John Patrick Ford

John Patrick Ford is a free-lance writer based in San Diego.


“Our research team at UCSD needs a large number of bogus credit cards in order to buy illegal products from international criminals,” was the message that Stefan Savage, Ph.D. shared with a group of Chancellor’s Associates at the Faculty Club in June. That may seem like a strange study program for a group of undergraduates.

We have all heard this expression before — the Greeks had a word for it — primarily because Greek was the first universal language and became the root of many other languages over the centuries. Now the Greeks need a word to define their economic crisis. Here are a few of my suggestions.

A recent news release about the Unified Port District of San Diego’s management of its leases was disturbing.

It’s no surprise to hear of corruption in the sports world. After all, the news stories are full of scandal in politics and the corporate world, wherever money can buy influence. There is a lot of money in sports.

It began before Memorial Day. Heavy weekend traffic in Mission Beach drawn to the new concessions at Belmont Park predicted a busy summer at the shoreline.

While San Diego is pondering whether to build a football stadium to keep the Chargers in town, Japan is also facing challenges for a new stadium for the 2020 Olympics. The cost seems to be in the same ballpark, at $1.4 billion.

The largest for-profit vocational college group shut down last month as a result of investigations for criminal fraud.

Another hometown paper traditionally family-owned and managed found it necessary to merge with a national group out of Chicago. The new partner for the former U-T San Diego is the Los Angeles Times, also previously a family-owned hometown paper for over a century. Both newspapers are now under the ownership of the Chicago Tribune, another family-owned press of the last century.

A new word and concept came to my attention last year when a group’s fundraising efforts saved San Diego Opera. Now I am aware that crowdfunding has other applications to raise money for a cause or to create a market.

Pensions and the ability of workers to save enough for retirement are getting some attention from Congress. Currently under debate is a proposal that financial advisers, particularly for pension planning, should be regulated by the federal government.

The people who want to shut down Sea World because of its use of orca whales to entertain the public are at it again. The latest target is the sea lion population that has adopted La Jolla Cove as a dormitory. Residents have complained about the stench and taken legal action.

Will the Bolts bolt to L.A.? It’s a possibility.

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