Regarding your Feb. 2 “Shot on Scene” feature: Space Nature didn't get bounced because they weren't playing Sublime or Skynyrd. We have a neighborhood sound ordinance we need to be respectful of. Space Nature was playing to their own tune and volume that wasn't appealing to anyone in the bar or down the street—50-plus patrons headed for the door. I unplugged their amp as I'd rather get the bird from a wannabe rock star than one of my customers. As far as Seth Combs' comments about Coronado—that's his opinion.
Joe Palmer, bar manager, Coronado Firehouse
Seth Combs' Gayle Skidmore piece in last week's music section was pretty unprofessional. I don't appreciate false statements involving me that are presented as fact. Reading about someone I was “romantically involved with” was certainly news to me. Both San Diego and San Diego CityBeat have a special place in my heart. I don't like getting e-mails from my family and friends concerning misinformation about me that has been printed, no matter how trivial. It was false, irrelevant and just bizarre. CityBeat is much better than this. Seems to me that fact-checking is covered in Journalism 101.
Greg Laswell, New York City
Editor's Note: Both Laswell and Skidmore say there was no romantic relationship. Combs stands by his reporting. But everyone involved would like the matter to just go away.
In the '90s, I walked into Lou's Records [“Music,” Feb. 16] with a friend of mine who asked Lou what kind of music he liked and he replied: “None in particular.” I'm not saying this is why his business may be endangered, but when you go shopping somewhere, you should not be treated in such a condescending way. Employees and owners at Amoeba Music in Hollywood and Record City in Hillcrest have proven more friendly and warm with their customers.
Still, I hope Lou's stays in business as the store sure is a treasure for the North County coastal area.
Frank Bonillo, Poway
CCDC's ‘mission creep'
I certainly appreciate the editorial attention and reporting that CityBeat has done over the years on homeless issues. Kelly Davis has always had an intelligent, informed and compassionate approach when reporting on homelessness.
CityBeat, in its last two articles on the subject [a March 1 blog post and a March 2 editorial], has underscored the importance of asking responsible questions and pointing out the city's incongruent policies. The redundancy created by privatizing this function with taxpayer money clearly shows the inefficiency and higher costs of such a practice. Thank you for your continuing commitment to asking questions no one else either cares enough to ask or knows enough to ask.
In closing, although I am aware of many of the good and important works of redevelopment in the early years, I sadly agree that CCDC is experiencing mission creep in diverting housing funds to pay a developer to be a consultant rather than using that funding to pay for housing projects. This is a misuse of these designated funds, in my opinion, even if corporate attorneys have found an obscure path to allow the redirection of funds.
Thank you for calling into question these decisions and bringing them to people's attention.
Sharon Johnson, former director of homeless services, city of San Diego
This issue of CityBeat has danced with the devil in the pale moonlight.