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San Diegans Urged To Recycle More

Household hazardous waste is still an orphan. Reducing waste volume is a good goal but so is keeping waste toxic-free. Can you look at how the county and its cities (especially San Diego) handle this paint, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent lamps, etc?

At Miramar, you still need an appointment to bring it in. One site for a city is absurd and so is booking a time to be there. It's like going to the dentist!

Vendors must take back motor oil and maybe this would be a model for handling all household hazmat.

January 22, 2010 at 6:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

S.D. Library Project Takes Step Forward

A bigger, new downtown library is an idea whose time has come, and gone, overtaken by social change and technical progress.

Downtown is not, and has not been, the social soul of the city. We who live in the 'burbs go there for work, play and a very few civic events.

Downtown dwellers no doubt need a new library - one that meets their needs and is not unwisely burdened ancillary functions that don't serve them. Cut this grandiose plan down to neighborhood size and locate other functions where they belong.

We need a city archive of one-of-a-kind works but, it should be accessible to all, from anywhere. Digitize it and put the server farm on less expensive land. No patron need come near it.

A charter school should be where it best serves the kids. Having a neighborhood library nearby is a good idea but, school location criteria should influence library location, not the other way 'round.

Put the money you save into improving the digital book system and the other neighborhood libraries. Start by simply keeping them open longer. Current neighborhood library hours are an embarrassment to a literate citizenry.

October 23, 2009 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )