Oct. 2 2013 08:24 AM

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In last week's "Fall Arts" issue, Glenn Heath Jr. reported that Rafaella Lupo directed the film Documented, which will be the closing-night feature of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. The director's name is Ann Lupo.

Lori's not loose

Former Democratic Assemblymember Lori Saldaña, now president of the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club, has an excellent record to run on for mayor of San Diego. She also has the backbone to prove she is no pushover for Downtown special interests or the bullying of CityBeat ("Loose cannon"? Really? Could you be more insultingly dismissive?) ["Editorial," Sept. 4].

Lori is loved and trusted and campaigns hard, and she would be a breath of fresh air at City Hall. David Alvarez, an estimable newbie to City Council, is not ready for prime time.

You don't even mention local hero Bruce Coons, executive director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, who sued the City Council to save Balboa Park from depredations by Irwin Jacobs—and won! Coons knows land use backwards and forwards and is a formidable candidate for mayor of San Diego.

Anyway, it could be argued that the more Dems in the race, the better, as Dem voters will fracture every which way and diminish the new clout that the Dem in sheep's clothing, Nathan Fletcher, presumably will carry as a recent convert to the party of FDR and LBJ.

Frances O'Neill Zimmerman, La Jolla

Editor's note: We received this letter before Lori Saldaña announced that she would not run for mayor and endorsed David Alvarez.

What about the toppings?

Regarding Michael Gardiner's Sept. 4 "The World Fare" column: It is exciting that someone thinks San Diego serves America's best pizza, but Michael's criticism of Filippi's makes no sense.

First, he doesn't like the décor of what is, apparently, the one Filippi's location that he has visited. I've been to three locations, and each was decorated differently. I understand that the decor is not unimportant, but it's not a deciding factor in where I choose to eat.

Second, he criticizes Filippi's crust for being neither New York nor Chicago (irrelevant), neither here nor there (what does that mean?), neither bad nor good. I disagree, but since I buy pizza for the toppings, as long as the crust doesn't spoil the flavor of the toppings, I don't care about the crust.

"Filippi's pizza seems to be all about what it is not rather than what it is," Gardiner writes. What does that even mean? You're the one writing about what it's not, instead of about what it is. The most important part of a pizza is the toppings, but Gardiner says not a word about them in his criticism. Perhaps that's because Filippi's toppings are fresh, delicious and abundant. TripAdvisor, which gave San Diego its best-pizza-in-America rating, clearly agrees.

I don't care if a restaurant has wine bottles hanging from the ceiling. Is the food good? Is it expensive? Is the service friendly? Are the bathrooms clean? Please, give me information I can use, not cheap shots.

Paul Wenger, Oceanside

Ridiculous NIMBYs

Regarding the Sept. 11 article "Jacking the process": Jack in the Box has been open at that location in North Park for 50 years. I've eaten there. North Park residents have eaten there. San Diego residents have eaten there. It serves a purpose.

It was open when every single neighbor moved in. It had a drive-thru before the remodel. The remodeled store is the same size. There is a bar with a patio open until 2 a.m. across the street! It is reasonable to limit the late night hours, just like regulating a bar's hours.

The neighborhood is mixed-use-commercial zoned. Jack is the only fast-food restaurant in the area. It's not a crack house. The not-in-my-backyard outrage is ridiculous. If you don't like it, boycott it and/or move. If it doesn't get enough business, it will close. That's how capitalism and business works.

James Wasser, Mira Mesa

Out-of-touch hipsters

Regarding Joshua Emerson Smith's "Jacking the process" ["News," Sept. 11]: Aside from the legal issues, if the Jack in the Box drive-thru weren't profitable, the company would close it. The real residents of North Park have voted with their wallets—they want the drive-thru. It shows that Roger Lewis, Robert Barry and the rest of the "I'm a hipster" members of the North Park Planning Committee are woefully out of touch with their neighbors— the ones lined up in the drive-thru lane.

Jerry Zullo, North Park

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