OPINION: Why you shouldn’t vote for Mike Bloomberg this upcoming primary

While Democrats see Mike Bloomberg as the moderate solution to beat Trump, I believe he is not the candidate that should be chosen for the nomination.

This primary season has been a very confusing time for Democrats across this country. The original front runner for the Democrats, Joe Biden, has failed to place better than third in both the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire primary. While Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have fallen from atop the polls, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have risen to one and two in the polls respectively and Bernie Sanders appears to be breaking away from the pack of candidates. While all of this is happening, a new candidate has entered the race, yet has not campaigned in the first few states to hold primaries/ caucuses. Mike Bloomberg’s goal is to try spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Ads on states that participate in “Super Tuesday” and hopefully propel the momentum that he has right now to new heights, and potentially secure the democratic nomination for the presidency. While many people have seen him as the moderate solution the Democrats have been looking for to beat Trump, Mike Bloomberg is not the candidate that should be chosen for the nomination.

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE — Episode 701 — Pictured: (l-r) Donald Trump, Host, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Photo by Tommy Baynard/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

While Mr. Bloomberg has done admirable things with his money in support of the Democrats, as well as donations to combat climate change, his past (and maybe current in some instances) attitudes towards people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA community are not what Democrats should be looking for in a Presidential Candidate in 2020.

In the last few days since these allegations came out many candidates have voiced their troubles with Mr. Bloomberg. Last night’s debate showed how much contempt the other democratic candidates have towards Mr. Bloomberg, with Elizabeth Warren throwing most of the punches towards the former New York mayor. The quote, “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mike Bloomberg,” is a powerful message to send to Democratic voters. Mike Bloomberg shares many similar qualities to the President that democrats loathe and want to expunge from the White House in this upcoming election. Senator Warren’s remarks should make Democratic voters think, “If I hate Donald Trump so much, why would I vote for Mike Bloomberg”?

While I am writing this as someone who will be supporting Bernie Sanders for the upcoming primary, I am also writing this as someone who wants to see my country succeed for a long, long time. The idea is that in this country is that anyone can hold public office no matter their socioeconomic status. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the most recent example who went from being a bartender in the Bronx, to being the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. While many Democrats are turning away from corporate money, Mike Bloomberg is attempting to change the game by spending a small fortune on this election.

My point is that while Donald Trump is descending more and more towards authoritarianism every day, Democrats shouldn’t make the average voter choose between authoritarianism and a full on oligarchy in this society for the next four years.

If we prove to Bloomberg and other billionaires that if they spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns and they can seemingly buy the Presidency, then we may be seeing a President Jeff Bezos, or maybe a President Bill Gates in our near future. While the Citizens United court case a decade ago increased outside spending on campaigns, and put a dent in our democracy, the election of a billionaire who seemingly entered the race out of nowhere and then beat candidates that are already raising large sums of money from grassroots movements would fully break it.

While there is nothing wrong with a wealthy person running for President, being a wealthy person who is directly running to maintain their interests is not what this country needs. We need a president who is going to be for the best interests of the people and isn’t running to maintain the status quo in America, one that currently only values a small group of people in society that make above a certain amount of money, while the majority struggles every day.

No matter how you feel about this election, you should at least vote and vote your conscious because so many people won’t. Yet at the same time I implore you to choose a candidate other than Bloomberg if you will be voting in the upcoming primaries/caucuses. There are five other democratic candidates that have a legitimate shot at winning the nomination as well as beating Donald Trump in the general election: Amy Klobuchar , Bernie Sanders , Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg, all who are great candidates who I believe will be in the interests of the general population, rather than themselves. We shouldn’t focus on the money in candidates pocket this election in how to defeat Donald Trump, but if we are looking to beat Donald Trump, we should instead focus on the Candidate’s character, and willingness to go the extra mile for the common person.

Written by: Tom Derig

San Ysidro DMV Hosts “Real I.D.” Event On February 22, 2020

Image of sample "REAL I.D." taken from Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Local San Diego DMV will be hosting a “Real ID” event to help you get a jump start on ordering your “Real I.D.” before the October 1 deadline.

October 1 is right around the corner, and California I.D.s along with Driver’s License have changes coming. For travelers, you will be required to present a “REAL ID” driver’s license, “Real ID” I.D. card, or valid passport to board domestic flights, access federal buildings, and or military bases.

Preparing for the October 1 deadline, the Department of Motor Vehicles (D.M.V.) office in San Ysidro will be hosting a “REAL ID Saturday” event. The event is for those wanting to apply for their “REAL ID” early. The event will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. No appointment needed for this event. Before arriving, save time and complete the application online so that D.M.V. can look you up quickly; and be ready to present required documents to your clerk.

Required documents to obtain a REAL ID include:

  • Completing the online REAL ID application
  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of California residency

Click here to view documents accepted as proof. And click here to use the interactive checklist to make sure you’re ready to go for Saturday. Unfortunately, you are not able to submit the necessary documentation online.

If you’re unable to attend the event, no worries, there is still time before the October 1 deadline. However, D.M.V. recommends applying for your “Real ID” sooner rather than later and to make an appointment at a D.M.V. office, instead of walking in as wait time will be shorter with an appointment. Make an appointment online with D.M.V. here.

If you decline to get a real I.D., the next time you renew or apply for a driver’s license or I.D. card, it will read “Federal Limits Apply” at the top right corner of your card. “Federal Limits Apply” means you will not be able to board domestic flights, visit secure federal buildings, or military bases starting October 1, 2020.V

A sample of what the new California I.D. will look like are listed below along with a brief description of what each I.D. allows.

"REAL ID" sample and "Federal Limits Apply" sample I.D. Cards from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Screenshot of “Which card is right for me?” from the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles
Written By: Mike Stark

Highlight of the Oscars: Parasite’s Triumph Worldwide

Highlight of The Oscars: Award winning Film: Parasite. We explore its triumph Worldwide and What it Means For Film

Four time Oscar winning movie, Parasite, makes Oscar and world history as the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture in 92 years of the Academy Awards. For those who have not seen Parasite,the movie tells the story of the poor, hard on their luck Kim family. They work together to infiltrate the wealthy Park family, scamming their way into various assistant jobs that lack the qualifications for. Parasiteshows just how far the Kim family will go to experience the same wealth as the Park family. Director Bong Joon Ho vividly expresses the devastating class and wealth gap in South Korea, while also displaying how this wealth disparity affects almost every country around the world.

Along with winning four out of its six nominations at the Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay – Parasitetook home two awards at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film. These are just additions to its long list of accomplishments, including its nomination for three Golden Globes, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, and receiving the award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film’s cast was responsible for some of the movie’s awards and nominations, as it took home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. These, along with many other awards, such as Best Director and Best Feature Film, easily make Parasiteone of the most successful movies of the year.

Adding on to its bountiful success throughout awards season, Parasite was also extremely successful in the box office, making $35 million in America and $165 million internationally (Clark). During its debut in the United States, the film earned $376,264 and was playing in 1,060 movie theaters; it is now projected to spread to over 2,000 theaters following its success at the Oscars. It has made over $1 million in countries such as Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and many others, asserting its dominance worldwide. 

The Significance of Parasite’s Success

            Besides Parasite’s overwhelmingly good feedback in the box office, its love by critics, and success with movie-goers worldwide, its triumph surpasses its status as an international blockbuster. The Oscar’s first Best Picture win as a foreign language film, the true impact of Parasite’ssuccess is monumental. 

Many believe that this win will open doors for many other international filmmakers, such as Bong Joon Ho. Like the Parasite director said during his Oscar Speech, “Once you overcome the one inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” The normalization of foreign language films is amazing for the cinema industry because it expands the opportunity for inclusivity and supports the push for diversity. Each year the Academy attempts to be more diverse, despite their lack of people of color nominations this year (and most years), and no female nominees for the Best Director category. They have more recently doubled their membership to include 35% of people from foreign countries, and the voting panel now has doubled from 8% people of color in 2015 to 16% in 2020. Despite the Academy’s painfully slow progress towards diversity, Parasite’s enormous success worldwide, and specifically at the Oscars, has given hope to many directors, actors, and international film counterparts that film is made for them too.

Written by: Skylar Vinson

Confirmed San Diego Coronavirus Case

Many of you may be asking, What even is the coronavirus? For those of you who do not know, keep reading! This article will breakdown what the coronavirus is and provide answers to all your questions.

How did it get its strange name? Basically, corona means crown in Latin. The coronavirus is characteristically known to have crown-like spikes on the surface of the cell. Most coronaviruses are harmless or can cause manageable symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat, etc.

Okay, so like will I die or am I good? Essentially, this specific strain of coronavirus is extremely fatal. It is coined COVID-19. Just like the flu can be more severe one year than during other years, so can the coronavirus. It has been deemed an outbreak in China, but in the United States there have been fewer than 20 cases recorded thus far.

What happens if it is left untreated? Coronavirus can turn into pneumonia or a deadly respiratory illness. Examples of this include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In more severe cases, organ failure can occur.

Are there any cases in or around San Diego? Yes, there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Diego as of earlier this week. The UC San Diego Medical Center is currently housing these patients, who were recently evacuated from China.

Is there hope? Yes! Researchers in a San Diego lab have claimed to have discovered an experimental coronavirus vaccine. However, the process of getting the vaccine tested and approved may take months. Inovio Pharmaceuticals, the company at the forefront of getting the vaccine on the market, has worked on creating vaccines for Ebola, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and the Zika virus.

Umm…what can I do to ensure I don’t get it? Educate yourself and others! Follow trustworthy news sources to keep up to date with the spread of the coronavirus. Although the coronavirus may seem like the beginning of an apocalypse, it is very treatable and preventable! In the meantime, be sure to keep yourself healthy by washing your hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces that could be contaminated, and using a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze. And finally, please do not go to China until it is safe!  

For more information, please check out this website.

Written by: Emma Fitzgerald