It was a Good week for:
San Diego, because the NBA Clippers and its Neanderthal owner Donald Sterling left our city long ago for Los Angeles. Caught on tape making racist statements, Sterling recently was fined $2.5 million and booted from the NBA for life. Just like smog and former child actors gone to seed, he's an L.A. problem, not ours.
Keeping fingers and toes crossed as a Santa Ana brought high temperatures and winds to Southern California. That's the recipe for wild fires, of course, and we were lucky — at least locally — to get through the week with just a handful of smaller fires. Such weather conditions usually happen in the fall, so we got an early and unwelcome scare. Come fall, let's hope our luck continues. Oh, and let's hope we see this weather phenomenon called rain … (drops of water, falling from the sky).
Repetitiveness, now that voters in District 2 are getting mailers from City Council candidates Lorie Zapf and Sarah Boot, both of whom note their commitment to — what else — neighborhoods. Zapf's mailer: “Protecting our quality of life and putting neighborhoods first is my #1 priority.” Boot's mailer: “As your Council member, I will make sure your tax dollars are spent fixing your neighborhoods ...” Who doesn't support neighborhoods? We happen to live in — yes — a neighborhood. But from this constant drumbeat about them, you'd think they'd all merit Third World status. This is D-2, home to Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach … The median home price in Mission Beach is $824,700, according to Zillow. We cry for such a neighborhood.
It was a Bad week for:
Children, innocently playing in Bonita Cove Park, thanks to some scum who planted razor blades in the ground in hopes they would step on them. Two children did. One needed stitches. Cops found 20 blades hidden. James Bond villains aren't as evil.
Announcing a pregnancy. That's because the mother is nine years old and that's way too young, say animal rights activists who are upset that SeaWorld San Diego has gotten an orca of that age to conceive. The killer whale, Kalia, is due in December, meaning that she became pregnant at age 8. Activist say that orcas, in the wild, don't start having calves until age 12 or so. SeaWorld has been fighting a public relations nightmare since the scathing documentary, “Blackfish,” was released and this only added fuel to the fire. SeaWorld defends its breeding program, saying much is learned about orca reproduction and it “enriches the lives of our animals by allowing them to experience, interact with and help raise another member of their pod.”