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San Diego's planning director, Bill Fulton, has resigned, effective August 30. Fulton was brought in by ex-mayor Bob Filner in June of last year to head the planning department, which had been dismantled by former mayor Jerry Sanders.

Fulton has had a distinguished career. His book Guide to California Planning is considered the Bible of state smart-growth planning and went into its fourth edition in 2012.

Fulton is a former mayor of Ventura and has written 40 opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times. He will become director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

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monaghan Aug. 1, 2014 @ 6:39 p.m.

There's a surprise. Mayor Filner's distinguished planning director leaves for Texas. The field is now wide open for Kevin Faulconer and Friends to make their mark.


Don Bauder Aug. 1, 2014 @ 9:26 p.m.

monaghan: That has been obvious for some time. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Aug. 2, 2014 @ 6:55 a.m.

The local ULI members know exactly who they want in that position. They are about developing, rather than planning. "Planning" at ULI simply means plotting to change code, using euphemistic, PR-based language to obfuscate what is really being changed. Fulton's credentials far exceeded those of the people waiting in the wings to take his spot.


Don Bauder Aug. 2, 2014 @ 7:04 a.m.

HonestGovernment: Of course. The corporate welfare crowd is all about development -- mostly downtown redevelopment financed by taxpayers. Private capital? What's that? Do you expect us to take risks? Only taxpayers take risks.

Even the threat of a long-term water shortage does not deter these greedy fools. Best, Don Bauder


eastlaker Aug. 1, 2014 @ 8:37 p.m.

Full steam ahead on the convention center expansion, and?


Don Bauder Aug. 1, 2014 @ 9:34 p.m.

eastlaker: I have been trying unsuccessfully to post good news on the convention center expansion. Today, the Fourth Appellate District overturned the decision permitting hoteliers to determine where taxpayers' money goes. The appeals court said the $520 million planned expansion would have to go to a vote of the people. Hurray for Cory Briggs and Mel Shapiro, who appealed the trial court's decision (by Judge Prager).

Several options remain for the corporate welfare crowd. They can take the case to the California Supreme Court. Or they can go ahead with a vote.

This is not all good news. In any vote, the corporate welfare crowd will outspend any opposition by at least 100 to 1. Second, the Chargers are delighted by the decision. They think they have a shot for a combined football stadium/convention center. This has not worked well in other cities that have tried it, such as Indianapolis and Atlanta, but that won't deter the Chargers or their downtown cheerleaders. Best, Don Bauder


eastlaker Aug. 1, 2014 @ 11:20 p.m.

Hurray for the Fourth Appellate District Court as well!

Will the vote be for the city or the entire county?

With all the mundane problems which had been ignored for a number of years (potholes/pavement degraded to the point of grass growing in the middle of streets being one), will there be any effort to set up a means to actually address the concerns of taxpayers?

Have you followed the tale of the new water park downtown? In my opinion, it is one of those nice ideas which should have been talked through by various communities. It requires millions for security details per year. People at the park think that the security guards are taking their jobs a bit too seriously. A woman was reprimanded by a guard because she was sitting in a swing, holding her small child--because the swings were for up to age twelve only. Give me a break...

San Diego, the city that can't figure out the smallest things sometimes.


Don Bauder Aug. 2, 2014 @ 7:10 a.m.

eastlaker: Since we don't know if there will be a vote, it's too soon to know if it would be citywide or countywide. The downtown establishment might prefer to appeal to the California Supreme Court. That court might not take the case. Prager's decision defied the state constitution as well as the city charter. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 2, 2014 @ 9:01 a.m.

Murphyjunk: They will figure out a way. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 2, 2014 @ 9:04 a.m.

LJ Livingston: You hit the nail on the head. Faulconer and Goldsmith are tools of the downtown corporate welfare crowd. Best, Don Bauder


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