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The City Attorney's office suffered another public relations setback today over its attempt to prosecute a man who wrote anti-bank slogans in chalk outside some San Diego banks. "Assistant City Attorney Paige Hazard has already stated that 'chalk festivals may still be permitted,'" explains Little Italy Festa director Marc Azfalt. "So this year, our chalk festival is going to be held in support of chalk-based protestor Jeff Olson. City Attorney Goldsmith, who wants to make this case about graffiti and not free speech, is about to feel some sweet First Amendment action. Graffiti this, Jan!"

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BlueSouthPark June 27, 2013 @ 10:48 a.m.

Love it. I'll be there, though I find LI to be an over-hyped grungy place with little to offer now that Anthology is closed.


cmgomez79 June 27, 2013 @ 2:43 p.m.

The Little Italy FESTA!, an event of the Little Italy Association of San Diego, did not announce such a theme for the 2013 Gesso Italiano. We do not believe in misrepresenting any of our City Officials, other communities or people. The theme for this year's Little Italy FESTA!'s Gesso Italiano is "All Things Italian." Also there is not, or has there ever been, a board member, staff or consultant that has worked for the Association named Marc Azfalt. City Attorney Goldsmith has always been a friend to the Little Italy neighborhood and Association. Please fact check with the actual organization/event owner before posting such stories. Sincerely, Christopher Gomez, Little Italy Association of San Diego For more information about the Little Italy FESTA!, please visit littleitalyfestasd.com


SurfPuppy619 June 27, 2013 @ 3:56 p.m.

Gomez, this is a joke. satire lil buddy...............Send Walter a message and he will tell you!


dwbat June 27, 2013 @ 4:40 p.m.

Wake up and smell the sarcasm and satire!


pietrocappello June 29, 2013 @ 7:54 a.m.

Mr. Gomez , As a first generation American from Sicilian parents. As someone who has been to Sicily and Italy. If you know any of the history of Italy and Sicily you should be appalled at Attorney Goldsmith (obviously not an Italian) . This is the same crap Mussolini pulled when he sided with Hitler during WWII. It is a disgrace that you are not more supportive of Olsen. You and your organization should be distancing yourselves from such an abusive official. You are obviously not Italian so it may be hard to see how much this looks like racketeering. something a True Italian in this day and age should recognize and want to fight and expose as to not further blemish our reputation. Shame on you Gomez. May i say also to you, DUH!!!! Marc Azphalt. come on, say it with me real fast . keep saying it . come on , i know you can do it.. P.S. The Little Italy Association of San Diego , should pick better friends. Attorney Goldsmith is no friend to anybody. that is obvious.


cmgomez79 June 27, 2013 @ 2:59 p.m.

The Little Italy Association of San Diego requests this article be removed. There are no factual statements representing the Association or the Little Italy FESTA! in it.


eastlaker June 27, 2013 @ 4:02 p.m.

Note that this is merely the most recent in a long line of "Almost Factual News" articles. Meaning: it is a joke.

It is important to listen in English class when the teachers talk about "tone". It can save you embarrassment later.


Burwell June 27, 2013 @ 8:19 p.m.

I know Marc Azfalt. Marc Azfalt is a personal friend of mine. Marc certainly is a Little Italy director and has been for many years. Marc is one of the few true Sicilians involved in the organization. God Bless John Basilone!


SurfPuppy619 June 27, 2013 @ 3:55 p.m.

"City Attorney Goldsmith is a ______."

First prize to whichever chalk artist comes up with the finest fill-in-the-blank.



WendySueB June 28, 2013 @ 9:40 p.m.

The judge for Jeff Olson's arrest said it's not a case of Freedom of Speech, this is vandalism... That’s B.S. and yet another unjust arrest of a member of the Occupy Movement. A young OSD (Occupy San Diego) Woman, 18 yrs. at the time was arrested downtown at Civic Center Plaza and she spent 3 days in jail for side walk chalk drawing. She was released on her 19th birthday to await trial. She is an amazing graffiti, street artist and political cartoonist. She went to court for the trial 5 different times, arriving at court just to find out the prosecution had postponed her trial. The 5th time going to court, they finally dropped the unlawful charges against her - 8 months after being arrested.

A week before She was arrested, 2 other Occupy S.D. sidewalk chalk artists at Civic Center/Freedom Plaza were warned and only given a citation by police officers. I admit, I brought chalk and other art supplies downtown to the OSD encampment, often to support the creativity of our movement. So, 4 different people, members of the Occupy Movement charged in very different ways for the same act: Side Walk Chalk Drawing as an expression of Free Speech and Freedom of Expression.

Anyone else see selective police harassment and a class-action lawsuit?

When was the last time in San Diego, a child, parent, teacher, school administrator was arrested for Side Walk Chalk drawing. The stupidity of these unlawful tactics is that Crayola and other brand Side Walk chalk packages state it's water-soluble based and non-toxic. This means it washes off with water and little kids can eat it - and they do! How can this be considered harmful to the environment and vandalism? Why aren’t these packages also labeled that using them on sidewalks might lead to arrest? Maybe a lawsuit against such companies, just like cigarettes, need to happen before police stop arresting innocent people. These illegal arrests clog the court system, are a waste of time and taxpayers money!!!

I am admitting publicly that I have used side walk chalk numerous times for decades at non-violent protests with cops present and have never been warned or arrested. The latest was at the 'Free Bradley Manning' protest in Hillcrest a few weeks ago. The act of sidewalk drawing is an art form practiced for centuries starting with charcoal as a medium and should continue to be covered by Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression!!! Law enforcement must stop arresting, abusing, bullying and harassing street artists under our constitutional right of Freedom of Speech and creative expression.


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