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San Diego’s ‘Failures of Governance’

Aired 9/20/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

The authors of "Paradise Plundered" tell us about San Diego's failures of governance.

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Paradise Plundered book

Above: Paradise Plundered book

Paradise Plundered, a book by Steve Erie, Vlad Kogan and Scott MacKenzie, explores the causes of San Diego's "failures of governance:" a multi-billion dollar pension deficit, a chronic budget deficit, inadequate city services and infrastructure, grandiose, unrealistic planning initiatives and other woes.

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Avatar for user 'Cytelica'

Cytelica | September 20, 2011 at 1:15 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Ms. Cavanaugh put on another great show that explored the governance failures in San Diego. Her guests clearly explained that San Diego has many problems and that cheating its employees out of their retirement benefits is just one of many frauds perpetrated by the rabid right Republicans that disgrace and plunder our community.

I hope that Ms. Cavanaugh will have more guests that speak truth against the malignant AM radio propagandist hate mongers. And it would be great if these two guests were invited back before the next local elections.

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HarryStreet | September 20, 2011 at 4:04 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

City government in San Diego is no less incompetent than our national government. It's all about spend, spend spend! To have allowed the ridiculous pension benefits spiral out of control is injustice at its worst. To allow elected officials walk away with a retirement pension after only serving ONE term is unspeakable. How did it get to this?

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brettv65 | September 21, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

David65...granted...the pensions mess should have never been allowed to happen...but Prof. Erie makes the point that the fund was raided for political purposes (even before the floor fell out due to risky investments)...I refer to the 1996 GOP Convention here...but aside from all that mess ... if it's true that we pay half for city services that other large CA cities are paying, then something is wrong on that score ...

if we are not happy with the pensions paid for govt officials, judges, police, fire, safety personnel etc, then let's take a look ...but i think the courts have already exonerated those responsible re: the pensions and the securities issues re: our fair city ...so if you want to continue this battle, it's really a battle for the courts and i think they have already ruled vested pensions valid ...but of course, judges don't want to gore their own oxen so perhaps the deck was stacked ....and there you have it...(nice work, if you can get it)

(if any of this is inaccurate...fire away)

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