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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

"Taxes don't make people healthy," the ABA's Chris Gindlesperger told us.

Really? How about tobacco taxes: "Numerous economic studies in peer-reviewed journals have documented that cigarette tax or price increases reduce both adult and underage smoking. The general consensus is that every 10 percent increase in the real price of cigarettes reduces overall cigarette consumption by approximately three to five percent, reduces the number of young-adult smokers by 3.5 percent, and reduces the number of kids who smoke by six or seven percent."

June 3, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Botanical Building In Balboa Park Needs $3M In Repairs

Peking Duck - the public funds were spent on providing free garbage collection for residents.

May 29, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Not Everyone Is Happy With San Diego's Bike Share Locations

Other cities (e.g. Seattle, Philadelphia) are using a mix of private and public funds for their bike share programs. This makes sense because of the system's public transit component and health benefits. In San Diego, our car-dependent citizenry made it clear that public funds for bike share were unacceptable, and our elected representatives complied. As a result, our station locations are focused on returning profit to DecoBike and the city, while Seattle's will serve more residents as part of their public transit strategy.

Why is a $341 million dollar bailout of the failed South Bay Toll Road with public funds OK, but we can't allocate a single dollar for bike share?

May 8, 2014 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New Book Explores The End Of Suburban Sprawl

I always find it amusing when folks continue advocating building more freeways and widening them through our communities, while opposing true alternative transit choices that many younger Americans seek.

April 28, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayor Filner Weighs In On Sequestration And More

How is the TMD a public-private partnership when all board members are wealthy hotel owners? Let's have some public representation on our TMD, like other California TMD's such as Oceanside, Santa Cruz Co., and Napa Valley. Then I'd be more comfortable in how these folks spend public tax dollars for the next 40 years.

For some reason San Diego is always the exception to the common-sense rule (true public representation) on these matters, and it's because our elected officials are dependent on the good old boy network of business interests for campaign contributions. See: hotelier donations to city council, former Mayor Sanders' $300K+/yr job with the Chamber of Commerce, etc.

March 4, 2013 at 3:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Manchester's Foray Into Journalism Elicits Praise And Worry

This comment thread is becoming a public proclamation of cancelled UT subscriptions. Just wanted to add my username to the list. We cancelled on day one of the Manchester takeover.

Papa Doug and Lynch are among the worst possible people to be representing San Diego.

October 24, 2012 at 1:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Surprisingly Walkable Neighborhood

Hi Tom, great post, thanks. I'm jealous that you can walk to work!

Another thing to consider with "longer" walks is that the surrounding environment can influence one's decision on whether to embark on it. I'm guessing your neighborhood has interesting houses to look at during your walk, and relatively light/slow traffic. Compare that to walking on a sidewalk on a feeder road in the newer suburbs, where it's just you, a wall, and lots of cars speeding past at 60+ mph. I might want to go for a walk if I lived in say, Eastlake, but it's hardly an enjoyable one, and the distances to something rewarding are often much more than a mile (as the post above mentioned).

Glad you like your new neighborhood, we'll miss you in Normal Heights. And thanks again for the flagstone installer reference!

April 15, 2011 at 9:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )