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Boy From The Barrio: David Alvarez And The Race To Be San Diego Mayor

What gives with the attitude towards this candidate? It's like he has to fight from both the top and bottom. Is the road to hell paved with good intentions or what?

Seriously, Alvarez is a community fighter - despite what some community activists see in him as some kind of elitism. Why is going to college is such a knock on his credibility? Would you prefer to have a well-heeled politician with a smiley face do your bidding? At least Alvarez is working to improve working and living conditions in his "backyard" with his council seat. Something is better than nothing for all the neighborhoods other than the East Village and downtown interests....

I don't think San Diego gets too many chances to vote for one of it's natives. Here it is and he can't catch a break - even from his own parish. I guess we need more out of town carpet baggers! And all the stories revolving his youth are cheap shots - who cares! All it means to me is that he hasn't been around long enough to get corrupted and bought out.

This guy is going to be around politics for a long time. The old guard in town just can't get their heads around the idea of any new faces in the crowd. What are they afraid of?

November 6, 2013 at 2:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

El Cajon Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Accusations Of Racist Comments

If it's not somewhat racially biased and prejudice, then what is it honestly? I see and hear all sorts of slams on people of color and I'm supposed to take it that bigotry doesn't exist? I'm hardly "forced" to accept anyone. Maybe I am capable of tolerating people...

Glad to explain myself here. Here the burden we have as a country of immigrants with a manifest destiny is to expand. Unless we actually expand our borders we are stuck in the process of bringing folks into our way of life on our shores. That is - unless we can actually solve our issues overseas without destroying those countries.

Taxes are social lubricants. Our government and country is the best force in the world for prevailing liberty and freedom. As far as I concerned, my share of this burden is manageable. I don't complain because you know what? There isn't a constant whistling of drone strikes in my backyard!

I guess I'm really a lazy person to think my taxes actually work to preserve a way of life that is so easy compared to other places like Sudan, Iraq, and Mexico.

Tell me about the environmental issues you have?

October 25, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

El Cajon Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Accusations Of Racist Comments

Here's a history from one of several relief organizations in our community for those of you who need facts regarding all the countries we've been integral to providing some measure of human dignity:

October 25, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

El Cajon Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Accusations Of Racist Comments

Burden to whom? You know what's a burden? Having participated in several mindless adventures overseas with consequences. As Americans, we should be embracing our recent immigrants who have to this country seeking more freedoms. Not giving them second class status because they don't look like our founding fathers. Or have technological skills like the "monkeys" on some high tech hill...

San Diego was one of the original destinations for Vietnamese refugees. With considerable pride, they came here determined for a new start. With our history as a resource for refugees, San Diego has the context for sharing democracy with all newcomers.

The kind of stupid ignorance in the above comments is the kind of intolerance I would personally send back to some hellhole with a swift kick if my foot could reach through the Internet.

As regrettable as it might be, America is a colonizer. Here's the fruit of our labor. Next time there's a brilliant war, think about it!

October 25, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shot Delays: Alternative Vaccine Schedules Mean Fewer San Diego Students Are Fully Immunized

Thank goodness most of these kids are in private schools! In the general public, unvaccinated children and their ill-informed parents are a menace to society!

Whatever happened to the greater good? Seriously, the small mindedness of parents and their beliefs shouldn't be weighed on the next generation.

I feel for the doctors and health professions that have to deal with way too many numbskulls out there already. And here they are having to explain basic issues of controlling disease and preventable deaths.

September 18, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Mediation Results In Deal; Council Votes Friday

Dshanske - Right on! You said it - where were the media?! It seems that there's a whole lot of "I told you so..." out there. This level of hypocrisy drives me crazy. Why the heck do journalists even bother if all they want to do is play catch up?

But the more salient issue is equal rights. The putrid state of civil affairs this whole mess demonstrates has got to stop. Leaders should lead by example as much as they seem to do with votes, kickbacks, and favors.

If the politicians are incapable of moral certitude, then forget it! We can shove them off this broken continent and try another form of governance. Gosh darn it!

August 22, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poll: Three In Four San Diegans Want Filner To Resign

Wow! Some of you give way too much credit to republicans, business, developers, and the UT to cook this up. Go read the OB Rag and camp yourselves in the conspiracy classroom if you need to soothe your souls. Believing in this kind of oppositional scheme only encourages Filner's remaining strategists and advisors to think they have a line on being the "little guy" in some fantasy world. Regardless of his progressive credentials and history as a freedom rider, it's time to move on. Filner is beyond saving now. It's ridiculous to encourage and enable this tragic ride into the sunset.

"Re-examine all that you have been told . . . dismiss that which insults your soul" - Whitman

August 5, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner's Chief Of Staff: City Running At 'Highest Level Of Integrity'

Thanks Vampireog for taking the first hit on this news. This is not about integrity. How can any sane person really make a statement about integrity in a political office? Because they're insane! And they are running the city and country as if we little folks are hearing this bull for the first time.

Politicians seem to think they can take up some new idealism in the face of lies. Is this a basis for a second act? Did Mr. Filner bring the D.C. clownfest to town to rub our noses in the dirt some more? This kind of mockery of values is unkind to us - and our kids. We have some pretty serious issues in the city, but they will get drowned out by this huge distraction. And we can't afford to wait for due process. Recall the whole lot of them!

We have to get behind new city leaders. But we are instead being treated to groveling by the enlightened kingmakers who brought this on and they can't find a decent one in the bunch. Where the hell was the integrity before the latest election? It's a fine line between the liars every four years.

July 31, 2013 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Edges DeMaio In San Diego Mayor's Race

The glass is half full, worldview. Despite the naysaying for the last four years, the people are speaking to the fact that the economy is getting better for the greater good. Did you live through the Depression or something? This ain't the worst of it at all! Go talk to your grandmother. She might tell you to pound the sand.

As for the expense - it's been a long time coming, my friend. Take a look back at the Reagonomics of this and start counting the losses to payrolls of the average American. The rich have been coasting for too long in this country. Goddamit.

We all share the cost now. Go to Disneyland or some offhsore island if you want fun. This is reality. My issue is fairness.

And take your stadium proposals with you. We now have a badly needed, beautiful Library going up downtown that will absolutely serve the reading public of San Diego.

Change is coming to San Diego - for the better. I'll still listen to you - but holy more of the whining please.

November 7, 2012 at 11:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Election 2012: Proposition 31

This is definitely one of those propositions that is entirely beyond the grasp of the average voter. It could pass without a thorough understanding of its merits or consequences - and likely gum up our already pathetic California budget process.

Who the hell put this on the ballot?! Please read between the lines.

October 21, 2012 at 9:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )