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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/24/2013 11:43:16 AM
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Re: Ahhh, The food trucks...
James, from the sound of it, I think the fill-in mayor is going to do what he can to overturn the law so that the food trucks can operate in the locations they're currently banned from. It seems like he's just trying to enforce laws that Filner disregarded, which seems to me a good call. As for food trucks in general, I think they should be given sanitation ratings like restaurants are in many cities. I don't think they should be treated any differently.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/24/2013 11:39:59 AM
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Re: Shooting in Chicago
James@SanDiego - I agree with you, and it's great to see people like you speak in favor of gun control. It shows that it's a complicated issue that requires true consideration. It can't just be pro-gun vs. anti-gun people. We all have to open our eyes wide enough to see the reality here in order to make changes that save lives in the future.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/24/2013 10:02:49 AM
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Re: Shooting in Chicago
Well said, @James. While it's nice to have the freedom to own weapons, we've reached a point where it's time for a wider level of control. As one friend who had an acquaintance who commited a gun crime told me, "If they had checked, they'd have seen Rick had a record." Sadly, no one checked and tragedy resulted.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/24/2013 9:59:49 AM
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Re: Ahhh, The food trucks...
I feel much the same about food trucks, @James. While I hesitate to eat from many of them, I know they are popular, and my attitude is, well, why not? Restaurants may lose some business, but IMO a restaurant is in a different market.

Perhaps fast-food restaurants have more to lose from food trucks. Really, that doesn't bother me so much, since often they're a blight on the local landscape anyway.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
9/23/2013 11:05:46 PM
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Ahhh, The food trucks...
Now that Mayor Filner has had his gropy butt handed to him and riden out of town, Mayor fill in Todd Gloria has his hands full.  This food truck issue is such a side not to us but to the vendors and the established business, this is serious.  I personally not eaten off of any of them but I do walk by and check out the menu and cuisine. It is rather appetizing if you eat that sort of food.  I have always been concerned about the sterileness and cleaness or lack of, of the vehicles.  They do draw quite a crowd and take business away from established restaurants.  It seems that San Diego has so much more to be concerned with but at the same time these restaurants do have a valid claim.  People want variety and this is another way to get something different once a week since that is all they seem to come around.  I believe that they are regulated and inspected frequently but I do not know if the drivers, cooks are, since they seem to change often.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
9/23/2013 9:26:28 PM
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Shooting in Chicago
This is so shocking and so unnecessary and just damn tragic.  As an avid gun lover and supporter of our 2nd. ammendment rights, I must say that this has got to stop and unfortunatley it looks like the time for stringent gun control has come.  You can not govern sense and common sense is not so common these days.  As unpopular as it may be, the majority can not be made to suffer for the senseless acts of a criminal few.  Enough is enough!

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
9/23/2013 9:22:41 PM
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Re: Driving while texting
Mary, Good point.  I just drove from Loveland Colorado back to San Diego and noticed rather vividly the stark difference between country driving and city driving.  While it is legal in Colorado to talk on a cell phone you can not text behind the wheel and I can say I did not see anybody distraced by texting.  Once I got to Las Vegas, San Bernadino, Riverside and San Diego, it was easy to see the swerving, slowing down and speeding up, common signs of drunk driving or texting.  While the drving speeds are up, our reflexes are the same not likely to keep up with our behind the wheel distractions.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/23/2013 4:31:59 PM
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Re: Driving while texting
For sure, traffic seems to be getting worse everywhere; and when you're driving fast, as on the highway, things happen faster.

I'm a veteran highway driver, and the roads around the NYC area put my heart in my mouth. The thought of texting in those circumstances just terrifies me.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
9/23/2013 4:30:03 PM
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Re: Driving while texting
What gets me are kids without helmets on bikes after dark. I've seen so many of these. Weaving in and out and across roads without looking.

You'd think no helmet laws had ever been passed.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
9/23/2013 3:38:12 PM
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Re: Driving while texting
I can't stand seeing it, piratejulie, but I almost never see kids wearing helmets on skateboards -- even little kids! I saw some children recently, they had to be around 10 years old or youngers, and they were skateboarding around, jumping the curb, etc., and not wearing helmets. It drove me crazy.

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