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So now we know if you want to raise someone’s blood pressure in San Diego, all you have to do is mention the City Attorney. That is why I am an independent. But enough about politics, lets see what people think about paving paradise this afternoon:

If you have ever walked the streets of New York City, you know there are parts of the city which remain dark each and every day, not because the sun never shines in NY, but because of the height of the buildings.

There are places where the sun never hits the ground and no air circulates. As you navigate the streets you feel as if you are moving from one canyon to another. But that is The City, and it seems to work there. It is part of what makes it so big. All those high-rises on a tiny island. You really get a sense of this when you fly into NY from the west.

Have you been downtown lately? It once was an open and breezy downtown … now it too is becoming cave-like. Building after building is being constructed. Soon you may never need sun block again while walking downtown … you will always be in the shade. From any office downtown over the last three years, you have seen building after building walling you in. I am sure somewhere there is a city department and a county office monitoring this, but does anyone else sense that downtown is being walled in. Is there a plan to ensure that light and air find their way downtown and a plan for open spaces? And if so, who is safeguarding the open space?

— CHARLES LA BELLA

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