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Pub. Date Title Subject
SDDT 4/03 Here at Home
To the extent that wars can be noble, in terms of lofty goals, the Iraq war qualifies. It is also racked up its long list of pain and horrors, following up the initial shock and awe.
SDDT 2/17/03 Great cities, great planning... and San Diego
The following are comments presented to the Land Use and Housing Committee on February 12, 2003, concerning General Plan Update Work program for the Planning Department. The group's purpose is to update the General Plan and Community Plans to become consistent with the Strategic Framework Element, aka “City of Villages.”
SDDT 12/02 A Christmas Story

Her letter was headlined “A Prayer for Success.” It read, “Christmas is not such a happy time when your rent is scheduled to increase at the beginning of January 1 – and your income has not increased proportionately.” This is a story as old as the story of human habitation…

SDDT 11/02 Balancing Progress With Preservation
The following is a condensed version of remarks from a speech I made to a San Diego Chamber of Commerce audience, entitled “Balancing Progress With Preservation.”
SDDT 10/14/02 Reinvent planning

How did they plan great cities before we had fancy computers to draw colorful maps? Are cities planned better since? These questions were brought into focus recently when I attended a meeting where developers were presenting their ground-truthing for the County's General Plan 2020 update.

SDDT 9/25/02 In pursuit of good growth

What do soccer moms, bored teenagers and weary commuters have in common? They are identified as just a few of the "victims of sprawl" in "Suburban Nation," a book by leading new urbanist designers and implementors: Andres Duany, Elizatbeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck.

SDDT 9/1/02 City of Parks or City of Parking?
I do not disagree that this "Strategic Framework Element" for the General Plan contains some good language. But good language that is not enforceable and sets no standards is just that: pretty prose and nothing more.
SDDT 6/12/02 Plan before power
Bills are being pursued in the State legislature ... to give more land-use power to the San Diego Association of Governments by establishing it as the official, state-mandated regional government.
SDDT 5/27/02 Protect What Merits Protection
On May 1, 2002, Watt Commercial Properties had workers chop down three mature jacaranda trees in downtown San Diego.
SDDT 1/31/02 Who Gives?
I spent some volunteer hours over the holidays pouring over political campaign donor reports – wondering and learning – who gives?
SDDT 1/22/02 Justice Matters
District Attorney is up for re-election with a field of three healthy challengers in the March 5 primary.
SDDT 9/24/01 Public Education

Fifty years of lopsided spending [by SANDAG] on transportation has both failed to deliver reasonable traffic conditions and greatly contributed to the region's environmental degradation especially the fragmentation of open space and water pollution.

SDDT 8/27/01 It takes a region
The foreseeable problems identified by RGEC - continued declines in quality of life due to sprawl, loss of open space, funding and infrastructure deficits, pollution and traffic - are unlikely to be solved until some accountable regional decision-making body is established to enhance the current limitations and biases of the SANDAG "agency-by-memo" structure.
SDDT 6/1/01 Pollitics
Higher taxes or higher traffic? Which would you choose? The problem is, we are getting both.
SDDT 6/1/01 Guidelines for Future Development
The city of San Diego Planning Department is all honked-up in its production of an amendment to the General Plan, something blandly called the Strategic Framework Element.
SDDT 5/7/01 Management Breakdown at SANDAG

Debate rages over instituting a new form of regional government in San Diego. Why? If a recent San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board hearing is any indication, our current version of regional government simply isn't up to the complex task of deliberating and resolving the critical issues concerning growth management.

SDDT 2/23/01 Regional questions

If regionalism is the answer, what's the question? And who's asking it?

SDDT 2/12/01 Regional Reflection

Carolyn reports on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) annual retreat.

SDDT 1/26/01 In the dark

The Golden State has lost its glow -- literally. We are now the "Brownout State" and who can you call? Carolyn comments on the energy mess.

SDDT 1/12/01 Pollution Culture
The State Regional Water Quality Control Board in an attempt to further regulate and change the practices that have led to persistent water pollution has finally issued a new Municipal Stormwater Permit.
SDDT 7/3/00 Market Failure
Affordable housing
SDDT 5/8/00 Friendly Polluters
Mission Bay, Sea World and water pollution
SDDT 4/17/00 Do Your Part
Pollution solutions/energy
SDDT 3/20/00 Rational choices
Subsidizing "bad behavior"
SDDT 3/13/00 Putting up 
What would a great transportation system be like?
SDDT 2/28/00 Free To Be Stupid 
Election politics
SDDT 1/21/00 Sprawl schools
Schools vs. affordable housing
SDDT 1/17/00 Sloppy or Sleazy?
Election politics
SDDT 12/27/99  Calendar Coincidence
SDDT 11/12/99 Road to ruin 
Public weighs in on bad roads
SDDT 10/29/99 Sign of new times 
BIG signs not needed
SDDT 10/1/99  Ways to Go
Solutions & the paradox of suto-mobility
  EV Does It
Electric cars -- the single biggest thing an individual can do
  Civic Infrastructure
Public participation
SDDT 6/28/99 Getting with the program
Recycled products purchasing co-op
SDDT 6/7/99 Political Infrastructure
Thinking regionally
SDDT 5/31/99 Civic Salad
Smart growth
SDDT 5/17/99 Everyday decisions
Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices
SDDT 4/19/99 Make the Connections Earth Day
SDDT 3/29/99 Grow Getters Smart growth?
SDDT 2/15/99 Minds over Matter How much stuff do we have?
SDDT 2/8/99 Lanes to nowhere Congestion & sprawl
SDDT 2/1/99 Special Studies Mission Bay Park
SDDT 11/30/98 Giving Thanks Carmel Mountain Preserve
SDDT 11/23/98 Cut taxes, save the world Harnessing the market for the environment
SDDT 10/19/98 Political Truth: Just Say Moo
SDDT 10/12/98 Politically Confused Governor & environment -- NOT
SDDT 9/28/98 Short-Attention-Span Politics Who has time for politics?
SDDT 9/7/98 Cultural Evolution Building vs stopping projects
SDDT 8/3/98 Urban road warriors Cars & wealth
SDDT 7/6/98 Planning Happens Planning & growth
SDDT 6/29/98 Port Misauthority Port of San Diego
SDDT 6/22/98 A Tale of Two Developments Growth & development
SDDT 6/15/98 Political education Transit connections missing
SDDT 6/8/98 Out of Balance Politics & environment
SDDT 5/25/98 The Price Is Not Right Price distortions & environment
SDDT 5/15/98 Get out of gridlock Sharing the road
SDDT 5/8/98 Quite a vision or Growing Up? Urban growth/open space
SDDT 4/27/98 Time for a New American Dream Voluntary Simplicity
SDDT 4/20/98 Act Locally for the Earth Earth Week highlights
SDDT 3/9/98 Support South Bay's natural infrastructure Wildlife refugs
SDDT 3/2/98 Going, Going, Gone Endangered biodiversity
SDDT 2/2/98 Phase This, or Dumb or Dumber? SR-56 & growth
SDDT 1/5/98 New Year, New Hope Political justice?
SDDT 12/29/97 In with the new Year-end summary
SDDT 12/22/97 Responsibility Relief Regulatory relief politics