- Jane Morley
- Borrego Springs
Thank you for including this poem (“El Zapato,” February 11). My mom found it on Saturday and I used it in class on Tuesday. Thank you for publishing a poem that my students and I can relate to. Especially in the high-stakes tests of CST, poetry is not only tested heavily but more importantly contributes to literary awareness. I am just waiting to read more poems from Mr. Richard Garcia.
Thank you so much for the article on San Pasqual Winery (“Crush,” February 18). People in La Mesa are very excited to hear that we are here. However, nowhere in the article does it mention our address, phone number, or hours. I am wondering if you can include it in the online article and perhaps mention it in the next issue. Tasting Room and Gallery: 8364 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, 619-462-1797. Winery: 5151 Santa Fe Street, Suite H, San Diego (only open Saturdays, noon to 4:00 p.m.).
San Diego Star
Re “Back in the Spotlight” (“Movie Review,” February 4).
I am a loyal reader and thought you might be interested to know that the subject of the Dear John movie just released is a San Diego native and resident. The story is based on the experience of Todd Vance, who grew up in San Diego, attended San Dieguito High School, etc. Both his parents are area residents as well.
I haven’t seen the movie, but I am friends with Todd’s dad and we have been watching this story unfold. Todd was also the feature of a book published a couple of years ago. The author of the Dear John book recognizes Todd on his website.
No Visible Progress
Your article “The Mad Hatter’s Council Meeting” (“City Lights”) by Susan Luzzaro in the Reader January 28 was an excellent article. I know that there are numerous areas of Chula Vista that deserve a serious opportunity to be redeveloped. Nobody wants to look at the problem objectively, nor do they have any confidence in the Redevelopment Agency.
I do not want my property to be designated in an area for redevelopment not only due to the stigma of the designation of being “blighted” but because of increased property taxes to pay for the redevelopment.
The Chula Vista Redevelopment Agency has a very poor track record and it appears to exist primarily for the financial benefit of the members of the agency. The fact that between 1990 and 2006 the agency received $15,047,299 in tax increment money, over a third paid agency staff and very little on visible redevelopment. I agree with an article written in the San Diego Union-Tribune which stated that “their record is one of abject failure.” Most of the money is spent on staff and consultants and very little on visible progress in the areas being taxed. The Chula Vista City Council should be ashamed of itself for supporting something that does nothing positive for the future of Chula Vista.
System Leaves Bad Taste
Re “I Never Thought I’d Become a Welfare Queen” (Cover Story, January 7).
I joined AmeriCorps VISTA in August. This was after I graduated in May and remained unemployed for 3 months. As an AmeriCorps member I was encouraged to get on food stamps, as my income is set at the poverty line (that’s approximately $6/hr). My experience has been confusing, infuriating, and ultimately a complete waste of time. As it stands right now I am not receiving food stamp benefits because my income exceeds the limits (that’s right, $6/hr exceeds the income limits). I was told there was a mistake made and I currently owe $256 in overpaid food stamps. My case is in review, and I could owe as much as $800. This is all on my poverty-level income and comes as I’m saving to move across the country and start graduate school.
I just think people should be aware of how difficult it is to be on food stamps and how horrible the system is in San Diego. I’ve been working with the San Diego Hunger Coalition on policy reform and will be starting my master’s in social work in the fall.