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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…

  • http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=10126
  • http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2011/sep/17/whats-gone-wrong-in-san-diego/
  • http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/sep/07/citylights1-reward-few-screw-many/#
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Travel

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

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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.

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