CityBeat's 15 most read stories of 2011
My RSS reader has been flooded with "Most Read" and "Most Popular" lists for 2011, and, so far, each of them has struck me as not all that impressive.
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#1 Dec 31, 2011
15 stupidiest Lies, bitterenss aganist JW
brought nothing to this moral dead Society,
what a sense anyway to make those fake stories
JUST NEW YEAR 2011 TO ALL APOSTATES
GO TO KH JW AROUND AMERICA,FALL DOWN BEFORE ELDERS,KISS THEIR A...AND BEG FOR FORGIVENESS TO BE BACK BY THE TABLE OF dfs HOW THEY CALL YOURSELF GUYS FROM BROOKLIN
Since: Feb 08
#2 Jan 1, 2012
free rent a story about free rent who cares...stupid we know jw are good at janitorial work they have to be since the major majority of them have zero college education.
#3 Jan 1, 2012
So sweet! You sure didn't read the story.
Since: Feb 08
#4 Jan 1, 2012
Oh look a fake jw trying to tell me what I read no big surprise now is it.
#5 Jan 1, 2012
Cleaning the Football Stadium for God
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:40 pm
Gum, blackened by feet and weather, stuck everywhere. It was wedged under seats, sat nakedly on the concourse and pocked the sidewalk. Rodney Garcia and 6,000 other Jehovah's Witnesses would be gum's undoing Saturday.
On his hands and knees in Qualcomm Stadium's concourse, Garcia, a 53-year-old with a salt and pepper mustache, went after the gum with vigor. He's plenty familiar with the stadium.
The company he works for recently was subcontracted to do wallpaper work there. He did that job just fine, he said. But scraping gum off concrete is different.
"I would never see myself scraping," Garcia said. "For the stadium? No. For my God? Absolutely."
Once a year for nearly three decades, the city of San Diego has put Qualcomm Stadium into thousands of Witnesses' latex-gloved hands for as thorough a cleansing as it ever receives. The Witnesses turn our playground into their church. The cleaning comes before the Witnesses' annual convention, a time when tens of thousands come together in prayer, baptism and song.
The Witnesses wipe away the filth amassed after a year of football games and monster truck rallies and replace it with the smell of bleach. They show Qualcomm the care, given its age and rundown state, we never have. They give it the work that the city might not have ever been able to afford, all in exchange for free rent for their big event.
The stream of Witnesses flowing into the stadium last week carried with them mops, buckets, 24-packs of microfiber auto cloths, push brooms, regular brooms, rakes, 409, paper towels, dustpans, rags, SOS pads, dish detergent, vacuum cleaners, Windex, power washers, latex gloves, barbecue-grade spatulas for scraping gum, Hefty garbage bags, leaf blowers and bottled water. The children brought their own mini brooms.
Leon Opolski, a trim 70-year-old Witness with strong blue eyes, helped open the gates to let everyone inside. He's the one other Witnesses called on Saturday when they needed to unlock Qualcomm's dozens of gates and doors.
>>> The city gave him the keys.<<<
>>>The city trusts Opolski with Qualcomm because he's helped build part of it. <<<
Before San Diego hosted each of its three Super Bowls, Opolski and the Witnesses were there, constructing and renovating stadium offices. When the city needed its party room re-carpeted, they were there again. When the groundskeepers needed a new place to stay, they were there a third time.
"We've been here for so many years," Opolski said. "This is pretty much our house."
Opolski took a silver cell phone out of his pocket, flipped it open and pulled out its antenna before answering the call.
He listened, nodded and clasped his phone. The Witnesses were a half-hour early for Saturday's cleaning. They needed Opolski to help open the gates. He left the stadium's administrative offices. But signs of him remained in the room.
>>>Twenty five years ago, he and other Witnesses custom made the 16-foot table that dominates the conference room.<<<
>>> Opolski himself molded a stadium relief on the wall, letting shadows emphasize contours. <<<
The Witnesses also built or brought in the offices' cabinets. Since then, someone else added two small filing cabinets that didn't match the rest. Looking at them, Opolski said, was like "running your fingernails across glass."
>>>The first time Opolski and the Witnesses built these offices came in 1985 when the city was scrambling in advance of its initial Super Bowl. The Witnesses began gutting the offices on a Friday afternoon and finished the job by early Monday morning.
When he walked in and saw the Witnesses' work, the city's stadium manager remembers joking that he feared a corruption investigation. The offices were too luxurious. Opolski recalled similar reactions.<<<
Since: Feb 08
#7 Jan 1, 2012
all in exchange for free rent for their big event
“Time will be up Slanders ”
Since: Dec 11
#8 Jan 1, 2012
Noticed how this hard working man responded how he was doing all this work for "his GOD"???
That statement made me sick because the TRUTH of the MATTER Is ,this poor BRAINWASHED man Has Just got RIPPED OFF by the GB!!!
Instead of working hard for his family as times are tough for money ,,the GB took ADVANTAGE OF HIS BRAINWASHED MIND And GOT The PLACE For FREE BECAUSE OF HIS HARD WORKS ..
So who benefited by this ? The ORGANIZATION DID !
SO MANY INNOCENT BRAINWASHED FOLLOWERS GIVE UP THEIR ENTIRE ESTATE WHEN They DIE And They ALL SAY The SAME That They ARE DOING It For GOD,WHEN In REALITY IT'S ALL For The CULT !
#9 Jan 1, 2012
God don,t need to have claen stadium,
only those proud religious maniacs looking for free voluntary cleaness of sport places-normal end of the sports funs and their world sport locations entertainments.
every religious place,is clean,neat,and properly preapared to listen fake teachings like teachings of jw ,
stupid ones clean somebody trush,and"leaders 'reap from the city management,great financial profits for doing this job for free,instead work suppose to be done by city clean department,or stadium managment
so stupid proud advertasing "how clean are JW"is only good for naive blind uneducated normal folks in this country
#10 Jan 1, 2012
I guess the second part of the article didn't post, the part that shows that Brother Opolski is not a janitor by trade. Where trades are mentioned, we have professional contractors, a college religion professor, and a lawyer.
Convention sites should be clean.
Witnesses believe earth will eventually become paradise for the faithful. A Kingdom of God comes after an Armageddon. Sites for their annual conventions, which the 7.5 million Jehovah's Witnesses hold all over the world, try to reflect these peaceful conditions.
"There's not going to be litter in the Kingdom of God,"
>>>said David Weddle, a religion professor at Colorado College.<<<
One of the first times Jim Steeg visited San Diego's stadium he was told the managers were working out of trailers in the parking lot. At the time, Steeg was in charge of planning Super Bowls for the NFL and was checking on the city's progress before the 1988 game.
Steeg couldn't understand how stadium administrators could work out of trailers. He learned the Jehovah's Witnesses were renovating the conference room.
"It was a little different," Steeg said. "But this is California and this is San Diego."
>>>The renovation work, he added, professionalized the stadium and the city in the NFL's eyes. It didn't hurt the city's bids for future Super Bowls, either.<<<
The tension between San Diego wanting to be an NFL town and not wanting to pay to sustain an NFL stadium isn't new. Maintenance needs always have outstripped cash. The stadium repair backlog totals $80 million.
The Witnesses have filled in some gaps.
>>>Page after page of City Council actions over the years praised the Witnesses' work and the ways they have saved taxpayers money.<<<
"They were just always able to help us," said Jack McGrory, who oversaw the stadium from 1984 until he retired as city manager 13 years later.
>>> "When the contractors couldn't get something done, we called them and they got things done."<<<
And the original deal between the city and the Witnesses flourished as much because of personalities as dollars.
>>>Bill Wilson, the city's stadium manager from 1984 to 2005, said one of the main reasons he agreed to let the Witnesses work every year was that he trusted Opolski.
"God bless Leon," Wilson said. "I know he's a man of his word. If he says they're going to do it, they do it. It was a handshake with us."<<<
...Though he's been slowed slightly by a hip that's now made of stainless steel, Opolski was the first Witness to arrive at the stadium and one of the last to leave.
He grew up in San Diego and remembers sneaking as a child to watch Padres games through the knots in Lane Field's wooden fence. He became a Jehovah's Witness when he was young, convinced the religion held the truth.
>>>He worked as a photographer and contractor before becoming a lawyer. He's semi-retired now and remains old school.<<<
#11 Jan 1, 2012
Who cares about 15 news stories in San Diego, one that was concerning JW's?
Another is about a Brewing Comany and another about a mailman exposing things at the post office. Who looks up this stuff anyway?
Since: Feb 08
#12 Jan 1, 2012
Yes I did and I'm sure they are praising all of them until they have a question no one can answer then they will be the "goat who is useless" as they put it. Ever read the book the Wave.
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