It's property tax time in California. One of the items listed on my just arrived tax bill is for rodent control. I don't mind paying this but when are they going to start controlling them?

Just the other evening, my husband and I were walking through the business area of El Cajon, on our way to a steak house when a rat ran right in front of us. Doesn't that just make you want to eat dinner? A few weeks ago there was a dead rat lying in the street in my neighborhood. These are just the ones I see. What about the ones I don’t see This seems to be a normal sight in El Cajon recently. I've chatted with my neighbors and only one or two will acknowledge that there is a problem. The thing is with mice and rats by the time you can see them it’s a bigger problem than you think. They procreate fast. I live in an extremely nice neighborhood. We all have very nice ranch style home on large lots, we are bound to have critters, raccoons, possums, rabbits, snakes coyotes and more. But now the rats are abundant, which brings more snakes and coyotes great. Most people here seem to think they don't have rats and just want to ignore it. But it is a problem.

Now, I know many people are going to say its El Cajon what do you expect, but I've seen rat bait traps in La Jolla too! Just the other day I was speaking with a pest control employee. He lived in Clairemont, and as we chatted about rats and traps he told me about his neighbors. How even though the rats run along the brick walls between the houses late at night, they don’t see them, so it’s not a problem.

There will always be rats. Cities are the greatest place for rats to breed. Lots of trash to munch on and lots of warm cubby holes for them to live and breed in. Rats have always managed to survive the coldest temps and biggest disasters, just look at New York City. Rats are true survivors and that’s disgusting. So, next time you are out at the mall, work or a restaurant look around the building and you’ll see rat bait traps, then think of your kids sitting at the school lunch tables or your hotdogs cooking on that bbq, yes, in your own yard. Yuk! Hurry, be proactive, call, your city rat control authority to see what you can do.

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SBC1 Nov. 29, 2012 @ 3:47 a.m.

Some El Cajon rats; My response to a letter I got from one; Daniel Tucker Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay 1 Kwaaypaay Court El Cajon, CA 92012

Dear Chairman Tucker,

We received your November 15th 2012 letter to residents and surrounding communities announcing your purchase of Singing Hills Country Club, and your prosperity.

In my sympathies to the struggles of the American Indian, I joined and was adopted into a tribe over 30 years ago. I now give up that citizenship. The influence of your casinos are anything but "positive impact on the surrounding community". It will of course be an economic self-sufficiency to your tribal members as well as your new homes paid for by the community with no protection for the disabled, dependants.. children and family of addicted gamblers. Hundreds of thousands of dollars gambled away by a sick dying father has taken almost all we have, as well as an education for a dependent daughter, now with no father. As far as your "positive interaction with all of you - us" there was none. I tried and was told you "Don't just talk to anyone". But "anyone's" are the ones who made your casino.

If you built low cost housing for those you displaced, income for dependents and children of those whose moneys you took, public parks, day cares and pools for community children, then I would agree you were a "positive impact on the surrounding community".

I am sorry that your 640 acre lands, grown to 2,000 acres "is only a mere fraction of the land once managed by our Kumeyaay ancestors". But that war was lost long ago. We are in The United States of America, but who is united? How long must we oblige the past generation’s sad loss to feed your greed?

No laws have protected disabled or dependents to date from casino gambling investment losses, but should. The cost is to the government for starving families of gamblers. But what strikes me more than anything is HOW a once proud people can act so noble in this day and age. Your generosity does not warrant nobility.

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