San Diego Shit That Matters: A Weekly Update [09/14/17]
Only the third post in this series and I've already taken a week off.
You know what though, sometimes shit doesn't really happen around here. I mean foreal, I was scouring through various local news sources trying to get some sort of scoop and the craziest shit I saw for a couple days was something about shitty Bird scooters and Twitch video game players loading real life bullets into each others houses up in Encinitas. Which, in retrospect, the latter sounds pretty dope but that’s not what we’re gonna be talking about today.
With that said, welcome to another weekly edition of San Diego Shit That Matters, where we bring you a whole list of things that happened (or will happen) this week that you should probably know about. Even if it is just to at least form an opinion on local matters, we can assure you it's worth the read.
THERE’S AN ONLINE GAME ABOUT HOW FUCKING HARD IT IS TO LIVE IN SAN DIEGO
I might age myself here, but do you remember those anime flash games they had on Newgrounds.com back in the day, where you could create your own life and make money and spend it on an anime girl and all that? Well, they recreated a San Diego version that. Except instead of doing cool anime shit, you just succumb to poverty. It's called Shortfall San Diego and it's the most amazing thing I've seen this week.
Developed by Odyssey Computing, a software development company in Sorrento Valley, Shortfall SD is a whole choose-your-own-adventure online game about succumbing to debt in San Diego, which is a lot funner to do as a hypothetical series of online questions than it is in real life. I've tried to play it twice now and according to the game, my daughter hates me and I can't afford a doctor, only half of which are true IRL.
Essentially, you are given a budget of $1700+ to start the game (which already means these dudes are thinking a bit too highly of us) and are forced to choose between three jobs. One, hotel concierge in Mission Valley; two, a server in the Gaslamp; three, a trendy retail sales associate in North Park. None of the positions pay more than $12. At this point, I would've been a bit upset about the limitations here, but then I realized like half of my close friends fit the description, so shit, can't front like it isn't the truth.
After choosing your job, you pretty much go through a sequence of very real scenarios, including having to choose what county of San Diego you'd like to live in (trick question: most of them will ruin you financially), what kind of transportation you'd like to rely on (it'll be unreliable regardless), etc. all the way down to deciding on small mundane situations that somehow, someway, still manage to put you in debt. After trying to get the most optimal answer by choosing to live in East County, burning my car and abandoning my children, I was still hit with the reality that I now, hypothetically, lived in East County. And if that's not enough to terrify you, I don't know what is.
Really though, as neat of a little game as it is, the fact that it even has to exist -- and be so accurate, at that -- is telling of the place we are as a city, how grave our housing crisis has gotten, and how far it continues to get. The shitty part, someone in a better situation might look at the first stage, see the few options, and blow the provided limitations off as an unrealistic portrayal of the plight towards upward mobility. The shittier part, for a large majority of us, however, is that the game only seems like a game until you realize that choosing between stability and the unknown is all too common, even long after we exit the screen.
CALIFORNIA TO EXTEND THE BAR CURFEW — SAN DIEGO, STOP CHEERING
If you live in California and still manage to maintain a Facebook account, chances are you've heard the news: California has passed a bill that would extend the drinking hours at bars from 2am to 4am. Or at least, Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30th to decide. Either way, if you live in San Diego, then it doesn't matter at all.
Why? Because it's San Diego. We're the eighth largest city in the country and the second in the state, but definitely in the top three for being high grade weenies (for lack of a better term).
When one fight broke out at the Observatory in 2016, we're the city that decided to blackball all relevant hip hop artists from large-room venues and banish them to the caves of SOMA. When the caucasian frat boys got a little too rowdy in the Summer of '17, we're the city that made it illegal to ever drink a sip of beer on our paradisal golden beaches ever again. When Street Scene ended, we're the city that allowed the pasty, wrinkle fest that is Kaaboo to step up and take it's place. With that said, for a city that let shit like Seaworld and Shamu rock for so long, it's surprising the lengths we'll go to stop people from just having fun.
As such, what the headlines for this news story don't tell you is that only nine cities throughout California opted to experiment the curfew extension. These include Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, and other cities that are pretty much just those cities but under different names (West Hollywood, Sacramento, Coachella, etc). San Diego's representatives were actually so against it that Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who has repeatedly expressed her opposition towards the bill, tweeted out the following bold claim: “Nothing good happens after midnight.”
Nothing good happens after midnight.— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) August 31, 2018
Now, I don't know who Gonzalez thinks she's representing as an elected San Diego official, but I can name countless great things that have happened to me after midnight, and if I could remember them, I'd list them all. That's not the point, however. The point is that we are one of the largest cities in the country with a wide-variety of nightlife options, all that could greatly benefit from such an ordinance. I mean, shit, the biggest industry in the city is tourism. Gaslamp is already a wasteland of Camaro-driving meatheads, you might as well squeeze those bro bucks for a couple more cents, no?
Either way, I've hit the age where I'm Irish goodbye-ing social settings around 11:30pm anyway, so I don't personally really give a shit to be honest. Whatever happens, by the time the law gets enacted in 2021, we'll probably all be drinking radioactive cocktails, anyway.
(Speaking of alcohol-related news: Aero Club, the India St. staple that was on the verge of closure, just announced it will be here to stay, now to-be managed by the people who run Waterfront Grill. As a loyal customer of Aero, I just wanted to extend a toast one time)
A HOMELESS BILL MIGHT PASS, AND OF COURSE, IT DOESN’T DO SHIT FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE
Let me just preface this topic with two things:
1) Old people always love giving young folks shit about abbreviating everything, on some LOL OMG WTF shit, but I swear to god, I'm convinced it's only cos old people had the wackest abbreviations for things. Like SoHo ('South of Houston St') or DINK ('Dual Income, No Kids'). You ever heard of a RINO? It means a Republican In Name Only. You know how much of a loser you gotta be to try to son somebody by saying, "yeah, you fake ass, you only pretend to hate poor people."
2) This is what I thought about when I first heard about NIMBYs and this story. To put it simply, NIMBY, an abbreviation for 'Not-In-My-Backyard', is an old person pejorative term for people who actively object what they see as destructive or unpleasant actions happening around their neighborhood. So, if you're well off and white and don't like shit ruining your neighborhood, you're a NIMBY. If you're a minority and live low income and don't like shit ruining your neighborhood, you're just shit out of luck. Gotcha.
Alright, now to the actual story --
For anyone who has kept up with the topic of homelessness in San Diego (and shout out to Michael McConnell and the SD Free Press for being amazing at covering this), there has been a long-waged war between El Cajon NIMBY types, El Cajon transients, and volunteers taking active efforts to feed the latter in public, a battle catalyzed by the Hepatitis A outbreak of 2017.
If you remember, just as the Hep A virus was making its rounds through homeless encampments and blocks (which is a whole 'nother conspiracy theory we can talk about sometime later), the city of El Cajon issued an emergency ordinance to counteract the grave epidemic, an ordinance that included the prohibition of publicly feeding the homeless.
In response, numerous activist groups took it upon themselves to stage organized public feedings to protest it's unconstitutionality. In response to the response, NIMBY's bitched, and in response to the response to the response, El Cajon police flexed up, grabbed their steel handcuffs made-of-100%-unconstitutionality and arrested all those involved in the act of defiance.
Of course, when you have people getting arrested for feeding hungry people, people get pissed. One week after the arrests, the city of El Cajon backpedaled with their tails between their legs and lifted the ban on public feedings. This was in January 2018. One month later, state Assemblywoman Monique Limon introduced AB-2178, called the Limited Service Charitable Feeding Operation.
In essence, AB-2178 is a bill that would make it so that charitable feeding organizations would have to adhere to the same expensive Environmental Health Regulations as restaurant establishments. On paper, the idea that ensuring all public feedings are up to health standards seems great, but as Doug Porter from the Free Press says, "it's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist," and can only work to allow cities like El Cajon to legally shutdown public feedings.
Without the work of independent organizations taking it upon themselves to feed those in hunger, what do you think will happen to those who can't attain the coveted resources provided from a place like a Father Joe Village? Where will their meal come from? Trash cans may seem like a stretch now, but that might very well be how shit goes.
As the bill finds its way to Gov. Brown's desk, the harm it can impose on organizations simply built around giving becomes more and more real.
For an actual in-depth look into this issue, please check out Porter's coverage here. To help influence the outcome of this decision while you still can, please send all your most inspired and subtly mean-spirited tweets to @JerryBrownGov or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WAREHOUSE TAKEOVER IS BACK SO LISTEN TF UP
Now in news that isn’t terribly depressing (depending who you ask), our large-scale music and art series, the Warehouse Takeover, is officially back, this time featuring special live sets by Soulection’s SoSuperSam and J. Robb. If you’ve never attended one of these things then let me break it down for you real quick: pretty much we take a three story space — including outdoor area, side room, rooftop, anything you could ask for — and transform the whole building into one giant celebration with all types of music and art installations hitting you from every angle.
And better yet, especially for my ego, after four years of doing these motherfucking things, this is officially our first Red Bull Music-sponsored Warehouse Takeover. What that means exactly, I’m still trying to figure out, but just know the production value, the sound, the installations, and all performing acts are gonna be out this world. We strive to involve every piece of the San Diego scene in this thing and we’ll make sure that doesn’t stop now. Alright, I’ll stop while I’m ahead, but I’ll leave you with these tracks to dig into to get prepared. Listen up!
EVENTS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND
SATURDAY, SEPT 15
TUNNEL VISION: A QUEER CLUB NIGHT (21+)
WITH VON KISS, SASHA MARIE, SHETENDER, VII, ANDY INTERNETS
SATURDAY, SEPT 15
WITH PEAKING LIGHTS, INGONOIR & SNAPGHOST, ETHICS, DITCHES, SHINDIGS
A SHIP IN THE WOODS
SATURDAY, SEPT 15
COLOR THEORY CLUB II
WITH MARK GUILLEN, RJ, RUBEN ALVA, VIOLENT DREAMS, SOUL GALLOW, AND MORE
TENTH AVE ARTS CENTER
FRIDAY, SEPT 14
ROOG RECORDS @ SDCP
WITH NITE LAPSE, OAK PALACE, NOBLE WAR, LOS PINCHES PINCHES
DM @UGLATTO FOR ADDRESS
FRIDAY, SEPT 14
I LOVE YOU FEST
WITH GLOW, NIXIE, ETC.
ADDRESS & INFO ON FLYER