Who Pays For WATER LOSS When Construction Workers Break WATER MAINS?

I’ve got one for you? With California in the midst of a major drought, who pays for water loss when construction workers break water mains causing mass flooding and loss of water? I thought about this today while I was watching the evening news. The lead story in most newscasts on TV & Radio was all about a water main break in Downtown San Diego at First Avenue & F Streets. It seems a construction company is responsible for the break, and should shoulder the blame for the water loss. After all, aren’t we threatened with fines if we are caught wasting water? What could be more of a waste than having a water main broken? We know the crew didn’t intentionally break the “main,” but that “goes with the flow,” so to speak. There should be more careful consideration when doing such work, especially during the drought!
Put in a call to your city, county and state legislators. Let them know how you think. PLEASE don’t take that California laid back attitude. We have to look out for each other. Don’t let things like this go away without notice and penalty. Amen!

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I “WAS’ a HUGE Boxing fan….but no MORE!

I grew up a boxing fan. I always wanted to be a boxer. When I was a TV Sportscaster I sparred with some of the sports greatest. I always hated the “dark side” of the sport…the many punks and thugs and crooks and creeps who “walked the halls” of boxing arena’s coast to coast and border to border. When I lived and worked in Philly I got too close to the sport and had legal problems because of people like Don King and his many shyster pals. But, I still loved the “game,” the sport, and most of all the boxers. From Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier to Tex Cobb and so many others. Now, after the Pacquiao-Mayweather fiasco on Saturday I am finally “kissing the sport good-bye.” I purposely waited to write this blog so I could let the anger and other negative, hateful feelings subside. I was one of the millions who paid to see the circus. I have never liked the Floyd Mayweathers of the sports world. There are others like him, in other sports, as well. They play and participate ONLY for the money…One-time Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson once told me that when the “mob” ran the fight game ALL was good…but when the promoters and other slime got involved the sport began it’s slow slide into oblivion. There is NO Room anymore for the “clean,” honest promoters like my friend Bobby DePhilippis, here in San Diego. His dad once promoted the Ali-Ken Norton fight. But, those days are gone…I can see why so many have turned to those glove-less gladiators who mix marshall arts with a street fighting aura. Just keep the Don Kings and other slimeballs away from the sport, or better yet–use the boxing promoters as “practice meat” before they climb into the cages around sporting America to beat each other up! Tennis Anyone?

LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL ON A BIKE AND A STORE TO “BACK IT UP?”

Hey San Diego area “friends…” When I first walked into the CALIFORNIA BICYCLE store on La Jolla Blvd. I was greeted with a handshake and smile and honesty. Not being a “bicycle connoisseur” I was at Manager Kevin Millard’s mercy. Susan and I had bought a couple of “cruisers,” elsewhere, about 6 months ago, but was never really told they would be tough when it came to climbing hills and managine steep street inclines. Having had two total knee replacements, I still am re-building my strength and found the one-speed cruiser a little tough. I wanted more, and so did she. We told Kevin and his sales guys we didn’t want to get in over our heads–they accommodated. When we brought our cruisers we were “worked” pretty good by the sales guys. We hadn’t owned bikes since we were kids..What did we know? NADA! We needed honesty–something hard to find in not just bicycle stores. We were fitted with two seven speed bikes. PERFECT for us and what we wanted and what we could handle. I’m not one to endorse anything unless I am paid to do it, but if you are looking—give CALIFORNIA BICYCLE a look and a chance. IF you are a big time bike “addict,” they can meet most of your needs, as well. I was given a tour of the store after I asked “..Just how expensive can bikes get?” I was shown price tags from 2 thousand to the 11,000-plus hand made Italian carbon fiber beauty…So, give’em a look, whether buying for the first time or upgrading your “stable.” You can find “CALIFORNIA BICYCLE” at 7462 La Jolla Blvd…right where Pearl turns left at the Chevron station…can’t miss it…if you get there—tell’em LUCK sent ya! Maybe they’ll throw in some free air! lol…

IS THE SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL BECOMING THE “BEST COUNCIL MONEY CAN BUY?”

I LOVE San Diego!!!  It’s just not the weather, but the people and the atmosphere.  I lived on the east coast a long time and the fast pace was okay, but I have become accustomed to the slower pace (well, life’s pace, not the I-5).  I am, though, bothered by the way our City Council does most of it’s business.  I have always been a fan of the Council, since they honored me twice with Rod Luck Day in San Diego when I was working full time at KUSI.  I appreciated their recognition, and paid them back by promoting “America’s Finest City.”  I am, though, worried about some of the decisions made by THIS Council.  The most recent “debacle” was the approval of the “ONE PASEO” mixed-use project in Carmel Valley.  The project includes the construction of stores and eateries, theatre, office space, over 600 apartment units, shops and parking, plus much more.  The developer, Kilroy Realty, has spent hundreds of thousands, if not, millions of dollars spewing propaganda why this project is good for Carmel Valley and San Diego, in general.  The City Council voted 7-2 to approve the deal, which “smells” of some “backroom dealing!”  The only two descending votes came from Sherri Lightner  and Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald.  Both Lightner and Emerald are probably sleeping much better than their 7 cohorts.  They voted with their conscience.  Anybody in their right, civic mind would have sent this “raw deal” back to the Kilroy people in a shredded pile of “no thank you’s!!!”  I’m not saying the other council members, let’s call them the “unleaven seven,” are or were “on the take,” financially, but hoodwinked by some sharp rhetoric and future promises to be delivered “down the road.”  It happens all the time.  John Moores and his sidekick, Larry Lucchino, used every tactic possible to sell the media, council and eventually the voters, on the Petco deal.  Petco Park is a great asset, but the voters will be paying for a long while on that promise.  So, where are we on the ONE-PASEO fiasco?  The opponents have handed over boxes of signatures that need to be verified in order to override the Council vote and get this project before the voters. In return, the ONE-PASEO posse has done the same with collections of signatures from those who voted and asked to have their signature removed from the recall petitions.  We’ll all know the signature verification outcome sometime in April.  IF the “good guys” win PLEASE vote against this abomination.  IF it passes, and becomes reality, I will promise you your neighborhood’s are next.  If you don’t want to become another L.A., then be prepared to keep Kilroy from being San Diego’s Killjoy!

WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR WORLD? WHO ARE THESE SO-CALLED JIHADISTS, ANYWAY!

Today more terrorists running amuck, shooting, killing, destroying historical memorabilia; this time in an art museum in Tunisia;  and some wild man running loose with a gun, shooting people in Mesa, Arizona.  Every day now it’s another crazy shooting or bombing triggered by maniacal, sick, wacked out so called “religious rebels” killing, maming and destroying in the name of “their god,.” whoever, whatever that might be.  My religious beliefs don’t tell me to kill and destroy to “make some twisted, sadistic point.”  The world has become an open battlefield for these so-called Jihadists.  They claim they are Muslims out to erase, from the world, all the non-believers.Their so-called “war” is aimed at cleansing the planet of all “Infidels,” those of US who believe in a world of peace and harmony.  These renegades, scraped from the bottom of what seems to be a “bottomless” pit, are comprised of those who are seeking an identity they never had or never will have.  I heard they all “kill for a seat next to Allah!!!”  and, as a reward they receive a dozen virgins, or so…I have an idea….why not set up billboards leading into Iraq, Afghanistan and all other terrorist states.  Those billboards will simply say:  “God called and there are no more virgins in heaven…”  Maybe all the lonely, tough guys will go back home where they belong!

TV NEWS HAS BECOME A “CIRCUS” LOADED WITH “BARKERS!!!”

I began my 40+ year broadcasting career back in the late 60’s in little ol’ Dillon, Montana. I  always wanted to be a sportscaster, and that is what I eventually became.  Announcing High School Football and Basketball, then college, then into TV Sports.  I fought hard to get my jobs.  I knew I “had to be different.”  So, I was.  You might not have liked my approach, but at least it offered you an alternative. The one part of the broadcasting industry that hasn’t changed is that most talent, men and women, sound and look alike.  There’s very little color & pazazz!!!  Imagination is a word that is hard to find!!!  Also, since 2008 and the near collapse of our financial system, salaries went way down because of the lack of advertising sales.  Today you find many young, untested and unprepared news types.  Corporations have hired the “pretty faces” to bring you your news, weather and sports. They have kept some of the oldsters around to keep the ships afloat, but by and large, the business has gone “south!”  Whether it’s on the national or local level the “fight” to get viewers has turned many into “circus barkers” touting things that aren’t there.  They take a news happening and make it bigger than it is.  Anything to get you to watch. Tabloid Journalism at it’s finest!  It’s not gonna change.  This is what we have, so get use to it.  The Brian Jennings’, and FOX and CNN “barkers” of the world dominate your choice of what to watch.  What can you believe?  It’s a race to get viewers, because viewers mean higher ratings, and that means more bucks in their corporate coffers.  There’s not much you/we can do, America.  Sit back and enjoy the “not so talented talent show” forced upon you each night.  There’s enough news channels vieing for your eyes, ears and pocketbooks that you should find something to occupy your need to know.  If you can’t find it on TV go to the internet—SOME of what you find there MIGHT keep you happy and informed until you figure out that, too, is not so true!

I owe S.D. Mayor Kevin Faulconer an APOLOGY!!

I can’t believe he’s been our Mayor for a year, now!  WOW!!!  Back, during my KUSI-TV News days, I had little exposure to Mr. Faulconer.  I DID believe he was a mouthpiece for big business.  I had that opinion based on the “company” he kept and decisions he made.  I wrote, on my blog, that it would be a wrong move to vote for Faulconer.  In my life I have made many mistakes and always  the first to admit my wrong. Well, I am first in line this time to say KUDOS to Faulconer.  I totally agree with his stance on the Stadium issue.  Faulconer’s stadium committee shows civic balance and no biases..No “good old boys (or ladies)” that are owed favors or could be easily manipulated.  If the Chargers stay or “hit the road,” it won’t be because Faulconer dropped the ball.  Faulconer has been tough, tall and immovable, a real “PILLAR” who deserves our support and understanding.  He is fighting an uphill battle.  He takes the punches and keeps on “coming.”  He has turned into my kind of politician, one who “stays to fight” rather than runs for cover!