Appreciation for Croce
I have always LOVED Jim Croce! I was a senior in high school when he passed away. Still have one of his albums!
Really excited to read this book! Hope I can get it soon! God bless you!
– Judy, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
A super writer and singer, along with Maury. [Croce’s] life affected thousands of fans and will for a long time to come. It’s been hard hearing some of the way Jim was at times, but, that’s life. Keep his music alive, give as much thanks to a silent man, a one man band as well … Maury … we, the fans miss them everyday, even after almost 40 years.
[On my YouTube page under “bugman63”], you will find a tune written by me for Maury and any one who has lost a loved one and prays that they will see them again.
– Bob White via sandiegodowntownnews.com
Accolades for feeding homeless nutritious food
Just Call Us Volunteers is a great organization [See “Just call them nutritious,” Vol. 13, Issue 8]. Speaking from a volunteer aspect these ladies, Julie, Kim and Angie put their hearts out there every time they prepare an event to assist in getting some nutritious food to the homeless; veterans or otherwise. The thoughts on the front of their minds is 100% to the benefit of the individual being served.
The variety of meals that are served shocks me every time I volunteer with them, in a good way. From grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade vegetable soup, to French toast brunch with scrambled eggs and vegetables.
These ladies contribute back to the community in a manner that everyone should emulate through hard work and dedication. The Veterans Stand Down is just a testament to their heart-felt drive to provide to those who have less and give them assistance when able. I know I will continue to volunteer with them as long as I can, and in whatever capacity they need me.
– Lorelei Brittain, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
Excellent – you should be very proud of your accomplishments.
– SJ Sayer, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
Again stepping it up. Thank you for your service to our country and to the homeless.
– Karen Buhl, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
Thinking outside the bus
I agree, I really don’t understand this whole BRT thing, even for the south bay region of Chula Vista and National City [See “Think outside the bus” in Opinions, Vol. 13, Issue 8].
The rail line is what needs to be extended and bus connectors to service this population, not noisy, under-filled or overcrowded buses that cause more traffic.
SANDAG’s refusual to put the trolley where it’s needed is really mind-boggling to say the least, it doesn’t go to our airport, it doesn’t go to Harbor or Shelter Island, it doesn’t go to Sea World or even our most famed beaches, instead its a rail system that practically goes no-where …. LRV need to be development and implemented instead of BRT!
– Marc Lepen, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
Plaza de pan-demonium
We should not be destroying any part of Balboa Park’s visual beauty, period [See “Jacobs v. Lewis: which plan is best for Plaza de Panama” in Opinions, Vol. 13, Issue7].
Even from the sky flying into San Diego, the park and that beautiful bridge is a landmark one looks for.
It seems impossible to me that it is possible that we’re going to lose such an important piece of San Diego history. It truly saddens me.
And BTW, everyone I’ve come into contact [with] agrees, walking a little to get into the middle of the beauty of Balboa Park, is just fine.
– Betsy R. Gill, via sandiegodowntownnews.com
The decision by Dr. Jacobs, Mayor Sanders, the City Council, and the Plaza de Panama Committee established by Dr. Jacobs and Mayor Sanders to bulldoze their way past public input to create a thoroughfare for private automobiles through a public Balboa Park reflects the lack of forward thinking that purchased San Diego’s Electric Railway (Trolley) Lines in the mid-1940′s and shut them down in favor of automobiles and bus transit [See “Editorial,” Vol. 13, Issue 8].
That decision has helped clog our roads, created urban spread, created environmental pollution, supported a disposable mentality economy, and established challenges that require new thinking and acts to overcome.
The ideas that I’ve proposed at SanDiego2015.com toward establishing Balboa Park as a Sustainability Showcase reflect some possibilities that could be implemented by 2015 with little or no cost to the City’s taxpayers and future visitors to Balboa Park. The technologies that could be put into place already exist.
Removing private automobiles from Balboa Park, improving access throughout the Park, and bringing hydrogen fuel cell buses made in California to San Diego that support the infrastructure linking our communities together are all actions that could be accomplished through cooperation.
San Diego, as a City and as a Region, needs to be more than what the City Council’s actions and Mayor Sanders’ actions and remarks show it to be to the world.
In 1915 the leaders and people of San Diego were able to bring together an economic outreach plan that focused the World’s eyes – despite World War I breaking out in 1914.
In 2015 San Diego, as a region, has the opportunity to focus the world’s eyes on it as a leader in bringing arts, culture, education, scientific leadership, and perhaps even peace talks to the region.
Right now the City plans to remove parking from Lower Inspiration Point, Park Blvd./Presidents Way, and the Palisades while doubling Balboa Park visitors (to 20 million) for a 2015 Balboa Park Celebration.
If the supporters of the Jacobs/Sanders Plan believe that they are improving Balboa Park as an attraction by building a new road, a bridge, and a parking garage – they must be high on the power of money. The project does nothing to solve the challenges facing the public’s enjoyment of its park.
– Kevin Swanson, via sandiegodowntownnews.com