Chevalier has seen the map and finds it laughable. "It's a map of the whole county," he says. "All it has on it is freeways. It shows a concentration of arrests through North Park, but you can't tell if they're along University or El Cajon."
"I went out with our police community-relations officer," Granowitz responds, "and I asked him to show me where the biggest problems with drug use in North Park are. He took me up and down the alleys around 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard."
After the two community planning meetings, Dow decided to directly contact Alliance Health Care, Councilwoman Toni Atkins, and Family Health Services. "I could see from trying to talk to these people that they weren't going to listen," she says. "They wouldn't even return my phone calls. So I decided I had to get an attorney. And I did it on pretty short notice. Because on October 15 they were telling us that on November 7, that motor home was going to be there on Boundary Street, whether we liked it or not. So I went and got an attorney, and I've spent about $8000. We were right on the point of an injunction when the city attorney, Casey Gwinn, stepped in and decided there was too much controversy surrounding it."
A letter from Gwinn's office written by Deputy City Attorney Lisa Foster to Dow's attorney Leah Zinter states, "Councilmember Atkins directed that the Boundary Street site not be used, and that an alternative North Park site be identified, due to the controversy surrounding the Boundary Street site."
At a January 7 city council meeting, a third North Park site for the needle-exchange program was proposed: the alley behind the southwest corner of 31st and University. The area is much less residential in character than the first two proposed sites. Toni Atkins has said she'd like to see it in operation by the end of January.