On Monday, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez expressed his idea for how to get the city more money for fixing our roads, sidewalks and infrastructure: get the money from property taxes people are already paying. Alvarez’s idea is meant to compete with Councilman Mark Kersey’s proposal, which would take money from other sources such as sales tax revenues. But regardless of where the money comes from, Liam Dillon reports how one fact remains: we don’t know how to spend the money we already have.
“City leaders have known that their process for fixing roads and other infrastructure has itself been broken for more than five years,” Dillon reports. Call it red tape, or leadership inertia, or any number of excuses for not turning money into work; the fact is we have $560 million of projects already funded, Dillon reports, but “public works staffers now can handle up to $350 million in projects.”
Tuesday afternoon, Council members failed to reach any consensus about Kersey’s proposal, batting back and forth every detail, including what financial formulas should be used, how long revenue should be sequestered and even the definition of infrastructure. (For instance, should money generated by the program go only toward fixing infrastructure the city already has or also to build new things?) “Almost every one of these decisions could mean the difference of billions of dollars,” Dillon wrote.
Ultimately, the Council kicked a decision on the measure to Feb, 9 with a pledge to try and figure out how to define infrastructure among other matters before then. (Times of San Diego)
Colorful Lights and Packing Tape: Culture Report
In this week’s Culture Report, Kinsee Morlan checks out a new interactive installation at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center that crosses art and engineering with a whole lot of packing tape. Morlan also breaks down what happened at a recent meeting of people in the arts journalism world, where she realized most of her art-reporting kin have moved on to other roles. “The number of Union-Tribune staffers covering arts, culture and entertainment has gone from about 80 to just four,” Morlan writes.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
This was a couple of vehicles from Storm & Wastewater personnel (that day I observed four personnel each with a vehicle) perpetrating the twice per month street sweeping scam issuing clandestine citations. Effective use of their time for pillaging & pilfering that indulges the kleptocracy while the infrastructure deteriorates yet into which coffers & whose pockets do those funds drain? I have another picture & video of their activities. When I asked them how they could take advantage of citizens like that when the street sweeping causes deterioration (asphalt leaching, paint removal, ignores litter, ...) more than any supposed benefit, the response was that I did nothing & provided no benefit for anybody during my USN career because he had observed the supposed laziness of military personnel.
Gives you an idea of how the city personnel really consider the military personnel (active/retirees/veterans) instead of the ubiquitous hypocrisy & propaganda beside the evidence of injury, injustice, negligence, exploitation, persecution, theft, torture, & terrorism that I've endured. Despotism, kleptocracy, & corruption are easy to detect & reveal when experiencing the reality. These aren't the only sordid methods that kleptocracy reaps ill-gotten gains that imposes disparity & hardship while impeding productivity. Where is the accountability?
Beside those issues, what was done with the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds? So much operation & maintenance actions along with other expenses that cities, counties, & states have relied upon the Federal dole for general budget matters while hoarding to fill their own coffers, line their own pockets, & promote their own self-interests that it has been past time to end the undeserved indulgences.