Monday, Nov. 20, 2006 | People like David Lynn who are always yapping about how we need a better and more extensive public transportation system drive me crazy. You know: rail transport stretching into every quarter of the city, busses crisscrossing all the nooks and crannies, around the canyons, up the hills, into every neighborhood every ten minutes, filled with happy riders and small children waving balloons. What a wonderful scene. What a crock!
This is a city teetering on the brink of financial disaster, with an admitted pension debt of nearly one and a half billion dollars (in actuality, probably much more). God knows how much more is owed – on the pension, the sewer mess, and a host of other issues. Never mind that, these people press on for the socialist ideal. Have they never seen a map of San Diego? This is not some European city with half the population we have and 10 percent of the land area. This is a vast, sprawling city of single-family homes, widely separated by canyons, hills and bays. How does one living far off from main routes, in an area backed up against a canyon, reach this wonderful transportation? Does a mother with three small children walk for three quarters of an hour just to reach the bus line or does this wonderful new system Lynn blithely proposes snake up and down each neighborhood street?
What are we to do, increase the number of our busses by 2000 percent? Extend our trolley system ten times over? Charge each individual taxpayer a special assessment of $50,000 to pay for it? I can only hope that these people making such ridiculous demands have medical prescriptions to cover whatever substance it is they are smoking.
By the way, Mr. Lynn, have you ever noticed a bus or trolley passing you at rush hour? Except for the Tijuana run, those that are not empty have but a handful of passengers on board.