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This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and sourced writers on: Prop 47’s non-crime wave, Issa’s probs, March for Truth, divided local labor, Trump Zone, Memorial Day, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s friendly, neighborhood, all volunteer, slightly funky, community news site.
Hundreds of people turned out in Mission Bay Park on Saturday, June 3 as part of the nationwide March for Truth.
The San Diego version of March For Truth, a national coalition of activist groups, was one of 140 events around the U.S. demanding that leaders in government defend the rule of law and fully investigate the Trump administration’s motives for interfering in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Donald Trump and his associates. The event was co-sponsored by Invisible groups from around San Diego.
An Indivisible Explainer
Editor’s note: The President’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement has dismayed activists all over the world. We’re reposting this document from Indivisible, whose mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network to defeat the Trump agenda, to give people some ideas about what steps to take.
The health and safety of Americans and their families is just a game to Donald Trump. On June 1, 2017, he announced—with a televised, grand reveal in the White House Rose Garden—that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. By doing so, Trump hopes to fulfill one of his devastating campaign promises to roll back critical climate and health protections, at the expense of the American public and of generations to come. Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from Paris despite widespread opposition to pulling out by the American public, the business community, advocates, and even political leaders from both parties.
Before human beings
followed the snake
winding through dry riverbed
stars were clocks
Before human beings
traced the calligraphy of butterflies
up hillsides ordained as villages
There are gray storms brewing over Mission Bay – or rather over the future of Mission Bay. And in particular, over the future of the northeast corner of Mission Bay, the largest aquatic park on the West Coast.
In a nutshell, there are conflicting visions over what should happen to the area at issue between the City of San Diego’s development plans versus what is envisioned by environmentalists, led by the San Diego Audubon Society.
Because of a confluence of changes to the northeast corner of Mission Bay, the future uses and development of it are now up for grabs. In some sense, it’s an all-too-familiar classic stand-off between the forces fighting to develop every corner of available land with those trying to preserve and enlarge the natural sections.
This is the week that was. It’s becoming obvious certain fright-wingers nerves are getting rattled, and locally the institutions enabling them are stepping up.
Questions about the Russia-Trump connection continue to fester. At a conference in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin compared Hillary Clinton and others who accuse Russia of conducting cyber attacks against the Democratic Party to anti-Semites who say “the Jews are to blame” for various problems.
In the 49th Congressional District, the City of Vista is attempting to impose restrictions on peaceful protests outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office, and the ACLU is on the case.
By Dave Patterson
Summer is around the corner in San Diego and many of us look forward to the annual traditions, like the Miramar Air Show.
This wildly popular event attracts an estimated 500,000 attendees, and brings people from all over the world to see the pilots demonstrate their precision flying and perhaps line up purchases of weapons. Corporate chalets are available where weapons vendors can “Use their company logo and message to reach 500,000 Air Show attendees!” This, of course, is all while real military people risk their lives to entertain the crowd.
This weekend people in 140+ cities will take to the streets to say facts matter. The March for Truth represents a collective demand for a thorough investigation and complete disclosure of events surrounding the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House.
This protest takes on an even greater importance in the wake of developments over the past few days.
The White House–responding to demands conveyed through quasi-state media–is prepared, according to the Washington Post, to return properties in the U.S. seized from Russia in retaliation for interference in our electoral process.
President Vladimir Putin has backed off of previous denials of Russian involvement in US politics, saying “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.
Dave Maas / Electronic Frontier Foundation
Former Mayor of Lemon Grove Mary Sessom has added her voice to the rising chorus for statewide surveillance technology transparency in California.
In a letter to the California state Senate and President pro Tempore Kevin de León in support of S.B. 21, Sessom describes her own pursuit of accurate information about police technology as chair of regional public safety committee in San Diego County. The legislation, she writes, would help policymakers obtain the data they need to make an informed decision about whether the benefits of a particular law enforcement technology are proportionate to the impact on personal privacy.
Editor Note: San Diego Free Press turns 5 this month! We are dipping into our archives for memorable examples of citizen journalism that we have published since 2012. Judi Curry’s 2013 mysterious fire alarms story continues to be one of our most popular articles. Congratulations Judi!
My dog Buddy and I were awakened early this morning by the smoke alarm going off in our bedroom. (Yes, Buddy and I sleep in the same room – although not in the same bed.) He freaked out because the high pitched noise hurts his ears, and he quickly ran into the other part of the house to hide.
Approximately one half hour later, one of the two smoke detectors in the hallway began to beep and Buddy ran outside. Being only 5’3”, I could not reach the two detectors to remove the batteries, and, having a broken shoulder, did not want to take the chance of using a ladder. I waited until 9am before I texted my neighbor Mark – who is well over 6’4”, – to ask for his help in replacing the batteries.