Police see signs as step in the right direction

Rice, Chris

By CHRIS RICE
City Times

Man’s best friend is a student’s worst nightmare for some enrolled at San Diego City College.

Early morning and late evenings, residents of the Union Square condos on C street across from the Saville Theatre have been using City College campus to walk their dogs.

Despite the efforts of campus police to educate the property managers that dog walking on campus is not permitted, Sgt. Gemma Styles of the campus police says “some people have complied, some have not.” Many residents are still using the convient location across the street to take their pooch for a stroll.

Students in cosmetology classes regularly using the grassy area outside their building for lunch breaks are probally most effected. Stretching out on the grass witht heir lunch in the same spot numerous dogs relieved themselves earlier that morning doesn’t make for a pleasurable dining experience.

The next step to be taken to correct this issue is patiently waiting the go-ahead from the facilities department.

A stack of “animals are prohibited” signs have been sitting in Sergeant Styles’ office as campus police waits for instructions from facilities as to where they are to be placed. Sergeant Styles is confident “the signs should solve the problem,” as well as giving campus police “the tool to enforce the law and issue citations.” Apparently without the signs posted citations cannot be issued to the offenders.

With some, but very limitied space to walk their dogs on their own property, residents of the apartment complex may have to resort to curb training their pets. Balboa Park is the only other real alternative and since it is not as convienient, most of the residents will save using Balboa Park for the weekends to run their dogs.

With all other alternatives exhausted, the next step is posting the signs. Without continued education on behalf of the property managers, or expanding Balboa Park to the front door of the complex, the sign placement must be expidited.