Museum celebrating the immigrant experience is vandalized with anti-immigrant messages, UCSD Theater staffers face layoffs, December Nights is happening and more in our weekly roundup of arts and culture news.
The San Diego Police Department is still conducting curfew sweeps, which happen largely in certain neighborhoods. The department has long held that the sweeps are meant to keep young people safe and to deter crime. Here’s what happened when a VOSD reporter joined SDPD for a curfew sweep ride-along, then returned weeks later to experience another curfew sweep from a community resident’s perspective.
Civic San Diego is one step closer to completing an important development project in southeastern San Diego, but some in the community aren’t pleased with the process that led the organization to choose a developer. The complaints are stirring up the same issues that have kept Civic San Diego from expanding its authority outside of downtown for years. Namely, many in the community just don’t trust the organization.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to use his authority over city staff to make it cheaper, easier and more attractive for private developers to invest in the historically under-invested community. It isn’t clear how much Faulconer’s pledge to give the neighborhood development plan preferential treatment will result in major changes.
The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is again working on a plan it has pursued for years: developing almost 60 acres it owns in the area surrounding Market Creek Plaza in the Diamond neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego into a town center that would deliver affordable homes, job opportunities and neighborhood amenities to a community that has been historically ignored by private development.
The fence surrounding J Raymond Mireles’ house in Logan Heights isn’t there just to keep people out. In fact, the photographer is using his fence – a symbol of privacy and security – as an experimental public art project meant to bring people together.
It was a bit of a coup when a coalition of southeastern San Diego pastors endorsed Kevin Faulconer for mayor. One of those pastors, Don Connelly in Encanto, told us he’d been pretty happy with Faulconer so far – with a one big caveat.
During his State of the City speech, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said, “All neighborhoods should reap the benefits of San Diego’s success.” So far, southeastern San Diego’s District 8 has in no way been granted access to those benefits.
Many southeastern San Diego residents and advocates urged the City Council to give Civic San Diego Director Reese Jarrett a chance before adding a layer of oversight.
After years of broken promises and reluctance from some City Council members, the city put two more firefighters in Encanto. Early results are encouraging and more good news is on the way.