I’ve known and followed Sabira’s musical talent for years (Music, March 25). She has a beautiful, clear, strong voice that doesn’t even need any music, but her music is awesome also! She writes and performs her own songs with beauty, harmony, and humor, plays so many instruments (including banjo), can take on any persona for any kind of party — whether country western (“She’s a hot-blooded filly and she’s been in the stall too long,” a song written by Sabira), reggae, jazz, renaissance, classic rock, pop, you name it, she and her band perform it with all the costumes and act that go with it! They love what they are doing and it shows. Please write more about Sabira so we can follow her career and promote her!
E. Clare Wallace-Clamme
Your City Heights article (“Changes in City Heights,” Cover Story, March 18) was a good story, but it mentioned Adams Elementary, which is not in City Heights. It’s in Normal Heights.
Damage On A Plate
It’s disappointing that Naomi Wise knows well enough to mention the endangered bluefin tuna population and yet eats it anyway (“Tapas on Tokyo Time,” Restaurant Review, March 18). Same with ankimo, as the bottom trawls used to catch monkfish often tear up the ocean floor and are known to snare sea turtles and marine mammals as well.
Eating even a little bit of bluefin requires the butchering of a whole fish, which creates the demand that fuels the market and pushes the species closer to the brink. This is the situation humans find ourselves in, wanting to put stuff in our mouths so badly that we ignore the consequences. We don’t even know what it takes to bring us most of the things we consume, and in the odd circumstance when we have that knowledge we don’t feel compelled to act.
The question I think we all need to ask ourselves is whether the desire to eat certain foods justifies things like environmental damage and the extinction of species when there’s an enormous variety of wonderful, ethically acceptable alternatives. I think if you are a conscious and considerate human, your answer will be no. All that’s left is to behave accordingly.
Please visit seafoodwatch.org for more info.
The Real Deal
I enjoyed Dave Good’s music article “The Last Real DJ,” in your March 18 issue. Being a big fan of 88.3, it is good to learn a little more about any of their regular DJs.
San Diego is most fortunate to have such a musical resource with their devotion to real jazz. I was never a fan of the “light” jazz that seems to be so popular here. That reminds me of drinking light beer — no body or substance, so why bother? I’d rather drink lemonade. But variety is healthy, and this would be a pretty boring world if we all had the same taste.
A Big Bowl Of Words
Re “From Disneyland to Ducasse” (Restaurant Review, March 11).
While it is great to see more positive reviews from Naomi Wise, someone needs to explain to her that experience writing restaurant reviews does not give her license to write novels listing every last detail of her dining experience. She could be equated to the Charles Dickens of restaurant reviewers. Her review was so lengthy that I would imagine her doing a disservice to Blanca, leaving potential diners unaware of the stunning menu because they simply didn’t care to finish reading about the restaurant.
The dishes at Blanca are creative, inspired, but, most importantly, reserved. Ms. Wise could take a hint from chef Neroni and try to be a little more understated. I was also disappointed to scroll through the entirety of the review that took an entire lunch hour to complete, to find no mention of the impressive desserts. While chef Neroni has done excellent work for Blanca, it should also be mentioned that he has made an excellent choice in his pastry chef. One could make a visit to Blanca based on cocktails and desserts alone.
I do agree that Blanca is a choice food lovers should make if they are in Solana Beach. However, something a little less wordy would make me more inclined to dine there again.
Name Withheld by Request
I’ve Got Issues
Re “Home Owner Association Horror Stories” (Cover Story, February 18).
Issue 1. Sewers not built to code. The homeowners’ association sued the City of Escondido and the builder; then the HOA pocketed and spent the money. Now they say the HOA is not responsible for the sewers that run through everyone’s property, every which way. Many homes over the years flooded with sewage. The homeowners find their insurance won’t cover it, and the HOA says “not ours”; the City says “not ours.”
Issue 2. Gates always broken. Many, many years reported many, many times that someone ran into the gates, when the true story is the gates break and close on vehicles. Much reporting through the property management company twisted.
Issue 3. Birds in cages in yards. Now, this is a single-family-residence neighborhood. One owner was run out of the community because of birds in a yard cage making bird noises. Now, this is on the edge of an open wild canyon space with trees. Now we have another home that has a renter in it with a birdcage. Fines, fines, fines. People just hate to see anyone else have or enjoy anything. Talk of bird flu. What? They are in a cage — can it really be spread in/by caged animals?
Issue 4. Let neighbors tear out their drainage, which is required by the CC&Rs and building codes. Does not inspect work afterwards. Does not monitor that work is done by anyone who knows anything. I have an idiot neighbor who hired an idiot, built a fence twice without support or common building codes. Idiots don’t know that just because you don’t need a city permit does not mean you can build dangerous. Another problem with this neighbor is termites. And they use untreated wood and put in the ground. They use the wood fence on our hill as a retaining wall to hold the dirt up. And then they have a smear/slander/libel campaign against me. It is so ridiculous it is laughable. Unfortunately, what it causes the other neighbors to do is close their drapes, hide out, and move.