Dave Rice 8:30 a.m., Sept. 5
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San Diego Politics
It is nearly 1 AM. Sitting at my computer because 3 attempts to go to sleep have failed. The reason for this is the LOUD MUSIC from The Ivy Hotel. After all the discussions, promises, phone calls, my complaints about loud music go unheeded. There is a CCAC meeting on Tuesday where I intend to make my voice heard. Also the Noise complaint will finally get filed. I may seek legal help to obtain an injunction. What I really need is some more people to join me in my quest for a quieter neighborhood. I just want to be able to sleep without listening to that loud bass pounding. Right now there is a female singer, sounds like she is on my patio. I am angry, disappointed in the people who have told me they want to be good neighbors.
Moving on, there was a recent newspaper article about the CCDC & CCAC and the mess they seem to have created. Our lovely City has been a construction zone for 10+ years. The bubble has burst. The newer buildings are unable to sell the condos & they sit vacant. There are a few construction sites where there has been no activity for some time. One place is the southwest corner of Market & 10th. There was a lot of work being done & then nothing. It is a large gaping hole, temporary sidewalks, but nobody is there. How many other properties will be the same?
If rental prices don't come down, there will be a mass exodus of renters from the downtown area. Several local residents have moved East to save on rent, giving up on downtown, Gaslamp accessibility. All I can get from the City Council is that the prices are "what the market will bear". I recently have had the experience of 2 managers at separate complexes lie to me about the occupancy rates in the building. One young man told me they were full & had a waiting list. A friend who lives there paints a completely different picture. Lots of empty apartments mainly due to a requirement that one's income must be 3 times the rent. It is usually the other way around. According to statistics printed in an article on CNBC online, a majority of San Diegans live at 139%. Every month becomes an issue of robbing peter to pay paul.
On to a VERY IMPORTANT issue: VOTE. Read the election information guide outlining the ballot propositions. Whatever else is happening on November 4th, PLEASE take the time to cast your ballot. Your vote counts.