In “Poetic Pings,” our Aug. 17 “Art & Culture” feature, Kinsee Morlan spelled Poncho Peligroso as “Pancho Peligroso” and said he was from Chicago. He's from Texas. In our Aug. 24 “Nightgeist” feature, we mistakenly said Tikyaki Orchestra played the opening party for the Tiki Oasis festival when it was actually Tiki Joe's Ocean. And the guy we referred to was playing a vibraphone, not a glockenspiel. Also, a photo of Neat Beats' Alvin Fenner that was published in our Aug. 24 “Notes from the Smoking Patio” feature alongside a review of his album Cosmic Surgery was credited to the wrong person. Fenner told us to credit it to Jon Blaj, but it was actually taken by Mike Fogarty. We're sorry for the errors.
Dumb it down, please
Congratulations on the new look of CityBeat. I've been reading it for years. I'm really happy that one of my paintings ended up in the magazine!
I tried to read the news articles in the Aug. 17 issue that dealt with politics because I've decided that I might want to finally start voting or be involved in the political process. I was hoping to get some insight or understanding, but it just seemed like a bunch of gibberish: no big ideas or ideals; career politicians talk of “comprehensive pension reform,” “committee of redundancy.” What is that? I had to Wikipedia every five sentences just to know what some things meant. It would be nice to have articles written about politics that a novice like me could understand.
Sergio hernandez, Lemon Grove
Despite it all, no parking
Thank you for your article about problems at San Diego Square, downtown [“Most unkind,” Aug. 24], and your mention that residents of this senior low-income building are not permitted to use the 29-space on-site parking lot, which, for the most part, sits empty except for employee and service vehicles.
Those of us who have cars either park on the street or spend $150 a month to park in private lots. I never thought I'd be happy to be handicapped—at least I can park for free on the street, but I vie for space with Padres fans when the team is in town, I have to move my car daily so that the street cleaner won't run over it or I won't get ticketed and I can't go out at night because when I return home, I can't find parking close enough to the building so that I feel safe walking the area after dark. Just because we are “old” doesn't mean we should be denied a life outside these walls!
The battle for use of the lot is at least 20 years old and the space is still not available, despite: the original permit with the city, stating that parking is for residents; the letter from a representative of Mavourneen O'Connor when she proposed the project in 1978, stating that parking would be for residents; the original lease for residents reading “all parking is reserved for vehicles used regularly by residents”—leases that were curiously recalled and reissued with the parking section deleted; rulings by the City Council, CCDC, the Planning Commission and a judge-negotiator that the lot be open for resident use; HUD rulings; and the fact that the parking lot is leased by the city to San Diego Kind (Ms. O'Connor's nonprofit organization) for $1 a year, specifically for resident parking.
Throughout the years, Ms. O'Connor ignored all those rulings, and no one ever followed through. I have never seen or heard a reason as to why she has closed the lot to us. It would seem that some sort of sanction should be issued to Ms. O'Connor, but we residents would be satisfied just to be able to park at our home.
Lynne Walker, San Diego Square
Apply the pressure
I would like to thank CityBeat for the news story regarding San Diego Square residents, “Most unkind,” Aug. 24. Stories like this need to get published, and the greedy and moneyed parties like O'Connor's Kind Corp. should be identified as the fraudsters they are. Please keep up the pressure on such parties that take advantage of the elderly, the mentally ill and the less advantaged.
Eileen Stas, University Heights