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The Best Elevator Ride In San Diego

I don't think see how comparing the costs related to politicians to how much is spent on public projects is useful. Clearly you like the main library and it is just as clear that I do not. But why should the activities of politicians determine the knowledge of the cost of public projects. I am going to say the bottom line costs of the main library project were distorted and underestimated from the beginning (sadly I have reason to know that). Perhaps I have drawn the conclusion that if politicians lie about one thing, they lie about others (that might be my uninformed opinion). If you don't care how money is spent in this city, then you will enjoy your box seats in the new Charger stadium the convention center. I am sure they will have a lovely elevator there.

September 14, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Best Elevator Ride In San Diego

I noticed you didn't mention how much this artwork cost. I understand some people say that a price should not be placed on art and no matter how much it cost, it is worth having it. It isn't that anyone will tear it out now that it is there, but people should know as part of this transparency fiction the City government continues to sell us. And someone will say the money was donated (was it?) or given as a grant (which would still be taxpayer money) but that's not the point. I believe every dollar spent on public projects should be disclosed to the public and not hidden in some bottom line number. The elevator may indeed be worth it. I am not saying the artists have not put a lot of time and effort into it, and artists absolutely deserve to be paid. And probably the labor and materials stimulated the economy for a short period...I am sure someone will say tourists will flock to the library just to ride up and down in the elevator (that seems a little inefficient but someone will make that argument). Still, the public should know what the cost is. Not part of the cost, but the whole cost of having what has to be San Diego's fanciest elevator in a building that personally I find hideous (but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I know some people worship at the feet of Quigley). Just a thought.

September 13, 2013 at 5:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Second Opinion: Is It Cheaper To Pay The Fine Than To Buy Coverage?

I am flabbergasted that people still pretend that no one ever gets sick, no one ever has an accident. If you have six children in the house, you need to be healthy and not count on the silly notion that you can beat the odds. I just hope they aren't planning on have child #7 in the next year with no health insurance.

September 10, 2013 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Terminal Lance' Artist Creates Animated Tribute To Dogs (Video)

Darn it. I did cry. I know it's just a drawing and it still made me cry.

July 3, 2013 at 6:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: San Onofre To Shut Down, Cunningham Out Of Prison

Really disappointed that the Roundtable is turning into reruns of previously aired programs. I enjoyed it when it was a active conversation between editors (which I understand must not exist anymore since mostly reporters are featured now), but not enjoying this new format. Oh well, gives me a reason to turn off the radio and walk the dog.

June 9, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Privacy Rights vs. Employee Tracking

I'm without sympathy for people who complain that they are being monitored as they use Twitter and Facebook for their personal fun and games while at work. Unless they are getting paid to waste time on social media, they shouldn't be using it whether or not they are on their own personal devices or not. Time has value and nothing is less productive than someone making personal phone calls or updating their Facebook page or twittering away on the latest erroneous gossip feed. They can also manage to be disruptive to coworkers and clients. Take it out the door and do your personal stuff on your personal time. Enough people seriously want to work; no employer wants or needs to tolerate someone who doesn't value the employer's time and equipment. On the other hand, I think it is outrageous that employers now think they can keep employees on call 24-hours-a-day because of electronic leashes. When did common sense and respect disappear?

April 25, 2013 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is Compass Card City’s Bus Ticket To 21st Century?

I'm not buying a SmartPhone just to ride the bus, nor do I like the idea of using a credit card to buy fares. There should always been an accommodation for those of us who ride the bus rarely. I prefer to use cash to handing over our personal information to the transit corporation, and I don't like the idea of having to put money on a Compass card when I know any funds not used by the end of the month will be lost to e. I don't think think cash people should be punished with higher costs for doing so when the alternative choices are so poor. If you want to encourage people to use the Compass cards, then make it easier to acquire one and allow the value not to be lost from month to month. Taking a bus downtown to the Transit Center takes several hours of time, and I am not anywhere near a trolley station (which is what the transit people seem to assume). The problem is that our transit system in San Diego lags behind the rest of the world in convenience, schedule, and the way they manage encouraging ridership ship (cutting down on routes, limited time availability for some routes, an inconsistently working Compass card are not encouragements). My brother uses the Compass card and has had problems with it recognizing the amount charged to it, and this business of not having the value put on the card roll over to the next month is primitive and shows more interest in money than in serving the public (unused funds no doubt go back in the pockets of the CEOs as bonuses). I don't care as much for speed as efficiency...and that's why I don't ride the bus more.

April 23, 2013 at 6:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drone Industry Boosters Pilot Controversial Local Growth Plan

Funny people are worried about their privacy but have no concerns about the environmental impact of these things buzzing constantly in the air. When all the birds and wildlife are gone, we are next. Does anyone get that?

April 2, 2013 at 7:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Del Mar Gun Show Draws Record Crowd

The media focus on guns and bullets might have drawn large crowds, but there was nothing said about vendors who sell collectibles at the show whose customers were discouraged by the picketers, NRA loyalists and their corporate handlers, and all the focus on the weapon culture. It's an interesting show that has a range of items available but you wouldn't know it from this coverage.

March 11, 2013 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Council Shows Strong Support For Tourism Marketing District

I doubt if Las Vegas would stop getting tourists if they stopped running annoying commercials. Every time there is a weather report showing sun in San Diego when it is snowing elsewhere, San Diego gets free advertising. I would bet most tourists come here because they already know about San Diego, not because of some ad where most of the money is going to management and very little is used to improve the production values. My guess is that the people who make the most money from this scheme care more for their bank accounts than they do San Diego. Locking in the City to a 40 year contract for marginal results is ridiculous in a universe where individuals are doing their own forms of free advertising though various media. I'm more likely to follow the recommendation of a neighbor than pay any attention to a commercial. It's is too bad the Council buys into the old school arguments when the world is moving quickly past outmoded commercial models.

February 26, 2013 at 5:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )