Thanks for the excellent article on the San Diego Serial Inebriate Program (“Hope for the Hopelessly Drunk,” Cover Story, August 13). This is something that all of San Diego can be very proud of. For readers who want even more info, go to SanDiegoSIP.org.
I’m calling about the story “The Park After Dark” (“City Lights,” August 13). It’s too bad that your writer only interviewed one person about the minimart that they’re talking about, the City Liquor House — the liquor store at the corner of Fifth and Elm. He should have interviewed some more.
And as far as the homeless people not being a problem around Elm and Fifth — they’re a major problem around Elm and Fifth. They’re always panhandling, they’re drunk, they hang out in front of that store and drink. I’ve seen them go in there and buy beer, walk around the corner and drink it and go back and buy another one, go back out to the corner and drink it, and come back. It’s just too bad that the guy who wrote your story, Joe Deegan, only interviewed one guy that he found in the liquor store and that guy happens to like that store and wouldn’t say anything bad about it at all. It’s just really too bad he didn’t tell the whole story the right way.
via voice mail
I’m calling about the article by Joe Deegan, “The Park After Dark” (“City Lights,” August 13), and I just wanted to let you know, that article was spot-on. And Leo Johnson wasn’t correct in what he said about the homeless problem. I called Caltrans (because the homeless are sleeping under the bridge near City Liquor House), the City parks people, the rangers, everybody I could possibly call, because last year it was just hell in this neighborhood. That article was spot-on about the problems, and it’s so refreshing. I mean, a thousand thank-yous for that.
As a neighbor, here at Sixth and Elm, behind City Liquor, it’s horrifying. It’s getting a little bit better because they give them tickets now in the park. At the corner of Sixth and Elm, it was a drug-dealing, alcohol-party haven 24/7. They’d get their liquor in the morning, and then they’d walk, loud-talking, from the corner of Fifth and Elm to the corner of Sixth and Elm. Then they’d walk up in the park, drink all day, deal drugs up there. I’ve had to call the police hundreds of times on these people. So the woman that talked in that article and Deegan’s writing that article, she was exactly right. We’ve got our neighborhood back, finally — we’re getting it back. But it’s been a tug-of-war between the liquor store and the transients that just won’t go away, and particularly there’s a redheaded guy with a tall brunette that came into the neighborhood two years ago. They sleep under the bridge — they’re still under the bridge, Caltrans’ bridge. This guy’s got a caravan of friends that he drug into this neighborhood. It’s getting better with the help of the San Diego Police, and the park rangers do a fantastic job.
The article made my day.
Real Mexico In Tecate
About tourism and Tijuana (“Tijuana Tailspin Hurting San Diego,” “City Lights,” August 13), tourist agencies on both sides of this issue are losing a huge opportunity.
Run van/bus shuttles over to Tecate. Bring the tourists into Tecate for an afternoon!
So far there is minimal “discouraging news” from Tecate. And Tecate has always been more like “real Mexico” than Tijuana.
Sick Of Media
Re “He Can’t Be Gone” (“Stringers,” August 13). The young man that was killed in this tragedy was like a son to me. No one knows the true story about the details regarding his death nor what led up to it. I cannot believe you would publish this with no regard to the family and friends he left behind. The media and its sensationalism make me sick. There was no need to print the graphic details of this tragedy and opinions of the people that wrote it and were supposedly quoted in it. There are so many people suffering as a result of what happened, and I am disgusted that you would print anything like this. Shame on you.
I just read Patrick Daugherty’s “Preseason Hotsheet” article (“Sporting Box,” August 13) and would like the name of his crack dealer. He obviously has some football knowledge, but it seems to fade when he mentions our hometown Chargers. He mentions Pittsburgh has to play the “functionally disabled” franchise of San Diego this upcoming season. What were you watching last year, Patrick (are you a Patriots fan?), as the Chargers played Pittsburgh in the playoffs and even though Pittsburgh was the better team (eventual champions), we hung in there and played them well. The Chargers have been perennial playoff participants the last five years and have a roster completely stacked with talent. ESPN has us as the sixth-best team entering the season, and all of our stars appear healthy, and we have a stud at quarterback who is in the top five of talent at that critical position. I believe we deserve a little more respect than being grouped with other functionally disabled franchises like the Raiders, etc.
I was then more surprised to see Patrick’s analysis of the AFC West. You say pick it between us and the Broncos?!? Wow! Were you paying attention when Denver imploded this off-season and dumped their Pro Bowl quarterback and replaced him with the underwhelming Kyle Orton? Not to mention the new coach and suspect defense, and you really think it is a toss-up between us and Denver?!? Did you not see us absolutely destroy Denver late last season to take the division title, and that was when they had Cutler.
I do not expect your sports writers to be Charger fans, but I feel my knowledge of the AFC West seems more in tune than his, and all I do is read ESPN.com. Of course, these games have to be played, and anything can happen, so we will see how accurate Patrick turns out to be.