Grow up, Ed
Just read Issue 14 of Volume 1 [Nov. 20]. Congrats on your venture, I hope it does well. Please continue to avoid the Reader's disease of paranoia. Issue 14 seems to indicate you are so far successfully avoiding succumbing to muck racking.
If Edwin Decker's column was typical, you are not serving readers' interests. To criticize faith because of the terrible actions of a single religion is analogous to criticizing journalistic integrity due to the biased reporting of a single media outlet. He should grow up.
Dan Goldzband, Kensington
I am the attorney who represented the Pioneer Warehouse Lofts residents in their recent litigation against the Juke Joint Café. Your statement, “This year, we've already lost the Juke Joint because of pressure from noise-averse newcomers” [“Locals Only,” Nov. 27], could not have been more wrong. You lost the Juke Joint long ago-last year in fact-when the Juke Joint decided not to exercise the option on its initial lease, which terminated on Nov. 30, 2002, perhaps because its jazz supper club concept was tanking.
So the Juke Joint's closing on Oct. 31, 59 months into its lease instead of 60-allegedly because of the litigation-was no big deal-although the Juke Joint's trumpeting of its premature exit did violate the parties' confidential settlement agreement. And you should know that the Juke Joint was the newcomer here, having opened its doors in 1998, long after Pioneer opened its doors to residents way back in 1991.
Regarding your admonition to “Move to Fallbrook, not next to a rock club, and leave our culture centers alone” was also way off the mark. Pioneer residents moved next to a jazz club, not a club that changed its hemorrhaging format to add late night/early morning so-called “club nights” and “rave-type parties” six nights a week, featuring underground and house music with self-described “beats that send shivers down a dead man's spine.”
These incessant, powerful beats shook windows, walls, furniture and even weightlifting equipment of Pioneer residents as high up as those living on the sixth floor, and required many residents to place padding under their beds, insert earplugs and turn their stereos on in order to fall asleep-and hopefully not be awakened by the gang-related fights that took place outside the Juke Joint.
You should also know that when the Juke Joint signed its lease, it acknowledged that it was locating next to the Pioneer residential building and that the Pioneer residents had the right to quietly enjoy their homes. Furthermore, the Juke Joint also promised in its lease that neither its music nor any other noise from its business operation would interfere with the Pioneer residents' quiet enjoyment of their homes. Thus, the plaintiffs' breach of contract claim along with their nuisance claims.
As far as the Juke Joint being a “culture center,” this can be addressed by the sign the Juke Joint posted on its front window after its final night, a sign that warned me, “You better keep your dog on a leash!!” and threatened one of my clients to “Die old man die.” This message was signed by Juke Joint manager Jessica Geddes.
The 1,000-plus residents of this mostly residential area of the Gaslamp District have lost a neighborhood nuisance in the Juke Joint, while they have regained their sleep and their safety. Many hope a true jazz club will take the Juke Joint's place.
Alfred G. Rava, Downtown
Thanks for that great article on Gloria Allred [“Sordid Tales,” Dec. 4]. I am pleased to see you speak out against scum-suckers like her. Your article was right on the money. I hope the van Dams read your article and heed your advice.
Why is [defense attorney Stephen] Feldman walking away from all of this clean as a whistle and many times richer after having sucked up all of Westerfield's assets? Why isn't he held accountable for his despicable actions?
John Turco, Mission Valley
As an artist, I don't understand what all the fuss is about regarding Quincy Troupe resigning from UCSD [Editorial, Dec. 4]. No one is telling him to stop writing poetry. What does his day job have to do with his writing ability? The fact is, he does not have the credentials to teach at UCSD-end of sentence.
The facts that Troupe has published 14 books, has contributed to the local art scene and his students love him have nothing to do with his not being qualified to teach.
I know lots of artists, including myself, that would love to be judged by our contributions and talent alone. I would love to give up my job as a delivery driver and apply for a teaching post at UCSD. Trouble is, I only have a high school degree. Does that pose some kind of problem?
Dan Adams, Bay Park
Hysterical and naïve
CityBeat is an important source of local news, and I'm grateful for that. However, your editorial vilifying Bush's policy on Iraq is naïve and misinformed [Dec. 11]. I didn't vote for Bush and I'm not a Republican. But I want both journalism and national defense to focus rigorously on facts. Your editorial has three misconceptions.
First, you grossly trivialize Iraq's aggressiveness. Saddam started a war against Iran in 1980, resulting in a million deaths; used chemicals weapons against Iran in 1983-84 and against Kurds in Iraq in 1988; and invaded Kuwait in 1991. Reputable journalists report that Iraq has bought or developed components for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Saddam is a proven warmonger committed to weapons of mass destruction.
Second, you misconstrue American policy regarding nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For 30 years, the U.S. has been reducing its weapons of mass destruction while promoting nonproliferation by other countries. The U.S. repeatedly has opposed nuclear proliferation by Iraq, Iran and North Korea because those countries support violent, anti-Western, rogue militants. Unlike other countries, that trio shows no propensity to limit nuclear weapons to self-defense.
Third, you're unrealistic in proposing a world court trial of Saddam that prevents war. Your example, Slobodan Milosevic, was not developing nuclear weapons, and he was arrested only after a U.N.-sanctioned war. The Bush Administration has not presented its proof of Saddam's violations because it agreed to let the U.N.'s inspectors present their report first, due Feb. 21. The U.S. is prudently deferring to the U.N. before acting.
You're entitled to your opinions. But at least report accurate facts and spare us your distorted anti-Bush hysteria. Stick to reporting local news until you learn basic foreign policy.
Florencio Ramos, Linda Vista