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Way to Go, Lemon Grove

Re: News Ticker: “Operation Lemon Drop: Success

Lemon Drop a success? Really? The “swarm” of officers arrested .016 percent and cited .0357 percent of the 3,330 hundred riders they contacted, which means that 99.9643 percent of the people they harassed were legally riding the trolley.

This is a valuable use of the county sheriffs? They’re making $26 an hour to protect us from losing, what, $2.00 a ride?

If, as they say, the bulk of the arrestees were nonviolent people on their way to court-ordered programs, now these people are farther in the hole then before they began.

Way to go, Lemon Grove. Nice to know the city is so crime-free that law enforcement has nothing else to do, and that it is protecting us all from people getting to the programs the court says they need.

  • Name Withheld
  • via email

Off the Tracks

Thank you for Dorian Hargrove’s excellent coverage of the ongoing fiasco that is the MTS’s handling of the Desert Line.

As citizens in the Cali-Baja megaregion, one of the most vital regions of global trade and economic growth on the planet, we will soon face the consequences of not having a reliable rail alternative to support manufacturers and their partners.

The congressmen ask fair questions. How could the MTS come to the conclusion that these particular promoters were best suited to carry out this project and were deserving of the public’s trust? How exactly did we get comfortable that the lessee had the needed financial wherewithal (a fact cited by the MTS staff in their recommendation to enter into the 99-year lease)? Were obvious red flags ignored? Why?

I submit that whether the PIR orchestrated a malicious scheme to enrich themselves at the expense of investors or simply pursued a poorly considered plan doesn’t matter — the fact remains that a regional freight rail utility is off the tracks and going nowhere.

Doesn’t the situation now call for the MTS to take action to terminate the lease and re-evaluate options to structure a partnership capable of attracting a world class team and capital?

I worry that the greatest fallout from this detour may be borne by you and me as taxpayers. By supporting these characters, the MTS has given them the appearance of legitimacy. It strikes me that investors in the PIR scheme would appear to have good cause to hold the MTS responsible for their loses. This is not a happy thought.

It is time for accountability and answers.

  • Name Withheld
  • Chula Vista

Bee Killers

Our City Fathers had their heads in the sand when Parks and Rec contracted with an exterminator to kill a colony of bees July 3 under a picnic table at Ocean Beach.

Protecting the public is the responsibility of the local government. In this case, however, no thought was given to also protecting the environment. Honeybee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Bees are critical to agriculture, especially in an area such as San Diego.

An experienced beekeeper could have removed the bees safely to another site, preserving the colony while protecting the beachgoers. Parks and Rec had an entire week to develop a simple, viable plan, but instead became complicit in a mass bee-icide.

  • Pamela Huff
  • Tierrasanta

Alternate Realities

This is a little late, because it’s about the June 26 Reader — “What’s that You’re Reading,” by Danielle Melody.

Read the rest of Carlos Casteneda’s series on Don Juan. The purpose of is to teach people to reach alternate realities. It is definitely not all about men! Much of Casteneda’s work deals with these alternate realities which, once you accept them as realities, you can reach without drugs of any sort. The trick is, in order to stay sane and at the same time be a shaman (or whatever your culture calls it) you must be able to keep one foot in this heavy reality that we have as a society, that he cited as the normal one. The others are not called realities for no reason.

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What a Relief

A few years ago somebody wrote an article in the Reader about the scarcity of comfort stations between the Tijuana border and downtown there on Imperial. They said there wasn’t a single place where a person could relieve themselves along the trolley line.

I am very happy to report that the E Street trolley station has been remodeled to the extent that they know have toilets open to the public — no charge, door locks. As far as I know, that’s the only public station between the border and Imperial Avenue.

I like the Reader and I hope this helps some of my fellow travelers. I know it saves me the embarrassment of being afraid of being caught when having to go between two parked cars in the parking lot.

  • Charles E.
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Junior Moves On

Elizabeth Salaam wrote an outstanding cover story on Paras News, “Man of 4000 Titles” (June 19). Many Paras regulars know that in a tech age, people still want a real magazine.

Now, just three weeks after the story, Junior Najor has sold his half of the newsstand back to his uncle and is on to new pursuits. With his drive and an SDSU degree in accounting he’ll undoubtedly be successful.

We’ll miss him. But we’ll always have your article —and real magazines.

  • Kimberley Monari
  • North Park

They Lost Us

This is in response to “Wanted: Metal Mecca” in the June 12 Letters section.

It’s true that the metal scene is a shadow of its former self. Nobody really seems to talk about it. The venues, bars, and clubs are co-existing without any concern. The owners, promoters, and booking staff are out of touch with the original metal community and the past. Those of us who have been going to concerts and shows for years and years have seen the changes in San Diego and the venues that no longer exist, places I went to over 30 years ago.

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