We have lots of youth out of work, and in some cases, full jails or the equivalent. Yet weeds, trash, etc., abound everywhere. Take a look at Pacific Highway near the airport. Look at worn out fencing and rails opposite the dip at Pacific Highway and Barnett. The ramp onto Interstate 5 South. Disgraceful but inexpensive to fix. Drive through Balboa Park and look at the off-ramps and their weeds.

Yet the city just cleared out and laid sod in the little area at the top of Ash Street and between the off ramp onto 10th St and Highway 163 North. Why there? They worked at it for two months. Never seen, overkill, rockwork, sprinklers, etc. Bureaucrat bungling?

How about a team of volunteers to spiff up our city? Where are the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lyons clubs, etc.? Where are the weekend teams of misdemeanor payback that we had 10 years ago doing some of this work?

With proper leadership I am sure that weekend volunteers can be organized without a huge city expense.

Vance Gustafson lives in Point Loma.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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