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San Diego Opera Will Not Close, Announces 2015 Season

Good news! I'm especially happy about Nixon in China.
Going forward the Opera ought to team up with the local colleges, perhaps commission a short opera, perform student work. Like the NFL does. They not only gain new football players from college programs, they develop their fan base.

May 20, 2014 at 2:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Legislature To Consider Doing Away With Special Elections

An election does not a democracy make. And elections should be regularly scheduled, not occur according to external events.

We should have elections only every two years, in June and November. Period. An election isn't necessary when a president becomes unable to continue in office. The Vice President takes over. Likewise, every elected official should have a second in command, a chief of staff or someone who is certified in advance as qualified to take the position. That would solve the problem of Governors appointing idiologues opposite to the electorate's thinking.

December 20, 2013 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

California Could Face Lawsuit Over Inequities In School Funding

Thirty years of experience with Proposition 13 proves that it has caused serious inequities. When this bold plan went into effect, property taxes were driving people from their homes. However, the problem was one of cash flow, not necessarily unjust tax rates.

Instead of forgiving the taxes, thereby limiting our ability to provide proper education, security, and other municipal services, all we needed to do was to defer part of the tax bill until the owner sold, thereby realizing the increased value of the home.

We should have a well-constructed plan of incremental taxation that reflects actual changes in property values and that includes voluntary partial tax-deferment for property owners after a specified time of residence, say seven or ten years. When the home finally sells, the deferred tax is due to the County.

June 9, 2011 at 5:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pedestrian Activists Confront Streets That Are 'Dangerous By Design'

Share the road. That means everyone. Lately - in the last 18 months or so - I have seen more pedestrians and especially bicyclists challenge car drivers, the curbs, and red lights. I suspect that most bicycle “drivers” don’t even know they are subject to the same driving rules as everyone else on the street. And pedestrians should be ticketed for starting out after the white “walk” light is gone.

But of course we can’t rely only on the police to manage this (although these tickets would be a great revenue source). We need to identify these people as excessive risk takers.

Consider this. The minute a pedestrian jay walks; or a bicycle rider fails to stop at a stop sign (or rides on the sidewalk to avoid it); or a car driver picks up his phone; right then that individual’s auto and/or health insurance is cancelled. If there is an accident, that person is not covered and is on his own. Worse, if a policeman tickets such a car driver, the ticket also includes illegally driving without insurance. Of course if nothing happens, if there is no accident or police action, then the insurance cancellation is not effective. But should such cancellation be executed by an event, that person will have to apply for new insurance through the assigned risk pool at much greater cost.

In other words, we can’t leave compliance up to enforcing officers. There should be some natural consequences of risky behavior – and fear of those consequences – to help us attend to our own behavior.

May 25, 2011 at 6:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Exploring The "Liberal Gene"

This conversation reminds me that most social sciences confuse coincidence with causality. Of course our presence in the world is formed (and re-formed) by both nature (gene) and nurture (experiences). What is there to applaud about that? Where is the discovery in this research?

November 1, 2010 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )