Dec. 12, 2016 @ 6:36 a.m.
Pjamason2, The issue is safety and access, I'm not an advocate of us vs. them which this boils down to more often than not. If a reasonable alternative exists or could be made to exist it should be reviewed. As for access to El Cajon Blvd there are cross streets every couple of hundred meters. If you can read a street sign you know what block you are on and can access your location/destination. I favor cycling as a transportation source but not if it makes the cyclist a target which makes many of these proposed routes less tangible in the eyes of the non-cycling/commuting public. If a proposed route is already congested with many stop signals and cross traffic how does making it worse benefit the cycling community? I would personally rather see Orange and Howard become "Traffic calmed" 30 mph through streets with minimal stop signals, so a nice steady cycling commute could be achieved, just a thought. Sorry about your lack of compassion and cooperation with the rest of the community.
Dec. 7, 2016 @ 6:56 a.m.
Back in the day, how I've wondered when I would be able to use that, in the late 1970s I lived in North Park. As an Olympic hopeful, anytime I went out on a training ride to the east we always used Howard/Orange, El Cajon Blvd. was avoided at all costs, as were University and Washington in Hillcrest. The issue here is the bike routes do not and should not be located on the principle business routes through a community. I do agree that sections of town do require the traffic calming, specific markings such as sections of the coast highway due to limited alternative routes and the scenic aspects, but when reasonable alternatives such as Howard/Orange in this case and Robinson in Hillcrest they should become the principle cycling routes. Perhaps we allow some minor zoning changes that would allow cycling and pedestrian friendly businesses to relocate, a coffee kiosk or Bike repair? To the businesses and motorists work with the cycling community and vice versa. Great communities only get there through compassion and cooperation.
Nov. 9, 2016 @ 6:48 a.m.
I can see the skit on SNL, "The Californians, San Diego er La Jolla," Plot line ... After bitter struggle with citizens about Parking Lot, two brothers divorce rather civilly and one said brother wines and dines Juice Princess in Big Sur, along the way eating at all their "faves" with a trip down the 101 to Santa Barbara.
For an 80's vibe, "Gag me with a spoon", Matt your Titles and stories rarely relate and this story is a muddled mess.
Nov. 7, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m.
Ponzi, No racist innuendo meant, AlexClarke's implication weather backed up or not, does smack of exactly where I was going with the rest of my comment. The realities of the people of the United States are badly skewed. Way too much assumption and preconception based on superficial differences. My son wrote a opinion piece for the Ball State Daily about this, pertaining to Colin Kaepernack, Just want people to think beyond themselves, its one way to start to fix these issues.BBQ
Nov. 7, 2016 @ 7:12 a.m.
Ponzi and AlexClarke,
Your last two comments were uncalled for, they just show your contempt for the victim of a tragic situation. Weather we believe in the actions of the Police Officer or the actions of Mr. Olango wanting to commit suicide by police officer there is a lot of grey area in this situation. While the activities of the family and the Lawyers, to find blame and fault may seem to be vindictive, it is their right to follow up using the criminal and civil laws of this country.
We definitely have an issue in the United States of America where we, the people are not United... We have been divided from the actions of our forefathers and history that differentiates us based on physical differences. We are currently going through a troubling period where everyone is being very reactionary to issues never properly addressed since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
I have been alive long enough to see the original along with the new rifts caused by inequities in living conditions, wealth, education and employment. Before you call me out as a Liberal, I consider myself a moderate conservative and want to see a better world and community for us all. I wish I had a one step answer to the issues but I do not, all I know is a little compassion and empathy goes a long way.
July 6, 2016 @ 7:07 a.m.
Don et. al., After a quick review of the survey criteria I do feel that its a bit of a stretch, using beer gardens and subjective evaluations of climate to determine "Recreation". However the survey still shows the perspective that Chula Vista is a little backwater compared to our big sister San Diego.
I challenge our city council to pull their collective heads out and plan a long term sustainable future for the city of Chula Vista. Reading the experts opinions attached to the survey, We are not protecting, maintaining and improving our overall city facilities.
Here in the South Bay our school systems, Community College and City seem to be relying on each other and the YMCA to supply all of the "Recreation" facilities and programs. No one coordinating leading or planning the next major change.
Just like the bayfront project, Chula Vista stumbles into things like taking over the Olympic Training Center, how much money will be funneled away from our local families and facilities, the USOC does not give up a viable facility without due analysis.
The city changes zoning and original urban planning like a flag in a hurricane, without vetting and review, depending on who is blowing,. Chula Vista bedroom community to our sisters to the north, San Diego and the south Tijuana.
I attended the Otay Ranch Firehouse 4th of July Pancake Breakfast for the 9th time, every 4th since moving back to the area and commented to my son how diverse a neighborhood we lived in.... Why can't our city and community leaders capitalize on that to create a solid image of the 21st century?
July 5, 2016 @ 10:49 a.m.
Where can we find the full report, I would like the city council of Chula Vista to explain why we are at the bottom of the list. Oh I know we have neglected facilities in the Western part of the city and inadaquite facilities on the southeastern part of the city (John McCann), where we let the developers build more and more housing without public space, recreation facilities or city programs and activities for youth .
At least John did not speak at Olympian High School Graduation but did walk out early, it takes a lot of short steps to walk 100 yards....
March 21, 2016 @ 7:08 a.m.
An additional thought, if the downtown "Convadium" is built is the County Funding still involved? If we go downtown the county taxpayers and businesses are left holding the bag. No County money for the "Convadium"!!!!!
March 21, 2016 @ 6:21 a.m.
In many cities there is a respectable tourist and activities board or council that using TOT funding, assists in funding events and activities that both bring in tourists and benefit the residents/public. In San Diego this organization is too inbred supporting events such as the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls, the Golf Tourney, Comic-Con, ( In San Diego emphasis on the CON part as this article does). Have you seen the amount the CEOs of these non-profits pay themselves? (Multiple six figures).
Again while the TOT appears to not effect the general public, it does with the general raising of the costs of visiting our city. If we believe in the free market system, the additional hotel costs (TOT) would be spent on additional Zoo Tickets and Meals at non-hotel business throughout the city and county, etc.
In closure I think the "Fun" is being had by the Hotel Industry, Chargers and additional Non-Profits at all of our expense.
Feb. 23, 2016 @ 6:16 a.m.
About twenty years ago I lived in Argentina, during one of their few successful economic periods, they had a very interesting method of taking care of their infrastructure, social and financial issues. First they had a problem with their military retirement funding, so they taxed gasoline.... then they had a problem paying for their roads so they taxed alcohol (booze).... then consumer goods with a VAT for schools.... nothing had proper linkage or reason for what they did and where is Argentina now, back to the good old 1960s and 70s.
Chula Vista and similarly San Diego have never been able to prioritize, allocate funding and plan a successful maintenance or attrition based programs. The reasons we have government, cities and social structure, is to supplying common services to the citizens of the community.
Chula Vista in particular has the dual taxation areas of Mello Roos in the east where those homeowners pay for "Open" ie public facilities and the west siders "only" (sarcasm) pay "Regular" property taxes.
My suggestion is the city scale back on the greenfield development in the east, (MORE is not always better) until the early issues in the east are solved, Public Swimming Pools, indoor gym space, traffic. In the older western sections create "special project or assessment districts" to assess and fund the repairs to sewers, water systems and roads.
Chula Vista City Council lift your head up and look around at what you have and need, in order to move the rest of the city into the 21st century instead of resting your laurels on how great (Not Very!!!!) you are doing developing the Eastern part of our city.
Maybe it's time to divide the city in half, how"s the City of "Otay Lake" sound to you???
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