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DP logoGeorge Stupski, Dana Point

As new, part-time residents of Dana Point, my wife and I enjoyed last weekend’s blues festival very much, and would go again. There was, however, one exception to our enjoyment. We took the shuttle bus from the high school and were dismayed to be dropped off on Dana Point Harbor Boulevard, not even inside the park, let alone at the entrance to the festival. It was a long walk for some elderly and handicapped folks; we even saw a woman pushing a wheelchair all the way up the hill from the festival, to the shuttle. We also noticed taxi cabs queuing up on the street, not allowed in either. But we saw cars going all the way in. We asked a couple of event staff members about this, and were told that the organizers had “made a deal with Uber,” and allowed their drivers in, but not any competition. If true, this is no way to encourage people to use public transportation. It also seems unfair to me in the spirit of fair competition. This needs to be corrected for next year—otherwise, good job.

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  • What you encountered was a rerun of last year’s event. We were a party of 4, with one member unable to make the trek on the way out. Consequently one person opted to walk home, another rode back to the high school parking lot then drove back down to the venue to pick up the other two. Basically it took 2 hours to get home. The person who walked was home in 30 min. Our complaint to the personnel on site along with a comment in the DP Times regarding allowances for disabled individuals obviously had no impact on how they will do things. We figured as much since we received no acknowledgement of our expressed concern. Thus we’re done attending the event.

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