Jeff Smith noon, March 8
- Community Blog
Still No Answers
I have been remiss in getting my blogging up to date. The weather has been so nice, I did not want to be inside. And now my evenings are spent watching the Olympics. Those moguls skiers are going to need good orthopedists. I can almost hear their knees cracking! And Apolo is still a fresh faced young cutey.
Two friends and I went to Wolffy's for lunch on Saturday. It was quite busy. Wolffy was wandering around greeting people making sure all was well. This is a good way to keep customers coming back. 2 of us had the meatball sandwich which is great. She had fries and I had the homemade chips, which are perfectly made, not greasy and just plain good. My other friend had a salad which was generous and she enjoyed it very much. The location is great for a stop on the way to the ballpark. They have food to go, too. It's at the corner of Market & 9th. Wolffy advised us to try the deep dish Chicago pizza next time.
It seems that our City leaders just do not want to deal with this issue of homelessness. There is a plan in place but, it is not being followed. It seems there should not only be a location for a permanent shelter, but it should be under construction. Recent conversations with visitors to our City have been enlightening. They certainly have noticed these people sleeping on the sidewalks and in doorways, and along the boardwalk. A couple from Germany expressed shock at the number of people and the fact that human waste was visible and odiferous. Many people said it was probably the weather that drew so many homeless to San Diego. There were also questions about why they are allowed to panhandle at the cruise ship areas. I asked several European visitors if they had the same problems and all replied virtually the same; it is not tolerated! That left me wondering what they do with the homeless, across the pond. I'll need to do some research. And, what do other US cities do? I know that New York cleaned up Times Square. What about other cities? Research again.
I would encourange ALL residents who are concerned about the homeless situation to e-mail their City Council Representative AND Mayor Sanders. Let them know that this longstanding problem must be handled. If you have any suggestions, please include them. For those in the downtown, East Village, Embarcadero, etc., your City Councilman is Kevin Faulconer: Kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov
Names, e-mails, addresses can be found on the City of San Diego website: sandiego.gov
I love a good rainstorm. I get a kick out of the local weathercasters. They get so excited about having something to talk about! Storm Watch. I also wonder about the drivers who needed to be rescued. Often they drive around the warning signs because they apparently can see how deep the water is and their car can surely make it. OOPS, miscalculation. Does the City bill them for the rescue?
I still have questions about the last Friday of the month bicycle extravaganza that goes on. I know they gather in Balboa Park and from there I do not know how they proceed. I do know they pound on cars as they go past, they make illegal turns, they travel down one-way streets, going the wrong way and this is all tolerated by our police force. In fact, they direct traffic to give room to the bicyclists. WHY? If people want to have a disorganized walk around town, in the streets, ignoring stoplights, they need a parade permit. Right? So, can somebody tell me why this spectacle is allowed? Mayor Sanders office told me they've had a lot of complaints.
Hope everyone had the Valentine's Day they wanted.