Take a stroll through a sample of the comments on our stories and commentaries this week. Want to join the discussion? You can register to comment here. See you in the comments!

Scott Hasson on “‘The School District’s Already Insolvent,’ Barnett Says“:

Our children are being used as pawns for a broken and dysfunctional system. As much as we hate to give up local control, we all can see how local control has been taken over by the unions and this dysfunctional board. I think this is a good move to get our children back on track. Remember, this is not about anything but our children. They are all that matters here!!

Bruce Bogers on “The Homeless Neighbors of East Village“:

… What folks seem to forget is that the homeless were in East Village long before they were, and moving them somewhere else isn’t the answer. With our economy so screwed up it will be tough for everyone, but until the city and its citizens make homelessness their #1 priority, over new stadiums, libraries, and Convention Center expansion, we will continue to have this problem.

Derek Hofmann on “Letter: No Need To Extend Tierrasanta Boulevard“:

The problem is, Tierrasanta Blvd looks and feels like a 55 mph road. Put some more curves in it, maybe some traffic circles and/or chicanes. Also, the parking lot at the Tierrasanta Town Center is way overbuilt, and besides being a drain on the local economy, it attracts automobile traffic.

Jeffry Stevens on “The Pension Initiative’s Initial Costs: Fact Check“:

The city could implement the pay freeze without the initiative. What would the curve look like with the current pension system plus the pay freeze? Forgotten by almost everyone is that the city did already put in place a substantially less expensive pension system for new employees. City employees have also had no pay increase for ~5 years now.

Chris Brewster on “Don’t Expect the Next Mayor to Give You a Pony“:

…There is a huge dichotomy here between political rhetoric and reality. Mayor Sanders trumpets a sincerely balanced budget, but there seems to be no plan going forward to account for the major up-front cost of Proposition B, which he supports. Could it be that his budget assumes it won’t pass because budgeting for its passage would blow a hole in the budget and require major cuts in services that might give people pause about voting for Prop B?

To complicate this further, if Prop B passes, it will almost certainly be challenged immediately in court and its effects stayed. How then do you budget for that? Might we have a $100 million bill in a single year down the road? These are the perils of addressing complex problems by propositions that most voters understand only in terms of the assurances of those they harken to.

Statements have been lightly edited to fix spelling errors and typos.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. You can contact her directly at dagny.salas@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5669.

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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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