That pesky plume
Last week, CityBeat reported on water-quality watchdog group San Diego Coastkeeper's attempts to get information from the Navy about a fuel plume spreading through the wet soil under Naval Base Point Loma. (The Navy told Coastkeeper it would have to fork over $57,000 to cover record-retrieval and photocopying costs; Coastkeeper attorney Gabriel Solmer said she'll narrow the request and re-submit it.) While Coastkeeper's most concerned about the plume migrating east into the San Diego Bay-monitoring wells show that, so far, it hasn't-residents of La Playa, the Naval Base's neighbor to the north, worry about fuel seeping into their 'hood.
At an Aug. 1 meeting of a citizens' task-force-convened to address concerns about the fuel leak-Capt. Mark Patton, the base commander, told attendees that the plume had indeed moved into La Playa.
While an environmental consultant hired by the Navy has said publicly that the jet fuel, which seeped out of 70-year-old tanks, doesn't pose a threat to residents' health, some La Playans have said they can smell it.
Patton told CityBeat that they're working to map the geophysical make-up of the ground under the Naval Base, La Playa and the area closer to the bay, to get a better idea of what's causing the plume to move in the direction it has-north rather than south-east as was expected.
How rumors start
Here's something Union-Tribune music writer Kyle Proehl reported in Sunday's wrap-up of Street Scene: "Not to jump on some "Racism!' finger-wagging, but what does it mean when your gringo keyboardist says, "Hands in the air, do like the red peeps' and bounds around in some near-Native American hop. [sic]"
The "keyboardist" Proehl was referring to was multi-instrumentalist Martin Crandall of The Shins, one of the bands that played Street Scene. Proehl was essentially suggesting that Crandall could be some kind of American Indian hater. Fortunately, CityBeat was there and can report what Crandall was actually talking about.
The musician was referring to a couple of those huge, fan-powered, inflatable creatures that organizers have, for years, used to adorn Street Scene. These happened to be red and were visible from the stage. Crandall was waving his arms and torso "like the red peeps" and recommending his audience follow suit.
CityBeat attempted to contact Crandall, but a representative from Sub Pop Records, the band's label, said The Shins were not doing interviews.
Maybe he didn't
Speaking of the Union-Tribune, here's what one of the paper's editorial writers wrote in Sunday's "Insight" section about the long-awaited investigation of City Hall by Kroll Inc.:
"The first 320 pages of [Kroll's] report are expected to be a forensic look at what went wrong at City Hall during the past decade. The last 50 pages are said to comprise a detailed remediation plan...."
Whether or not U-T editorial page editor Bob Kittle was leaked a copy of the report has been a subject of speculation around City Hall. The report was supposed to be shown to elected officials and the public on Tuesday. Was he being clever with words like "are expected to be" and "are said to"?
We e-mailed Kittle on Monday, asking him if he'd seen the report. No answer. We spotted him in line for the report Tuesday and asked again.
"Oh, I don't tell what I have and have not seen," he said coyly.
Turns out the report's first part is 239 pages, and the second part is 27 pages.