John Patrick Ford is a free-lance writer based in San Diego.
When the recession of 2008 began to crank down new development in San Diego, a comprehensive plan to redevelop Centre City Plaza was practically in the contract bidding phase. The centerpiece for revamping the central plaza was a new city hall. Although the design was controversial, the structure was an impressive icon that served the need to consolidate city government and abandon the expensive leases in Centre City about to expire.
Are the arts in San Diego doing well? That’s what a panel of leaders in the city’s cultural domain discussed in a program at the University Club in October.
The largest generation, now called Millennials, born in the 1980s and 1990s, face a personal and federal debt level that can’t possibly be paid off in their lifetime. Their parents, the next-largest generation known as baby boomers, created this debt impasse to pass on to future generations.
When I began a series of commentaries in 2009 about national health care issues, I left the pending Affordable Care Act for later examination. Now it's time to consider what it will do for Americans.
Tourism and the military are two of the three primary economic engines for San Diego. Two recent programs focused on the current and future prospects of these industries as the recession slowly winds down.
Governments can’t lay off employees in a bad economy as private companies do when business drops off. In government, the demand for more services accelerates in a slow business cycle and requires more staff support for public services such as unemployment and welfare.
Sexual drive has several functions in a male’s life. The most obvious is procreation. Another common force is the fight-or-flight impulse that empowers a person to achieve superhuman strength for defense or escape from threatening danger.
It’s no surprise that consumer marketers focus their sights on the children of baby boomers. Identified as millennials, this young-adult generation is the marketplace of the future.
As the firestorm over Mayor Bob Filner’s transgressions cools down, some clues of what happened can be sifted from the ashes of conflicting opinions. Probably the most perplexing question is why did local Democratic Party leaders choose to overlook their prime candidate’s apparent penchant for alleged sexual harassment of his female staffers and others who came to him on congressional business?
College graduations trigger a lot of conversation about how the horde of new workers is going to find jobs in a high-unemployment environment. The new job seekers have spent years and mega-bucks preparing for this lifetime transition. Will it pay off?
After giving Mayor Bob Filner some compliments after he gave an address at the University Club last month, I feel like taking them back. His recent conduct at a closed-session City Council meeting took all my respect off the table.
Financial pundits might think the phrase “income tax reform” is an oxymoron. The concept of sensible tax compliance just doesn’t link with real reform. Yet taxpayer groups and politicians have campaigned for total overhaul, if not just simplification, of the Internal Revenue Code for at least 65 years.