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Supporters Confident They Can Raise Funds For New Central Library

I wasn't just saying that they should have WiFi in the Library I was saying I would rather use the money that is being spent on the Library to instead equip all of downtown to have free WiFi access to all and then the library could be online so that anyone has access to download ebooks or whatever else can be aquired from the internet. The people that would be hired to man the library can instead man the website and continually scan and put more books online for people to digitally check out. Digital media accessible anywhere to one's portable device is becoming more and more the norm and we should be investing in building infrastructure to accommodate that instead of building things that will be obsolete in the next couple of decades.

If you are trying to argue that the library is a good thing because it will help people that don't have access to a computer then why is the library going up in a part of San Diego where housing prices are at a premium and only the well-off can afford to live there? If you want the most bang for the buck then more libraries should be built somewhere in the 51st or 53rd districts where the average household income is the lowest.

June 30, 2010 at 1:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Confident They Can Raise Funds For New Central Library

Doubtful that we will see the 1.4 million visitors that Seattle experienced here in San Diego where libraries average only 200,000 visitors per year, of which many would be downtown locals who are already contributing to local businesses unlike the comic-con and the baseball games which bring in many people from all over the United States. Same would be true for a football stadium.

June 30, 2010 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Confident They Can Raise Funds For New Central Library

I think downtown would benefit more by having free wifi available to everyone. More and more people are getting internet/wifi capable phones as smart phones become more and more dominate and more and more cheaper. Not to mention iPads, laptops, netbooks, eReaders, and tablet PC's. In 5 or so years nobody will have a phone that does not get internet/wifi and yes, studies show that even the poorest households have cell phones. Libraries can then offer books online for people to download onto their devices.

June 30, 2010 at 10:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Confident They Can Raise Funds For New Central Library

I can't speak for the attendance of Petco Park but according to the KPBS story this January they said that many businesses have sprung up around the park, revitalizing the area and that the east village has only benefited from the ballpark much like the development of the Horton Plaza shopping mall has spurred the growth of the Gaslamp Quarter. As one person mentioned, “I think anybody that has experienced downtown and experiences downtown today can absolutely see the restoration and renaissance that has happened to the East Village.” Those same businesses would love to see a Chargers stadium built as would a great many San Diegans.

June 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Confident They Can Raise Funds For New Central Library

Seems like a waste of money to me. How much money does an average library bring into San Diego each year? I bet it's mot much. Where are the studies that show spending money that could be used for public schools to make a public library makes students smarter and less likely to commit crimes? We should be focusing on renovating the convention center because we are in very real danger of losing the Comic-con which is one of Downtown's main money makers. Once we have the convention center expanded and updated and the Chargers stadium built and we have surplus money, then, and only then, should we think of building non-necessary luxuries like a downtown public library that much of San Diego will never use.

June 30, 2010 at 9:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD Council Approves New Central Library

Seems like a waste of money to me. How much money does an average library bring into San Diego each year? I bet it's mot much. Where are the studies that show spending money that could be used for public schools to make a public library makes students smarter and less likely to commit crimes? We should be focusing on renovating the convention center because we are in very real danger of losing the Comic-con which is one of Downtown main money makers. Once we have the convention center expanded and updated and the Chargers stadium built and we have surplus money, then, and only then, should we think of building non-necessary luxuries like a downtown public library that much of San Diego will never use.

June 29, 2010 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Schools Superintendent Is A Familiar Name

Instead of paying teachers not to work during summer we should have teachers teach students all year-round. Students wouldn’t all take vacation at the same time but instead there would be four groups that take their 3 months off at different times. What this will do is decrease the amount of teachers needed to teach the same amount of students which will free up more money to use to buy better learning tools for the students.

June 25, 2010 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ocean Beach Divided Over Anti-Homeless Sticker Controversy

I agree with this slogan. It seems that there are more and more "homeless" standing in intersections begging for money. I know one of them lives 2 blocks away from me in a nice 2 story house and his wife drops him off every morning in her shiny gray honda. When he is begging he strangely develops a limp. If people want to give they should instead give to an organization who can evenly distribute the donations to all the homeless and giving most to the most needy.

June 23, 2010 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City To Decide How To Manage La Jolla's Children's Pool

I enjoy watching the growing population of seals that have made La Jolla their home since the mid to late 90's but, we all know, wherever there are large seal populations there are great white shark attacks on humans as we see up and down the California coasts which have seals. Since La Jolla beaches are huge tourist attractions for families that come and play in the waters as well as fellow San Diegans, I wonder what kind of protections San Diego will initiate to prevent our children, surfers, swimmers, tourists from getting killed by attacks that will surely increase as increasing seal populations attract seal eating predators.

HELLO JAWS!!!!

May 18, 2010 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Unified Restricts District-Related Travel To Arizona

Can public schools that our taxes pay for take a political stand which could influence the children as is being done in the Arizona boycott? Can they start saying that they are against abortion or telling the kids to persuade their parents to only elect only a Democrat politicains? In not saying I am for what Arizona is doing I'm just wondering.

May 12, 2010 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )