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Published - 05/21/08 - 02:50 PM | 2917 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New BARF assoc. could fund maintenance district

Re: Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) Plan for Clean Up.

Let me see if I read this correctly. The solution to cleanup the Mile of Bars (MOB) is to assess fees to not only the creators of this problem but also the victims.

Please explain to me why Ethel, who is 86 and has lived in her home for 50 years, should be forced to pay one red cent for what the MOB creates.

From a commercial point of view, why should RE/MAX or the owner of the building be assessed a fee? I know real estate has been in a rough area, but I missed the notice that with every property sale unlimited tequila shots are provided. We don't need a MAD, we already are mad.

Instead, I propose the creation of a new organization: Bar Association Refuse Foundation (BARF).

Funds are generated by increasing the cover charge that bars already impose by $1. Nobody will complain about this and the generators that cause the need for waste removal will be paying for it.

Let's do some math here: 10,000 door charges per week = $10,000 x 52 = $520,000 per year.

I also suggest a 50-cent fee on every shot that is ordered. More math "” large chunks of money.

With purchase, the patron receives a sticker that reads MOB, meaning Member of BARF or I'm a BARFer.

This sticker will identify them as people who care about their impact on our environment and are responsible. We as PB pioneers have the will to make this work. After successful results, the rest of the city will be encouraged to create their own BARF districts. I know there are lots of puddles to step over on this road to successfully solving this problem.

Let's make it our goal to send Ethel on a cruise as a reward for putting up with the MOB for the past 20 years.

Richard Kiser

Pacific Beach

PB should be known for its restaurants

I went on the Coast of Pacific Beach restaurant walk last week and it was a great experience. Twenty gracious restaurants offering delicious signature dishes "” what a scrumptious deal!

The happy crowds roaming our streets were a diverse mix of young and old, families with kids, young adults, middle-age couples, newcomers and longtime residents. They were all having such a nice time enjoying some of the finest restaurants Pacific Beach has to offer.

One highlight of the trek was our finish at the Catamaran Hotel, where we enjoyed a soothing hazelnut gelato and coffee while cruising the bay aboard the Bahia Belle.

I've also participated in the other wonderful PB restaurant walks - Taste of North PB (put on by PB schools) and The Heart of PB (put on by Discover PB). I've come to the conclusion that PB should be known for its extensive collection of fine restaurants. I don't think the rest of San Diego realizes the great variety and quality of restaurants we have in PB.

Let's actively promote Pacific Beach for its restaurants - it's something everyone can enjoy with nothing but positive impacts on our community.

Marcie Beckett

Pacific Beach

Who cleans up the glass after car accidents?

At dusk on Friday, May 16, we had a three-car accident at the corner of Reed Avenue and Ingraham Street. Two SDPD patrol cars took care of the scene. There were a few small pieces of auto debris and a copious amount of shattered glass in the street.

On Saturday morning, I drove though the intersection and noted that the auto debris was done, but all of the shattered glass was still in the roadway.

I was always under the impression that the police were supposed to clean up an accident scene. Shattered glass is litter. Aren't the police working under the same littering laws as the rest of us? If they don't clean it up, then, pray tell, who is supposed to? Are we residents of Reed Avenue supposed to go up and clean the street? We rarely see a street sweeper and they are not due until June and they do not do intersections.

I guess that we are supposed to drive over the glass, with our tires, until it is no longer discernable.

Doraine B. Offerman

Pacific Beach
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