The Work Will Never Be Done
Re: “San Diego Climate Cleanup Report Card Is In,” News Ticker, December 15
The report says there’s a lot more work to be done, but I’m curious when the work will be done. I don’t think it will ever be done until we’re riding donkeys to the rice fields at the end of a barrel of an AK-47, like in North Korea.
The problems that City Heights residents are having with the city’s traffic engineering group are coming to a street near you! The city wants to take away parking along one side of El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights and eliminate left turns to the south. All of this so that a tiny number of bicyclists will have their own lanes to ride in.
Unfortunately, this destruction of our right to use our roads is going to spread more and more around San Diego. Our mayor and city council members want it to spread. Many of them want fewer parking spaces to force people to not drive. They want lanes taken away from drivers and given to a handful of people on bikes.
Look what they recently did, voting unanimously to increase congestion downtown by taking away many lanes from cars and designating them for a few bicyclists only.
Other areas in town have suffered the same type of problem City Heights is now going through. And our city’s Bicycle Master Plan Update calls for turning many of our roads into “bicycle boulevards,” designed to slow down vehicle traffic by installing speed bumps in the roads and other devices to slow cars down. The only way to stop this destruction of our roads is to replace our mayor and our city council members with people who care about all San Diegans, not just the few with bikes.
We Call ’em Bums
I just wanted to comment on “Waves Crash Behind Them: Musicians, Hippies, and Travelers in Ocean Beach” (December 8 cover story). When I was a kid we called them “bums,” and we still do.
Something Going On
I picked up the December 8 issue of the Reader and I just have to tell you that I’m so happy to see that journalism is alive and well. I mean, you guys always do well with Don Bauder and a bunch of other writers that you have, but this time I was really taken by “It Costs a Lot to Drink Sewer Water” (City Lights) by Julie Stalmer.
What an excellent article. I mean, just the documentation and how she was able to put it together opens the eyes of a lot of people in San Diego who know that something is going on, but what it is we’re not quite sure. It just points again to the incredible work that you do with your staff and your writers. You do some really incredible work. If it wasn’t for you, a lot of this stuff wouldn’t even be known. So, I just want to take off my hat and tell you thank you very much.
Every time that you document unethical political cronyism — I mean, under this story alone it’s going to top $3 billion — that’s incredible information for the voter to have at hand. Thank you very much.
- Roberto Salinas
- via voicemail
Soylent Green Had a Point
Re: Neighborhood News, December 8, “I Think We’ve Been Had”
There are signs all over the freeway concerning water conservation problems. The incessant building of condos, etcetera all over, traffic congestion is getting worse, parking problems, loss of business to merchants, more crashes, more stress on drivers. I don’t see those in authority enacting a moratorium on construction. These conditions preclude any justification for authorizing more building permits, whether their motivation is more housing or more money.
Whoever inspired the movie Soylent Green had a point. This nightmare should be legally corrected.
- Name withheld
- via voicemail
The So Cal Chargers
I have accepted the unfortunate reality that our boys in blue are leaving town. It appears joining the Rams in L.A. is almost a guaranteed outcome at this point.
Yep, the Chargers are moving to another stadium. Just saying it hurts, but I say moving to another stadium, instead of moving to another city, because it pains me to think they are no longer going to be the San Diego Chargers, the team many of us have grown up with and rooted for our entire lives. What the team is named will dictate the response the majority of San Diego fans have. How do you feel about supporting the Los Angeles Chargers?
San Diegans have always taken pride in being America’s Finest City, and not at all associated with Los Angeles! What L.A. stands for, and what S.D. stands for, are not similar in any way. If the Chargers management really wants an inclusive fan base, from all of southern California, then they need an inclusive team name.
I suggest using a name taken from our local air traffic control facility that used to be separate facilities many years back. When the two merged, it became known as SO CAL Approach Control, to reflect a single organization serving a large geographical area.
C’mon Dean! Think about it: SO CAL Chargers. It’s a name we could all get behind, a heck of a lot easier than the L.A. Chargers!
Re: News Ticker, “Dirty Gas Dream to Come True in Carlsbad”
The California Public Utilities Commission flouted its own mandate for open bidding and clean energy when it chose to replace most of SDG&E’s share of San Onofre power with a $2.2 billion gas plant in Carlsbad. As was reported in the press, commission president Michael Picker worked a closed-door deal with the gas plant developer before the vote, corrupting the integrity of the process. In mock compliance, SDG&E requested bids to replace San Onofre power after the deal was done.
Recently, a state appeals court upheld the commission’s decision, ruling against an appeal by the Sierra Club and others. It seems SDG&E’s undue influence knows no boundaries. This is why I support the not-for-profit Community Choice Energy model, which across the state is beating the monopolies on clean energy content while charging lower rates. I hope to have this choice in my city someday, and am glad that San Diego and our north coastal cities are actively exploring it.
Your Trade Is Dead
Re: Waterfront, “Sea Center Seeks to Drop Anchor in Oceanside Harbor”
What ever happened to journalism? The story is written by Mr. Cacciloa’s customer/ friend — “The author is chair of Oceanside Senior Anglers’ scouts program.”
This organization has been a criticizer of Helgren’s Sportfishing ever since Helgren’s refused to give free charters to the Oceanside Senior Anglers. As they always state, Oceanside Anglers is the largest fishing club in Southern California. Who cares?
As an editor you have a responsibility to ensure the stories you approve are fair and unbiased. You know why Trump is President-elect ... because the media failed the people. Lie, cheat, cry. Your trade is dead. Fake news rules because journalists sold out.