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New Balboa Park Centennial Plans To Be Issued Friday

I probably should clarify my reference to "erstwhile mayor" = Jerry Sanders.

March 28, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New Balboa Park Centennial Plans To Be Issued Friday

The Jacobs project was not opposed by just "a preservation group" but by a very broad cross-section of San Diegans. SOHO was simply the visible representative organization but there is a long list of other organizations and individuals who fought to stop the plan and many individuals who contributed to SOHO's lawsuit that finally succeeded in putting a halt to the juggernaut begun by Jerry Sanders & Irwin Jacobs.

To compare seeking contributions for the 2015 Centennial Celebration to seeking contributions to the Jacobs public works plan is unfair and, I think, not entirely reasonable. There may be a nexus because of the wide-spread ill-feeling engendered by the effort to force acceptance of a massive, Historic District deforming project but I would blame that project & our erstwhile Mayor for any ill-feeling and discouragement of potential donors to other projects that bear no resemblance to that one.

As for BPCI, the fact that many of the same people or their friends were appointed to that board may also have played a role in the reluctance to donate. Certainly, there were many of us who had offered ourselves as volunteers to the Celebration committee - I myself spoke specifically to Ben Clay but never heard a thing back.

Too bad we can't see a replay with the Jacobs Project deleted from what occurred over the past 3 years - the outcome might have been very different though I'm not sure given the direction taken by the BPCI board regarding Celebration activities.

March 28, 2014 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Tactics, Turnout And Money In San Diego Mayor's Race

I thought each topic discussed in tonight's Roundtable was interesting and informative *except* that I was irritated to hear Sandhya Dirks continued references to the promoters of the Barrio Logan referendums as "the Port".

It isn't "the Port" that is objecting to the Barrio Logan Community Plan, it's the shipbuilding and ship repair companies that lease that land from the SD Unified Port District, and it's these companies that object to the very small part of the community plan that imposes *future* constraints on the support businesses across Harbor Drive from the shipbuilding/ship repair yards. The Community Plan does not apply to the Port District properties across Harbor Drive from the Barrio.

Because the greater part of the program tonight focused on the upcoming election, less time was spent discussing the referendums; I'd like to hear more discussion about the actual details of the objections and arguments relating to the Community Plan as the basis of these referendum petitions.

I'd also appreciate it if Mark Sauer would cut back substantially on his frequent references to Bob Filner and the issues that brought about Filner's resignation. Enough already!! Anyone who watches the Roundtable already knows that history, we don't need you wasting valuable minutes of the roundtable rehashing it.

February 7, 2014 at 11:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Tactics, Turnout And Money In San Diego Mayor's Race

I thought each topic discussed in tonight's Roundtable was interesting and informative *except* that I was irritated to hear Sandhya Dirks continued references to the promoters of the Barrio Logan referendums as "the Port".

It isn't "the Port" that is objecting to the Barrio Logan Community Plan, it's the shipbuilding and ship repair companies that lease that land from the SD Unified Port District, and it's these companies that object to the very small part of the community plan that imposes *future* constraints on the support businesses across Harbor Drive from the shipbuilding/ship repair yards. The Community Plan does not apply to the Port District properties across Harbor Drive from the Barrio.

Because the greater part of the program tonight focused on the upcoming election, less time was spent discussing the referendums; I'd like to hear more discussion about the actual details of the objections and arguments relating to the Community Plan as the basis of these referendum petitions.

I'd also like Mark Sauer to cut back substantially on his frequent references to Bob Filner and the issues that brought about Filner's resignation. Enough already!! Anyone who watches the Roundtable already knows that history, we don't need you wasting valuable minutes of the roundtable rehashing it.

February 7, 2014 at 11:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some San Diego Airport Travelers Skip Security Line With TSA-Pre

When I arrived at Lindbergh Field for my Christmas flight east, the TSA security person pointed out that I had the Pre-check icon on my boarding pass - hadn't noticed it. It was great to not have to take out laptop & liquids or take off my shoes and to zip through. The poor guy in front of me still had to take off his shoes - he explained that he buys expensive shoes with steel something or other in them.....

Hope my return boarding pass has it as well. I gather that's not an automatic thing round-trip. I'm not sure why I was selected - I used to fly frequently but haven't for the past couple of years. I do belong to a frequent flier program but, according to the article, that isn't necessarily a criterion. However, I suspect there may not be long lines when I show up at the airport at 6:30 am on New Year's Day. I'm ready to return home to San Diego - it's COLD here!!!

December 27, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayor Gloria Says Council Should Not Back Down From Barrio Logan Update

Todd Gloria is absolutely correct that the City's past practice of caving to threats of lawsuits and referenda on Council actions has come around to bite us from behind.

That's not to say that such threats aren't real and won't result in court or ballot action but having rescinding actions, or pursuing actions that the Council was warned about legal impediments and the City Attorney should have known were not consistent with the law, have cost taxpayers much more than dollars. Backing down only encourages more such threats.

December 6, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lilac Hills Ranch Proposal Challenges County General Plan

Describing his development as "sustainable, smart growth" doesn't make it so. Note that this in Bill Horne's district, the County Supervisor who has pushed other dense residential development in entirely rural areas as well as proposing a new north-south freeway between I-15 and I-5.

I looked at this area on Google Earth and it is extremely rural at this time. The roads from I-15 are 2-lane (Circle R Dr., W. Lilac Rd.) from Old 395 east. There is already a fair amount of residential development closer to I-15 where Circle R Dr. is relatively straight. I also saw, north of Circle R Dr., several areas where roads have been graded to accommodate more residential development.

I've no doubt that if (heaven forbid) a GP Amendment is approved and permits for the proposed 1742 homes (plus commercial) are granted, the next step will be pressure to widen and straighten the road. In any case, this looks like an area that would rapidly go up in flames in the event of a fire (lots of eucalyptus among other things, especially around the existing housing).

July 4, 2013 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U-T San Diego Political Ads Don't Add Up

No one has mentioned yet whether a "package deal" was also offered to the campaigns opposed by the UT/Manchester/Lynch. Somehow, even if one was offered, I doubt that it would have been the sweet deal described here for candidates & measures supported by the UT.

April 5, 2013 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Filner Speaks; Local Gun Control; Building Heights; Chargers Hires

@ sdmom619 : Rte. 94 at Lemon Grove Ave. is in La Mesa and not governed by the 30' height limitation. The height limitation applies only to City of San Diego and only west of I-5 (within the City of San Diego) except for Little Italy and Downtown San Diego.

As La Playa Heritage states, the 500' height limit downtown is due to airport landing & takeoff constraints and not City-imposed limits.

January 22, 2013 at 7:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Alice In Wonderland Mural Discovered On SDSU Campus

We are extremely fortunate to have an inquisitive archaeologist such as Seth Mallios and a deeply knowledgeable librarian/historian like Evelyn Kooperman. Thank you to them and to KPBS for the story.

I'm certain there are many other fascinating historical detail about San Diego still to be discovered or shared, as is demonstrated by new materials that keeps coming out on Ken Kramer's "About San Diego", Richard Crawford's website "SanDiegoYesteryday" and Roger Showley's local history articles in the Union-Tribune (still good for something!).

January 10, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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