Oct. 23 2013 08:25 AM

Our readers tell us what they think


In last week's Best of San Diego Readers Poll, we accidentally left out the winners in the Best Produce Market category. The winner is (drum roll): North Park Produce! Honorable mention: Sprouts, Whole Foods, OB People's Co-op, Jimbo's...Naturally.

First things first

In your Oct. 2 editorial about the new main library, you write: "Now, we just need a new City Hall: a beautiful, living monument to democracy...."

Considering the state of democratic governance in San Diego, this must be subtle sarcasm. Can we please deal with some deferred maintenance projects first?

Michael Leonard-Creditor, La Jolla Editor's note: It was not sarcasm.

Finally, a new library

Regarding your Oct. 2 editorial about the new Downtown library: Yes, I remember those days when it was very uncertain if the library could move forward. I spoke at a council meeting, saying the old one was decrepit and an insult to our fine city, pledging $1,000, with another $1,000 toward maintenance if it were approved (which I did give). It's great to see it finished. Where I live (Park Terrace) backs to the site.

One thing you didn't mention is the new one has parking (free for library patrons for a certain time, maybe two hours, and longer and after-hours for a fee, after an operator is found), will have a cafe and does have many areas that can be rented to bring in money toward maintenance costs.

Jan Bourgeois, East Village

Residents tend to win

Regarding your Oct. 9 editorial about the Barrio Logan Community Plan: What you are missing is the power of the resident. Regulations change radically with people living within certain distances of industrial operations.

A shipyard uses some very noxious chemicals. (All you need to do is look at the workman's-comp rates for those workers.) A certain distance must be maintained from residential areas.

It will never be the new resident who must put up with the chemicals; it will always be the existing shipyard / industry that will be forced to modify operations. Let's not forget the issues at Fat City and Solar Turbines on Pacific Highway.

Bob Kay, Overlook Heights

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