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Mar 23 – Monthly Meeting – Barrio Logan: Community or Industry, Who Decides In Our Democracy?

This month’s main program is about the Barrio Logan Community Plan, which will be on the ballot this June (mail ballots will arrive at the start of May). Many years of discussion came to a head last year just before the Mayoral special election. David Alvarez had been closely involved as the representative for the district, and as a first-hand sufferer of pollution generated in the area. Kevin Faulconer sided against the rule of representative democracy and with the lobbying power of big business who collected signatures (possibly illegally) to place an overturn of the plan’s adoption on this summer’s ballot. The issue was used (and abused) in Mayoral campaign literature, local reports discredited the actions of ballot signature gatherers, and the UNION-t predictably sided against people and with corporations (while blaming Democrats). There are always (at least) two sides to every story (see this Voice of San Diego article by Andrew Keats) so we were delighted when the club was contacted by Cynthia Ibarra of the lobbying group Protect Our Jobs Coalition, to present the …