itself entirely to sexual assault.
On the front page, The Sun editorial board reported, “A stunning lawsuit by a former student worker in the SWC Campus Police Department accuses three male employees of systemic sexual harassment over a two-year period, culminating in an attempted gang rape of the woman by police employees inside SWCPD headquarters. Even more stunning is her description of how the situation was mishandled by campus police chief Michael Cash. According to the lawsuit brief, she reported the harassment and misogynistic behavior to Cash, who then violated her confidence and told the defendants. They were not investigated or punished.” [Read more…]
Combover Caligula is headed out on a roadtrip to a bunch of countries, some of which are populated by brown people. The trip marks the first time since taking office that he has spent a night away from the White House at a property that doesn’t bear his name.
According to the Associated Press, his (well done with ketchup) steak dinner in Saudi Arabia will been butchered in a Shariah-compliant halal manner as per Islamic custom and served alongside the traditional feast food of lamb and rice.
According to Reuters, briefing materials prepared by National Security Council officials include Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned.”
So what will you do? Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings… [Read more…]
“Trump does not have Congressional authorization to attack Syria, a country that has not attacked US,” says Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif)
By Jon Queally / Common Dreams
In the wake of news that the U.S. military bombed forces allied with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, at least one member of Congress is voicing dissent by saying President Donald Trump has no legal authority to order such attacks.
“For the second time in as many months, the U.S. military has conducted airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). “The Trump Administration does not have congressional authorization to carry out military strikes against the Assad regime. Furthermore, the situation that led to today’s strike is precisely why I warned against getting further entangled in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy.” [Read more…]
The appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead investigations into Trump/Russia/Corruption has not, as some Republicans hoped, slowed the flow of revelations and accusations concerning the administration. The number of leaks is almost too much to keep up with, which is why I’m listing a few of the big ones in today’s column.
Leaks and lots of them are to be expected when the Commander-in-Chief all but declares war on the intelligence/industrial complex. Trump thought coal miners were pissed about losing their jobs; now he’s seeing the fury of the FBI faithful. [Read more…]
By Charles Kaminski
San Diego architect and activist Charles Kaminski alerted SDFP to the current status of the Truax House property in his email below directed to Mayor Faulconer, the Planning Commission and various other elected officials and City staff.
I am writing to you because of the concerns I have over the delay in the sale of the City owned property known as the Truax House property at Union and Laurel streets in Uptown. I believe that this delay and possible sale are not in the best interests of the City and will explain why I believe that is the case.
“Why didn’t you ask the neighbors and the community what they might think?”
This past week San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced as one of the key highlights of his State of the City that he is bringing forward “the first comprehensive vision for San Diego’s parks in more than 60 years” and promised that “ground would be broken on 50 new or upgraded parks during the next five years. “
Actual budgets are always a reality check on visionary pronouncements. By April we should know if and how this vision will be reflected in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
There is a need for yet another kind of reality check. The convergence of the promise of a new grand vision for parks by the Mayor while the city’s Real Estate Asset Department (READ) pushes ahead with the sale of city-owned properties brings us to an important crossroads for determining the future of the Commons for the City of San Diego. [Read more…]
By Dave Rice / OB Rag
How well can one eat for less than $5 a day? My family is about to find out.
According to the latest available statistics, 285,000 people in San Diego County receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Once referred to as “food stamps,” here the government food assistance program goes under the moniker CalFresh.
The average benefit for a program participant is currently $4.18 a day, down from $4.27 eight months ago. As I’m quickly learning, those few pennies can quickly add up.
Arena Stage is presenting the Washington DC premiere of Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People at its Kreeger Theater. Directed by Seema Sueko, the show is filled with ricocheting words on race and gender stereotypes and their effects on different aspects of society in the United States. Set in the period from September 2007 to January 20, 2009, four “smart people” in Cambridge, Massachusetts unpack race and gender related issues in their professional and personal lives, politics, and economy in the times of optimism and hope.
The four characters are, in one way or the other, affiliated with Harvard University, an elite institution peopled by “smart people.” They are: Valerie Johnston, an aspiring and struggling African American actor (with an MFA degree in theatre); Brian White, a white professor of cognitive neuroscience; Ginny Yang, an Asian American (Chinese-Japanese American) professor of psychology, specializing in anxiety and depression among Asian American women, and counsellor; and Jackson Moore, an African American emergency room doctor who is in the process of getting a residency. During the course of the play, these characters encounter, begin relationships, and in some cases, experience their fallouts. [Read more…]