Saw a tweet from the San Diego City Clerk’s office (@SDCityClerk) this morning which asked, “When was the City of SD’s current Charter first adopted?” The tweet ended with this link (http://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/geninfo/history.shtml) which takes you to the City Clerk’s website where you can learn all about the history of San Diego government.
Wow. What a history!
Founded in 1850, San Diego went bankrupt two years later, and eventually emerged in 1889 with not only a strong mayor, but TWO houses within the city’s Common Council: a Board of Aldermen, and a Board of Delegates.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll love reading up on this at the City Clerk’s website. Great way to start a Wednesday morning!
Just signed up to participate in Walk for Justice 2012 — an event to help show support for Proposition 35, the CASE Act (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation). If passed, Prop 35 will help curb sex trafficking throughout California.
Walk for Justice 2012 Event Information
Saturday, August 25, 2012
NTC Park at Liberty Station (Section D)
2455 Cushing Road
San Diego, CA 92106
If you’d like to walk with me, please visit walk.caseact.org/#sandiego
Yesterday, San Diego News Room reported that despite the state reigning in costs associated with the Ralph M. Brown Act, both the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego City Council both committed to following open government and transparency measures laid out in the 1953 legislature-enacted law.
As a point of information, the Brown Act was enacted by the state legislature back in the 50′s to allow the public right of knowledge and participation in municipal government meetings.
For years, Councilwoman Donna Frye championed open government in San Diego, and expressed her thoughts recently about the state’s move to curb certain parts of the Brown Act.
Although there’s much I may disagree with Mrs. Frye on, I must applaud her past and current efforts in highlighting government transparency at City Hall — and I encourage it at all levels of government. Continue reading
Yesterday, the San Diego City Council voted 6-1 to approve over $45 million worth of traffic and aesthetic improvements, in order to celebrate the centennial of the Panama-California Exposition, which our great city hosted in 1915-16.
I want to offer thanks and support for the Council in approving this project, largely envisioned by Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, and put forward by the Plaza de Panama Committee.
For more news on the project, check out the coverage in U-T San Diego.
The Committee was formed a few years ago and developed an all-encompassing master plan to remove vehicular traffic from the plaza’s central square, restoring the area to its’ former glory, with additional modern aesthetics.
Although the plan is not without a few, nuanced faults — my personal beef being the addition of a paid parking structure replacing years of free parking — the overall plan does much to help re-envision our city’s cultural center in the veil of its’ 1915 heyday.
The original Exposition transformed Balboa Park — which had only been dedicated as a large, open space — into a cultural center for San Diego. This, in turn, helped transform San Diego.
As a regional asset, it’s important to keep a dedicated focus in continuing to renovate and improve Balboa Park, as necessary, to survive through generations.
12 propositions have qualified for the November ballot. My good friend Chris Nguyen over at OC Political provides a great rundown of all the initiatives and what they’ll effect if they’re approved (or not) by the voters. Check out Chris Nguyen’s post here.
For more information, check out the California Secretary of State’s website on ballot measures.
Earlier this month, Taegan Goddard — a nationally respected politico — publicly launched Wonk Wire.
Much like Goddard’s well-established Political Wire (a site I admittedly check out everyday), which provides the latest in national political news, whereas Wonk Wire provides an up-to-date avenue on the latest news and tidbits on national public policy. Congressional staffers, policy advisors, and think-tankers can rejoice in this site, for sure. Continue reading