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20 Facts About San Diego You Have To See To Believe

San Diego’s history is truly cray. It has traded hands from its original peoples and been conquered by Spain, then reinstated as Mexico, then stolen by the U.S. and really truly given its life breath by the Mexican-Americans who inhabit it today. It’s seriously Disney for Latinos: taco festivals, Goya establishments, and city laws that only our abuelitas could dream up.

Here’s why we think San Diego is a hub for Latinos:

1. Almost 30 percent of San Diego’s population is Latino.

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And of that population, 86 percent of them are Mexican, making for a culturally rich, artistic and hard-working community. Plus, it got skyscrapers, ayy!

2. San Diego produces more avocados than any other place in the country.

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I’m sold, nos vamos! This is the fruit and weather of my people, so it’s no wonder there are so many happy Mexicanos in San Diego.

3. Oh, and it’s only an hour away from Tijuana, Mexico.

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Which is a better explanation for the Latino population. You can drive down to the homeland whenever you want, and get yourself some truly bomb pastelitos and a tan.

4. Like any very Mexican city, it has murals galore.

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They’re honestly an afterthought once you’ve spent some time walking around San Diego. Frida Kahlo is with you always on the streets of SD.

5. You must check out Barrio Logan.

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And try to find a car made after 1989. The Mexican Revolution and it’s refugees are responsible for making this neighborhood the culturally rich, art-centric neighborhood it is today.

6. Barrio Logan is home to the public artscape, Chicano Park.

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Caption: “One of the biggest reasons I became an artist I think is how influential my neighborhood was.I was a product of my environment. I grew up like most people in Barrio Logan in the 90s, we didn’t have much but we didn’t worry about what we didn’t have. The things we did have had a lot more value, we had each other. We were strong as a community and as people. Growing up in a place where the biggest collection of murals was my back yard and the streets were my playground. I would always stop and look up☝and stare in wonder and ask questions about the paintings. These paintings truly tell a story about where I’m from, im also very fortunate to have the pleasure of being part of some of these murals as a child and a teenager, an experience I wont ever forget, everytime I pass by i still stop and look up ?and remember my family my friends and all the wonderful memories I had.”

7. Some of the city laws sound like they were made up by our abuelitas.

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Hypnotism is forbidden from being taught in San Diego Public Schools. The superstition is contagious, I guess?

8. It’s illegal to swim in any of San Diego’s lakes.

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NO SWIMMING! I mean, the government has good reason: they’re man made lakes. Ask your mother what her reason is? Soy tu madre. K, thanks.

9. Residents will be fined for leaving Christmas lights up after February 2nd.

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You know this law isn’t your abuela’s because it would be January 6th, after Three King’s Day has passed.

10. Beware, though, SD has the #1 flea problem in the country.

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Stock up on flea meds for your pupper, and then let him roam the streets como es Día de los Muertos cada día.

11. Another place to check out is Old Town’s State Historic Park.

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Here’s some SD history: San Diego was the first European settlement in California, and it’s lack of access to water actually made the population flux so low that it lost it’s pueblo status. You can now visit the protected relics of the very first citizens in the 1820s and see people in traditional colonial garb.

12. Go on Cinco de Mayo.

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There’s still time, amigos! They host a massive Cinco de Mayo Fiesta complete with a car show, lucha libre matches and dance groups from age 7 and beyond!

13. Or don’t, there will still be Day of the Dead people everywhere.

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Caption: “Waiting for him to propose marriage… day of the dead…”

14. Just outside the Old Town Historic State Park proper, you can do some good shopping…

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And yes, I mean both ornamental and pimiento peppers. You know why you can’t make your picadillo like your mom taught you? You’ve got to get the adobo from the right market, flaca!

15. Terra Cotta Ware is the definition of good shopping.

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I don’t care who you talk to, a good strawberry pot is the key to a happy and successful life. Plus, many of these are hand painted, artisan goods. Did I mention the artist community that you’re out there to support? Treat yo’self, mija.

16. You don’t actually have to go to Tijuana to get authentic Mexican goods.

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You just have to be smart enough to tell what’s quality, because don’t think some gringas aren’t trying to rip the culture off. OK, I’m being dramatic, but it’s only because Los Angeles has me wound up. Let’s move to San Diego.

17. P.S. Cameron Diaz is from San Diego!

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I don’t know how Cubana Cameron got all the way to San Diego from Cuba, but we’re glad to see her jet off into stardom. She’s been promoting her new book about how to age gracefully and love every wrinkle and I’m already thanking each gray hair on my head.

18. Plus, the annual Tacotopia is the event of the year.

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Hundreds of incredible Mexican chefs compete for the “Best Taco in San Diego,” which is effectively the best taco in the whole country. I’m hungry.

19. THERE’S A GOYA TENT.

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OK, now I’m actually crying. Pack your bags, fam, we’re going to Tacotopia 2018. Whose going to be there? Comment below!

20. San Diego has the tacos, the art, and the beaches to make it worthy of so many Latino’s homes.

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Whether you’re looking to never swim in a lake again, or just find a home away from home, San Diego is the place for you. What other incredible places did we miss in our list? Comment below!

The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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Not that we should be traveling right now, as the country’s Coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral out of control – but it’s worth noting that our international options are fewer than they were just months ago.

Historically, the U.S. passport has been seen as the golden ticket to travel with ease across the international community as it was once regarded as one of the strongest passports in the world. But that’s changing.

You can blame the drop in standing of the U.S. passport on our elected leaders who have massively failed to gain an upper hand on this health crisis. As other countries have demonstrated an ability to control Coronavirus within their borders, the U.S. has failed miserably. And that failure – in addition to more than 3 million infections and 130,000 deaths – has resulted in Americans simply being turned away from international destinations.

The U.S. passport dropped in visa-free access from 7th to 25th place as a result of our Coronavirus failures.

In what is a double whammy for the United States, the country recently crossed the three-million mark in terms of the number of registered COVID-19 cases, and more than 132,000 people have died from the disease. Now, its handling of the pandemic has drastically diminished power of its passport. 

Before the pandemic, the U.S. was regularly listed in the Top 10 on the Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of the number of countries a passport gets you into without a visa. The ranking is based on data from the International Air Transport Association. The US usually comes in sixth or seventh and topped the list as recently as 2014. Before the coronavirus pandemic, a US passport would get you into 185 destinations around the world without the need for a visa at all or a visa on arrival.

According to the latest Henley Passport Index, U.S. passports now have access to only 158 countries, putting it on par with a Mexican passport, a significant decline from its previous top 10 ranking in 2014.

“We see an emergence of a new global hierarchy in terms of mobility, with countries that have effectively managed the pandemic taking the lead, and countries that have handled it poorly falling behind,” says Christian Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners, according to Forbes.

The biggest drop came as a result of the European Union banning entry to U.S. citizens.

Many countries across the globe are beginning to open back up as they get their Coronavirus outbreaks under control, and they are limiting or banning travel with countries where the virus is running rampant — including the United States. 

In fact, as Europe has slowly started to reopen its borders to international tourists, it’s specifically left off the U.S. Europe’s decision is responsible for the largest drop in the power of the U.S. passport.

Recently, five Americans who flew to Sardinia on a private jet were turned away and governors in Mexico are advocating for tighter border measures to prevent Americans from going into the country and spreading the virus. 

The U.S. passport is now equal in strength to that of Mexico and Uruguay.

It’s no secret that citizenship is the main factor behind preserving global inequalities today and that simply holding a U.S. passport can grant you access to so many more destinations. But now, Americans are getting to swee just how your government’s actions – or failures – can result in you being treated differently on the global level.

Thanks to America’s failure at combating the virus, U.S. citizens now hold passports that have around the same level of travel freedom as citizens of Mexico (#25 on Henley Passport Index, with a score of 159) and Uruguay (#28, with a score of 153).

Coronavirus continues to rage out of control across the U.S., so it should go without saying that an international trip is not a good idea right now.

Countries are closing their doors to Americans, as the outbreak in the US — the worst in the world — nears 3 million infections with over 131,000 deaths.

The US last week surpassed 50,000 new daily coronavirus cases, and that trend has been maintained this week with multiple states and cities recording record-high new infections, hospitalizations, or deaths. 

Another factor playing into travel restrictions – beyond the surging of cases in the U.S., is that America’s health care system is decentralized, unpredictable and unequal.

Tourism is essential for the economies of many destinations—and the livelihoods of individuals and families—and plays a role in reducing poverty. But right now is not the time for Americans to be traveling.

“Tips” For Starbucks Barista Who Stood Down The San Diego Karen Reaches $100K

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“Tips” For Starbucks Barista Who Stood Down The San Diego Karen Reaches $100K

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Update: The GoFundMe page for Lenin Gutierrez was created with the goal of raising $1,000 after a woman, identified as Amber Lynn Guilles, tried to shame him for telling her to wear a mask. The original goal has been met and surpassed by leaps and bounds.

The GoFundMe page for Lenin Gutierrez is now over $102,000.

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Gutierrez is now $100,000 richer after his friend Matt Cowan set up the GoFundMe to make the bad experience better. The original goal for the GoFundMe page was $1,000 but the amount keeps on growing as people share the love with Gutierrez.

According to the GoFundMe, Cowan set up for Gutierrez to meet with a financial advisor to help him invest the money. Gutierrez has said that he wants to use the money to pursue his dream of being a dancer. Even more, the young mans shared in a video that he wants to use the money to help others chase their dreams in dance as well.

“We crossed the $100,000 mark,” reads the GoFundMe page. “A huge thank you to everyone who has donated. Lenin is overjoyed and at a loss of words at the kindness that has been shown to him by everyone worldwide.”

Original: Karens are everywhere and one Starbuck barista in San Diego encountered one in the wild without a face mask. Lenin Gutierrez asked a customer if she had a mask when he saw her without one. She said no and refused to put on one. She then went to social media to call him out.

A white woman in San Diego was very upset that a Starbucks barista told her to wear a mask.

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Face masks have become a very controversial issue. The most important tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has become a politicized issue. Conservatives have denounced the facial coverings claiming they infringe on their rights and are unconstitutional. A Vinn diagram of people protesting the lockdown and not wanting to wear masks would show a lot of overlap.

She included a photo of Lenin Gutierrez, the man who stood up to her.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a mandate ordering al Californians to wear facial coverings when they are in public. Private businesses, like Starbucks, are allowed to refuse service to anyone that employees deem necessary. During a pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 Americans and infected more than 2.6 million, facial coverings are crucial.

Gutierrez is the one coming out ahead when a GoFundMe was set up to show him support.

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So far, more than $49,000 have been raised to help Gutierrez. The money is being donated by people who are thanking him for stand up to the woman who thinks she is too good to wear a mask. If you want to donate, you can click here.

Gutierrez took to Facebook to thank everyone who donated to him.

I’ve received numerous messages asking for my side of the story. Since this seems to be the most popular thread I decided to post my personal experience here. Thank you all for the love and support.

Posted by Lenin Gutierrez on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The barista was so moved by the donations. The young man shared that he was working at Starbucks to make the money to pursue his dreams of dancing. According to his Facebook, he likes Folklorico, the native dance of Mexico. There is no doubt that $49,000 will definitely help him pursuing is dreams of diving deeper into dancing.

Don’t forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has not slowed down in the U.S. Instead, the number of infections continues to rise in the U.S. with more than 40,000 falling ill on Thursday. Facial coverings are the best tool we have to slow the spread. Be smart. Be safe. Listen to the scientists. We can make it through this together.

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