Plain Words. Uncommon Sense.

A blog on urban living, books, and the perennial search for the “Great Good Place” (or Third Place), as well as other pursuits and amusements of Salvatore Giametta.  From time to time, these topics may include current affairs (global and local), media, culture, technology, marketing, professional development, executive leadership, service excellence, and hospitality presented with an insider’s perspective, a keen sense of curiosity and a sharp wit.


salreadingSalvatore Giametta lives in San Diego, California and is a committed urbanista, avid reader and devoted library supporter, among other things.  The immediate past chairman of the City of San Diego’s Board of Library Commissioners, Sal is the recipient of the 2015 San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association (HMA) Gold Key Award, the 2008 HMA award for outstanding service to the hospitality industry, and the 2004 San Diego Press Club Award for excellence in public relations.


Sal is Chief of Staff to San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts.  Prior to joining Team Roberts in 2009, Sal served as vice president of public affairs and communications at the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (now the San Diego Tourism Authority), following his tenure as a top aide to former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor.


This site is the personal blog of Salvatore Giametta.  Entries to the site represent Sal’s personal opinions.  This blog is not affiliated with Sal’s employer or any civic board, committee or commission on which he may serve.

You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the discussion on this site.  Comments are owned by the poster.  IP addresses are logged and may be disclosed to others.  You must provide a valid e-mail address when leaving comments; your e-mail address will not be sold or provided to spammers.  Sal reserves the right to pre-screen any comments, and also reserves the right to remove/exclude inflammatory or inappropriate comments.

Questions may be directed to Sal via e-mail at sal@salvatoregiametta.com


This blog was designed by Nader Shatara.  Nader provides full service Web site design and can be reached via e-mail at nadershatara@hotmail.com.


booklook2The caricatures incorporated into this blog were created by San Diego based illustrator Michele Suthers.  Michele is a gifted artist whose work as an accomplished illustrator has been recognized by the San Diego Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists with numerous awards.  Michele can be reached by e-mail at michelesart7777@yahoo.com.


Guido is the handiwork of internationally recognized photographer Ron Schmidt.  Visit Ron’s Web site, Loose Leashes, at www.looseleashes.com. Guido, an Italian Greyhound, is an avid reader and thoughtful book reviewer.


The Bookography section of this site provides a sampling of Sal’s favorite books.  The Amazon widget that drives the application is flash based.  Your desk top computer and/or mobile device must be flash enabled to view the Bookography content / slideshow.