Jeff Smith 12:15 p.m., April 24
- Community Blog
Our City Has Problems
Mayor Sanders is blaming bloggers for some of the City's problems. Huh?? Wouldn't that require someone, even the Mayor himself, to read our blogs?? Rather than sitting in the office, get out and walk around the streets. That is what many of us do to get information to write blogs. Some even take pictures of the broken, cracked, in need of repair sidewalks we walk on.
Many of the sidewalk problems are due to tree roots. So, somebody, in planning sidewalks & amenities forgot to check whether such trees would become the menace they are today. Check a Botany book regarding root growth before planting any more trees.
In a recent speech by Mayor Sanders, he said he had recently been to Washington DC to lobby on behalf of our fine City. That surprised me because it does not seem to me that he has done much here. In San Diego. Where he is the mayor.
As I sat pondering the ramifications of my blogging, I tried to think of a real accomplishment by Mayor Sanders. What I got from that exercise was the fact that he has appeared on television in an infomercial about water conservation. Yes we have a water problem. San Diego is a desert, thereby forcing the purchase of water from other water districts, and divvying up the other sources (river). There is nothing new about water shortages & droughts. It will always be that way (until those glaciers start melting more). The ads make me think of a bully berating his flock. I, for one, am darn tired of seeing him.
San Diego has a HUGE homeless population that has received very little attention from the Mayor. More & more people seem to have moved in to certain sections of our City. Since they are allowed to sleep on public sidewalks from 9 PM to 6 AM, they do. Now they stay most of the day. Since the area is their "home" the residential neighbors get to listen to arguments, fights over territory, etc. There are quite a few young people who are aggressive in their panhandling techniques. I had a way around the problem on E St. (post office & library). I could just walk over to F. Well, now there are plenty of folks sleeping along F.
With the current non-productive Mayor and lackluster City Council it seems like a new library is a far off dream. BUT, the plans for a new City Administration building are being shoved at us. I don't think anybody should be building anything more until it is FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE to do so. There are still hundreds, if not thousands of unsold condominiums, vacant commercial areas on the street level of many of the buildings, lots of decayed water pipes, streets full of potholes, and sidewalks that are downright treacherous. And then, the repairs need to be done right. No more band aids. Fix it right. There are some areas where the repairs created a more hazardous walk area than the broken pavement.
Our City Council needs to do more. Mr. Faulconer needs to walk around his district and see what is going on. At a recent EVCAN meeting, we were advised that the long term (5 year) plan for homelessness was on schedule. At that time, proposals were due, and I assumed (yes, I know) there would be something concrete by now. Somebody needs to listen to our police department. There are several officers with some good insight into the problems at hand and City officials need to get involved with the police to solve this problem.
A MAJOR issue is COMMUNICATION which goes hand in hand with overlapping duties. I will continue to say that the CCDC, CCAC, Paradise in Progress, et al, should be shut down and returned to the City government fold.
In trying to get The Ivy to stop playing LOUD music on their rooftop, I managed to learn several things. First of all, there are way too many people/agencies involved in issuing entertainment permits. Second, The Ivy does not have a permit for live music or dancing. They were so advised some time ago. BUT, where is the enforcement? Is there a penalty for violating their permit? Since I still hear it every weekend and have advised CCDC, the police dept., & Mr. Faulconer, I guess The Ivy gets special treatment.
Have things changed so much that a business letter salutation is "Dear Michael"? That is what the CCDC sent to the owner of The Ivy. Sounds pretty friendly for a letter advising they do not have an entertainment permit. And, they are continuing to play LOUD music & allow dancing. Special treatment?
I am still looking for downtown residents with noise issues.