Ethics panel swings, misses
Arrogant, two-bit Ethics Commissioner Larry Westfall seems to have missed the point of a free press, a democracy, and an Ethics Commission all in one inane statement [“Interests in conflicts,” Oct. 12].
And speaking of missing the point: Forcing the public to gauge ethics based solely on an “excellent reputation” makes the whole point of an Ethics Commission moot. Surely, this is a much worse precedent than providing journalists with proof that everything's on the up and up.
Mike Reilly, Normal Heights
Bands need each other
As much as I love San Diego, I can honestly say there really is no love for original music here [“The Way I Hear It,” Oct. 19]. This is a great town if you're a cover, reggae or tribute band, but it's extremely hard if you are a serious songwriter.
Don't get me wrong, the local radio, local magazines and even TV here in San Diego do about as much as they can, but San Diego isn't known for its music scene. In my two years of playing San Diego, I have also noticed that the scene here is extremely cliquey and most (not all) bands are all about themselves—kinda like a survival of the fittest.
One thing that really gets me spinning is when a band plays a show, then leaves the venue after their performance (and sometimes taking their audience), not even showing support or respect for the rest of the bands on the bill—that's one factor I think that's why San Diego's music scene isn't on the radar, because it's not supportive to each other.
Well, that's my two cents.
Lando Martinez, Imperial Beach
CityBeat lashes out
CityBeat sounds like it's been jilted by Bob Filner [“Watch that 'tude, Filner, Oct. 26]: Angry, lashing out, holding out hope for rapprochement but too proud to capitulate to the best candidate for mayor—bar none— that this city has had for more than 40 years. Hasn't Bob been nice enough to you?
I, too, attended the now week-old event you describe, and I would have sworn that Filner was full of energy, enthusiasm, good will and good ideas for public transportation, developing jobs around the Port of San Diego, for fashioning a better pension system for our public employees, for working with the schools on using community resources from 6 to 6 to expand the horizons for students whose parents have to be at work, for city sharing ownership of the Chargers instead of building the billionaires another stadium at the public's expense, for developing housing for the homeless and more.
But then again, maybe I misheard. Maybe Filner, a civil-rights activist, ex-SDSU history professor, school-board member who brought us the best superintendent in San Diego's history, City Council member and U.S. Congress member really was “chaotic, clumsy, vague, acerbic and arrogant.”
But then again and on the other hand, maybe it's CityBeat's pathetic-sounding editor who has a problem with “freakin' attitude” and isn't getting the deference he seems to think he's due.
Frances O'Neill Zimmerman, La Jolla
Editor's note: Interesting theory, but our editor doesn't think he's due any particular deference. In fact, it was Filner's team who requested an interview with CityBeat, not the other way around. Also, our editorial stated that Filner would have to work overtime to blow a CityBeat endorsement.