Garrett Harris 10 a.m., March 30
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Today I will be meeting with 2 people from Kevin Faulconer's office. I am hoping to discuss several issues pertinent to the downtown area. One big issue is the homeless population in my neighborhood. The block bounded by 8th, E, 9th, F, is now full of "campers" on 3 sides (not on F). I was referred to the San Diego News Network for an article by Mr. Faulconer posted on 3/31/09. You can find it at:
I must admit I had never heard of the San Diego News Network. I rely on the U-T, The Reader, Voice of San Diego, Metropolitan, etc.
The noise issue continues to be a problem. I and many of my neighbors are currently living with loud music (live or DJ) 3 nights a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). That adds up to 156 nights a year, which is just under 50% of our nights. Often it reaches the point where I cannot hear my TV. Often I cannot sleep, as the music goes on until 1:30 AM. It is much more noise than those of us who live downtown bargained for. This is a major "Quality of Life" issue.
In my efforts to alleviate some of the noise, I was successful in getting The Ivy hotel to actually remove some speakers on their rooftop. Attracting new downtown residents and then bombarding them with noise certainly appears to be counter productive. I also have wondered if Real Estate agents advise prospective buyers about the noisy areas? We need a solution to this problem that will allow the nightclubs to operate and attract people without causing the local residents to pull their hair out! It may be as easy as requiring the noisy establishments to close their doors.
With all the building that has been going on for many years, downtown residents have been exposed to construction noise, noisy truck traffic, pollution, etc. With the economic crisis, I wonder what will happen with the hundreds of empty condos. Have you heard about the problems at Vantage Pointe?? There is a good article in Voice of San Diego on this topic:
Affordable housing in San Diego is basically non-existent if you want to live downtown. There are very few affordable apartments. What we have is high end apartments or SROs. What about those in between? I have received some information where they give numbers but, how many have actually gone out to look for a place to live? Right now, I live in a HUD subsidized apartment. I pay 60% of my income in rent. Many people on fixed incomes pay 60%-80%. It is not easy living in San Diego. (But I wouldn't trade it. I love living downtown).
Stay tuned to this website for information on today's meeting.