Gold Star parents, Sheila and Calvin Murphy, interviewed by MSNBC’s Ari Melber, talk about their son who was killed in Syria. 22-year-old Army Specialist Etienne Murphy died in May after an armored vehicle he was in rolled over. For Sheila, the issue is “not really about whether or not [the president] may have called or did something more than the previous one. It’s about what are you doing now to help those who are left behind, who have to struggle day to day …” [Read more…]
By Murtaza Baxamusa / UrbDeZine
The current leadership at San Diego’s regional transportation agency hates tax, except that they love to spend it.
This double-standard has become increasingly apparent in the recent months, as they are back-filling the shortfall in the local sales tax revenues and increase in project costs with $5 billion from a statewide gas tax that many on the agency’s board vehemently oppose.
With the failure of the local sales tax measure last year, and the gridlock in Washington D.C., the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG – in charge of planning and building transit in the county) is now far more dependent on the passage of transportation taxes by the California legislature.
Yet, SANDAG is institutionally resistant to achieving state transportation goals particularly with regard to climate change. [Read more…]
Three of us, two members of San Diego Veterans for Peace and a guest, are jammed into a Prius — along with 20 new sleeping bags. We are driving slowly south, down 16th Street in search of people lying on the sidewalks.
Chapter members have been here many times over the past five or six years, and have distributed more than 3,200 bags to unfortunates on the street.
We park some distance from the homeless person. Caution and intuition are at work now, tempered by experience. One of us stays with the car, while the other two make contact. [Read more…]
Governor Jerry Brown has declared not one, but two states of emergency in California. One is for the wildfires that are still raging in Northern California and one is for the lack of vaccines in the deadly Hepatitis A outbreak that began in San Diego.
The wildfires have taken the lives of 40 people and destroyed 5,700 homes and buildings. They have forced the evacuation of 100,000 others. Hundreds of people are still missing and 217,000 acres have been burned.
One part of our federal government –the Post Office–continues to function in areas destroyed by the wildfires. [Read more…]
Dodging Public Record Requests
By Raymond Bender
Four months ago, San Marcos and Carlsbad residents asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to produce records related to the expansion of McClellan-Palomar (Palomar) Airport in Carlsbad. The FAA replied: Sure, just pay $545 to $745 so the FAA can retrieve them.
Did the FAA follow the law, its own regulations, or common sense?
By Laurie Menard
Editor’s Note: The ‘Save The Escondido Public Library’ group is urging people to attend a City Council meeting on Wednesday, October 18 (201 West Broadway, Escondido) at 4:30pm. The proposed contract between the city and private contractor Library Systems & Services will be voted on. Only 3 of the 11 degreed are going to keep their current positions. The Pioneer Room, currently staffed by local volunteers isn’t even mentioned in the document. [Read more…]
From eliminating the estate tax to lowering the corporate and top-tier rates, billionaire president just rolled out “plan only the superrich and giant corporations could love”
By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams
While President Donald Trump on Wednesday asserted from a podium in Indianapolis that his tax plan was “more fair for everyday Americans,” a chorus of voices quickly derided the new, detail-short proposal as “wealth-fare,” a “cruel joke,” a “plan that only the superrich and giant corporations could love,” and like “Christmas morning for tax cheats.”
The president’s plan includes slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent; capping the individual rate—now 39.6 percent—at 35 percent; cutting the so-called “pass-through” rate by a third, and eliminating entirely the estate tax. [Read more…]
Alliance San Diego has been asked to respond to the Voice of San Diego story revealing Mayor Faulconer’s involvement in another effort to use the homelessness crisis as a lever to put an expansion of the convention center on a special-election ballot, which would contravene Measure L. We are responding to multiple inquiries all at once to make Alliance San Diego’s position clear.
1. The homelessness crisis is a crisis of Mayor Faulconer’s own making.
2. Measure L allows for special elections, not special interests.
3. We call on Mayor Faulconer to take immediate action to address homelessness.
See story inside for details…
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was apparently asked by a FEMA official at some point to send a memo to ask for assistance. She tells CBS reporter David Begnaud that she doesn’t see things that way. And ICYMI, check out yesterday’s Starting Line for more information on Puerto Rico’s developing humanitarian crisis. [Read more…]
By Kilian Colin
A couple of days after the Battle of Baghdad in April 2003, after the fires had ceased, my father, Adam Colin, took me with him to downtown Baghdad to look for a job. We rode the bus for nearly an hour to the outer border of Downtown before having to continue on foot since the streets had been damaged during the invasion days earlier.
We headed to the Al Rasheed hotel, which was where the U.S. military had taken up headquarters. The hotel was surrounded by heavily armed vehicles and the scene looked like it was straight out of a Star Wars movie.
It wasn’t long before my dad told me to turn around, that we should head back home because the situation might be too dangerous for me. I told him not to worry, that because of my size I could sneak in between the hundreds of people protesting the occupation and lack of jobs outside the hotel to the front. [Read more…]
Has Ignored Calls for More Public Restrooms Downtown Since 2014
By Martha Sullivan
The San Diego City government, led by Mayor Faulconer, has been told for 3 years that more public restrooms are needed downtown. But the Mayor has consistently cried poor mouth — despite spending $2.1 million on an unplanned EIR for an upgraded Qualcomm Football Stadium during this time. [Read more…]
When it comes to unsheltered citizens, San Diego serves as the poster child for what not to do in responding to a crisis. The City Without Pity has now attracted international attention for its failure to serve its homeless humans.
Hundreds of people have contracted Hepatitis A and sixteen are dead from the highly contagious disease. Handwashing stations have been set up after months of delay, sidewalks are being power washed with bleach, and the City has presented the press with a list of places where it thinks homeless humans should go if they need to use the toilet.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer held a press conference on Wednesday to announce he would accept $1.5 million raised by local businessmen. Three tents with services will offer a few hundred people the opportunity to get off the streets. In three months. Maybe. [Read more…]