WHAT THE SHELL?
I seldom get angry enough to respond to an article that irks me. But your ["The shell game that is Measure C," Sept. 7] article infuriated me with its backward thinking rehash of the same tired "taxes for billionaires" comments, albeit a slightly different approach, but same tired message.
Full disclosure, I am a Charger fan but not a fanatic. I seldom go to games but watch most games on TV. I don't buy gear, memorabilia, etc., but do feel a certain amount of civic pride that the Chargers are my team. I live in the city. But that's it.
Most people get their cues from the media, so when you say we are "raising taxes" to pay for a Chargers stadium it is technically true but rather misleading. Playing down the fact that San Diegans are not being taxed is rather disingenuous since most readers won't go any further in their analysis. However your analogy to the Las Vegas stadium situation was a nonsensical red herring. I have been paying for crap in Las Vegas, New York, Atlanta, Indianapolis and major cities of the states for years through tourist taxes, without a second thought. It is the most innocuous tax around. It's like the tax we pay at the gas pump, or on our phone bill. It does not affect our life one iota and for the tourism industry to say that four extra dollars of every hundred a tourist spends will hurt them is a flat out lie and you should not let them get away with it.
Sure, if we were Omaha, it might, but in this major tourist city that competes with other major cities for tourism dollars, it's at worst a wash, and at best still lower than our competitors.
Finally it is time that reporters stop referring to this as the Chargers stadium. True, the Chargers are a major tenant, but they occupy this facility for about 18 weeks a year (with gaps in-between). For the greatest part of the year this is to be a city stadium of world-class proportions with everything that brings Super Bowls, Final Fours, events and money. It is a stadium that will serve this community for the next 40 years—long after the politics of financing is forgotten.
But let's forget about the politics for a second. Petco Park transformed the inner city and the impact on the community has been amazing. The new stadium will, too. Because that's what big cities do. They get beyond the fight (remember the fights over Horton Plaza, the convention center, Petco Park, the library) and provide services and facilities that big cities deserve. Yes money is important but not everything can be measured on a balance sheet. Just ask any city that has lost their football team and I assure you they all agree that they could have handled things differently, and are sorry they didn't.
Regarding "Kids in breweries is not a civil right," [Aug. 31], it's not only about whether "snot-nosed miscreants can infiltrate the world's dive bars without parental culpability." There's another issue here. Though it has little to do with the brewpub itself, Monkey Paw's management acknowledges that it's not a place for kids at night. East Village had more violent crimes last year than any of the 124 other San Diego neighborhoods. The immediate area (federal census tract) around the brewpub had 12 times the citywide average for alcohol crimes. Having thriving nightlife can reduce some problems endemic to downtown areas, but like it or not, the East Village nighttime vibe is adult-oriented.
Again, props to Monkey Paw for understanding this.
Local residents understand these nuances better than a tourist might. All that having been said: Research tells us that families having meals together at home strengthens family bonds. Kids are healthier, they do better in school and have fewer substance abuse problems. I'm not sure if the same holds true when a family vacation theme is tasting rooms, breweries and gastropubs.