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Health Insurance Exchanges Suffer Ills Of Geography

News all week has been about the computer problems in the roll out of Obamacare. You interview a woman who has been attempting to enroll people, full time, for two weeks. "How many people have you enrolled?" seems like an obvious question.

October 12, 2013 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Declining Interest In 'Chicano Studies' Reflects A Latino Identify Shift

What a confusing piece. I still don't know what a Chicano is. I have Mexican-American friends who don't care for the term. The unquestioning conflation of political positions on immigration also confused. Can you be Chicano but be against illegal immigration? Vote for Mitt Romney? Can anybody major in Chicano studies?

If you can't admit to this kind of diversity in your department, then, yes, I imagine that interest in the department will decline.

March 8, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diegans Lobby Washington To Keep Federal Dollars

Ten minutes googling "sequester" and I come up with a military budget of about 650 billion is going to be cut by about 50 billion, less than 10%.

Then I have to listen to a couple of chamber of commerce types chirping about how 1 out of every 4 jobs in San Diego are at risk.

Do a little research Ms. Cavanaugh. When you do a show like this, you are functioning as the public relations arm of the Chamber of Commerce.

September 17, 2012 at 12:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 Charged In Sweetwater School Corruption

"in what prosecutors called the largest public corruption case of its kind in San Diego County"

Sadly, that distinction still belongs to Randy Cunningham.

You don't have to repeat everything the prosecution tells you.

January 5, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Chilling Story Of El Sicario

A remarkably uninformative interview.

The interviewer hasn't read the book and is interviewing the translator, not the author.

Its the autobiography of a Mexican assassin but we don't hear anything about how or why he killed people or organized crime in Mexico . Just a lot about smuggling cars and feelings.

May 25, 2011 at 2:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pedestrian Activists Confront Streets That Are 'Dangerous By Design'

Tom, I remember listening to your radio show several months back when you had this nice lady from Caltrans on. She spoke cheerfully about how she felt that more bicyclists on the road would increase drivers awareness of them and that motorists would begin to slow down.

I thought to myself, "she is talking to a guy who was out there, 'increasing awareness', and he wound up in the trauma ward with a head injury."

If we want to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and its by no means clear to me that that's what we want, we need to do a lot more than just paint signs and increase awareness.

May 25, 2011 at 2:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mark Fabiani Discusses Latest On Chargers' Push For New Stadium

Subsidizing a football stadium is a complicated subject ill served by reading prepared questions to an attorney for the Chargers. Next time, try to commit a little journalism by having an informed economist sharing the interview.

The interview, as it stood was a waste of time. The Chargers' lawyer asserted that building a stadium was a good deal for San Diego. You aired no informed opposition to his viewpoint.

November 22, 2010 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is New Chargers Stadium Worth The Investment?

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

Should we build a football stadium downtown? You ask the Charger's lawyer, a reporter, and a sports reporter to discuss this? You're on the San Diego State University campus for God's sake. Walk down the road and get one of the economists on the show. 90% of the economists in the country are against City's funding sports stadiums. Reporters, those paragons of objectivity, work for newspapers which are heavily dependent on sports reporting for revenue.

So, once again, we have an argument to build the stadium expressed in concrete terms of dollars and cents and the possibility of losing money on the deal only mentioned in speculative terms ("of course, we don't know what the future holds").

Building sports stadiums loses money for cities,


May 24, 2010 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Landfill Makes Room For Food Waste Recycling

The show would have benefited from more even-handed analysis. Here's what I took away from the program:
1. People who get paid to run recycling programs think they are a good idea.
2. Recycling programs lose money.

One somewhat jaw-dropping comment by Mr. Grealy was that food waste consists of a high percentage of water. When you calculate the tonnage taken out of the landfill by these programs do you back out the water weight from the savings? Presumably it evaporates anyway.

November 10, 2009 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fighting Fibromyalgia

Ms. Hoover eloquently describes the humiliation of being publicly chastised for using a handicapped parking place. Later in the show she informs us that exercise is an important treatment for fibromyalgia. Given the nature of the disease exercise is understandably difficult.

I don't understand why Ms. Hoover is issued a handicapped placard. She can walk and its good for her to walk. Its probably painful and she is understandably reluctant to do it, for which I sympathize.

Am I missing something here?

October 12, 2009 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )