It doesn't even matter
Just for the record, I come down on the other side of the issue regarding location and design of the proposed new City Center [“Editor's Note,” Oct. 28]. I also disagree with you regarding the wisdom of “the people” voting on major civic projects—representative democracy is OK for most everyday matters, but with something this large, we oughta be able to decide. And, as you noted, it's the law. Also, I learned a long time ago that “the experts” aren't any more correct any more often than most moderately intelligent people. Malin Burnham obviously has his head where the sun don't shine.
All that being said, the bottom line is: It really doesn't matter whether we get to vote on it or not. The ballpark, the first convention-center expansion, Liberty Station, main library—all these major civic projects are either built or not at the whim of those development interests that really control San Diego politics, no matter what is right or wrong. Even when we do get to vote—as with the ballpark—the great amount of misinformation, the short amount of time to study the matter, the huge amount of deep-pocket money all play a part in stacking the deck to the end that “they”want to see.
No one cares
I think Malin Burnham is right [“Editorial,” Oct. 28]: The citizens of San Diego do not care enough about the city, and here is at least some proof:
In the last election, only 27 percent of the registered voters even voted. Jerry Sanders got just a tick over 50 percent and was elected by less than 14 percent of the registered voters. If you check the voter statistics, you will find a very low percentage of eligible voters even registered, and a very low percentage who ever vote. Malin's claim that 99 percent of San Diegans will not understand the complexity of financing a new city building may be a little high, but the percentage of people who even care is in the 25- to 30-percent area. Voting records confirm this.
It's not that San Diegans are ignorant; it's that they really don't care about what happens unless it involves them personally or financially. Then they don't do anything anyway.
Why don't you address the issue of non-involvement and how this attitude and non-envolvement is the basis for all of the city's problems. Pogo is/was right: “We have met the enemy, and she/he is us.”
The next issue will be after the Chargers bolt to L.A. and those who care more about a football team than the city they live in won't get this, either.
The streets are full of potholes, the sewer pipes are falling apart, the public schools are a waste wasteland, The water supplies are dwindling, the city pension fund is $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in the hole, The elected officials, power brokers and developers want to spend $432 million for a city hall, $760 million for a convention-center expansion and $185 million for a library with no way to pay for it.
And less than 30 percent of the registered voters care enough to vote.
Those that call San Diego “Enron by the Sea” have missed the point—it should be “Bernie Madoff's Playground.”
Dr. Peter to Ed's rescue
I enjoyed the article by Edwin Decker about beer snobs [“Sordid Tales, Oct. 28] and agree with his take. However, he really should give up listening to Styx—for his own mental health and well being.
“I'm sailing away / Set an open course for the virgin sea.”
That is suspected to be one of the songs that the Bush administration used to torture people into submission and much anguish.
Just passing on a health tip.