To help you get a kick-start on your summer planning, here are highlights of some favorite activities taking place in San Diego County. MAY 31-JULY 4“Oz-some!” is the theme for San Diego’s biggest annual event. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” this year’s San Diego County Fair will take visitors on a journey to the Emerald City and discover “there’s no place like the fair.” Channel your inner courage in the fair’s whirlwind of carnival rides; expand your brain in the creative and educational exhibits; and warm your heart making new memories with family and friends. Details: The fair is closed June 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. Daily hours vary. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Tickets are $14-$20; children 5 and younger are free; some concerts require a separate ticket. Parking is $17; $27 preferred parking. Box office: (858) 792-4252; 24-hour recorded information: (858) … [Read more...] about 16 things to do in San Diego this summer
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There is little dispute that hate has largely moved from community clubhouses into virtual spaces, making it easy for like-minded people to fellowship from afar, no membership required.But organized hate groups have not entirely lost their appeal.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate and extremist groups across the U.S., found 1,020 such organizations in 2018, up 7 percent from the previous year.Its latest “hate map” places seven such groups as being active in San Diego County last year, with many tied to larger national movements. The groups don’t have to be violent or have committed hate crimes to be included in the annual list. Rather, the center explains its criteria as follows: “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Still, its criteria has been controversial at times, with many of the groups, including some in San Diego, … [Read more...] about Which ‘hate’ groups are operating in San Diego?
The San Diego Association of Governments would like to focus on mass transit over expanding road and highway systems. Last week we asked readers: Will San Diegans ever give up cars and embrace public transit and the increased taxes needed to build it?Public won’t back a partial solutionWill the public buy the next good idea to solve traffic woes? No, they won’t, nor should they until someone can lay out a viable transit network, one that connects people and takes them from where they are to where they need to be in a convenient, reliable and affordable way. Statistically, and through, ahem, observation, it is painfully apparent that the automobile is the dominant means of movement and will be for some time to come. This is, after all, Southern California.So, with that question answered, how do we get from here to there? Honestly, if we go back to the 1970s, we can see where we went wrong. We didn’t make a full commitment to a transit future, and we didn’t even … [Read more...] about Your Say: Transit’s future in San Diego County
It’s one thing to compete in the World Surf League’s championship tour. It’s a complete other experience to do so with your twin brother.Damien and CJ Hobgood have ranked among the best surfers on Earth. CJ became a world champion. They had highs and lows together and apart.And their days learning to surf together and competing as professionals came with its own unique challenges and benefits. That journey is on display in their new documentary, “And Two If by Sea,” which will premier in San Diego on Friday. “You kind of think like, oh man, I’ve got this brother, who looks just like me, who wants the same thing I have, who has the same dreams and aspirations ... people can’t even tell us apart,” Damien Hobgood said in an interview with The Conversation podcast. “There’s kind of a major identity crisis at a young age that most kids or even people don’t even realize for a long time. That was just staring at me … [Read more...] about Pro surfing twins CJ and Damien Hobgood premiering documentary in San Diego
By Thy Vo | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm | UPDATED: March 22, 2019 at 4:28 am SAN DIEGO — Ly Tong, a former pilot for the South Vietnamese Air Force who became a household name in Vietnamese American communities for his fervent anti-communist activism and controversial tactics, is dying from lung failure at a hospital in San Diego, according to the Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet Daily News. Tong has been in a coma since Tuesday and is not expected to survive, said Cu Thai Hoa, president of the South Vietnamese Air Force Association of San Diego, who has been caring for Tong since he was admitted to the hospital on March 7. Doctors are waiting for Tong’s older brother to fly to San Diego to make a final decision about whether to pull life support, Hoa said in a phone call early Thursday evening. His brother is expected to arrive in San Diego around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Tong is known in San Jose and … [Read more...] about Ly Tong, legendary Vietnamese-American political protester, dying at hospital in San Diego