August 24th, 2013

OPINION – Quiet On the Set!

Film Commission’s Demise Leaves Valuable Industry In Limbo

A major casualty of recent layoffs at the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) was the San Diego Film Commission. The commission’s three employees were among the SDTA’s drastic staff reductions, 31 in total, resulting in the shuttering of the organization after 38 years of service. Unable to


August 18th, 2013

BOOKS – The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving

In the spirit of Jeff Speck’s Suburban Nation comes a new and equally searing indictment of life in suburgatory: The End of the Suburbs, Where the American Dream Is Moving, by Leigh Gallagher.  Those familiar with Speck’s earlier work will find Gallagher’s book a welcome addition to the growing list of hyper critical treatise on life in suburbia.


August 6th, 2013

OPINION – Why ‘Third Place’ is a Good Place

Third place, often associated with the consolation prize in competitions of all types, is actually the best place when it comes to the concept of community building.  In this context,  ‘third place’ refers to our social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments in which we spend most of our time: home (first place) and


August 5th, 2013

OPINION – Tourism Marketing: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Tourism Authority Cutbacks Latest Blow to Visitor Industry

The disagreement earlier this year between San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and local hoteliers over the future of the Tourism Marketing District (TMD) created a great deal of uncertainty in the local visitor industry and sparked renewed discussion about the importance of destination marketing.

After several months of wrangling, the


August 4th, 2013

BOOKS – The Go-Giver

A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

“Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving…Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.”

This gem of a quick read, just 128 pages, reminds me of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.