Cut To The Chase

By Carolyn Chase

Distractions that matter

I admit it. I've gotten discouraged. It's difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the drama that pours around the airwaves and e-waves. Life and death, sex and money, how can nature compete?

Here we grow...

Would you move into a skyscraper if you knew the fire department didn't have the hook and ladder equipment required to rescue people from an incident?

Honoring those who cherish our environment

For 14 years, in honor of Earth Day, San Diego EarthWorks has been acknowledging local businesses, governments, nonprofit groups and citizens for making a positive difference for conservation and the environment in their daily work.

Open meetings more than going through the motions

Politicians and agency staff will go a long way to avoid public debate and conflict. Last month, the San Diego Association of Governments went too far.

Closed sessions, closed minds?

San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye is convinced that the city attorney, mayor and City Council have violated and continue to violate the Brown Act with respect to the noticing and use of closed sessions.

Political litmus tests

I've often pondered why anyone would run for public office. There's a lot of overtime, as well as personal risk and overhead, to put it mildly. So what's it all about? Power, plain and simple.

Choosing a city attorney

The four declared candidates for San Diego city attorney (Mike Aguirre, Deborah Berger, Leslie Devaney, Howard Wayne) will answer questions about their approaches to being city attorney on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7 to 9 p.m., with a pre-event reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Otto Center Auditorium in Balboa Park (just south of the zoo entrance).

Incompetence or corruption?

Incompetence or corruption seem to be the only possible explanations for the problems that unfolded before me at the Planning Commission hearing for a project called the "Central Police Facility." What a shame. This potential demonstration of the city as a "model developer" is instead a world-class embarrassment.

Here at home

To the extent that wars can be noble, in terms of lofty goals, this war is well on its way. It is also racking up its long list of pain and horrors following up the initial shock and awe.

Operation End Extremism

I read the following blurb in an email fromThe New York Times:

Irrational planning on rails

Especially in tight financial times, you'd think elected officials would be clamoring for the best projects for the best price in a reasonable timeframe. But as noted in a prior column, "rational planning might seem a matter of common sense, but in reality it is very unusual. It is extremely rare for government politics to reflect the best thinking of the most educated minds. In almost all societies, the integrity of expert thinking is compromised by special interest and politics."

Great cities

A month before his death in 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke of the importance of the beauty and balance of cities, "I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our past and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future."

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Carolyn Chase

Carolyn is features editor of the San Diego Earth Times,, a monthly reader on life and the environment. She also writes a controversial column for the San Diego Daily Transcript called ...

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