Have you heard of or seen Community Magazine? I think it comes out quarterly and is filled with restaurant coupons and advertising. There is an Uptown edition, covering Hillcrest & surrounding areas. There is a Downtown edition which is mostly Gaslamp but does include some surrounding areas also. For many years, the Downtown edition appeared in my mailbox on a regular basis (every 3 months). My friends and I used those coupons to decide where we might be headed for dinner or brunch or lunch or breakfast!!! At the time, I was living in the Seaport Village area. Then, I moved across town, to the east. I noticed that the apartment complex did not receive the Community Magazine.

I called and was advised that they would be more than happy to send both editions for a subscription price of $18 (I think that is what I paid). Then I got hit with the economic mess and with medical issues that were eating away any money I might have. It meant conservative choices for occasional meals at restaurants. So, I e-mailed the Magazine asking why this apartment building did not receive their magazine. I also explained my situation.

I got a canned response. So I wrote again, thinking someone just did not read it. I wondered how they decided who gets free magazines and who has to pay. Their website includes information on where one can go to buy the current issue for $1.50. Again, the very same canned response. Being optomistic, I wrote again and got the canned response. Apparently, they have one response for all incoming e-mails!!

I wonder how they decide who gets free magazines and who doesn't. From my vantage point, it seems the decision may be based on neighborhoods. The Marina area gets freebies, East Village does not. That seems backwards to me. Those with the most don't have to pay while those east of the Gaslamp have to buy from a newstand or pay for a subscription. As Turko would say, "It aint right".

E-mails:

5/25/2010 1:32 pm

Thank you for your request to our $18 annual subscription to the Uptown and Downtown Magazine. Please mail a $18 check to Community Magazine at 3938 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 with your contact information if the check information is not up to date.

We look forward to sending you the best guide to local businesses while saving your hard earned money!


05/25/2010 1:31 pm Sorry, the reason I wrote was because I do not have $18. You may not believe that, but my medical expenses for the first 3 months of 2010 exceed $2000. I thought maybe you could extend a kindness. Guess I was wrong. Sorry for bothering you.


4/25/2010 5:42 pm Thank you for your request to our $18 annual subscription to the Uptown and Downtown Magazine. Please mail a $18 check to Community Magazine at 3938 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 with your contact information if the check information is not up to date.

We look forward to sending you the best guide to local businesses while saving your hard earned money!


4/25/2010 5:41 pm I know I had a prior subscription, but I have had some medical problems and cannot really afford that right now. I always got free magazines when I lived at Archstone. Why am I required to pay now? Why don't you send freebies to 900 F St. apartments? It seems rather unfair. If your decision is based on economics, then why not make everyone pay $18? I don't want to cause trouble, but I would like to get the Community Magazine.


4/24/2010 12:37 pm Thank you for your request to our $18 annual subscription to the Uptown and Downtown Magazine. Please mail a $18 check to Community Magazine at 3938 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 with your contact information if the check information is not up to date.

We look forward to sending you the best guide to local businesses while saving your hard earned money!


Unfortunately, I am unable to locate my original e-mail, but I would venture a guess that I sent it on 4/24/2010 12:36 pm. It seems uncanny that someone could read and respond within 1 minute of receiving my e-mail. I assume they have some sort of program or robot that responds to all e-mails the same.

This freebie or no freebie could be a non-issue if the Community Magazine people would make everyone who wants the magazine, pay for a subscription. They want me to pay, but several of my friends get it free. It is not right. It seems like some sort of discrimination going on. Though I did try to find the laws pertaining to private enterprise, it was just too much legalese to muddle through.

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