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Adam Smith will lead Comic-Con’s new center in Balboa Park. / Photo by Kinsee Morlan
Adam Smith will lead Comic-Con’s new center in Balboa Park. / Photo by Kinsee Morlan

Last year, Comic-Con announced plans to open a new museum in Balboa Park.

In the fall, the nonprofit hired Adam Smith to lead the effort, but details about the venture have been scant.

I sat down with Smith for an in-depth Q-and-A about his background, his vision and the shape the new Comic-Con center might take. I also recorded our conversation for a new episode of Culturecast, VOSD’s podcast covering local arts and culture.

Smith said the new venture might not be called a “museum” afterall.

Traditional museums rely on expert curators to organize exhibitions for the public. That won’t be the model at Comic-Con’s new center. Instead, Smith said fans will play a big role in deciding what gets exhibited.

Longtime Comic-Con staffer David Glanzer also joined the conversation. He said the annual Comic-Con convention is still struggling to fit inside a Convention Center it outgrew years ago, and the new permanent home in Balboa Park does not mean Comic-Con is staying in San Diego for the long haul.

Trump Admin Ramps Up Fight with California

Late Tuesday, the Justice Department announced it was suing California over state laws intended to shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation by the federal government. (Associated Press)

It’s the most pronounced escalation in the ongoing fight between California and the Trump administration. California Democrats welcomed the lawsuit, with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, who is challenging Senator Diane Feinstein in the June primary, saying “bring it on.”

City Council Okays More Changes to Development Rules

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has been talking up his proposals this year to kickstart homebuilding across the city.

His “Housing SD” plan lays out  policy changes to up housing supply and lower development costs. Some of the initiative’s changes have already been put in place, including lowering fees for people who want to build granny flats, or a second unit behind their homes. (City News Service)

On Tuesday, the City Council adopted two more pieces of the mayor’s plan. One expands the city’s progra allowing developers to build bigger projects in exchange for including rent-ristrict units, and the other tweaks regulations to streamline the development process.

ICYMI: On Monday, the City Council approved the construction of a 600-unit housing complex in Rancho Peñasquitos. The project faced criticism from a coalition of low-income residents and advocates from the subsidized Peñasquitos Village Apartment, which will be demolished to make way for the new development. (KPBS)

Border Patrol Wants Help Stopping Sewage Flows from Mexico

Customs and Border Protection is looking for help from the private sector on how to slow the flow of sewage that often seeps over from Mexico and makes the borderlands they patrol a hazardous mess.

The Union-Tribune says the agency posted a notice on a federal contracting website last week seeking ideas.

VOSD’s Mario Koran talked with a border agent who said at the top of his agenda this year is joining with environmentalists to try to stop the millions of gallons of sewage and toxic waste that flows from Mexico to the United States.

A New Generation of Activists in Barrio Logan

Chicano Park was built after Barrio Logan residents and activists demanded it.

Now, it’s a historic landmark that attracts thousands of visitors every year. People who were at the protests that helped lead to the creation of the park are still around, offering tours of the park and helping to protect and maintain it. But they won’t be around forever.

That’s where a new crop of young activists in Barrio Logan come in. In a short documentary, VOSD’s Adriana Heldiz profiles a group of young adults who’ve stepped up to help their elders protect the community’s culture and identity.

An Online Dating Adventure

Just about everyone is online dating these days. Both horror and success stories abound.

An innovative local theater company tackles the timely topic in a new, roving play set at businesses up and down Thorn Street in North Park. Audience members are asked to follow along as both male and female main characters try to find romance with the aid of their digital devices.

I’ve got more on that immersive play in this week’s Culture Report. Also in the weekly roundup of arts and culture news: Two all-women art exhibits, where to eat ramen, the effort to reboot Starlight Bowl and more.

In Other News

• City Attorney Mara Elliott reviewed the SDSU West proposal to redevelop the Mission Valley stadium site and said there are a lot of uncertainties. (KPBS)

• A city-run camp geared toward introducing girls to firefighting careers was cancelled due to gender discrimination concerns. Now it’s back on. (Union-Tribune)

• The City Council officially opposes oil and gas drilling off the California coast. (City News Service)

Luckily for them, as our Ry Rivard covered yesterday, the Department of Defense isn’t too keen on the idea, either.

• A network of faith-based homeless service providers is looking to add more congregations to its membership.

Kinsee Morlan

Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture...

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