Paradise Plundered: What’s Gone Wrong in San Diego

“Abe Lincoln championed government for the people and said you can only fool some of the people all of the time. In San Diego, government gives succor to a handful of the most affluent people while the taxpaying suckers foot the bill — seemingly all of the time.

San Diego has inadequate police protection; undermanned and underequipped firefighting forces despite periodic catastrophic wildfires; a wastewater system out of compliance with federal rules; a hemorrhaging library system; a rotting infrastructure; a lack of downtown affordable housing despite developers’ solemn promises; a big pension shortfall; and a staggering structural fiscal deficit. Yet political and business leadership conspire to steer public money into downtown projects that should be financed with private capital. Real estate developers and their toadying lawyers and lobbyists get rich on taxpayer money while the quality of life for most of those taxpayers declines.

A new book outlines the historical, political, economic, sociological, and journalistic forces that brought about these twisted priorities. This book is Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego, published by Stanford University Press. The publication date is September 10. It will go into stores and can be purchased online around that time…


Every weekend another of my own private camping trips.

Every weekend I go on my own personal journey fueled by my imagination, inspiration, and the dream cafe. This weekend involved elements from the usual suspects, religion, Kerouac, Chandler, and a little Rye for sassy substance, all packed into my Tumi carrying my products of the Apple and funded by my own blue jean branded personal Fidelity. Continue reading

Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget

my creatives’ center

Every time I want to leave, there they are pulling me on my sleeve.

Posted by creatives’ center on Saturday, June 22, 2013


see Tales from the Lunatic Decade, Johnny Stephen Fernlund.


Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

From here, to eternity, from a Raymond and his Cissy, thanks to Dennis at D.G. Wills. (Oh. I just got that. I guess Dennis is D.G. huh?)

“Being crazy isn’t enough.” — Dr. Seuss


Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

by the incomparable Dr. Seuss

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

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