Saturday, July 31, 2010

Does San Diego need a new City Hall?

In the last Thursday Union-Tribune Jason Hughes (of Irving Hughes, whom I hear a lot of as a sponsor of NPR radio) makes a point that the current city government is misrepresenting the data being presented for comparing remodeling/leasing vs. building a new city hall. It is so important having someone to be able to look at the numbers being represented and provide a sanity check.

I think that it is natural to assume that given a set of facts, one can cherry pick, those that support a decision that we are in favor of. But, given the precarious finances in city hall, it is better to choose carefully what new financial obligations that we create our future.

Maybe San Diego does deserve a new city hall, but most likely they cannot afford it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Starting to be more aware

I have always had an interest in what was going on in my community. I have always considered it a luxury for people that are paid to keep an eye on the local elected officials, or those with a lot of free time on their hands.
Well, despite the fact that I fall in neither of those categories, I am going to try my hand at being more involved.
Probably there was no moment that my previous lack of connection with the community was more pronounced than when I participated in the most recent election, and I found myself trying to decide who to vote for in local elections, based on name and occupation.
Please pay attention here to see what this evolves into.