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Manuel Cavada: Photographer, Chicano, Veteran

Eye On The Locals: When you think of the South Bay and the borderlands of Tijuana, do you think “the Latino artist corridor of the world”? You should. Between the galleries and artist studios starting from Barrio Logan and going south to the Pasajaes along Avenida Revolucion, you’ll find cutting edge, mostly Latino artists creating pieces that strike emotional […]

Casa del Tunel (Photo courtesy of Mimi Pollack)

Makeda “Dread” Cheatom: Nurturing Immigrant Art and Giving Back

By Mimi Pollack Makeda “Dread” Cheatom believes the world would be a better place if people took the time to learn about and respect other cultures. She believes there would be less prejudice and a greater understanding among people. Learning about different cultures and promoting unity in diversity have been lifelong passions for her. Makeda […]

Mike McCoy

Mike & Patricia McCoy Saved the Tijuana Estuary

You may remember my interview with Mike McCoy, the veterinarian who saved the Tijuana Estuary back in the 1970s and 1980s. Thanks to his work, Border Field State Park is the largest coastal wetland in Southern California not crossed by a freeway. You can come see Mike and his wife, Patrica, speak on Thursday, November […]

Jason Paguio

The Rising Star Of Chula Vista: Jason Paguio

[Editor’s Note: FULL DISCLOSURE — This article ran on June 22, 2015. South Bay Compass was just starting out as a news source. I knew Jason because he gave my daughter Drum Major Lessons and worked as an Assistant Band Director for the Eastlake Marching Band, of which my daughter was a part. At that time, I […]

Charlie Minn

77 Minutes Focuses on the Victims of the San Ysidro McDonalds Massacre

On a busy afternoon in 1984, a white man entered a McDonalds and for 77 minutes shot and then re-shot customers and employees. 21 people died and 19 were wounded. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in United States history. That very day, the killer had been up […]

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