So when she comes out and complains about the vacation rentals, she basically to me is a real hypocrite. I know she complains about the people next door because their dogs bark, but she takes a lot of pride that she advertises on her website that she caters to families with dogs. She’s always moaning and groaning about the people’s dogs next door barking because they interfere with her barking dogs.

To me, this is wrong. She shouldn’t even be permitted to even come out with statements like this in the press.


Larry Harmon responds: Zonna Pennell’s vacation rentals are located in an area zoned for multiple residential units; her home is in an area zoned for single-family homes.

Dollar Store Frenzy

I believe Mr. Bauder is right regarding the recession (“Face Facts,” “City Lights,” August 14). “What recession?” Bush said. I recently heard there are over 8.8 million people unemployed in America. I live in Hemet, and the $1 store is crowded all day long. We lived in San Diego for 46 years, and I read Mr. Bauder’s articles all the time.

Joe Cuseo

Homeless? Where?

I live in Pacific Beach, a couple of blocks in from both the bay and ocean (“Booze Moves to the Alley,” “City Lights,” August 14). I spend a lot of time near the intersection of Garnet and Cass streets. I have not seen any increase in the homeless on the streets or in the alleys since the beach alcohol ban went into effect. Nor have my neighbors commented on any increase. However, since the ban, both my neighbors and I have noticed a huge decrease in drunken beachgoers urinating and vomiting on our properties, fighting in the alleys, and vandalizing private property.

Melanie Menders
via email

Beach Safety A Myth

Misinformation about the beach alcohol issue reached a new low with the August 14 story in the Reader entitled “Booze Moves to the Alley” (“City Lights”).

The article stated that the police say the enforcement of the alcohol ban is working on the beach and surrounding areas. The Ocean Beach Main Street Association says the ban has reduced complaints from businesses. Substance-abuse-treatment professionals say the alcohol ban may convince some homeless people to seek the help they need.

While the story relayed some good information, the author abandoned all logic with the statement, “Prior to the ban…the beaches served as safe havens for the homeless, a place where they could go to drink and stay out of trouble.”

Safe havens? Was the beach a “safe haven” for David Fortner? He’s the homeless man who was drinking in Mission Beach and got into an argument with another. Fortner’s throat was slashed with such violence that his spinal cord was severed and he died where he fell. On August 5, Fortner’s murderer was convicted and sentenced to 26 years to life.

Stay out of trouble? Did Damian Maple and Francisco Montoya “drink and stay out of trouble”? Prosecutors say these two homeless men were drinking at a fire pit in Ocean Beach. They allegedly beat an Australian tourist over the head with a skateboard, fracturing his skull and eye socket. The helpless, injured tourist was then thrown into a fire pit and glowing coals were dumped over him. The two homeless men, Maple and Montoya, could be imprisoned for life.

A steady stream of homeless people flows into San Diego’s hospitals and morgue all year long. Alcohol is often the catalyst for those injuries and deaths.

Homeless people are neither thugs nor criminals. Some do suffer from mental health issues or addictions or both. Allowing them to drink on the beach doesn’t keep them safe, nor does it keep them out of trouble.

If you oppose an alcohol-free beach, you are absolutely entitled to your opinion. San Diego’s homeless problem is complex and requires comprehensive solutions. To suggest that beach drinking has a positive impact on the homeless is ignorant, inhumane, and cruel. Most of all, it is shameful to use the plight of the homeless to advance the political agenda of returning alcohol to the beach.

Monica Green
via email

Euro Quito Edo

Once again, your crossword puzzle clues had an incorrect spelling for “capital/capitol.”

August 14, 2008, clue number 40 across is given as “Shogunite capital.” The answer is “Edo,” the old Japanese name for the capitol [sic] city.

“Capital” has to do with money, finance, funds, etc. And it was used correctly in clue number two down, “Capital of Italy,” with the euro as the answer.

Jogging your memory, the previous misuse of capitol/capital was, as I recall, two or three weeks ago. The clue was “capital in the Andes,” with the answer being Quito, the capitol [sic] city of Ecuador.

I’ve been doing the puzzle and reading the Reader for many years; however, I think your new entry deadline is unrealistic.


According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, “capitol” means “(1)(a) a building in which a state legislative body meets, (b) a group of buildings in which the functions of state government are carried out, and (2) cap the building in which the U.S. Congress meets in Washington.” A “city serving as a seat of government” is spelled “capital.” — Editor

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