|Steps to Wolf Building cordoned off|
In my visit to the building yesterday, the first thing I noticed is that the steps to the front of the building are cordoned off because they appear to be unsafe. I am unsure whether this is the result of Winter weather or if the steps themselves need repairs. I entered through a side door.
My first stop was the Area Agency on Aging, run by John Mahler. It exists to help old farts like me, who are over 60, to remain active in their communities. This could mean emergency financial assistance, protective services, meals on wheels or adult day care, to name just a few.
I wonder if they could help me with my blog.
Mahler conformed that the ceiling was caving in at three different areas in his offices. Two of the sites have been recently repaired. He also described mold and lead paint problems. Due to privacy concerns, I was unable to photograph these area or the conditions inside his offices.
My next stop was Veterans Affairs, administered by Freddie Ramirez. He corroborated every word that Executive Stoffa reported to Council at last week's meeting. This includes Stoffa's contention that veterans in wheel chairs and suffering from other disabilities are often forced to come up a steep hill to get inside the building.
I asked Ramirez about moving to the Bechtel Building, as suggested by some anonymous commenters on this blog. He called it a bad idea because many veterans also use the services of the Area Agency on the Aging, and would be forced to make multiple trips.
Ramirez, incidentally is a former Deputy Sheriff and himself a veteran.