John Patrick Ford is a free-lance writer based in San Diego.
Inequality has been a buzzword for some time. Now it is upgraded into being a national issue when President Barack Obama tossed out his views in his State of the Union address.
As expected, there was a large turnout for the annual Burnham-Moores Real Estate Conference last week. An upbeat forecast for the industry was also anticipated. The audience got what it wanted to hear from highly respected speakers in the San Diego business community.
Community group volunteers are a valuable resource. They provide free labor to achieve the organization’s goals and mission. And usually they are the primary contributors or provide access to major sources of funding.
The blockbuster fine levied by the Securities and Exchange Commission against JPMorgan Chase has rankled many financial conservatives, as well as ordinary folk, who believe those Wall Street hotshots should be accountable for dragging down the U.S. economy.
Housing in the growing city of San Diego and in communities north and east has been an economic and political hot potato for decades. Providing sufficient affordable shelter was tossed from one planning group and city council to another without resolution. Residents seeking entry-level housing or upgrading their homes for more space or a better location in the last decade were pushed beyond their financial resources.
A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge in Detroit has changed the game plans for government employee pensions across the nation. Several municipalities declaring bankruptcy, or considering creditor protection to reorganize, found that the principal cause of their fiscal crisis was not subject to alteration. Pensions were sacrosanct, a fancy word for untouchable.
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.