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The High Cost of Cheap Water

You can use all the water you want and are willing to pay for. Doesn’t that seem ridiculous during a drought? Blame the water department’s pricing model.

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From a Battle Abroad to a Wage Battle Back Home

On its face, the minimum wage battle isn't strictly a veterans issue. But about 6 percent of the minimum wage earners in San Diego are veterans - people who fought for their country, then transitioned into much lower-paying jobs.

Let Me Pay the Post Office to Stop Trashing My House

Reps. Susan Davis and Scott Peters want those who have the luxury of having a bunch of garbage delivered daily to their mailboxes to keep it. Issa wants them to have to walk at least to their curb to get their advertising. Unfortunately, none of them will let me pay to get rid of it.

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New Teachers Bear the Burden of All Kinds of Public Policy Failures

San Diego Unified is right to consider low teacher experience a factor in lopsided suspension rates. But teachers aren't solely to blame — they often have to cope with the fallout from issues beyond their control, like a lack of affordable housing, unemployment and underserved neighborhoods.

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Where the Good Jobs Are

California and San Diego have managed to generate quality jobs — with some caveats. But how are we defining quality job growth? Let's look to the data.

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Diapers and Tampons Help Men, Too

Two recent proposals to boost low-income moms address some common themes: both would improve the health of women and children, and help working moms stay working. They share something else, too: a torrent of hateful reactions aimed solely at women.

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What Does Texas Have That We Don’t?

San Diego surely isn’t perfect. But the business community has enormous strengths. It doesn’t need to join the race to the bottom by overreacting to the natural churn of capitalism.

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Reducing Red Tape – at the Expense of Residents

A slew of recently approved "mixed use" projects totally ignore a requirement for commercial projects to have off-street parking. These new gated communities have minor commercial space and little to no parking, abusing the intent of the city's land use code, if not the letter of the law.