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Here’s another shocker: Did you know that the City has three redevelopment organizations, with a combined budget of over $334 million? And the largest, CCDC, which surely should have peaked in its efforts long ago, got a $17 million increase over last year. The steady campaign contributions from developers, organized labor, and the hotel and restaurant industries have been paying dividends for years. Ever see any questions about this in the U-T?

Here’s a reality check: The City has two information-technology organizations, one internal and one a city “agency,” with a combined budget of almost $87 million, plus it’s paying a vendor an additional $10 million this year in connection with developing a new tracking system. I guess we shouldn’t complain. That’s down from $20 million last year.

I could go on and on; there are plenty more, but check it out for yourself. And while you’re at it, you might check the Internet for budgets of other large cities to see what they spend in these areas, as I’m doing. There are some interesting comparisons, such as the Phoenix and San Diego city council budgets. Somehow, Phoenix, with a population over 20 percent larger than San Diego’s, gets by with 54 people working in its eight council offices. Here it takes 93 people for the same number of councilmembers, plus a recently hired “independent budget analyst” with a staff of ten to keep the council informed on the mayor’s budget activities.

Next time city officials talk about new fees and closing libraries, you might suggest they clean up their act before coming to us for more money or cuts in parks and libraries.

Bill Bradshaw
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Ollie’s article, “Where Can I Get Some Peace and Quiet?” (Cover Story, January 15) was absolutely hilarious. He is really picking up steam. Ollie’s going to be the best writer you ever had.

Dale Anne Thompson

They All Ignore The Law

Your excellent write-up “Where Can I Get Some Peace and Quiet?” (Cover Story, January 15).

I am a regular reader of your excellent paper. One cannot find a better witness of unnecessary, loud noise pollution than I. I have resided since 1972 in the Gaslamp Quarter. The City of San Diego noise abatement, County of San Diego, State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control, and even Superior Court–ordered injunctions are constantly and deliberately ignored and violated with the blessings of movers and shakers of San Diego. I hope my unpleasant experience will shed some light on the narrow-minded business executives and the politicians, including some judges of the Superior Court, who cannot protect the rights of the common people.

M.G. Bhakta

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Ollie Jan. 28, 2009 @ 5:52 p.m.

MG and Dale Ann, thanks for reading. And thanks for having cool weird names; we have to stick together.


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