One more comment about ILLEGAL aliens: In Maryland:

"The Maryland General Assembly last night passed a hard-fought compromise that would end the practice of issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants".

This should be the norm in every single state in the union. And one other thing, a message to California Lifeline: CHANGE YOUR TELEPHONE MESSAGE. I should not have to 'press' anything for English. You can press numbers for bunches of other languages. But this is the USA, we speak ENGLISH. Thanks.

On Friday, April 17, I plan to wander around the gaslamp area, my main purpose being to listen to the music. It would be great if some downtown residents could join me. If there is anyone living near the rooftop bars and gets rocked & rolled by loud music, please let me know.

If you are directly affected by the music or just want to experience what may be an interesting night out, please join the Friday night walk. If you have had problems with loud music emanating from a commercial venue or just want to add your 2 cents worth, send me an e-mail relating your experience.

I am starting with the premise that our city is far too noisy. It is something that has bothered me for quite some time as my apartment faces directly west & there are no obstructions, 'cept one palm tree. The Ivy Hotel was the first culprit. I decided to tackle it on my own as the bureaucracy would take forever.

At first, I just called them EVERY Friday & Saturday night. They worked with me, even sending people over to my apartment to listen. They removed east facing speakers and the problem was almost alleviated. A few glitches, but impressive response for a fancy corporate hotel.

For the other rooftop bar noise, we will have to rely on reports from their neighbors. So ALL who live in the vicinity of Stingaree, J Bar, Altitude, please rate your experiences and send them in an e-mail to me. It is my opinion that there was a failure to think, on behalf of the CCDC, City Council, Police, etc. To attract people to fill the hundreds of condos now available, noise is not the way to go.

I hope some of you can join me. If not, please read my report and submit your comments, either via the Reader or directly to me: auntsandiegospeaks@cox.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009 10:30 PM I will be at the parking lot at the south west corner of 7th and E.

I will then traverse the Gaslamp area. I want to talk to as many people as possible, but especially those who live downtown. This is a big Quality of Life issue. I have a hand held decibel meter which will give us an idea as to the noise emanating from several locations. I believe that some of the noisier places have open windows & doors. It may be a quick solution to close those.

I just find it ironic that the buildings continue to be built. I asked the Realtors' Association if they advise potential buyers about being subjected to loud music 2-3 nights a week. The answer I got was taken directly from the 'how to talk politics' manual. That translates to a big fat NO. I believe the noise factor is big enough that it be considered a requirement in open disclosure for real estate buyers.

So, we have NOISE on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, which comes out to 156 nights per year & that does not include any of the special events. For the rents being charged, the condo prices, even the hotel prices, we certainly should not have to be assaulted with noise and the potential for hearing loss which can result from repeated exposure to airport noise, traffic, construction (ongoing for 10+ years in 92101), loud music, barking dogs. When you have all of these factors it is not only unpleasant, but dangerous to your health.

SO, COME ON DOWN, join me in my efforts to make downtown the perfect place to live as I think it once was not too long ago. I have lived downtown since 1998.

I hope to see many of you on Friday night, and hear from others via e-mail.

So long

Comments

scrivenerb April 16, 2009 @ 12:49 p.m.

I am from New York where over 63 languages have been spoken since we were the New Netherland colony. The variety of languages and cultures has only enhanced the city and state economically and culturally.

In this global economy, it is a benefit to know more than one language.

California has a rich indigenous history and was part of Mexico before becoming part of the United States. Chinese came to pan for gold as early as 1849 and were originally welcomed by the mayor of San Francisco. Many ethnic groups have contributed to California's rich culture, history, and economy.

I was disappointed to read your post. This limited view of what it means to be American will not serve our country well in the twenty first century.

May I remind you of our Constitution: "We, the people of the United States,in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity..." Note: PEOPLE, there are no conditions attached.

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auntsandiegospeaks April 20, 2009 @ 11:05 a.m.

I understand your point of view. My complaint is that all of those people who founded this country and the millions who have immigrated here over the many decades, chose to have English as the MAJOR (not only) language. I know the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Statue of Liberty inscription. I, in no way, am suggesting that people stop speaking their native language.
I also disagree with your position that I have a limited view, far from it. But, there does need to be some consistency if only for the fact that we have so many people.
Voters information, pamphlets, drivers' license, etc, all are printed in many languages. I also am in total agreement that knowing another language is something we should strive for. Right now our school system does a poor job of even teaching English. I just think that speaking English is important. And the phone systems irk me!!! Thanks for your input.

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johnegger23 April 30, 2009 @ 10:47 a.m.

"I am starting with the premise that our city is far too noisy. It is something that has bothered me for quite some time as my apartment faces directly west & there are no obstructions"

Move to Poway.

There are plenty of english speakers for you there as well.

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