Thanks for your article about Dr. D. I live around the corner from him on Lunada Lane and never knew who was responsible for the really loud parties that go on until 4 a.m. in my neighborhood. I heard a rumor it was some plastic surgeon that liked to have wild parties but never knew for sure until your article.
You have also explained the young girl my 5-year-old twins and I saw in her underwear (no exaggeration), standing out in front of Lawrence Meats in Alamo Plaza. I thought there was some bizarre lingerie night at the butcher shop.
I don't live in Jones Ranch (I live around the corner), but I can tell you those parties are LOUD! You know when some kid pulls up next to you in his/her car with the bass blasting on his radio? That's what we get to listen to at 4 a.m. from Dr. D's. The last time he had a party, both my neighbor and I walked out to the street at 2 a.m. because it was so loud we couldn't sleep. If he hasn't heard any complaints about noise, give him my e-mail.
Deb Dafoe (Dr. D's really tired neighbor)
Dr. D's freedoms
Many of the adjectives used to describe Kevin Degnan in the story "Dr. Playboy" are inaccurate, I can say as a friend of many years, a "party go-er," married, 36-year-old mother of two children. Kevin has worked hard to build a referral-only business as a plastic surgeon, one of the best in this area. He in no way uses "gatherings" to get business. For the unidentified speaker to tie his private, personal life into his surgical practice is almost as bad as what his neighbors are doing to him.
Anyone who knows Kevin, either professionally or as a "party-goer," would undeniably say he is a most respectful man. To call him "hedonistic" or throw in the phrase "pedophile parties" is defaming to his character. Kevin has never set out to break any rules or laws. The unnamed speaker in this article whose 17-year-old attended a party needs to look at her own situation. Kevin is not responsible for the daughter's disobedience. Also he is not responsible for what people choose to wear.
Kevin goes to great lengths to create a safe environment for his guests. He also spends a considerable amount of money to have shuttles take all guests up to the property. He hires security, and bartenders sign a liability contract to not serve alcohol to anyone under 21. The "beds" around the poolside were built to emulate the finest beach clubs in the world. The unidentified speaker said they are "to encourage sex" but she has no idea what is in Kevin's head.
Kevin has never asked anyone to conform to what works in his life, and $400,000 in lawyer fees is a high price for him to pay. He is judged and defamed for his personal choices that are hurting no one - I call that discrimination and defamation of character. Those are not part of the Constitution. This is America - isn't it?
Dawn Santos, Brentwood
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Put Father Christmas back on the balcony
This year's gala tree lighting ceremony was a bust! Everything went perfect except that the speakers were not up on the balcony as they usually are and therefore could not be seen by the crowd.
I have always enjoyed seeing the mayor, Father Christmas and the Snow Angel as she sprinkles Fairy Dust to light the old oak tree ... this year I was cruelly disappointed.
Rick Mahan, Danville
Save Alamo Committee
Please be advised that a committee is now being formed to save Alamo and not be led astray by a group that wishes to incorporate and maintain their unknown hidden agenda. Most of us moved to Alamo because we liked and sought its rural ambiance and character, and now we are being asked to make it a city. To create city offices with a mayor, city council, city manager and clerk, city attorney, animal control and a myriad of other costly bureaucratic positions. Why? What is it we are not getting today that becoming a city will give us? Think about it.
Is there some pressing need that Alamo is lacking today, that makes us want to form another level of government? Do we want more government and laws and more ordinances? When is enough, enough? Incorporation is not the answer.
Tony Carnemolla, Alamo