Three birds, one stone
Libraries are great. My four kids frequently went to the “local” library for activities when they were young. I often took them there to do research and to study when they got older; however, I never took them to the San Diego Central Library. I don't know where it is, and I can't afford to park Downtown.
As a tax-paying citizen of San Diego, I do not want to pay a nickel for a new central library, as I have no use for it. When people attempt to misuse educational funds to accommodate their own special interests, we no longer live in a democracy. There are two types of people behind the central library: Downtown developers who want to make a buck and people who want to build a monument to themselves.
I do have an idea that may satisfy the needs of a whole array of self-serving San Diego developers, sports owners and politicians. Let's build a multi-functional complex that we can use as a stadium, city hall and central library. The library can be on the first five floors, city hall can reside on floors six through 10 and the Chargers can play football on the roof. At least we won't have to divert educational funds to develop this trio, and I'm sure the Chargers will be willing to pay the lion's share for such a unique complex.
Ronald Harris,Scripps Ranch
Give Crest a chance
About your story, “Brewing trouble: Beer distribution merger gives little guys a boost” [“The Front Lines,” July 1]: New Crest has been in business for two weeks. Give us a chance. We service many bars and pubs throughout Southern California with fairly good results. Please don't crucify Crest just yet. Crest will be doing a lot of business in San Diego long after you and I are gone.
David “Duke” Reyes,Reyes Holdings,Gardena, Calif
The library and Mr. M
I'm surprised at you for discussing every problem about the library except the obvious [“Editorial,” June 24]. My friends and associates recognize that the new library location was proposed for one reason and one reason only: to promote sales of condos by promising a “world class” library in their neighborhood to enhance the value of the suckers' purchase of a grossly overpriced and undersized condominium. True today, caveat emptor. Yet, everyone with a voice turns a blind eye to this obvious graft.
We could not demolish the old location, which is obviously more central, and rebuild?
If we need more property, we could use eminent domain. Oops, I forgot: Eminent domain is only used against the perceived helpless for the developer community. See the Gran Havana cigar shop story.
How many condos were developed by JMI Realty (owned by John Moores) in the proposed new library neighborhood? I don't know. I do know this: Mr. Moores has the citizens paying $11 million yearly for interest on bonds to build him a new stadium.
Hey! San Diego needs a professional team to make us “world class.” L.A. is still on the map last time I looked. They know the Bolts are a dead deal. L.A. citizens will not finance a stadium for a billionaire.
Most citizens cannot afford a seat at a game. Yes, I know about the free field seats for away games. Big whoop. See it on TV! A major insult put upon the masses.
Isn't it interesting that when John Moores sucked all the money he could from our protectors of the people (i.e. corrupt politicians) he sells our stadium and team because he is getting “divorced.” How convenient; there is no free money left. So, screw the city, screw the citizens and forget the politicians because they got a free lunch while they sold us down the river.
Did you know that it is legal to bring pitchforks and nooses to a council meeting? But, why do we allow closed-door meetings that are inherently designed to screw us ?
Where is the outrage?
James Kulpa,University City