We really need the police involved in this?
You know why we have too many laws, too many police in too many aspects of our lives, too much government, too much regulation? It's because pretty much everyone who decries government abuses (Democrats love to cry about guns, expanding the welfare state, etc. while Republicans screech about abortions, marijuana and enforcing "family values") is in favor of big government when it comes to stopping something they disapprove of or mandating something they think is great but everyone else isn't smart enough to do on their own.
And when you give government more power and money and control for that one issue you feel so strongly about, you're creating an inevitable situation where that bigger government is going to use that increased size and power to stop you from having marshmallow fights. And then to stop and search you to see if you're carrying contraband marshmallows, or anything else that other people have decided should be banned.
Nope, native. (And we really don't like transplants.... it's true)
You're not a "Zonie." You live here now. Summer is when they drive here and, I guess because we don't have the photo-camera-nazi-system on our highways, they go crazy. I guess because being out of legal range of their crazy Sheriff, they can be outlaws. The tourists I appreciate are the ones who come from Denver and Kansas City, usually during Chargers game matches. They are the most wonderful people. Arizona? Whatever. And we still call them "Zonies" just like we call people from Boston, "Ma$$holes." But as they say, "sticks and stones..." Are you adults? You take the freakin pill, crybabies. This is just an opinion and we know that everyone has one.
I consider myself a respectable and refined person. But I would probably spit on them too. Just to make a point of their obnoxious behavior. They drive like idiots, they think they own our city, they drive giant gas guzzlers, they are rude, crude and unpleasant. They moved to Arizona for a reason and I wish they would remain there. If they need a place to cool off, go to Florida. They share the redneck mentality. Yes, we hate "zonies" in San Diego for a reason. We don't need their kind of money because it comes with too much attitude.
I only have one comment on Romney. Leave. Leave San Diego you jerk. We don't want you here. We don't want your selfish politics leaking into our lives. You lost the election and the 47% want you to leave. You are unwelcome and we will smile, but always hate you. Go back to Utah. Take your magic underwear and your freakish cult religion with you. Romney, you are not welcome here. GO AWAY.
theopiner: As above, propaganda was one of his objectives. Trouble is, the propaganda has been so clumsy and overt that the paper has lost credibility. Best, Don Bauder
Manchester never wanted a newspaper. He wanted a bully pulpit.
enzo: I think the decline of the print edition from early this year to the present appears to be pretty severe. Print editions everywhere are going down, particularly for metro dailies. Now the papers have to figure out how to make money with the online editions.
A word about Manchester. When he bought the paper, he had other objectives: 1. Propagandizing about issues that he intends to make money on and 2. Possible real estate development. Still, I think he overpaid, if he actually paid $110 million. Best, Don Bauder
If you swim at the beach, you swim with all kinds of wildlife. Get over your mermaid self Dana. The guy needed a rest, he lives here too.
Well said, Shirley. Dana is clearly uninformed herself. Even worse, she is obviously extemely selfish with an incredible sense of entitlement! The beach is NOT yours! The cove, casa beach & the ocean are ALL the sea lion & seals' natural habitat. You, Dana are selfish to demand that the cove be your personal swimming area. Go find a pool.. You don't deserve to share the cove with the sea lions. Sad how many humans have no respect & consideration for marines mammals
p.s.. The crazy "activists" you mention are animal lovers that relentlessly try to help the seals that have called casa beach their home for MANY years. These seals & their newborn pups endure harassment daily.. I've witnessed this myself. I live 1 block away. We are so fortunate to have the harbor seals. The vast majority of people & children love the seals. You are part of the small group of selfish people that just can't share 2 small beaches in la Jolla. Shame on you!
We must keep our eyes on the other cards in the game of three card monte that is StadiumCon. The Spanos family wants to develop the land under the present Stadium. The fact it is a toxic waste site seems to be ignored, but developed it might get a price that would pay for StadiumCon, at least that's what was suggested in one of the earlier proposals. What is done with the Stadium site should be discussed along with the proposed downtown atrocity, there is a Mission Valley atrocity planned as well.
There's nothing seriously wrong with the current Stadium.
There's not much interest in sports in San Diego. No more than 15,000 fans are actually willing to purchase a ticket for any given Padres or Chargers game. Most of the tickets sold are purchased in bulk by businesses and distributed gratis to favored customers. For example, plumbing wholesalers distribute free tickets to plumbers who spend a lot to keep them from going to the Home Depot. Few sports enthusiasts are willing to purchase tickets with their own funds, but will attend games if the tickets are free.
sdraoul: Objective economists-- those not tied to the teams or the league -- almost unanimously conclude that subsidized stadiums do not stimulate an economy and are just about the worst way to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars taxpayers put into stadiums. The team owners -- in the NFL, the majority are billionaires -- should finance new stadiums. The Spanos family has more than $1 billion. Best, Don Bauder
Ponzi: Good points. More Chargers games will be blacked out this year for lack of fans -- I should say "fannies" -- in the seats. Padres attendance is hardly robust. So where is the market for NBA or NHL teams? There is too much else to do in San Diego, and ticket prices are too high. Also, there aren't enough large companies to buy blocks of tickets. Best, Don Bauder
Tell it like it is, KLo.
Just goes to show the level of vindictiveness in the Toad that he kicks at the mayor even now and blames the true mayor for doing the right thing while at the same time does exactly the wrong thing. The reign of the Terrible Toad begins. He won't care about his constituents. He won't care about the city. He obviously didn't care about the people he fired first thing. He will only care about the puny power he can wield, which is to destroy this beautiful place we call home. I say puny because in the end no matter what he does he can never be loved or admired like Bob Filner. And that's his pathology, what's really eating the Toad.
Me, I guess you are getting such a thrill at at Bob's misfortunes, your statement is very childish and kinda bizarre. You obviously do not see the big picture, maybe you fast-food junkies are the ones that contributed to Bobs demise. I'd love to see a pic of your belly, just for fun :)
Todd Gloria is acting like a bully and a fascist. He is the INTERIM mayor, not an elected one. He should be maintaining the status quo until a real mayor is elected.
And somebody should tell him he looks like a walking deodorant stick with all that goop in his hair.
Dear Bob_H: "a real renaissance in these outlying commercial districts"
You must be deluded. The ratty streets in the mainly commercial urban outlying areas are as ratty as ever, unless you are distracted by colorful BID banners, expensive designer trash cans and benches and bike racks (replacing or competing with the simple, low-cost City ones), hipster bars (yes, some sell hip food, but w/o alcohol they wouldn't make it), and Redevelopment/Housing commission-subsided multiunit built-to-the-curb/parking garage monster projects. Those are all essentially built with tax/private assessment monies imposed on business and property owners, locally and statewide. The nonprofit managers/owners/builders making the deals and the profits are insiders with the ULI-MainStreet-labor crowd, and sit on every board they can get on. City departments in charge of infrastructure planning and maintenance have been stripped of their real functions and are subservient to the private circles of boards and advisors. (One example: the recent demand of the former Redev board, now Civic San Diego, to be given control of permit issuance and compliance.)
The goal of the architect/developer/builder/business association groups is to turn the "outlying" areas into continuations of the dense core area downtown. Infill/densification has been the rallying call for the ULI crowd since the beginning of the real estate boom-scam-bust era in East Village, Barrio Logan, Golden Hill, City Heights, North Park, South Park, Hillcrest, University Heights, Grantville, and Ken-Tal. They never stopped during the recession, but just rebranded their goals (green, eco-friendly, walkable,buy local, no-free-parking, pro-bicycle, blah blah blah) and fine-tuned their Land Use jargon to make it seem like packing low-density-zoned neighborhoods with "granny flats" was right out of Leave It to Beaver-land and Happy Days, where everyone walks and ride bikes to nearby (high-priced) "small" businesses and never need leave their neighborhoods. Over the years the players whose careers depend on building, building, building have grabbed generous subsidies to throw in a few so-called low-income units in order to get fabulous deals on loans and exemptions.
Get real. There is also no emoticon for your hype.
One thing not mentioned is that the Bay area is by far much more liberal and progressive than the San Diego area will ever be. it's like they are two separate states...San Diego has one of the highest # of racial hate groups in the state so that speaks for the conservatism right here in your backyard.
Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., March 13
Matt Potter 2 p.m., March 13
Don Bauder 1:30 p.m., March 13
Scott Marks 1 p.m., March 13
Ian Pike noon, March 13
Matthew Lickona 11 a.m., March 13
Susan Luzzaro 10:30 a.m., March 13
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