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?
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A state senate bill making its way through Sacramento could mean high density housing gets built along transit stops throughout San Diego County.That could mean new apartment buildings along the Coaster commuter train in North County, or all the way down to the border next to the San Diego Trolley. The way the bill is written, it would prevent communities from doing too much to stop zoning changes.Senate Bill 50, from state Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), has passed its first legislative hurdle by moving out of the state’s housing committee. But, it faces much opposition from communities dominated by single-family homes and tenants rights groups worried about displacement. The legislation would allow four- to five-story apartment complexes to be built a half-mile from rail stations and ferry terminals, and a quarter-mile from bus stops. The majority of California is only zoned for single-family homes, which the bill’s author said is making the state’s housing … [Read more...] about What a new California bill could mean for San Diego housing
San Diego — San Diego is tripling the size of its pothole repair team and expanding the team’s hours in response to a rash of new potholes that have popped up across the city during recent winter storms.The city is redeploying workers to increase the number of two-man pothole crews from nine to 26. In addition, some crews are operating their patch trucks 10 hours per day instead of eight, and some crews are working Saturday shifts.“Our roads took a beating from repeated storms so we’re going to take advantage of this dry spell to fill as many potholes as we can,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a Thursday news release. “That means more crews in every neighborhood filling more potholes than ever before.”San Diego typically fills about 30,000 potholes a year, but is well ahead of that pace this year, officials said.Residents can make repair requests on the Get It Done smartphone app or on the city’s website, … [Read more...] about Winter storms prompt San Diego to nearly triple pothole repair crews
Washington — A hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion hit the only major U.S. warship to sink during World War I. Now the Navy believes it has the answer to what doomed the USS San Diego: An underwater mine set by a German submarine cruising in waters just miles from New York City. That's the conclusion of an investigation by scientists, archaeologists and historians convened by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Last summer, the researchers sent an unmanned underwater vessel to inspect the site off New York's Long Island. Their analysis ruled out a torpedo and sabotage, two other possible scenarios.The San Diego was sailing to New York on July 19, 1918, when an external explosion near the engine room shook the armored cruiser. Water rushed into the hull. Within minutes, the 500-foot warship began to capsize. Weighed down with 2,900 tons of coal for a planned voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, the vessel sank in less than a half hour. Six crew members died."The … [Read more...] about Scientists search shipwreck, reveal what likely doomed USS San Diego in World War I
World Immigration Thousands of Central American migrants traveling with a caravan that has been stationed in Mexico City for days have decided to push on towards the U.S., opting to take the longer, but likely safer, route to Tijuana, which borders San Diego, California. While Mexico has offered refuge, asylum and work visas to those who choose to stay in the country, the Associated Press has reported that migrants made the decision late Thursday to leave the Mexico City sports stadium where they have been taking shelter and continue their journey to the U.S. on Friday. If caravan members do decide to make their way to Tijuana, they will have a roughly 1,775 mile journey ahead of them. A group of Central American migrants heading in a caravan to the US, and who are staying at a shelter set up at the Sports City in the Mexican capital, during a stop in their journey, march towards the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters in Mexico City on … [Read more...] about Migrant Caravan on the Move Again: Thousands to Depart Mexico City for San Diego Border, As Trump Plans Asylum Ban