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Nov 22 – Monthly Meeting – Blue Technologies in San Diego

Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos will provide an overview of the blue economy in San Diego and discuss some of the steps the Port of San Diego is taking to develop its blue economy potential. The blue economy accounts for approximately 46,000 jobs and contributes over 14 billion dollars to the San Diego region’s economy. The Port of San Diego was created by the State Legislature to manage San Diego Bay and its surrounding waterfront land on December 18, 1962. It is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California, and it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego. The Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and the leases of hundreds of tenant and subtenant businesses around San Diego Bay. The Port is an economic engine (250 million bananas go through the Port a month), an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding …

Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block Visited OB Town Council

Speaker Atkins, Lt James Gartland, Jeff Hatfield, President San Diego Lifesaving Association & Senator Block (Photo: Susan Peinado) Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block took part in the protest against ALEC on Wednesday July 22, 2015 and that evening both appeared at the Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) meeting to speak and hand out certificates of appreciation to the recipients of the OBTC Community Awards. The town council meeting was masterfully chaired by club Secretary and OBTC President, Gretchen Newson (who was also at the ALEC protest earlier that day). Both politicians spoke to some of their recent legislative achievements, and neither appeared to want to leave first – could it be that they are gearing up for a competitive Senate District 39 race next year (as has been rumored)? Or will Speaker Atkins be persuaded to run for Mayor? As previously reported in the OB Rag and reprinted with permission: State Senator Marty Block Senator Block introduced himself as having worked at San Diego State University for 26 years, President of the San Diego Community College District Board of …

Protest ALEC in San Diego [Video]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual meeting in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt. Democrats, organized labor, community groups, and other allies rallied to make their voices heard. Funded by shadowy special interests, ALEC works to maximize corporate power and undermine democracy by providing “model legislation” for right-wing legislators. It seeks to block wage increases, disenfranchise voters, privatize schools and prisons, and deregulate firearms, to name just a few examples. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the event, sharing the stage with fringe Republicans like Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. ALEC is not welcome in California! For an in-depth description of why this was a big deal, read Doug Porter’s column(s) The ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego: Who’s Coming and Why?

Jul 22 – Action Alert: Protest ALEC in San Diego

Get your protesting shoes ready, because we have a big one coming up. When Wednesday, July 22, starting at 3:00 p.m 3:00pm Union-sponsored Rally at Embarcadero Park North (just south of the hotel) (Public Restrooms are available here) 4:30pm Union March arrives at the Grand Hyatt Hotel; Gathering time. 5:00pm MAIN EVENT Rally begins at the Hyatt 6:00pm Launch tethered balloon banners (Not a “balloon release”) & Active Protest Events More events are being added all the time. Please check latest at Facebook “StopALEC Fest 2015” and RSVP Where Embarcadero Park North (400 Kettner Blvd) Transportation Public Trolley, Seaport Village Station (Green Line) is within a block of the hotel. Driving West on SR 94 — Take I-5 North and follow directions below for “North on I-5” North on I-5 — Exit 6th Ave. Left on 6th. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel. South on I-5 — Exit Front St. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel South on 163 — Exit Ash St. Left on …

Mar 15 – People’s Climate Walk & Rally

Gather at San Diego City Hall Plaza 2:00PM gather at 3rd Ave and C St Downtown No More Dirty Climate Lies — Now It’s Time to Mobilize! When Sunday, March 15, 2015 2:00-4:00pm Where San Diego City Hall 202 C Street, 92101 Music by the Swamp Critters ~ Raffle of two new bicycles Bring Friends! We will rally then walk to the Federal Building to petition the U.S. Government to immediately commence a national World War II-style mobilization to transition the U.S. from fossil fuels to renewable energy: solar, wind, hydroelectric and wave action. The first such rally in the country and the first of four this year in San Diego leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30 to Dec 11 Sponsored by a coalition of The San Diego County Democratic Party, the San Diego County Labor Council, The Environmental Health Coalition, The Sierra Club and The Peace Resource Center. Info: The Green Center in Ocean Beach: (619) 225-1083 http://www.theclimatemobilization.org

State of the Union

President Obama used the State of the Union 2015 to set the discussion on issues of importance to all San Diegans – Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Free Community College, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Fast Internet Access. Learn more here. President Obama’s State of the Union Address — Remarks As Prepared for Delivery There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech, but they can’t report on it until a designated time). The reporters then start sending it around town to folks on Capitol Hill to get their reaction, then those people send it to all their friends, and eventually everyone in Washington can read along, but the public remains in the dark. This year that changed. For the first time, the White House made the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online. On Medium, you can follow along with the speech as …