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Thursday 09/12/2019
Thank You Coronado

Summer in Coronado is synonymous with good weather, lots of activities and great parties! The Coronado MainStreet Board of Directors recently hosted the 28th annual Garden Party at the beautiful home and gardens of the Garza Castro Family at 708 A Avenue. We thank them for their generous and helpful role in hosting our Coronado friends, supporters and businesses to raise funds for MainStreet’s Garden and economic development activities.

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Elizabeth Warren Is Not Donald Trump

In Mr. J.F. Kelly’s Sept. 4 commentary, he paints an interesting picture of the likely Democratic presidential candidates. He concludes by labeling Warren as a socialists and/or a communist. It seems all her work seems to have escape Mr. Kelly’s awareness.

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SANDAG Is The Enemy

Seth.Litchney@sandag.org

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Getting It Wrong On Young People?

I think that J.F. Kelly gets it exactly wrong, in his commentary on Sept. 4, “A Generation Ignorant of History.” It’s a pretty standard screed about all those airhead kids - but it makes me wonder: does Mr. Kelly actually know any young people?

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Thankful For Many Things

So many things to be thankful for living in Coronado in the summer. Three of my favorite things are the free shuttle and the beach mobility mats. Thanks to Mayor Richard Bailey and the city Council for making Coronado accessible for everyone. Coronado Ride and Stride, even though we were the last to finish, it was so much fun! Thanks, Coronado Rotary Club. Looking forward to next year.

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Is It Time To Just Opt Out of SANDAG?

Last week the 21 member San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) voted to require Coronado to build 1001 affordable residential units in spite of hundreds of opposition letters and emails, and in-person testimony by citizens and our elected officials. What part of we-have-no-buildable-bare-space could they not understand? 

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Coronado Ferry Landing

I read with interest the summary of the meeting on Aug. 29 in the Winn Room.

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In Search Of Political Diversity On Campus

A 2016 study by Assoc. Prof. Mitchell Langbert of Brooklyn College revealed that liberal professors at America’s top universities outnumber conservatives by about 12 to 1. Another in 2018 found that 39 percent of colleges had no conservative professors at all or at least any who would admit to being conservatives. The same study, by the National Association of Scholars, found that at 51 of the 66 top-ranked liberal arts colleges in America the ratio of Democrats to Republicans on their faculties was 10.4 to 1. If the two military academies, West Point and Annapolis, which were included in the survey were excluded, the ratio becomes 12.7 to 1. It’s lonely being a conservative in most faculty lounges.

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World Cup Shifting To Have Multiple Host Nations

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. 2026 will mark the first year in which FIFA expands play to 48 teams, with the knockout round expected to have 32 teams compared to the previous 16. While many tend to look towards FIFA and its history of corruption, one story that has been uncovered is the transition towards multiple host nations for future World Cups.

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Friday 09/06/2019
No Hotel On The Ferry Landing

No hotel on the Ferry Landing, or anywhere in Coronado within Port jurisdiction. Commissioner Garry Bonelli did a cordial reversal this week, with a very well organized by-invitation meeting of concerned Coronado citizens. It was a graceful backing down, but island folks must stay alert. We could tell this is not exactly over, because: 

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A Generation Ignorant Of History

A wise pundit, whose words (but not his name) I recall, recently warned of the dangers that often accompany prosperity. One can easily become complacent and take things for granted. That danger may be upon us. We live in the world’s largest and richest economy with privileges and luxuries that inhabitants of less-favored lands can only dream of. Even those below the poverty line who struggle to make ends meet enjoy comforts and conveniences like air conditioning, computers, medicines, mobile devices, and affordable air travel that were unaffordable or didn’t yet exist a few generations ago in America and still don’t in some countries. Most importantly, we have a Constitution that endows us with rights and freedoms that don’t exist in totalitarian states. But freedom from having to worry about basic survival gives us plenty of time to find fault with the system that gave us these blessings.

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Coronado Library Volunteers

When I asked my mom in our phone conversation how things were going at the library, she quietly lowered her voice and said, “Next Thursday is my last day.”

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Thursday 09/05/2019
Coronado Opposes The Proposed 1,000+ New Units

The City of Coronado strongly opposes the 1,000+ new housing units proposed to be allocated to our community by SANDAG and the State of California.

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Friday 08/30/2019
Comment Re: Low/Moderate Income Housing In Coronado

Dear Mr. Litchney,

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Backroom Politics

At last week’s Council meeting we saw an egregious example of violating the Brown Act.

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The GOATS Of Tennis

In the sporting world parlance of the day, the term GOAT has taken on an almost supernatural meaning. Today, GOAT is shorthand for “Greatest Of All Time”.

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Making It Harder To Protect And Serve

As part of Gov. Gavin Newsome’s campaign to turn the Golden State into the liberal capitol of America, he has signed into law a new measure which further restricts the ability of police to protect the public and themselves. The law, AB 392, which takes effect on Jan. 1, will prohibit law enforcement officers from using deadly force except when necessary to save their lives or the lives of others and only when they are in imminent danger and no other non-lethal alternative exists to de-escalate the situation.

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An Open Letter To Garry Bonelli, Port Commission President

SUBJECT: Waterfront Planning--no new hotel on Coronado Island.

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Honor Flight San Diego

On behalf of San Diego County veterans, we want to thank the Coronado businesses who donated for the recent screenings of “Normandy Jump 2019.” The documentary featured Coronado resident, U.S. Army 101st Airborne paratrooper Tom Rice and the community came out to support. The event was a fundraiser to enable Honor Flight San Diego to send World War II and Korea War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built for their service and sacrifice.

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Saturday 08/24/2019
Coronado Housing Issue

In the Summer of 1992 we fell in love with Coronado when we attended a seminar at the Del and decided that we would spend our retirement years in one of the quaint little houses in the village. We are late bloomers like the Island of Coronado, taking our time to grow and expand our potential. My husband was a Los Angeles Public Defender, his fourth career but only four years on the job in that capacity. He loved his job. Not ready for retirement. The Realtor tried to get us to buy in the Cays, “ a bigger house for less money better value.” No, we wanted a little house surrounded by other little houses across from the public bus and walking distance to every inch of this paradise. A month after the seminar we bought our little house at the corner of E and Fourth and it became a rental for young Navy personnel.

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Friday 08/23/2019
Completely Disagree

In response to the letter by David Stolte in the Aug. 14 edition of the Eagle regarding Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, I completely disagree with his negative characterization of this version of our National Anthem. And I’m not alone - here’s a newspaper quote from the Star Spangled Music Foundation: “It’s the single most powerful performance of the anthem in the history of the song,” says Mark Clague, an associate musicology professor at the University of Michigan who heads the Star Spangled Music Foundation, dedicated to celebrating and promoting the anthem. “In some ways it’s a kind of musical depiction of democracy…in the sense that it’s a cacophony of disagreement.”

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Complicated Problems

J.F. Kelly Jr. is right in blaming our declining culture on our fascination with violence, angry alienated young men, their clueless parents, the social media, the rap music lyrics and the mass shootings that are occurring in our country. But these problems are complicated and will take a long time, if ever, to resolve. In the present we can pass anti-gun legislation which will reduce the likelihood of more mass shootings. Thus we need to have more effective background checks. We must increase the age requirement to purchase a gun from 18 to 21 and must ban assault weapons.

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Not Knowing History Is A Real Travesty

LCDR Stolte said the decision to play one of Jimi Hendrix’s versions of the Star Spangled Banner at the Coronado Bridge celebration “marred”the event.

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A Growing Chance Of Conflict With China

Many Democrats and other anti-Trumpers are still under the delusion that Russia determined the outcome of the 2016 election in Trump’s favor and that the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russians to make it happen. This is so despite no evidence to that effect and a two-year intensive investigation that failed to find any. Still, the president is accused regularly of cozying up to Vladimir Putin in spite of administration policies that are anything but friendly toward Russia. Many actually believe that Russia is our number one enemy.

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Concerts In The Park Donor Reception And Concert Time Change To 5:00pm

On behalf of the Coronado Promenade Concerts we want to thank everyone who has helped us make this year so special and successful.  

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A Heartfelt Thank You

A big thank you to everyone in the Coronado community for helping us get through the horrible nightmare of losing our son/brother, Leland Orr. Thank you for all the meals, flowers, cards, gift cards and random acts of kindness during this difficult time of loss. Without your friendship and support we would not have made it through. Also, a special thank you to Sacred Heart Church who was there for us in our darkest hour and helped with Leland’s beautiful celebration of life. Father Mike and his whole team, to say the least, were amazing. This community is like no other and it is a privilege to call our home! Thank you again.

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Friday 08/16/2019
Why Andrew Yang Might Just Be What America Needs In 2020

Over the past two months, the race for the democratic presidential nomination kicked off with two debates in Miami and Detroit, respectively. Currently frontrunners include ex-vice president Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders (VT Senator), Elizabeth Warren (MA Senator), and Kamala Harris (CA Senator) who are all consistently polling at least 10% with Biden leading the way. One candidate that has gained some traction yet remains relatively low in the polls is author and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Yang was born in upstate New York as the son of two immigrants from Taiwan. He graduated from Brown University with a BA in economics. After Brown, Yang graduated from Columbia Law School, only to spend “five unhappy months as a lawyer.” He found his true passion in business and became an entrepreneur.

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Signs Of A Sickness In Society

The things that some politicians say and do for political advantage no longer shock me but continue to disgust me. It was entirely predictable that candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination, who have repeatedly branded President Trump a racist, would reflexively blame him for the latest mass shootings, in El Paso and Dayton. And they did, almost before the awful news reached a public that has become almost numbed to these tragedies. Never mind that mass shootings have been going on since long before Donald Trump’s presidency.

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The Opiate Epidemic

Overdoses are happening everywhere, all over the country. In our current society, the streets are filled to the brim with laced heroin that’s often mixed with carfentanil and other fentanyl analogs. Dealers are now adding it to street pressed pills, cocaine, meth, and marijuana too.

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Dear Coronado Citizens

In 2010, Congress designated the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. Mark your calendars for September 8-14, as the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, along with the community, celebrates the transformative power of the arts in education. We want to raise awareness of why arts education is important, why there is a critical need for arts education funding in our community, and to encourage giving to arts education programs.

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Condemning A Travesty

The concert to honor the 50th anniversary of the Coronado Bridge was marred by the inclusion of the Jimi Hendrix version of the Star Spangled Banner to open the venue.

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Ill-Advised And Un-American

Letter sent to: Steve Vaus-SANDAG Chair, Catherine Blakespear-SANDAG Vice Chair, and Hasan Ikhrata- SANDAG Ex. Director

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The Housing Issue Needs To Stay On Our Radar

Your voices are needed to respond to another important issue facing Coronado’s future -- a government mandated housing density requirement.

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Two Birds With One Stone

The port wants to develop the bayfront to, supposedly, fulfill their mission statement of providing access to and use of the bay. SANDAG wants Coronado to provide 1001 new affordable housing units. 

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Friday 08/09/2019
The Vintage Village Sidewalks Are Saved

The City Council, with City Engineer Cliff Maurer and support from City Manager Blair King, has taken official action to preserve the 120 years old scored sidewalks that have been desecrated here and there over the last 50-plus years by assorted construction projects.

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America’s Heritage

George Washington crossed the Delaware River Christmas Eve in the ice laden, bitter snow to win an almost impossible victory over our mother country who had powerfully oppressed our great 13 original colonies. Washington displayed courage, and set the standards for excellence in military affairs and the presidency.

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Too Quick To Label People

Prejudices come in various forms. Recently a commentary in the Union Tribune ignited a plethora of diverse memories. The article recounted the author growing up in rural Missouri with the prejudices taught by family, school, and church against all people who were not white. The author recalled his father a year before dying still espousing the belief that “whites” were superior.

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Leftward Lurch A Losing Strategy

What the Democrat debaters lack in realism they are making up for in entertainment value. You have to be amused by the cranky, old socialist from Vermont who seems to be perpetually mad at everyone. You just have to feel sympathy for poor old Joe who keeps apologizing for almost everything he’s ever said or done, but still gets scolded by the other candidates, especially by California’s freshman senator, Kamala Harris, who gained national attention by disrupting the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and scolding him, too.

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The Port Of San Diego Hears From Coronado

The City of Coronado recently submitted a formal letter to the Port of San Diego expressing our objections to numerous elements within the draft Port Master Plan Update (PMPU), including a 350-room hotel at the Ferry Landing.

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Dear Port Of San Diego

The purpose of the San Diego Unified Port District is to hold and manage our tidelands properties for the good of all San Diego County residences.

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Stop The Port Plans

I am strongly opposed to the Port Authority plans!

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Port Plans

I was disappointed to get a copy of a letter from “Save Coronado.” I was not disappointed with the letter. I agree with every point in it.

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Thursday 08/01/2019
More Thoughts On PMPU

At the risk of beating this issue to death, we would like to share some brief musings on the proposed Port plan. We did some basic math and realized that with 350 rooms at the proposed hotel and 142 rooms already in the works at the Hotel Del (and assuming normal double occupancy), this could swell our visitor population per day by almost 1000. Think of our downtown now during our peak tourist seasons and add an additional 1000 “visitors” to it. Let’s also contemplate the crowd control issues that our police and fire personnel will have to deal with if they can even reach a problem in time. And we also know that the majority of these 1000 visitors will probably not arrive via public transportation. Add several hundred vehicles to the mix, perhaps? We guess that’s what the attractive parking garage is for.

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Port Plans

I was disappointed to get a copy of a letter from “SaveCoronado.” I was not disappointed with the letter. I agree with every point in it.

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More Memorable Moments With Mueller

According to a May Harvard/Harris poll, two-thirds of Americans don’t want Congress to start impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump and 80 percent would rather it focus on real priorities like infrastructure, health care and immigration. Pro-impeachment progressives must not be reading the polls or they just don’t care about the people’s priorities because they just can’t seem to get over their myopic obsession with removing this president from office, even if it costs them the election. That’s good news for the GOP because this obsession is an insult to the 47 percent of the voters who elected him and don’t want their votes invalidated. Why would you insult 62 million voters if you want to win an election?

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Hotel Proposal At Coronado Ferry Landing

Our 2.2 square miles of land in Coronado is fully surrounded by water and Naval bases. The perimeter, between military properties, houses parks; beaches; golf course and bike path; yacht clubs, marina, boat rentals and boat ramp; waterfront homes, condos and apartments; a restaurant and chain hotel; City buildings and pool; and the Ferry Landing retail complex. Coronado’s interior encompasses motels, restaurants and businesses; private homes, condos and apartments; City infrastructure and parks; and schools. Bottom line: Coronado is full up and built out; there is no vacant space left to expand anything! Vacant lots can be counted on two hands, VRBO and short-term rentals abound, and 15 hotels/motels already offer 1600 rooms for visitors. The ongoing Hotel del expansion will add 144 more rooms – a full 9 percent increase across the city.

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Please Send Your Comments To SANDAG

I have been attending the SANDAG Regional Housing Needs Assessment Subcommittee Meetings.The flawed methodology presented by staff to the Subcommittee for the upcoming eight year cycle originally calculated Coronado’s obligation at 1800 new housing units, based on the number of jobs and transit within our jurisdiction. The methodology required cities to provide housing for service members, who already have military housing. Thanks to our Mayor Richard Bailey’s argument that our two bus routes do not meet the criteria of a major transit stop, our number was reduced to 1,001. Then the Subcommittee took base housing into account. This dropped us to 808 of the 171,685 new homes that Sacramento proposed for San Diego County.

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So … Do We Just Give Our Island Away?

I recently attended the meeting sponsored by the Port for the citizens of Coronado. I left very sad. If, for any moment you think this project is only in the early stages, you are very wrong. The Port would not be spending money on displays; planning these meetings, etc. , if it were not a done deal. There is no reason to trust the Port. They have done nothing to gain our respect or trust. It is rather insulting for them to assume we are so gullible and yet they know there is nothing we can do.

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Thursday 07/25/2019
Those Troublesome Trump Tweets

Sometimes I think that neither President Donald Trump nor the Democrats can stand prosperity. The economy is robust, unemployment at a record low including among minorities, incomes are rising and yes, a rising tide does lift all boats, even if liberals do refer to it as a trickle down economy benefitting too few. Even Mr. Trump’s approval rating is inching up. In spite of an administration described as chaotic, with more personnel turnover than at a fast-food restaurant, things are going quite well for him and that just infuriates his liberal critics.

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Coronadans Call For City To Stand With Them Against Port Overdevelopment

Coronado has been abuzz the last ten days with discussion and concern about what the Port might have planned for its shores in the near future. In the fall, renderings circulated around Coronado of a plan that a leaseholder was said to be contemplating for the ferry landing that included a hotel. And last week, a Port leaseholder in the Cays, Keith Mishkin, announced that he would soon present plans to the Port for a low density, high-end hotel on Grand Caribe Isle.

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