Cut to the Chase
|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.
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||
|SDDT 5/8/00||Friendly Polluters||
Mission Bay, Sea World and water pollution
|SDDT 4/17/00||Do Your Part||
|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||
|SDDT 1/21/00||Sprawl schools||
Schools vs. affordable housing
|SDDT 1/17/00||Sloppy or Sleazy?||
|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
|SDDT 6/28/99||Getting with the program||
Recycled products purchasing co-op
|SDDT 6/7/99||Political Infrastructure||
|SDDT 5/31/99||Civic Salad||
|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||www.manurewatch.org|
|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|