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Earlier this week, Ry and I interviewed Lori Saldaña for the latest episode of our San Diego Decides podcast. (That’s dropping tomorrow, get excited!)
As we finished the interview, Saldaña’s campaign manager asked, “So you’re not going to talk about Denim Day?”
He was referring to the campaign’s push to establish a Denim Day in San Diego. Denim Day is a nod to an Italian case, in which charges against a rapist were thrown out when a judge reasoned that the man couldn’t possibly have removed the victim’s tight jeans without her consent. Folks who observe Denim Day wear denim – or, bravely, denim on denim – to draw attention to victim-blaming and misconceptions surrounding sex crimes.
It’s a worthy cause, to be sure.
But to be honest, I’ve been in kind of a daze lately. Or a Dayz, if you will.
The various Days we celebrate now has suddenly become overwhelming thanks to social media. They range from serious to silly. Tuesday, for example, was Equal Pay Day. But it was also National Grilled Cheese Day, which is a thing that exists.
The day before that was #NationalPetDay. I’m not one to turn down a crush of adorable dog photos, but I got my fill of those less than a month ago, on #NationalPuppyDay. Don’t get either confused with #NationalDogDay, which is different. Somehow.
This column is comin’ atcha a day after National Columnists Day. And this handy calendar informs me that today is many things, including National Garlic Day and National Hanging Out Day.
I love hanging out. I love garlic, and grilled cheese and my beloved puppy. I love the notion of equal pay, and believe rape accusations should be taken very, very seriously.
But please, God, let tomorrow just be Monday.
What VOSD Learned This Week
New community plans are moving forward in two areas most likely to handle the type of growth needed to make the Climate Action Plan a success. But the city simply has no way of measuring whether those plans – for Uptown and North Park – will help it hit its goal.
As for future growth in other parts of the city, Councilman David Alvarez and others are hoping to marshal a pot of state money toward low-income areas that are desperate to see development.
Up in North County, efforts to make a stretch of Coast Highway more accessible to climate-friendly options like walking and biking have hit a rough patch.
Sycuan is hoping a new state bill will make it easier for the tribe to purchase water from agencies that technically aren’t allowed to sell to it.
Meanwhile, the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have taken their decades-long fight to our own op-ed pages, and it’s getting kinda brutal. Last Friday, Met argued its water rate increase reflected a desire to maintain “strong financial practices” – practices it said SDCWA knows nothing about. This week, SDCWA fired back: Met’s take was “inconsistent with the facts,” the group wrote.
Here’s some handy ammo for the next time you get pulled over for speeding. The ticket might be illegal if the city is unable to provide an up-to-date traffic study for the area where you were stopped.
Jan the Nonpolitical City Attorney morphed into Jan the Political Candidate Booster this week, which Scott and Andy dissected on the podcast. In state politics, bills from two local legislators made the Latino Legislative Caucus’s list of priority measures.
What I’m Reading
• Relevant to my interests: Taco Bell’s two-year quest to melt cheese. (Bloomberg)
• Thanks to its cranky member stations, NPR has been thwarted from embracing a future with podcasts. (Slate)
• I absolutely love the lede in the first story of Amy Julia Harris’ series on dangerous religious day cares. Oh, and the rest of the story is good too. (Reveal)
• This investigation into Florida restaurants’ claims of local, farm-fresh ingredients doesn’t just pack in a bunch of great reporting. It’s written by the paper’s food critic, and the writing is approachable and engaging. (Tampa Bay Times)
• The University of Georgia’s football coach helped push through a state law limiting the public’s access to public records, reflecting “a creeping, rampant paranoia among SEC schools, who worry about any possible competitive disadvantage that could hamper winning.” (Vice)
Line of the Week
“This version of empowerment can be actively disempowering: It’s a series of objects and experiences you can purchase while the conditions determining who can access and accumulate power stay the same.” – From a fantastic essay on how “women’s empowerment” became the world’s winningest marketing strategy.