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Comments made by PRProSanDiego

Are Roadside Call Boxes Necessary or Outdated?

Dialyn and Len, I am in agreement with you. We need to maintain the call box system. We cannot leave behind those who do not have cellphones. My 76-year-old mother does not use a cellphone. As for the rest of us, cellphone batteries die, and cellphones are not infallible.

Miguel F., if your assertion would true I might think twice. However, I recall an incident as a 20-year-old SDSU student in the days before cellphones and callboxes. I sat on the freeway ramp from westbound I-8 to northbound I-805 in my car for four hours until 3 a.m. waiting for someone to stop and assist me. Several CHP vehicles drove past without bothering to check whether anyone was in the car. I recognized that in the dark, they didn't see me. I finally took off the white shirt I was wearing and tied it to the antenna of my car as a sort of "white flag." It worked - a half hour later when an office finally drove by, it caught his eye and stopped. My parents were frantic when I finally got home, as you can imagine.

I do agree the fees should be cut back, and we should not be paying for unrelated services. This is a bureaucracy that has spiraled out of control.

All due credit to reporter Dave Maass at San Diego City Beat for being the first person to look into the SAFE situation and report on it months ago.

September 29, 2011 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Twitter Is For....

Pat, as we often say in both the crisis communication and emergency management business, a crisis (or fast-breaking news event) is not the time to hand out business cards. There are discussions taking place on Twitter among knowledgeable insiders in politics (particularly in San Diego), governance, business, communications, sports and celebrities, and news media ignore them at their own peril. Give it a try and take Grant's excellent advice on finding and using good management tools and practices that work for you.

BTW, Twitter is the only place where a humble PR gal could have a conversation with a rock star CEO (Tony Hsieh of Zappos), a big city mayor not her own (Sam Adams of Portland), and celebrities like Ellen Degeneres. Twitter levels the playing field!

June 8, 2011 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )