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Probably visiting from Bodega Bay. The Birds are known to be less well-mannered up there.

April 25, 2016

Younger readers will not get the joke, but it's referencing "The Birds" (1963), shot in Bodega Bay. I've been there, and I think it's still somewhat of a tourist destination.

April 25, 2016

Right or wrong I love that pic.

April 25, 2016
Suspicious seagulls in Ocean Beach

Anyone recognize this innocent looking guy? He’s wanted in connection to a series of attempted break-ins (or should I say beak-ins?) around Ocean Beach. Gulls are well known as clever birds: they learn, remember, and ...

Boy, between smashed car windows, vandalized gardens, and parrots being executed, Ocean Beach sure seems like a wonderful place to live. I guess dead dogs are next.

I know most Obecians are not happy with what is going on, but no one seems to be able to do anything about it. No one ever sees anything or hears anything. I heard a new police shed was put in to replace the old one. A lot of good that is doing. People complained about the Big Brother cameras being installed, but I don't see how any of this crap is going to be stopped without 24/7 eyes. Probably no one checking the video anyway.

April 26, 2016

The SDPD has one of the lowest cops to citizens ration in the US. Many areas of San Diego have only one officer on patrol. When an officer arrests someone it takes that officer off the street for an hour or more. San Diego jail is over crowded and can take time to deposit a prisoner there. SDPD has always needed more officers on the street but the politicos have never felt the need to supply the funds. To put one officer on the street 24/7 you have to hire 5 same with dispatchers. Many times when an incident occurs on the border with another city the other cities officers arrive before SDPD. As an example: There was an injury crash at 73rd and El Cajon Blvd. La Mesa (Heartland) fire, paramedics, police, a PSO and an RSVP unit arrived and the trapped victim was extricated and in the ambulance before a SDPD officer arrived.

May 2, 2016

Taggers should start getting the max sentence plus heavy fines. When they get out of jail, they should also be required to clean up graffiti for a few months.

May 19, 2016

Maybe raise the age to buy spray paint from 18 to 50.

May 20, 2016

Anyone really surprised? A surprise would have been that the system was actually working and that repairs, replacements, and corrections were made. The "do nothing" San Diego city hall and city departments have been getting away with their skimpy efforts for decades. So, why would a new app or on-line reporting system make that change? They've ignored telephonic reports and complaints by the tens of thousands for many, many years. And those were the reports and complaints that were made to a real live person.

The fact that the NCTD, another governmental agency with a spotty record of its own, was ignored is ironic, and screamingly funny. If any residents of the city of SD believe any of the stuff that the government, city council members, mayor, city attorney, or anyone else who is part of the problem tells them, they are utter fools.

Sept. 3, 2016

Homeowners in neighborhoods overrun with short-term rentals should identify the owner of the property and file lawsuits against them as well as filing complaints with the local bought-and-paid-for politicos and call the cops every time there is noise, illegal parking etc. The homeowners and residents need to make the neighborhood unfriendly for short-term rentals.

Oct. 22, 2017

Time to repeal the gas tax increase. "Poor" folks can't afford to pay for gasoline, so they steal it. Seriously though, drilling into a tank like that is dangerous. Get it a little too hot, or have a spark, and it's conflagration time. But with a plastic tank, it's much less dicey than with a steel tank. This may be the new crime of opportunity: a high clearance vehicle that allows access and enough space to place a container, and away you go. Just when you think you've heard everything . . .

Dec. 16, 2017

I love this photo process. It really is the tangible made visual. The Getty gift shop regularly features silk scarves and other products with reproductions of Atkins' work (such as from fern fronds and ginkgo leaves etc.), so I think there's a market for original pieces like this artist is producing, and applications for capturing other ephemera. Here's wishing her every success.

Feb. 16, 2018

"Paramedic pay starts at about $14 an hour," but the excuse AMR used to renegotiate the contract is that they had "implemented the City's Living Wage"?! This is what happens when the city doesn't foster competition and instead awards a monopoly based on campaign kickbacks rather than service provided. Upper management is making a killing (literally) overcharging patients and underpaying employees, and it's time to announce this deal DOA.

Feb. 28, 2018

Nothing new....this is the way it has been since the 1980s when the privatization of EMS became a "cost cutting" method of providing services. The only way around it is to place EMS transport back into the control of the FD and operate a two-tier EMS system with BLS ambulances staffed by EMTs and have the medic on the engine accompany the patient only when necessary. That would allow EMTs to work for the FD and make a decent wage/benefits, and provide a career ladder where they could eventually become a medic/FF and transfer to an engine or some other assignment within the FD. Or provide a one tier system where the medics are placed on the ambulance and would not tie up the engine for most calls. Either way, you have to stop using a private ambulance service to provide what most people consider to be an essential service (Police, Fire, EMS). The city could charge for transport to recoup some of the cost to provide the service, and you would no longer have a private entity to deal with.

March 3, 2018

Regarding the VOSD position, their description should also stipulate: Be able to slant every story toward a pro-developer angle or other donors' expectations.

Anyone who has read them long enough knows it's crap for VOSD to claim that, "As a nonprofit, we are obligated to pursue a mission, not deliver returns to investors, who might earn more if writers chased quarterback controversies or salacious criminal mysteries."

The idea that somehow they are not conflicted and free of ulterior motives since they have a handful of policy-minded donors wanting espousal rather than hundreds of commercial advertisers wanting exposure reeks of guilty conscience.

May 16, 2018

Deja vu all over again! 😂 I was stopped at same spot on Nimitz in 1967 as a high school junior with my license less an a year old. I had my parents’ Volvo 122 and the CHP officer asked how I could be driving such a nice car. He detained me almost a half hour while running a check to see if the car was stolen (even though my name matched up with my dad’s name on the registration slip). I called the CHP office the next day to complain, and the San Diego regional commander apologized and invited me to his office (the old hq on Camino del Rio South near Ward Road). I went. I thought his action was pretty classy, and still do 51 years later.

Aug. 10, 2018

Might it be a good idea to shower and lather up with 2% hexachlorophene surgical soap after swimming anywhere near the border. Swimming in sewage is a dicey proposition.

Aug. 21, 2018

Until Tijuana stops its toxic-waste dumping into our waters, it's probably not safe to swim at Coronado or IB beaches. Enjoy the sand, but stick to chlorinated swimming pools or spas.

Aug. 21, 2018

Clusters of these drugging attacks pop up every now and then all over the place. The gay community over the years has had more than its share of predators dosing drinks. And as the Cosby saga demonstrates, no place or situation should be considered "safe."

Whether the motive is robbery or rape, the only thing more criminal is the indifference with which these attacks are met by authorities—just as described in this article. And also as described, the only solution is for the establishments where these attacks have or are likely to occur to band together to identify the perpetrators and protect themselves.

Oct. 9, 2018

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