Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., July 27
Book Criticizing San Diego Wins Top Award
The American Political Science Association has given its Best Book of 2011 award to "Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego." It was published by Stanford University Press. Authors are Steve Erie, professor of political science at the University of California San Diego; Vlad Kogan, a PhD candidate in political science at UCSD, and Scott MacKenzie, assistant professor of political science at the University of California Davis. Generally, the book shows how San Diego leadership lets the infrastructure rot and neighborhoods crumble while any available money is steered downtown for subsidized structures that should be financed with private capital. The political science association says of the book, "Meticulously researched and convincingly argued, 'Paradise Plundered' represents urban political science at its best."