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Supporters Ask Filner To Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims

There have been a number of ways suggested to end this melodrama:
1. The Mayor could resign.
2. The alleged victims of sexual harassment could take their grievance to court.
3. The voters could recall Mr. Filner.

There is at least one more path, impeachment. I don't know whether it is better or worse than the other choices, but it is at least a political response to political misfeasance. If the Mayor is not convicted, it does leave him at best chastened and at worst crippled.

July 14, 2013 at 12:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Vets Want Benefits, State Wants New Fees, Lindbergh Wants Air Traffic

One reason Lindbergh has fallen short of its capacity projections is that the airlines-- with considerable help from the TSA--have made air travel something to avoid whenever possible. Air travel in the last century used to be part of the fun of travel. Now it's just the price one pays to be someplace else.

August 31, 2012 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Young Undocumented Immigrants In San Diego Seek To Avoid Deportation

I have two concerns about this program that I hope Ms Velasquez will have a chance to address:
1. As I understand it, applicants may be rejected, and if rejected, they will then have exposed themselves to ICE for immediate removal. While I don't have a problem with that if the rejection is based on discovery of a criminal record, I would be very concerned if these consequences applied where the rejection was on essentially bureaucratic grounds.

2. As the temporary residence permits are granted by executive policy rather than statutory basis, if Romney becomes President, could he revoke the permits that had been granted, leaving the applicants exposed to immediate removal before the two year period that they had paid for expires?

August 15, 2012 at 7:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: U.S. Attorney Punked; Mayor's Race; SDPD Budget; Padres In Limbo

Three cheers for the Merry Pranksters. The First Amendment seems to be our only defense against the absurd War on Drugs, and satire has lost none of its luster since the ancient Greeks developed it.

August 3, 2012 at 7:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Courts Get Cut, Teachers Stay Employed, Kreep Becomes Judge

Re: Kreep election

On first reading of the ballot information, I saw that Mr. Kreep is a Constitutional Lawyer and Mr. Peed a public prosecutor. Given my views that the criminal law system has been rigged against the accused, this inclined me to favor Kreep.

It was only when I did some quick internet research that I realized that Mr. Kreep's values were antithetical to my own. Happily, that was before I'd cast my ballot.

To be fair, expertise in Constitutional matters is also claimed by President Obama, whose own record in ordering assassinations is less than encouraging.

Judicial ethics severely circumscribes what candidates for judicial office can say about themselves and precludes them from saying anything about their opponents. Perhaps this is where the organizations created by Citizens United have a useful role to play.

June 22, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Are TV Ads About Proposition 29 To Increase Cigarette Taxes Accurate?

My take on the proposition is not fairly represented by either side in the debate: the tax on cigarettes makes sense in that it will curb demand. Earmarking the revenue does not make sense. The issue is not whether cancer research is a good thing (advocated by the proponents and conceded by the opponents), but whether the State of California should fund it. Given the State's failure to fund its primary responsibilities -- education, criminal justice, infrastructure -- tying up one of the few sources of additional revenue that most voters might support for a project that is not the State's first responsibility is delusional.

I say this even though I am a cancer survivor and may benefit from the results of this research. If there is a need to tie the revenue to a specific expenditure, let it offset the costs of cancer care in MediCal. But if we had a truly rational budgeting process made by trustworthy public officials, this money should go to the General Fund.

My hope is that the voters will defeat this proposition and the Governor will add the tax to the fiscal package he is presenting in November.

June 1, 2012 at 12:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many Questions After Junior Seau's Death

The cliché has it that "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." There are times, however when the problem is itself permanent. There is reason to suspect that such is the case with traumatic brain injury.

In this light, Junior Seau did not take his life, he gave it, suffering a less certain and more painful departure by following Duerson's example. We owe a debt of gratitude to him and to his family for a sacrifice that will advance medical knowledge and protect future generations of athletes.


May 4, 2012 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cyclists Battle Over Bike Lanes

The State has provided penalties (and the insurance industry enhances them) for motorists who violate the Vehicle Code. Bicyclists are exempt from the penalties, and too many act as if they are exempt from the laws.

The complication is that we all (or most of us, anyway) want our children free to ride bikes. My bicycle was my freedom growing up in the suburbs in the 1950s, and I want today's children to have an equal shot.

I propose that the vehicle code be amended to require adult bicyclists to be licensed and that traffic officers be empowered to enforce compliance with the Vehicle Code.

March 6, 2012 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Evolution Of KPBS Radio

I bought an HD radio based on KPBS' promises of what they would do with the medium. Now that they will have two channels, one of 24/7 news and one of 24/7 classical, it's time to increase their transmission power. In Bankers Hill, I only get the HD broadcast sporadically -- the HD feature has been good for other stations but not KPBS.

May 19, 2011 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What's Best Way To Reduce Traffic Congestion On I-5?

While traffic along the I-5 (and I-15) corridor is sufficiently concentrated to make public transit look attractive, the difficulty comes at the ends of the corridor, where origin and destination points are diverse. The best public transit option would move vehicles at high speed through the corridor rather than pry people out of their cars and leave them stranded at the end. A car-ferry train could produce more throughput than a lane where speed and merging conditions are independently determined by drivers, and the energy to power it can be cleaner and will be more efficiently used than running all of the automobile engines that can be turned off for the corridor run.

Those concerned about greenhouse gases and air pollution should also realize that congestion will produce more of them per vehicle-mile traveled, so that some expansion of freeway pavement may actually be an environmentally sensible choice, to the extent that it reduces congestion. The legitimate concern is that a variant of Parkinson's Law will cause the freeway to generate the traffic to choke it.

November 13, 2010 at 1:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )