I am very surprised that no one is claiming their success in regards to the homeless population that had been camping out on the west side of 9th, between E & F. The winter tent shelters, provided by the City should be open soon. Speaking of camping, I was walking along C St. and wondering what happened to the C street corridor plans?? On the north side of C, in front of the eyesore known as the California Theatre, there were about 20 people sitting around, playing cards & other games, Since it was before noon, I was quite surprised, as the sleeping battle had been decided by the Court to be enforced by the police. I did not verify this yet, but I think this type of activity would be loitering, would it not? The people I saw seemed content, & I thought they would break out singing Kum bay ya! Since our City Council, City attorneys, & others are right near that building, I have hope that something will be done. Or, is this considered a tourist attraction? America's once finest City, a haven for the homeless.

With the powers that be (several agencies involved in permits) consistently allowing assault with LOUD music downtown, my quest to STOP THE NOISE is more difficult. I am in the process of researching the notice rule of notification to residents within 300 feet of the establishment seeking an entertainment permit. It's arbitrary & does not make any allowances for the building echo effect which is prevalent downtown, East Village & Marina areas.

Back to that old issue of the downtown/Gaslamp area and the loud music that spews forth 3 nights/week. Observing the apparent switch from good food and strolling the area, to special dinner deals accompanied by LOUD music, it is LOUD music that wins. One of the truly nice places, Marble Room is going with the flow. They had their grand re-opening this past Friday (I was unable to attend). They now have live music, for your dining pleasure. I've had dinner there several times and wrote a rave review earlier this year. They are just following the trend to ruin the hearing of the populace of San Diego.

I was happily surprised to find Christmas M & M's on the shelves at CVS. Last year they were hard to find and I ended up using the regular colors for cookies.

Signs of the economic times in San Diego: Dakota Restaurant is closed & will be missed for their good food and great service; Z Gallerie is closing to be replaced by another restaurant (opening in about 6 months). Many restaurants are offering special deals, hoping to attract customers. One friend told me business at his restaurant is down about 30%. That's a lot. Soleil @ K is offering a Thanksgiving buffet for only $25. Donovan's has special price fixe dinners. Many restaurants such as KousKous, Lotus Thai, & The Wine Encounter, are offering 50% off bottles of wine. It does seem the local restaurants are giving it the "ole college try". They need the customers and the consumers, including me, need a break.

More on the economy later (those trying to help and those who are consumer unfriendly).

One last note. Dave Letterman said that the Oxford dictionary came out with a list of words to be added to next year's version. He said, 'It seems to me that we should learn the ones already in there before adding any more'. Dave is perspicacious.

So long

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