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Political ad disclosure could fight low voter turnouts

Politicians have come up with myriad alleged reasons for the dismal voter turnouts seen across California in this spring’s municipal elections — not even reaching 10 percent of eligible voters in the state’s biggest city, Los Angeles.

March 31, 2015

A crisis in the making: SD housing supply

The San Diego Association of Governments routinely projects that the county needs 12,000 new housing units each year to achieve a supply/demand balance. That projection relates to an average of 1.24 jobs per household; thus, a projection of 13,300 new jobs each year.

March 31, 2015

Time to change the People's Ordinance

Periodically someone or some watchdog group suggests San Diego’s City Council change the People’s Ordinance. The most recent organization to recommend a change to this part of the city’s governing structure is the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, of which I am a member. I agree with the position of the taxpayers.

March 31, 2015

Apprenticeships or college: Which is the better fit?

High school seniors in San Diego and across the United States are nervously waiting for word from colleges and universities to find out whether they have been accepted to the colleges of their choice.

March 30, 2015

A look at some new travel gear

With spring arriving — at least in California — and the Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas just concluding, attention is turning to travel. Here are some products I’ve been trying out.

March 30, 2015

Introducing the next generation to commercial real estate

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Diego hosted the 2015 UCREW Ultimate Experience this month to rave reviews.

March 30, 2015

Builder of homes could build your portfolio

I explained last week that new-home sales — 539,000 on an annual basis — came in far higher than the estimate of 462,000.

March 27, 2015

Strategic-thinking leaders look ahead

The leader is supposed to look farther ahead than anyone else, to anticipate as much as possible. This truth is the same on a mountain climb as it is in the boardroom. It's the same on the bridge of an aircraft carrier as it is in an outrigger canoe.

March 27, 2015

In the matter of Kevin Faulconer

On Election Day last year, Kevin Faulconer received five votes from the Mitrovich family, which is to say he received five votes from five Democrats.

March 27, 2015

Labor reductions and direct-conversion energy technology

Over the past 10 years, many have offered up the attractive, if fanciful, notion that solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power renewable energy systems will provide long-term opportunities for increasing jobs when compared to established or traditional fuel-based energy systems that use coal, oil or natural gas.

March 26, 2015
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