Junk the Managed Competition Clunker

By | Published in Voice of San Diego | 12/12/13

Let’s say you buy the car of your dreams and it turns out to be a lemon. It keeps stalling and breaking down, despite costly maintenance. The ride is bumpy…

How to Make Taxis Safer for Drivers and Passengers

By | Published in NextCity.org | 11/29/13

As the sun sank toward the Pacific, Sam steered his taxi through downtown San Diego with rising anxiety. His fares for the day didn’t yet cover the $70 daily rental…

Letters to the Editor: No Public Funding for Poverty Wages

By | 2/22/13

We asked our email contacts if public funding should go to hotels that pay poverty wages. Overnight, more than 59 people answered our call. Here are some of the highlights:…

The High Costs of Blindly Cutting Budgets

By | Published in Voice of San Diego | 2/5/13

What good is city government? We all rely on city services for the necessary basics that support our daily lives. Ideally, everything runs so smoothly we barely notice all the…

Cut Through Election Noise: Prop. Z Averts Catastrophe

By | Published in Voice of San Diego | 11/5/12

For 12 years — using a combination of up-to-date technology and old-fashioned attention from smart teachers — the San Diego Unified School District has been preparing my daughter for a…

Open the Competition: Insourcing Is the New Outsourcing

By | Published in U-T San Diego | 7/25/12

Four times, the city of San Diego has pitted city workers against private companies in a competition for the continued responsibility to provide an essential city service. All four times,…

Ordinance targets foreclosure blight

By | Published in San Diego Union-Tribune | 4/5/12

We applaud [San Diego] City Attorney Jan Goldsmith for his plans to hire a foreclosure and loan-modification scams investigator (Business, March 24). This is one way to protect families and…

The real cost of Wall Street’s reckless practices

By | Published in San Diego Union-Tribune | 11/6/11

As “Occupy Wall Street” protests continue in San Diego and other cities across the nation, it is important to bear in mind the real costs of Wall Street’s recklessness on…

Keep Miramar Landfill Under Public Control

By | Published in voice of sandiego.org | 9/23/11

The first proclaimed success in San Diego’s “managed competition” program has stumbled right out of the gate. The handling of the relatively simple publishing department contract should raise red flags as City…

Opinion: Difference Between CEO and Worker Pay is Unconscionable

By | Published in voice of sandiego.org | 9/6/11

The Institute for Policy Studies in Washington recently released its 18th annual survey of executive compensation, aptly titled “Executive Excess.” The report shows that 2009′s unconscionable 263-to-1 ratio between CEO pay…