Comments by BlueSouthPark

Destroyed orchid

Good grief. Union bosses? Was the mural on the UCFW building along the chain-linked freeway side road at 2001 Camino del Rio South? As for the art, it was a nice enough cartoon, but the only internet image source for the lost mural I could find is on the Whalen's website. It seems not to have been given a lot of attention anywhere else, all these years. I wouldn't say their reputation (?) has been harmed...

First at beach to break the $3 barrier

Please do not buy Valero Industries gasoline: Valero, a giant Texas oil company, works hand-in-hand with Koch Industries to use PAC money to block environmental initiatives and to produce anti-science propaganda.

Everybody wants a seat in La Jolla

If Joe is going to be around forever, he'd better be good at long-range planning. A whole lot of La Jolla will be waterfront eventually. And then it just won't matter who is king of the hill.

Musical cars

The right to build, or develop, includes the right to build parking garages. The planning and development decision-makers in San Diego will be happy to allow construction approval for private pay-to-park multistory buildings, when the failure to require every developer to provide adequate free parking reaches a tipping point. The misguided City philosophy has nothing to do with being "eco-green" - it's much more about being corporate-dollar-green. If you've ever lived in Boston or NYC, you know what it means to pay dearly for parking near your home.

Loma Portal residents object to recycling operation

There have been similar complaints (influx of homeless, increased crime, trash, disturbances, "unsavory" people, etc.) in South Park concerning the recycler in the Gala lot at 30th and Hawthorn. Living a few blocks away, I've not seen any such related negative outcomes of the recycler's presence, nor can I find evidence of increased crime in the SD Police crime mapping data in my area. People have always delved into the blue recycling containers on trash day, and the frequency of the early a.m. raids and the type of person doing it haven't changed since the recycling unit was installed in Gala's lot. If you don't want people in your trash, take your recyclables in for recycling yourself. The effort to recycle is important and it's good to have local centers.

The Twitter exemption

Totally cool, Dorian, that you caught her tweet and tweeted her back. Did she reply? She really lives in a bubble if she didn't know, or, if she did know that her camera activity was prohibited, what a little snot she is.

Shy of the bull's eye

Everyone in South Park, no matter whether you wish the Gala grocery store would remain, wish it would transform into a hipster-grocery, wish it would become some type of neighborhood-owned co-op, or wish the lot could be packed with infill units, PLEASE give a kind word to the Gala employees who will be losing their jobs on Sunday Oct 19, 2014. I'm sure they would be glad to hear words of kindness and appreciation at this time.

Some of the employees have worked at Gala for over 20 years and have no prospects currently. They are stressed and worried and hoping to find something else to enable them to earn a living. Do anything you can to be nice to them. If you know of any openings, share the info with them.

Residents of South Park received a mailer this week announcing a new store (El Super) that will be in the space Albertson's occupied and abandoned at 4421 University. If anyone knows when that grocery might open, and how positions there could be obtained, pass the info along to the Gala employees. There are labor issues with the El Super corporate parent, but a labor issue is better than no job and no hope.

Shy of the bull's eye

Lois - Check the hourly wage for workers at Gala or any other small local business that has one or two workers. Do their workers have health insurance? Target is a good opportunity for workers compared to small businesses. The loudest local opponents of increasing minimum wage are local restaurant owners, one in particular in North Park.

Traffic and parking: I've lived here longer than you, closer to Gala. There's NEVER been a traffic problem there... not counting the Walkabouts hosted by SP Business Group (who push hard to bring the world into SP and aren't concerned by traffic - they want it), or last weekend when SP Abbey hosted a huge, NOISY beerfest impacting the neighborhood for blocks in a way that Target never will.

Everyday parking in the TargetExpress lot will continue to be free, with 117 dedicated spaces for Target. There'll be no problem finding parking in the lot. It'll be a neighborhood convenience Target serving primarily an area inside 94, 805, and maybe 1.5 miles north. If he chooses, Captain Kirk will continue selling coffee from his cart; recycling and food trucks will probably continue.

Hard to imagine more people in the area than the number that already come here for restaurants/alcohol - Hamilton's, Stone Beer, Rose Wine, South Park Abbey - further away than Golden Hill/North Park. But I hope some people further away WILL be driving once in a while to South Park just to go to TargetExpress; it will help ensure that Target stays to serve those of us who are within walking distance and will use their services intensively.

Your thought that "the neighborhood in general shopped elsewhere for groceries" is incorrect. Lots of people, everyone in my neighborhood, everyone I know, from 28th St. to Bancroft, from Juniper to A St., went to Gala for things, every day, by foot or by car, in addition to weekly drives to Costco, Albertson's, Smart & Final, etc. Gala will be missed and hundreds of locals will have to find more distant sources for the groceries Gala provided.

You may not have a complete sense of what routinely happens here midday, mid-week, or weekends, because your business is on Adams Ave and you spend time there; maybe you buy groceries on the way home at a store (corporate TJ's?) en route from work. That's fine. I don't know how you choose to shop, it's not my business. But your claims about what other people in SP do miss the mark. You are very public about your business life, thus everyone knows that you support the Adams Ave Business Assoc activities designed to draw huge crowds into that neighborhood. It doesn't make sense that you are objecting to a very practical addition to enhancing everyday life in South Park. Target is a positive direction for the neighborhood - more useful than another bar, restaurant, or infill. Be happy!

Shy of the bull's eye

You should say "[Some]Residents aren't pleased" because some are very pleased. All of the residents who have depended on Gala grocery store for many years are sad that the grocery-function of the business in the building is ending, but given the alternative of infill high-density apartment/condo units, or a Wal-Mart or Savon, Target is excellent. Target is among the more responsible corporations, treats its employees well, and tries hard to be a customer-responsive vendor.

On the petition are names of numerous residents of North Park, East Village/downtown, or Golden Hill, plus a few people who own property here but don't even live in the city. I guess the petitioners living in nearby areas come into the neighborhood for various reasons (restaurant food, bar alcohol, tattoos, little-store eclectic goods, etc.), but they don't live here. Their outrage about corporations seems a bit overwrought - I assume they never set foot in the big corporations (7/11, Starbucks, Edward Jones, and Stone Brewery) already present here; Gala was part of the huge IGA corporation. South Park also has its share of real estate offices representing large corporate parents.

Arguments about traffic are not even believable, and Target will not be in any real competition with any of the small local shops. As a longtime resident, I'm looking forward to TargetExpress, as a place to pick up online orders, make returns of online purchases, and as a way to save myself the long trip and a lot of gas to go to Mission Valley or Sports Arena Target when I need household or personal items not sold by Target online.

Yaay TargetExpress! Can't wait. I'll go to Miller's Market (the Gala owners' other store) or Food Bowl for the small groceries that I depended on Gala to provide. Not the end of the world.

Let's welcome this and make it work, because if Target doesn't get the business it needs, it may pull out. Then what? I know a few developers who are lusting after that nice big lot and would love to turn it into a huge, built-to-the-curb moneymaker. Some of the anti-Target people include architects, builders, realtors, and developers. Let's have a nice store for the residents here, with plenty of free parking and open space, and appreciate it.

Would-be railroad baron backstory

Good digging, Dorian. An amazing story. Love saying the word Tembabichi!

As do the other persons involved in the PIR, the Nevada judge Steven E. Jones has an amazing history as a crook - hard to know why MTS would touch any of these people.

Another Jones: Why did Robert D. (Bob) Jones resign from MTS in April 2013? He's now Pacific Region Senior VP at Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a rail company that purchased Rail America, which Bob Jones had been with since 2002. Rail America had its own story of financial losses, public money, and hedge funds in 2007.


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