Juan Delgadillo: "You’re going to sweat. So before you come here, shower. Deodorize. If you’ve been on the construction site all day, wear a clean shirt.”
Tom Sullivan: "Somebody's gotta be the orchestra director."
Roads like Old Highway 80, east of San Diego, were paved with concrete; but after the war, asphalt paving was perfected. Asphalt is cheaper to lay down, which is why most surface streets in the cities are paved with it.... Sections of certain roads, such as 163 from Quince Street to I-8, have had to be resurfaced (with less-expensive asphalt) because the original concrete road was designed for lighter vehicles and lower traffic.
By Neal Matthews, Sept. 5, 1991 Read full article
Landon: "Most felony cases wind up getting taken care of within three or four months."
“I do it because I am committed to the issues and not necessarily for the fees. It’s understandable why it’s difficult to find people to do this kind of work. Either a person has to be a member of an entity that supports them and pays them a salary or you have to be willing to go out front and do it and hope some of your time will be compensated.”
By Judith Moore, March 21, 1991 Read full article
Grant Willard: "The best I've made in RVs is maybe $25-27,000 three or four years ago."
"My way of doing it is to get acquainted with them, ask them what they're looking for. The thing is, people mostly care only about the monthly payment. You don't press them too hard on the down payment and put them in a squeeze. Mainly that's their problem, getting the down payment. But if they got the down payment then, it's the monthly payments that count."
By Patrick Daugherty, Feb. 21, 1991 Read full article
Banse: "I still look like another hippie or downtrodden soul, which I am.”
Banse turns off onto the University Avenue exit. “There’s nothing people out here have done that I didn’t do when I was young. I’m streetwise. I apply that knowledge. At 32nd and National I had six or seven papers to serve. The buildings had boarded-up windows, broken bottles, you name it. Immediately I get there, 20 gang members surround me."
By Judith Moore, Feb. 14, 1991 Read full article
“After 20 years of competing against each other, 20 tow companies are supposed to put their arms around each other and become partners?”
Until the late 1980s, the police department divided the city into 16 tow districts. The highest qualified bidder in each district won the three-year contract for police impounds in that area. Some towers paid as much as $30,000 for the contract. When a cop needed a tow, the company in that district was called, and the tower hauled the car to his lot. Then in the early 1980s, San Diego tow company operators found themselves inundated with junk cars they could not sell.
By Neal Matthews, Feb. 7, 1991 Read full article
At midnight, when Juan arrives home, his wife massages his feet and gives him a pedicure.
“To make decent money, you have to work hard. A lot of people think it’s a very glamorous job. But it’s very physical, arduous, hard on the body. You dance, you wear out your knees. I am wearing out my joints so fast. At twenty-seven, I already have traumatic arthritis, the joints of a forty-year-old man. So I am usually on medication to reduce swelling.
By Judith Moore and Abe Opincar, July 21, 1988 Read full article