Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
There appears to be another potential to save money in the City's budget. I have personally seen ineptitude in the Streets Division. I do not know if these are City employees, if they are outsourced, if they are union, etc.
What I do know is they are not capable of handling their jobs. Some months ago I reported a broken sidewalk area on 10th just north of J. Two days later, I got an e-mail advising that I needed to provide an address as they could not find the problem area. Sorry, anyone with eyes could have seen this. I guess whoever went out there looked on the other side of the street. I provided a detailed description and the area was bandaged (my description of the City's answer to deteriorating sidewalks. They just slop some black tarry stuff on the area. Often this makes the problem worse. They put a bandaid on a gaping wound)
On 2/15/10, I filed an online report regarding street light outages. All but 1 of 6 lights was out on the block of 9th between E & F. There was no wiggle room in my description. There are 6 lights & the one working was the northeast corner. I have no idea about their procedures, but I think a full block with no street lights should get priority fix-it status. I followed up with a status request as they failed to send me a notification number. Today, I received an e-mail titled COMPLETE. So, I went outside after dark and there are 2 street lights out on the east side of 9th. UNBELIEVABLE. Of course, I sent an e-mail. The City needs to take a good look at the Streets Division and do whatever it takes to see that the employees do their jobs. Currently, that is not happening.
Around 8 PM tonight, I heard the familiar hooting & hollering of the "Mad Bicyclists" (my term). They were going south on 8th. The cars on F were stuck and some had to pull off to the side so cars could get through on 9th. The car drivers began getting impatient after sitting through 5 cycles of the signal light. Can somebody please tell me why this is a continuing situation? Is there someone at our Police Department who can explain????
The Chargers took a page out of the Padres playbook this week, releasing LaDanian Tomlinson. It might be a good business decision (that's what Buzzy Bavasi called it when he traded Nolan Ryan from the Angels). I remember hearing John Moores talk about fan loyalty and I thought that has to be a 2 way street. It is hard to expect people to be loyal to an entity, especially when there is only one way communication. The fans do not have a say. Now the Chargers are doing the same thing. They have their spokesmouth, Mr. Fabiani in front of the camera, ignoring all but those who want the Chargers downtown. I am pretty sure he talks with a forked tongue. Any downtown deal will COST the taxpayers money. Again, it will COST the taxpayers money. Their current location at Qualcomm is best. I wish LT only the best, wherever he goes.