San Diego Free Press Staff

San Diego Free Press Editorial Board


Doug Porter –
Archive of Doug’s posts…

Doug Porter was active in the early days of the alternative press in San Diego, contributing to the OB Liberator, the print version of the OB Rag, the San Diego Door, and the San Diego Street Journal. He went on to have a 35 year career in the Hospitality business and decided to go back into raising hell when he retired. He won awards for ‘Daily Reporting and Writing: Opinion/Editorial’ from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2013 and 2014. Doug is a cancer survivor (sans vocal chords) and lives in North Park.

Doug is also the energy behind the daily column titled “The Starting Line”. Follow him on twitter @dougporter506. You can reach him at: dougporter@sandiegofreepress.org.


Frank Gormlie – Archive of Frank’s posts…

A lawyer and grassroots activist, I was finally convinced by Patty Jones to start the OB Rag after she got tired of listening to my rants about the news. Way back during the Dinosaurs in 1970, I founded the original Ocean Beach People’s Rag – OB’s famous underground newspaper, and then later during the early Eighties, published The Whole Damn Pie Shop, a progressive alternative to the Reader.


Anna Daniels – Archive of Anna’s posts..

I left a moribund Western Pennsylvania mill town the year that Richard M. Nixon was not impeached for crimes against the American people and set off in search of truth, beauty, justice and a beat I could dance to. Here I am.


Patty Jones – Archive of Patty’s posts…

Affectionately known as the “tech desk” in the virtual San Diego Free Press office, Patty likes to tinker with things; mechanical, geekery…. anything she can hope to take apart and put back together (including this website). Got a comment regarding the website or technical issues? Send them to Patty!


Annie Lane – Archive of Annie’s posts…

Annie Lane is a freelance writer with a passion for the environment and the separation of church and … just about everything. Annie grew up on a sailboat and was raised “throughout the world” as her family spent six and a half years circumnavigating the globe. She lives with her fiancé, their daughter and a host of wayward animals in Point Loma, and can sometimes be found scaling its hills on a long afternoon walk.


Brent E. Beltrán – Archive of Brent’s posts…

Brent E. Beltran is a third generation pocho that lives next door to Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan. He’s the former publisher of Calaca Press, is married to his dreaming heart watcher and is the proud father of a baby Dino-saur. He’s an MMA watching junkie who likes to get his nerd on by viewing superhero and sci-fi movies/tv shows while he’s not shouting at Republiklans and Democratas. He writes the regular column Desde la Logan and can be contacted via email at desdelalogan@gmail.com and through his Twitter account @DesdeLaLogan.


Rich Kacmar

He is so interesting that the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” calls him for advice. Here’s an archive of his advice.


San Diego Free Press Regular Contributors


Judi Curry –
Archive of Judi’s posts…

High school dropout who decided to show the educational community what learning is all about. If it’s the status quo something’s wrong with it and I’ll scratch the itch!


Norma Damashek – Archive of Norma’s posts…

Norma Damashek is a long-time civic activist who focuses on promoting decision-making that serves the public good. She has spearheaded community-based coalitions and served on city and regional-government task forces and as past president of San Diego’s League of Women Voters. She opines on her website NumbersRunner.


Bob Dorn – Archive of Bob’s posts…

Bob Dorn was an Evening Tribune staff writer and left the paper, becoming the local stringer for The New York Times and San Jose Mercury News and writing for The Reader and San Diego Magazine. He taught writing for some 12 years in UCSD’s Literature Department writing program.


Alejandra Enciso Guzmán – Archive of Alejandra’s posts…

Alejandra Enciso Guzmán hails from Tijuana, Baja California. She’s 100% a border being; since elementary school she has frequently gone back and forth across the Tijuana-San Diego border. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication from UABC Campus Tijuana; a Master’s Degree in Management of Cultural Resources from the University of Deusto, Campus San Sebastián, in Spain; as well as a Certificate of Business for the Arts from the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. She is a fierce consumer of culture, be it museums, theater, musical theatre or dance. Since 2012 she has headed her own binational consulting firm, “Enciso Consulting” specializing in theater and musical theater.. She can be reached on Twitter: @Riselah or @Riselaheng.


Will Falk – Archive of Will’s posts…

Will Falk moved to the West Coast from Milwaukee, WI where he was a public defender. His first passion is poetry and his work is an effort to record the way the land is speaking. He feels the largest and most pressing issue confronting us today is the destruction of natural communities. He is currently involved in support work for the Unist’ot’en Camp – a pipeline blockade situated on the Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en people’s unceded territories in so-called British Columbia.


Junco Canché – Archive of Junco’s posts…

Junco Canché, the Chicano Punk Rock Artesano, was born in the US and raised in Mexico. His influences include cartoons, punk rock, manga, and Mayan codexes . Before SDFP, Junco drew cartoons for El Coyote Online, La Prensa News, and the Southwestern College Sun. He’s received awards from the JACC and the local Society of Professional Journalists. Currently following the path of the artisan and working towards his B.A. in graphic design. Email him at: juncocanche@gmail.com


John Lawrence – Archive of John’s posts…

John Lawrence graduated from Georgia Tech, Stanford and University of California at San Diego. While at UCSD, he was one of the original writer/workers on the San Diego Free Press in the late 1960s. He founded the San Diego Jazz Society in 1984 which had grants from the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and presented both local and nationally known jazz artists. His website is Social Choice and Beyond which exemplifies his interest in Economic Democracy. His book is East West Synthesis. He also blogs at Will Blog For Food. He can be reached at j.c.lawrence@cox.net.


Ernie McCray – Archive of Ernie’s posts…

I was raised in a loving and alive home, in a black neighborhood filled with colorful characters in Tucson, Arizona. Such an environment gave me a hint that life has to be grabbed by the tail as tight as a pimple on a mosquito’s butt. With no BS and a whole lot of love. So, from those days to now I get up every morning set on making the world a better place. On my good foot, and I hope my writing reflects that.


Jim Miller – Archive of Jim’s posts…

Jim Miller, a professor at San Diego City College, is the co-author of Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See and Better to Reign in Hell, and author of the novel Drift. His most recent novel on the San Diego free speech fights and the IWW, Flash, is on AK Press.


Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes – Archive of Ish’s posts…

Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes was born and raised in San Diego, California. He attended Herbert Hoover High School and went on to study Religion and Theology at the University of San Diego. His book Intimate Geography won the 2012 San Diego Book Award for Poetry. Ish, as he is known, has also written lyrics for German musicians Andrea Hörkens and Thomas Roderburg (Tender Art).


San Diego Free Press At-Large Contributors, Past and Present


Avital Aboody
Archive of Avital’s posts…

John P. Anderson – Archive of John’s posts…

Michael “Mikey Beats” Beltran - Archive of Mikey’s posts…

Lauree Benton - Archive of Lauree’s posts…

Jim Bliesner – Archive of Jim’s posts…

Andy CohenArchive of Andy’s posts…

Beryl FormanArchive of Beryl’s posts…

Dixon GuizotArchive of Dixon’s posts…

Daniel Gutiérrez – Archive of Daniel’s posts…

Jack HamlinArchive of Jack’s posts…

Mic PorteArchive of Mic’s posts…

Eva Posner - Archive of Eva’s posts…

Jay Powell – Archive of Jay’s posts…

Lori Saldaña – Archive of Lori’s posts …

Christine Schanes – Archive of Christine’s posts…

Susan TaylorArchive of Susan’s posts…


San Diego Free Press Serialized Authors


Steve BurnsThe Dove and the Cockerel

Richard Juarez - Tío Emilio

Maria Garcia - A History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights

Democratic Woman’s Club of San DiegoWho Runs San Diego


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