rosebath June 20, 2013 @ 12:04 p.m.

Clutter --respect and food in a timely manner is what we are not getting. Hence, the comments. I also don't want them to be my friend or kiss my ass --I just don't want to have to beg to get attention or go thirsty because my server won't look at me. This is more of a marked problem here in SD.


Ian Pike June 20, 2013 @ 11:34 a.m.

There is some validity in arguing that paying people a "living wage" increases job satisfaction and performance and you're not the first to make it.

Here in San Diego, I'd say that restaurant servers make better wages, on average, than servers in many other cities. In many states, restaurants can pay servers the better part of two dollars an hour, relying on customer tips to make up the difference between that sum and a living wage. In California, State labor laws mandate that servers earn at least minimum wage regardless of tips. In lots of places, senior servers earn above minimum wage plus any tips they earn on service. This generous pay scale means that the wage gap between back of the house and front of the house staff is even wider in San Diego than it is in other cities. Plus, restaurant owners have to deal with much steeper labor costs than their counterparts in cities with less restrictive labor laws.

I'm not here to argue the merits (or lack thereof) of high hourly wages for servers, but I do think that it deflates the argument that servers are underpaid and therefore not motivated to excel.


Sjtorres July 31, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

Yes, living in the suburbs is different than living in Hillcrest-surprise! But it's not that "far out there." It takes longer to get to downtown from La Jolla or even Clairemont Mesa than from Eastlake. All neighborhoods have pros and cons, and the SoCal population is going to continue to rise over the coming decades, so growth and expansion are inevitable. The key is for City and County planners to work with developers to ensure success and sustainability for a hundred years, and not think in short-term ways. Thank you for taking the time to write this story! I'm sure moving to the San Diego 'burbs from Hillcrest or Brooklyn is a big change.


Ponzi Aug. 1, 2013 @ 5:59 a.m.

Farmer is leaning against his fence when a guy in a car drives up. Guy asks the farmer for directions to the next town. He tells the farmer "I had to get out of the last town. I've been stuck there forever, I've never seen such a collection of dishonest, no good, uncaring people, in my life. What are the people in the next town like?" Farmer says "I think you'll find they're pretty much the same" and the guy drives off.

A little while later another car pulls up. Driver says to the farmer "I'm so sad I have to leave the last town. I spent many happy times there. The people were loving and open, and always greeted me with open arms. What are the people in the next town like?" Farmer says "I think you'll find they're pretty much the same"


ProudEastlaker Aug. 2, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.

I think some of us are taking this article too seriously. I thought this article was humerous because as much as we don't want to admit it, it has some truth to it. I have lived in many parts of the world and Eastlake is the best place I've lived in. My family moved to Eastlake in 2009 and have loved it since. With all the amenities this place has to offer, its perfect for raising children. As FriarsFan2013 mentioned, Eastlake does feel like an Island, but its a pretty, peaceful Island. Ms Salaam does mention all the good qualities about Eastlake, how everything is close by, the good schools and our diverse population. She is right about some things, I do tend to complain when I have to go to Michaels or to downtown San Diego when I can't find something in here. Our Mall can use another department store as well. At the end of the day, this is our little piece of heaven, I love Eastlake.

P.S. Eastlake is not cheap.


NeedsToBeSaid Aug. 6, 2013 @ 12:27 p.m.

Dear Ms. Salaam,

I read your article and all the comments as well. A writer's viewpoint is usually offered to elicit commentary, provoke thoughtful ideas and spark intelligent discussion from readers. However, when a writer submits a piece that is loaded with racial remarks and derogatory comments, it clearly proves the writer is ill-experienced in the topic. If your sole purpose in publishing this article was to create a name for yourself, you've done exactly that - your name is not credible. Readers will not be able to take seriously a writer who loads text with complaints sans solutions, racial remarks and negative pessimism about the state of a community. Be a doer, Ms. Salaam. Invent something interesting for Eastlake. Create something meaningful for Eastlake's high-scoring school districts. Make a change. But do so positively. Your piece slams a community that you are not bound to. As my mother used to say, "If you don't like it, leave." Your slant is narrow and it is not surprising that you have not made solid friendships in Eastlake. Good people generally see transparencies in others, and if you have not built good relationships in Eastlake perhaps it's because what's clearly visible - your own inability to see past races, even the SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) race. Please be a responsible writer. The goal is not to offend, right? Isn't a writer's goal to expose their viewpoint to a larger audience via words? Words and their delivery should be chosen wisely. Your baseline viewpoint has been exposed now. As you note in your article, Eastlake is a small community. You may find it hard to build good friendships now that you have torn everyone down, including yourself.


Ian Pike Sept. 19, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m.

Yeah, I want to try teh regular ramen sometime too. They have this whole chicken broth thing going on that piques my curiosity.

As far as Roscoe's gotta go off hours and not in Hollywood, as far as I can tell. Pretty much worth it if you don't have to wait. It's Roscoe's, after all.


Ian Anderson June 16, 2014 @ 6:21 p.m.

Well I'll be a haole gringo, you're right. Thanks for the correction.


Ian Anderson Nov. 14, 2014 @ 12:01 p.m.

I should add, all the servers here were actually pretty cool and helpful. I don't typically have a problem with service during any of my reviews, but I'd say the banter here was above par.


dwbat Jan. 23, 2015 @ 5:13 p.m.

RE: "Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and others" This demonstrates the dated approach to business old "Papa" has. There's no mention of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo,, Google Chrome, Photoshop, etc. Who uses Internet Explorer anymore? I'm surprised they are not looking for IBM Selectric typewriter and Xeroxing skills! As Bugs Bunny used to say: "What a mo-roon!"


dwbat Jan. 25, 2015 @ 3:08 p.m.

Since the person will have to put up with "Papa" and his arrogant Texas friends, the money will sure be earned! I wouldn't take that job for $120,000.


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