MOMS VS. GUNS
Thank you for your “Moms Demand Action zeroes in on guns” [May 25] article. Aaryn Belfer points out, with good humor, the folly and failure of Eddie Eagle and the fact that the gun violence prevention movement is in for the long haul. It’s not going to go away until we reduce the ridiculous number of annual gun deaths (32,000) in this county. The more journalists bring the problem to the attention of the public, the more awareness you create and the more likely it is that politicians sign on to gun laws that will protect all of us.
SanDiego Chapter, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
ARTS NOT TACOS
I attended the San Diego County Credit Union 20th Annual Festival of Arts in North Park and had a fun day [“Block Arty,” May 18]. However, I found it disconcerting that writers and poets were noticeably absent. With a plethora of venues for creative expression, not one was devoted to literature?
My disappointment was not with the talented musicians, painters, brewers, dancers and artisans that passionately displayed their creations. Nor do I question the organizers’ decisions to focus on local talent and tailor events for families with young children. My contention here is that to neglect San Diego’s vibrant and varied literary community entirely was, at the very least, disrespectful.
Perhaps I’m just nostalgic for an antiquated Shakespearean time when thoughtful use of written language was considered artistic, but to me, this obvious absence was an alienating oversight for the professed arts festival.
After complaining about being snubbed by an anonymous bartender in CityBeat’s own Sordid Tales column recently, Edwin Decker was snubbed again. When there were no sponsored readings at the North Park event, he was relegated Saturday to read to an isolated crowd at an alternative location.
With an opportunity to paint your employees as artists in the neighborhood in which you reside, what did CityBeat choose to do? On the same day you were a sponsor of the San Diego Taco Fest, a competing event at Waterfront Park?
Although I have lived in San Diego since 1998, I did not attend the annual North Park street fest until I moved to the trendy neighborhood in 2010. Of the events I have attended since then, this year’s seemed the least crowded. Hours were extended this year, possibly diluting the congestion.
There also seemed fewer vendors and food trucks, opening greater space for attendees to wander and walk. If fewer people did attend this year’s festival and CityBeat plans to stay in the publishing business in North Park, then these issues are relevant to you.
To hear and see a literary presence at next year’s festival of arts in North Park would be a nice and appropriate change that would complement established exhibitions and bring new performers, attracting greater variety in attendees.
For example, children’s literary performances could be coordinated and hosted with the North Park Public Library. Events for more mature audiences could be held in conjunction with establishments like Lynn Susholtz’s Art Produce, profiled in the May 11 edition of CityBeat, or with Verbatim Books, a recent addition to and a business welcomed by North Park’s creative community.
By inviting writers, poets and journalists to participate in next year’s event, North Park can host a truly inclusive festival of more arts.
Gerald Vanderpot, North Park
MISSING THE BUS
In reference to the many letters and your editorials on the proposed Chargers stadium downtown, there is one item no one has yet mentioned. The MTS bus yard at 15th and Imperial houses the majority of our city’s buses. It has been there for more than 60 years, ever since our fair city switched from streetcars to buses.
Now think back a few years ago when the city was rehabilitating the old San Diego Police Department Headquarters on Harbor Drive. Due to a large fuel plume underground, which had to be pumped out, the rehab took an extra five years before any building modifications could take place.
My question: Could there be a similar plume under the MTS bus yard?
Also, how long would it take to rehab the site...if and when the bus company was able to relocate? This would be added costs, and time, to realize a new stadium at this site. How about writing an editorial about this issue?
John Plough, Hillcrest