It’s no easy chore to find fresh produce in southeastern San Diego, which is home to just one mainstream supermarket that’s out of reach for many residents. A new farmers market brought hope to those who want to help residents eat healthy food, but it’s struggling in its first months.
“The farmers market has been ensnared,” Adrian Florido writes, “by the same self-reinforcing structural problems that have long made it difficult to get healthy food into the community: negative perceptions of the neighborhood; cold, hard economics; and entrenched eating habits.”
Mourning a Fallen Police Officer
Mourners have created a Facebook page in honor of San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, who was killed by a gunman in City Heights on Saturday. A trust fund for his family has been created, and donations are being accepted.
Scanner recordings reveal the words of a woman who alerted the police to the shooting via Henwood’s police radio: “All officers, all officers. There is an officer shot. There is an officer shot.” (U-T)
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Another victim of the alleged shooter (who was killed) was in very critical condition last night, our news partner NBC7 San Diego reports. He is a 22-year-old Chaldean-American, a professional musician who gives language training to military troops heading to Iraq.
Loss of a Coffee Impresario and Downtown Visionary
Local businessman Bob Sinclair, the founder of the Pannikin coffeehouses and a well-known downtown booster famous for his Old West style, has reportedly died in New Mexico after a motorcycle accident. (U-T)
Sinclair founded the Pannikin chain in 1968. In 1991, the LAT called the Pannikin in La Jolla “the place for the artsy, often UCSD-linked set,” offering “a little bit of Left Bank ambience.”
We talked to him in 2009 about the challenges facing downtown, where he owned the former Wonder Bread building and other buildings. He told the U-T in 2004 that he wanted to “keep East Village from becoming too sanitized, as he puts it.”
“‘I can’t tell you how many nightclubs want to go in there,’ he said, hoisting old metal debris from the former bakery into his pickup truck. ‘Three of the four offers I had on Wonder Bread were for converting most of it to housing. But I’m lucky. I own most of these properties free and clear, the income is good, and it’s pretty easy for me to tell these housing guys to go fly a kite.’”
In Sinclair’s memory, we’re revisiting photos of him that our photographer took during a tour of the former Wonder Bread building. He looks like an aging cowboy, complete with giant belt buckle and salt-and-pepper walrus mustache. An aging cowboy, that is, with a bright red fedora.
Criticizing San Diego’s establishment is easy if you’re a Democrat: just paint them as craven Republican businesspeople who only care about making money. But what if you’re a Republican yourself? Can you still bash the establishment? Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a Republican and mayoral candidate, appears to be thinking he can do just that.
In an interview with the U-T, he describes a rival, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, as being “well-known” and “well-liked.” Then he lowers the boom: “She has tremendous support from the mayor and is solidifying kind of that City Hall, insider, establishment base of support. I don’t believe being mayor’s about management. I think it’s about leadership. I’m not running to be the city manager. I’m running to be the mayor.”
Fletcher also tries to set himself apart from the current mayor: “Jerry Sanders has been the management, financial house in order, kind of mayor, and he’s been the right mayor for the right time. I think the next mayor’s a different conversation.”
For more, check out our ongoing coverage of the San Diego mayor’s race.
NYT Drops In to See What Condition the Bolts’ Condition Is In
Hello, they must be going: The NYT has picked up on the story of how the Chargers might be short-timers here in their own hometown. “The way everything is shaping, it looks like L.A.,” said a fan who drove down from the city of Ontario to watch a scrimmage last week. “You hear a lot more about the stadium being built in L.A. than you do here.”
Currently, there’s little, if any, momentum toward building a new stadium for the Chargers. For more, check our compilation of coverage about the stadium search.
No Vacancy in Hotelier Dreams
VOSD Radio takes a look at how the tourism industry wants to become an even bigger player locally — a prospect that’s got one commentator worried — and identifies the Hero and Goat of the Week.
Purified Sewage and a 40-Year Hotel Tax
Fact Check TV examines claims about San Diego’s purified sewage program and a tourism tax that’s estimated to cost visitors $1 billion over four decades.
One School Name to Rule Them All
Applied Life Science Academy, Winter Creek High, Sun View High and 27 other suggestions are in the running to become the name of a $40 million magnet high school in Escondido. (NCT)
My favorite of the suggestions is “Mellow Wood High.” As a person who suffered through many scorching Escondido summers, I’d like to throw one more idea into the mix: “The-Inside-of-My-Car-Is-as-Hot-as-the-Sun High.”
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