Balistreri can estimate the value of a dumpster’s contents by standing downwind from it.

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San Diego's public servants

County coroner, cops on guns and behind-scenes talk, Imperial Avenue firemen, game wardens, weathermen, metermen, mailmen

Dead Reckoning The coroner’s longest day on the job was, of course. September 25. 1978, the day of PSA Flight 182. When the airliner crashed at 9:04 that morning. Stark was in his office, finishing ...

Jerry Balistreri is a model recycler, but don't say that to Adams Ave. neighbors

Will San Diego fisherman's son get a landfill contract?

“Right now the landfills charge twenty-seven cents to dump a tire, because they're bulky, they don’t decompose, and they keep coming back to life — they keep floating up to the surface. So tires are a big pain."


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