Walter Mencken 10:15 a.m., Dec. 13
Sorry I've been out of touch. Hope you missed my blogging & will read it again. I will be raring to go tomorrow when I pick up my Girl Scout Cookies!
Rehashing old news: The City Streets Division has fixed the street lights after some explanations and I want to thank Mr. Gobel for his forthright responsiveness. On the other side of the coin is the continuing failure of City Councilman Faulconer to even bother responding to my emails. He is not serving his constituency by giving speeches & attending bridge openings. A friend attended the Downtown Residents meeting last week. She sais the talk was nothing but rehashing old stuff & talking about "potential" new buildings, etc.
Does anybody know where the permanent homeless shelter is going to be? The current night shelter is apparently not enough. The homeless are gathered on 8th, both sides of the street from F to Broadway, on E from 7th to 9th, on 9th from E to beyond Broadway. And all along the waterfront, with many around the Midway & the Fish Market. They like the benches & the grassy areas. Another issue is a lack of bathroom facilities resulting in the odiferousness of the areas where the homeless sleep & congregate.
There is also an influx in the Gaslamp area who are much more aggressive in the way they approach panhandling. Just a few nights ago, a friend and I were walking on 5th, just south of Market, when 2 men stepped right in front of us. I thought they were just passing us but, they stopped & I bumped into one of them. He got all mouthy & calling me names, my companion tried to step in but the other guy stepped between us. They began talking about food, asking where we had been and telling us we looked like we could easily afford to give them $30!!! Just then, they both backed up, turned around and started walking very fast. I have no idea what spooked them. Maybe a police officer down the street. I was just glad to see them go!
Our City is broke. They make street and sidewalk repairs with bandaid solutions. The homeless issue just gets speeches, no substance. And amidst this, there is a monstrosity of a new apartment building trying to lease 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 700 sq. feet apartments starting at $2150.00/month. That is not a typo.
I do know that many of the Redevelopment projects on that colorful CCDC map are now either on hold, abandoned or canceled. The economy is not improving, and many of us are barely making the monthly expenses.
I am getting tired of all the letters from the credit card companies (BANKS) who raise rates, decrease credit limits, charge higher rates for cash, etc. I am not a banker or stock broker. I do not know derivatives from short sales, or any of those banking terms. What I do know is that the people who got billions of dollars from the taxpayers also paid themselves huge bonuses and yet CONGRESS has yet to reinstate banking regulations. THAT should have happened as soon as the bailout money was approved.
Those credit card folks are one in the same with the GREEDY bankers. Maybe they should be paying us back for that generous loan we forked over to them. I would be willing to accept monthly payments at 29% APR.