March 18 2015 11:40 AM

Our readers tell us what they think


San Diego is so lame!

I will never vote to fund a stadium for the Chargers ["Editorial," Feb. 4]. I do not want to waste my tax money even more.

I recently drove onto the onramp from Florida Canyon onto Interstate 5 and almost wrecked my car when I tried to avoid a big pothole in the road—right front tire went into it, and I really thought I was a goner even though I was driving at a modest speed. Secondly, this is a daily dodge game in my University Heights area—what in the ###### is the mayor thinking?

On the next topic, I'm totally scorched by the idea that a space needle or huge Ferris wheel is needed Downtown ["Editorial," Feb. 11]. Recently, my family and I tried to find a parking space Downtown. Nothing could be found. Every street was filled with people milling around and jaywalking. What we could use is more tourists to further clog up the already-congested city?

I moved back here in 1979 after a few years away in cities like Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, which have a good idea about shuttling visitors Downtown with a sort of Old Town Trolley vehicle that picks people up on a designated route of touristy options and makes a loop. You don't need to bring your car into a traffic jam. I'm horrified at what the city has become and mostly avoid it. Even peripheral residents don't use Downtown—let's be honest. As I cannot afford a high-rise down there, I will use things in my own 'hood and continue to vote no on these crazy ideas.

Dianne Obeso, University Heights

Stadium economics

Regarding your Feb. 4 editorial: Some years ago, when talking to a UCSD audience, Jesse Ventura, the then-Minnesota governor, was asked about public financing of professional stadiums. He said that academic reports show it to be bad economics; otherwise, the team owners would be financing them. Yet another San Diego mayor is focusing a large amount of city time on getting a new Chargers stadium whose construction cost alone would be in the range of $527 million to $1.6 billion, based on the last 10 NFL stadiums built. Meanwhile, San Diego budgets $478 million to repair the fourth-worst streets in the nation.

You might wonder what's wrong with Qualcomm Stadium. Maybe the real issue is that there are not enough luxury boxes for the wealthy. Forbes magazine reports that "premium seat revenue is also a big differentiator with stadiums and the NFL's financial hierarchy. The Cowboys, Washington Redskins and New York Giants all generate at least $75 million annually from club seats and luxury suites.

The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings are at the bottom of the premium seating category at less than $10 million, although both franchises are building new stadiums that will dramatically improve their fortunes."

Roger Newell, College Area

Disappointing departures

I have to admit I was disappointed to read of editor David Rolland's departure—and that of associate editor Kelly Davis ["Editor's Note," Feb. 18]. I can't tell you how much I think CityBeat has become part of San Diego since it arrived on the scene.

From the early days scrutinizing the old-boys network here and skirmishes with Bob Kittle to recent coverage of deaths in county jails and all things political, your support of local music, your sickand-twisted regular contributors, your appearances on KPBS, your coverage of happening events, restaurants and bars have all become part of my San Diego, part of this changing (changed!) city. Well done!

I look forward to hearing about what Rolland and Davis have been up to. Thanks again and good luck!

Donny Vaughn, Midtown

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