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Voice of San Diego is focused on local news. That doesn’t mean we’re not aware or obsessed with understanding national events like what happened in Orlando, Fla. But we’ll stay with what we do best and while we won’t be covering the shooting and its aftermath, please know we have many of the same concerns and feelings as you. In San Diego, a vigil in support of the families of the victims was held Sunday night under the Hillcrest gay pride flag and another one is happening Monday night at The Center in Hillcrest.
We’ve all done it – passed by a homeless person and instead of letting ourselves feel all the emotions that come naturally when crossing paths with a person in obvious need, we make up stories about why he or she is on the streets.
Most of the myths we shape make it easier to avoid actually figuring out the best way to aid the homeless.
VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt turns her focus back to the rising homeless population in San Diego and sheds light on three of the most persistent and distracting myths about the homeless in San Diego.
Catch up on VOSD’s recent reporting on homelessness here.
The Future of Seaport Village is Starting to Take Shape
The U-T’s Roger Showley gives folks a peek at the six ideas proposed for redeveloping tourist hotspot Seaport Village.
Manchester Financial Group and Dealy Development, for example, want to create something called “Celebration Place” that includes a 500-room hotel, a performing arts hall and a gondola ride.
Ripley Entertainment has thrown its hat in the ring with a proposal to build a facility that includes huge shark and fish tanks and a rooftop event space. And yes, one of the proposals involves building a big ferris wheel overlooking the bay.
Tijuana’s Migrant Shelters Scrambling
When I lived in Tijuana, I occasionally met a few folks from places like Kenya or Haiti who told me they got “stuck” in the border city after fleeing their homes in search of eventual asylum in the United States.
These days in Tijuana, crossing paths with foreigners fleeing their home countries is a much more common occurrence.
The U-T’s Sandra Dibble reports that an unprecedented surge of asylum seekers from places like Haiti and Pakistan have flooded TJ in recent weeks, which has left migrant shelters there scrambling to meet the growing demand.
Dibble reports that the new flow of foreigners adds to an already high number of Mexicans fleeing regions of the country terrorized by organized crime.
Weekend News Roundup
• The long-delayed Gregory Canyon Landfill isn’t any closer to getting the permits it needs before it’s built. (U-T)
• The Associated Press reports that Bubbles, a whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly three decades, has died.
• Startup San Diego, a five day event meant to highlight the region’s growing tech role, kicks off Monday. (Times of San Diego)
• But don’t let Startup San Diego, or anyone for that matter, fool you into thinking San Diego is the next Silicon Valley. The U-T says it isn’t even close.
• Recognize this handwriting? Someone’s still making bomb threats that are causing big headaches for the naval base. (U-T)
• An op-ed in the Times of San Diego says San Diego will be the place everyone thinks of when they conjure up the moment when things started going really wrong for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
• Don’t read this article if you get totally jealous of people who live much more luxuriously than you. (U-T)