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Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park Has Its Eyes On Historical Landmark Status

Politicians and activists are working hard to make sure the historic Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan gains National Landmark Status. In 1969, the Coronado Bay Bridge bridge was built on top of Logan Heights, which had once been the West Coast’s second largest “Chicano Barrio community.” Since then, the community has brought the support beams to life, painting murals to honor Latino culture, its heroes, anti-heroes, and artists. U.S. representative Juan Vargas summed up what Chicano Park means in a statement to the San Diego Union Tribune: “Chicano Park is a cultural mecca that highlights the activist and artistic contributions of our local community.” If you’ve never been, here’s a quick look at some of the amazing art and history found in Chicano Park.

The Chicano Park kiosko, which is a nod to Mayan architecture, serves as a meeting place for community events.

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Countless cultural icons — from Mexico to Cuba — are gorgeously painted in this mural.

A different angle of the previous mural shows even more detail.

Mural walk en el Barrio Logan. #barriologan #chicanopark #sandiego #california #vivalamachi

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The famous words of Emiliano Zapata, one of the revolutionary leaders who helped overthrow Mexico’s President Díaz in 1911, are displayed on one of the pillars.

Most of the larger-than-life paintings each tell a story of the history of Latino culture.

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Others are a celebration of Latino artistry, showing off the ingenuity and creativity found within the community.

The murals honor culture nearly destroyed by colonizers.

These murals are maintained out of pocket by artists and local groups. If given National Historical Landmark status, the murals and sculptures would receive federal protection.

The music group Prayers filmed their latest video in Chicano Park. The murals provided the perfect backdrop for their message of unity.

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There’s even an hour long documentary on YouTube, highlighting many important points in the park’s history. Watch that here.

For now, however, the future of Chicano Park in Barrio Logan is uncertain.

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To become a National Historical Landmark, certain conditions must be met. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, landmarks must “tell stories” highlighting “their importance to the history of the entire nation, not just local communities.” The status also requires the seal of approval from the Secretary of the Interior, who would have to do a personal inspection of Chicano Park. As of today, a bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives, so the fate of Chicano Park’s status will be decided before January 3rd, 2017.

READ: “Mexica” by Prayers Is A Reminder Of Who Was Here First

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San Diego Karen Wants To Sue For Half Of Starbucks Barista’s $100K GoFundMe

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San Diego Karen Wants To Sue For Half Of Starbucks Barista’s $100K GoFundMe

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Update: Amber Lynn Gilles is Internet famous for trying to shame a Starbucks barista on Facebook for telling her to wear a mask. Now she is becoming Internet famous for claims she is the victim and deserves half of the money raised on GoFundMe.

The GoFundMe page for Lenin Gutierrez is now over $100,000 and Gilles claims she deserves half.

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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.”

After the fundraiser made a lot of money, Gilles has decided to sue for half of the money she feels she deserves. However, she needs people to send her money so she can hire an attorney to take on the case. The fundraiser was started on July 2, 2020, and has raised $460 of the $5,000 goal in two weeks.

“I have been attacked by liberals, the organizations who form many Facebook hate groups, I am silenced on media platforms and censored,” Gilles claims on her GoFundMe page. “I have been slandered and defamed on a GoFundMe raiser, he used my photo and personal information without my permission.”

Gilles claims that she has a medical condition and showed a note from a chiropractor saying she has a breathing condition.

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.

READ: People Are Using Social Media to Highlight Racism On The Islands

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Wilmer Valderrama And Amanda Pacheco Are Engaged And He Proposed In A Special Place In San Diego

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Wilmer Valderrama And Amanda Pacheco Are Engaged And He Proposed In A Special Place In San Diego

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People in the United States aren’t getting married like they used to. While fewer people are getting married, more people are getting divorced. Yet, there is always the belief that love exists. Many like to go by the scripture of “Sex and The City” in which the great Prophet Miranda Bailey once said, “Men are like cabs. When they’re available, their light goes on. They wake up one day, and they decide they’re ready to settle down, have babies, whatever. And they turn their light on. The next woman they pick up, boom, that’s the one they’ll marry. It’s not fate, it’s dumb luck.” Call it what you will because one of the hottest bachelors in Hollywood is officially off the market. Guess the right crab came along. 

Actor and activist Wilmer Valderrama proposed to his girlfriend, Amanda Pacheco after less than a year of dating.

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The 39-year-old (soon to be 40!) got down on one knee on a La Jolla beach in San Diego and, in an Instagram-perfect kind of way, asked the model to marry him. She said “yes,” of course. Would you expect anything else?

‘It’s just us now,'” he wrote on Instagram, “01-01-2020.” What a way to kick off the New Year, right?! She posted the same picture and caption and also a closeup shot of her new diamond ring. 

According to E! News, Valderrama and his 28-year-old finance began dating in early 2019. They were seen out on dates and “shopping sprees.”

“Wilmer always opens the door for Amanda and pays the bill,” a source told E! News last year. “He definitely wants to make sure she feels taken care of. Even if they are just doing simple things, they have a lot of fun and are always smiling.”

The actor, who’s currently on “NCIS,” was clearly smitten over this Latina beauty who’s also a certified diver. 

After further Instagram investigation, we know exactly why Valderrama proposed in La Jolla. That beach holds a very special place for her.

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In 2017, Pacheco shared that not only was she born in San Diego, but it’s also where her parents met, and sadly, where she remembers her late mother as well. 

“32.8190•N 117.2781•W the coordinates to my wanderer bracelet lead me to a city that will always feel like home. It’s where my mom and dad fell in love, and it’s the city I was born in, but more specifically, it leads to the exact place my mom and I shared a truly amazing day together,” she wrote. “We picnicked on the beach, ate a delicious lunch, drank some cervesas, and met up with her best friend, and we laughed a lot! Oh, and of course, we watched the sunset. To me, I could not have asked for a better day. A few years later my entire family and I gathered at this same spot after my mom passed away and shared a moment in her memory, It’s my favorite place to ‘just breathe’ as my mom would always tell me, and to let go of the sadness of not having my mom and remembering how lucky I am that she lived, loved, and laughed-a lot.”

It’s so touching that Valderrama chose this spot to bring some more wonderful memories into their lives. 

Of course, with any great news such as this, people will, of course, remember Valderrama’s longest relationship that he shared with singer Demi Lovato.

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The couple broke up in 2016, and it seemed that for a while, the two remained close friends even through Lovato’s overdose. 

“After almost 6 loving and wonderful years together, we have decided to end our relationship,” their breakup statement read in 2016. “This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends.”

People are still worried about how Lovato will take the news, especially more because she recently split with her boyfriend, model Austin Wilson.

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“Wow, Wilmer really proposed to his girlfriend,” someone tweeted, “I’m happy for them but at the same time worried for demi. I hope she’s ok.

“demi and wilmer we’re together for 6 years and she wrote songs begging him to propose, wilmer has been with his girlfriend for a year and just popped the question. moral of the story is these n****s know what they want and it ain’t YOU,” another said. 

We do hope she takes the news in a positive way. 

READ: Things Get A Little NSFW In Maluma’s Latest Video Featuring Wilmer Valderrama

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