Stories for April 24, 2009
You say, "It's time for bed." "It's time to go." "It's time for homework." "It's dinnertime!" But your child says, "Five more minutes." You are tired of saying "No" and tired of fighting. So, what do you do? Give in? Blow up? Or — negotiate?
Mayor Sanders and the San Diego City Council have now agreed to new contracts with five city labor unions, resulting in $43 million in savings. Supporters of the new contracts hail the move as a victory in the Mayor's efforts to reduce excessive employee compensation costs. While many city workers, on the other hand, say they are being punished for a problem they didn't create. Plus, President Barack Obama will reach 100 days in office next Wednesday. What grade does President Obama deserve so far?
Recently, I grabbed my friend Lee and embarked on a grand quest to find cool t-shirts in San Diego. In normal times, shops that sell artistic t-shirts appear and disappear at Whack-a-Mole speed. But this economy has turned the San Diego t-shirt industry into a horror movie.
Trouble the Water is one of the most powerful documentaries I've seen in a long time. It deservingly won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year, and is now getting a broadcast run on HBO (I watched it last night). Watch it On Demand, rent it (when it comes out), do what you have to do, but don't miss it.