Daniel Coffey is a 22-year attorney with a chemical engineering undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis. A former appointee to the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, Mr. Coffey follows San Diego politics closely as an active member of the community.
For those of us who know and love people with family and friends living in the Philippines, recent news of Typhoon Haiyan wreaking massive and widespread devastation upon otherwise nameless millions is particularly difficult to absorb.
The tea party faction of the Republican Party is applying the naïve time-tested party principle: If you want to gain attention, get drunk and wear a lampshade as a hat. This tactic works, but in real life if you want to be respected, in serious matters at least, omit the lampshade.
How is it any longer possible to justify trusting the Republican Party or any of its subparts? Years of systematic misconduct, stunts and misdirection designed to harm the United States and the vast majority of its citizens have earned the Republican Party a healthy dollop of mistrust. If not for the brigade of Fox News opinion-shapers and talk-radio hosts directing their skills with Orwellian language and reasoning, few people would be taken in by the ever more bizarre antics of a once-great political institution.
On Friday, Sept. 13th, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria offered some insights and critiques of former Mayor Bob Filner’s administration. He provided lessons for what is needed in an effective mayor along with some of the curative steps he has taken to heal the wounds left in the aftermath of the Filner administration.
Yet another special election will fill one of the most powerful positions in San Diego, the office of mayor. As the “strong mayor” is able to hire and fire, radically alter policy and generally shape or misshape San Diego’s civic future, this choice matters. Choose well, San Diego.
In the 1973 classic science fiction movie “Soylent Green,” the audience is treated to a dystopian view of a crowded, hot future in which people riot for food, a substance in short supply and produced entirely by one company, the Soylent Corporation. Real food is available only to the wealthiest.
It’s a marvel to watch a witch hunt in progress. In the rush to call for Mayor Filner’s resignation, Democrats and the Democratic Party have fallen over each other to be the most upstanding and politically correct, the first to shoot and last to ask questions. Isn’t it just another form of political selfishness to demand rapid resignation?
Mayor Bob Filner has been asked to resign by his purported supporters: former mayoral candidate Donna Frye, her former campaign supporter and attorney Marco Gonzales, attorney Cory Briggs, Filner’s ex-girlfriend, state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, and newly elected Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Marco Gonzalez’s sister. All of these individuals supported Donna Frye in the past, including in her multiple runs for mayor.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court released Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, Attorney General (Shelby County), which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as unconstitutional, even as that Act was reauthorized by Congress in 2006 for another 25 years.
On occasion, something amazing takes place, changing minds, altering our sense of balance, and leading those undertaking a revolution into a fruitful state of mind. The Sustainable Brands conference, this year entitled “SB13: From Revolution to Renaissance,” is just such an event. (SustainableBrands.com)
Over the past three centuries, and accelerating dramatically after World War II, we, the increasingly numerous people of Earth, have collectively built an energy accumulation machine, a device as simple as it is colossal, as subtle as it is relentless, as uncontrollable as it is destructive and powerful. Call it the Extra Greenhouse Gas Machine or EGG-Machine.
This is a shout-out for some of my favorite small businesses and their owners, people who give a good name to enterprise and care about their customers. These are businesses where you know the owner on sight and every customer counts.