In his “Far Afield” story last week, titled “Ridiculed and ostracized, rollerbladers hit new strides,” Peter Holslin mistakenly referred to Believe in One magazine. The true name of the publication is One.
Also, in last week's review of local band Endoxi's new album, Welcome to the Good Times—in our “Notes from the Smoking Patio” section, Seth Combs reported that it's the band's debut album. That's incorrect.
We apologize for both mistakes.
Full speed backward
I enjoyed your editorial on the mayor's State of the City speech tremendously [“A better Sanders speech,” Jan. 11]. As a lifelong San Diegan and a retired city employee, I have grown ever more weary in recent years of the failed city leadership exhibited not only by the current mayor, but of many of the mayors/council/city managers of the past.
It seems like whenever a major decision has to be made, our local leaders have a knack for going down the wrong path. It especially galls me when Sanders talks about how vitally important it is to have a new football stadium, an enlarged convention center, a bridge to nowhere in the park—anything but restoring the services that most citizens expect.
Perhaps it's too much to expect a former police chief to have the necessary skills to lead city government. It seems he's decided in the last year of his term that he can do pretty much whatever the hell he wants to do. Who needs the city attorney's advice on legal matters, anyway?
And now that the state Supreme Court has axed the redevelopment scam, I'm sure Sanders will devote his energy toward finding a way around that decision.
I'm sure, as the editor, you've seen plenty of evidence as to how this city rolls. This is not the progressive city it pretends to be; it is the repressive, conservative city it has always been. The “City in Motion” is really the city in reverse.
Joe Vissers, Spring Valley
We Still need the shelter
Thank you for focusing attention on the continued need for emergency winter shelter Downtown after the opening of the Connections housing project [“Editorial,” Jan. 18].
The community and our elected officials and housing advocates simply must find a way to keep it open. Otherwise, downtown San Diego will look like little Calcutta and there will be increased use of emergency rooms and law-enforcement resources, not to mention the heightened possibility of more street deaths from exposure-related hazards.
Rosemary Johnston, executive director, Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego
About your Jan. 25 editorial, “The man, the mirror and the vision”: Doug Manchester is just another of a long line of people who have sold out or will sell out the citizens of San Diego to the 1 percent for personal gain—for money and/or out of ego. Whether it's greed or character flaw, people like these never get enough.
Whatever. To each his own. However, it's definitely not OK when they screw others to get it.
Dan Jacobs, Mira Mesa