Bennett Peji believes lunch should be a learning experience and tries to eat at a new ethnic restaurant every day. He’s not a foodie, but figures he tries about 300 new restaurants in a year. “It’s a way to connect with cultures that are in my own backyard,” he said.Peji has an easy, bright smile and the type of warm countenance that puts you instantly at ease. His commitment in the San Diego community runs deep and when you engage this UCSD and SDSU alum for any length of time two things quickly become clear. First, Peji, a native of the Philippines raised in Clairemont, is the embodiment of the mantra that San Diego’s diversity is a true strength. Second, that his worldview and outlook on life are exactly the type of thing that can inspire a community to be the best version of itself.As a society, we use labels for convenience to help us make sense of the world around us. But spending time with Peji, an internationally known design professional and the … [Read more...] about Someone San Diego Should Know: Bennett Peji
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Who benefits from granny flat give-away? “S.D. aims for more granny flats” (May 8): The facts about “The Granny Flat Pilot Program,” in case you missed the U-T’s article, suggested by the Housing Commission for additional housing. The problem is, the first 40 permits and reduced fees will only go to those affiliated with the Housing Commission, not to the public.Now the city will provide an additional $1 million toward the program, which will be paid by you, the taxpayer. That is $25,000 per unit in the form of a loan going to the same Housing Commission people who suggested the program in the first place and the loan does not have to be paid back. This is nothing more than the city and the Housing Commission’s way of saying “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Gene HendersonUniversity City I am quite disturbed by the trend of local communities allowing the construction of rentable “Granny Flats” in single … [Read more...] about Your Opinions: Will San Diego embrace the granny flat movement?
There is little dispute that hate has largely moved from community clubhouses into virtual spaces, making it easy for like-minded people to fellowship from afar, no membership required.But organized hate groups have not entirely lost their appeal.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate and extremist groups across the U.S., found 1,020 such organizations in 2018, up 7 percent from the previous year.Its latest “hate map” places seven such groups as being active in San Diego County last year, with many tied to larger national movements. The groups don’t have to be violent or have committed hate crimes to be included in the annual list. Rather, the center explains its criteria as follows: “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Still, its criteria has been controversial at times, with many of the groups, including some in San Diego, … [Read more...] about Which ‘hate’ groups are operating in San Diego?
Q: Okay. If you want to start, you can make us the case, once again, why the Convention Center expansion is so essential to the future of San Diego or is it?TERZI: That’s a… it’s a leading question, but… yeah, I can tell you that we’ve been making the case over a lot of years, and the case probably is never stronger than it is today. When you look at the Convention Center and the capacity of the Convention Center and the demand for the Convention Center and the economic value of conventions they… they’re all increasing in spite of what some people might say in the industry that conventions are dying, convention centers are sitting there empty. That’s not the case for the top half a dozen convention centers around the country of which San Diego is, in… in my mind from a size and a scope standpoint, probably the number one sought after convention facility in the country. Now, there are many other cities that have larger facilities, … [Read more...] about Q&A: A Conversation with San Diego tourism officials
A gang member was convicted Thursday of gunning down two young men in about a month’s span in different parts of San Diego in 2016.Deshaun Prescott, 28, was found guilty of the murders of Derion Elias White, 23, in East Village, and Greggory Davis, 18, in the O’Farrell neighborhood of southeastern San Diego.Prescott is to be sentenced on July 19.Police found White shot in the upper body just after midnight on June 29, 2016, near 17th Street and Island Avenue. He was targeted while sitting in Davis was killed on Aug. 2, 2016, when either Prescott, a second unidentified man, or both, opened fire on a group of people near the intersection of 61st and Alderley streets about 5:40 p.m., striking Davis and then-25-year-old Avery Ealy, who survived with a leg wound, according to testimony.Jurors acquitted Prescott of the attempted murder of Ealy, along with an assault with a semi-automatic firearm count.Deputy District Attorney John Dunlap alleged that gang rivalries were behind … [Read more...] about San Diego gang member convicted in 2 separate killings