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As an electrical engineering graduate of SDSU, who was turned down for a job at Qualcomm, for lack of 'experience', I fully endorse and validate this view. I would not encourage any young persons to put in the effort for an engineering degree in the US of A. I'd suggest management, or finance; anything that can't be brought in from India. City Management or Hospital management are lucrative fields, it would seem. Anything but engineering. Waste of effort. Cannon fodder, all of us. The only thing with less of a future is lawyer. Thanks Don.

Oct. 1, 2013

Qualcomm supports cheaper foreign engineers. That undermines the incentive for young students in the US to study science or engineering since H-1B workers will be willing to work for peanuts while US workers will be paying of student loans.

Thanks, Bill Gates.

Remember to ask Fletcher about how he feels about this issue.

Oct. 1, 2013

Diogenes. That is a valid criticism of H-1b. Because it lowers the salary level of those in science,tech engineering and math, it discourages young Americansfromgoingintothose fields.Best,DonBauder

Oct. 1, 2013

There is a very good related recent article in IEEE spectrum:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/education/the-stem-crisis-is-a-myth

The article examines a great deal of data about science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) workforce vs. demand. The conclusion is that there is no crisis - it's been driven by a combination of panic and powerful groups who benefit from an excess of STEM workers.

Oct. 1, 2013

ImJustABill. Wages have stagnated for American STEM workers partly because of H-1B. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2013

Issa is a traitor, and Sanders is, as he proved for years as mayor, an idiot. Issa is a smart guy, Sanders is a moron.

Oct. 1, 2013

H-1B will probably grow as corporations love to play domestic labor against foreign labor. I have had a dog in this fight for years. I brought government action in my claim against McDonnell-Douglas (before they became Boeing) and I quit two jobs because of H-1B's. Because they were inferior idiots. The program is a scam, many of the people lie about their skills and academic credentials.

Thankfully, I don't work for corporate America anymore. Making a choice several years ago to return to my entrepreneurial roots. It's no use running from the onslaught of cost cutting measures corporations use in their relentless pursuit of using robots or cheap foreign labor.

H-1B is now just a distraction. Robotics and other technologies are replacing workers at the fastest pace in history.

Oct. 1, 2013

Ponzi..the purpose of H-1B is to lower the wage level so CEOs. Can rake in even more ridiculous pay. As I recall, young Jacobs at Qualcommmis now raking more than $20 million a year. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2013

The J-1 is another corporate-welfare program that negatively impacts educational (training) and career opportunities for our citizens and the scope is broader and even more expensive to society than the H-1. Whether for public universities or non-profit institutions--our society and taxpayers shell out to pay the salaries of J-1 researchers via federal grant funds, including their visa processing so that many foreigners enjoy US training opportunities that give US taxpayers absolutely no return on their investment and diminishes educational imperatives in our own society. US trainees should be the rule, rather than the "exception" in labs. But step into any laboratory at most institutions and you'll quickly learn that the reverse is true.

Principal Investigators (lab directors, professors) don't recruit or hire with a sense of civic duty or conscience about where all that grant money comes from. Most have no awareness of Title 45 - Public Welfare which they automatically agree to abide by upon acceptance of grant funds (typically in the $100s of thousands and routinely more than 1 grant at a time). http://grants.nih.gov/grants/managing_awards.htm Testing of PIs in this science town on the federal guidelines they agree to abide by upon acceptance of grant awards would be quite revealing, or worthwhile at the very least.

Institutions are focused on appeasing their funded researchers, whose grants come attached with high overhead amounts. It's an expensive trough, costing our society in more ways than one, and on a grand scale nationally. By never questioning the "brilliant", the high and mighty and the prestigious organizations whose walls protect this elite caste---our society's and economy's losses are likely sky-high. Adding insult to injury, the corporate-research partnerships take this veiled, elitist, education & training system to a whole other level for the upper 2% alone as corporate partners receive first-rights on tax-funded discoveries.

Corruption serves itself; society must defend against corruption.

Oct. 1, 2013

Yep. Its just Doug Manchester and the JITB guy looking to get duplicitous weasels like Gloria put in office to green light their corrupt and self-serving agendas and do what they have to do to get people like Filner that stood up to them out of the way. Just more typically dirty politics in San Diego. Ho hum

Sept. 2, 2013

From: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2013/aug/31/does-interim-mayor-todd-gloria-have-the-authority-/#c158247

Mayor Filner is the only one that has stood up to special (BIG MONEY) interests, now Todd Gloria will take every penny they offer because he loves BIg Business and their donations!

Big Development is working overtime trying to take over $an Diego and anyone that thinks differently, is either not paying attention, part of the problem (NIMBY) or is politically naive.

There are Billions to be made all at the taxpayers expense, so expect to see many millions being passed out to gain political influence as the City is bought, *lock, stock and barrel.

Sept. 2, 2013

I agree with the individual " Founder" above. Filner was the ONLY one to challenge BIG MONEY in this CROOKED CITY...and he also figured out that our Police Dept should actually be out there doing things that are MEANINGFUL...besides busting up MED SHOPS ! I also would like to see more SO-CALLED victims ....from any of the other "49" states that are in this country. Kinda ODD that this former FREEDOM RIDER....who worked in our Nations Capital and our City for IONS....traveled the world over , but all these Classless women are from San Diego. Gimme a Break. And if any of these women ever gave speeches to victims of assault in the past. And stressed anything about "Reporting your Assailant" immediately. In my book they would be CROOKS ...HYPOCRITES....and LIARS. Right along with that Money Hungry....Fame Needy...Anyone can Jump on the Bandwagon...."GlorIa Allred!" I'm all for Pro-Women Rights. But I have NEVER...been down for LIARS !

Sept. 18, 2013

This problem will solve itself. Pretty soon all of the neighborhood will be vacation rentals, and they will complain about residents who take up parking. See Mission Beach for details.

May 7, 2015

Regardless of the fairness of this penalty, once the word gets out, and it will, many of those who have been binging on AirBnB income, to the wrath of their neighbors, will surely cut back sharply or stop. Right here in the Reader I've been seeing postings from folks who say that homes near or next to theirs have been turned into tourist accommodations with no permits or other release. Yeah, it's a nice way to get sorta-rich for an absentee homeowner who sells the place on a night-by-night basis, and actually sleeps far away from the madding crowd. His/her neighbors pay the price for his profit with noise, not being able to park by their homes, trash, loss of sleep, and other joys of providing tourist accommodations. Hoo boy, 25 large will get their attention, and how!

Funny, but I thought zoning regulations made much of that sort of tourist accommodation illegal in most neighborhoods. So why not just invoke the local zoning, and declare the operation in violation?

Oh, and to Todd Gloria's involvement, he was actually doing what many of his colleagues on the council claim and then fail to deliver. He got complaints and made sure the sluggish city bureaucracy acted on them. She complains that she's a good neighbor, but too many of them thought otherwise. Once in a while the city of SD gets something right, and this time actually DID something.

Aug. 10, 2015

Thank you for a great comment! We have just endured 2 weekends of huge parties in the airbnb/vrbo rental next door to us. Last week, there was a party on Sunday that exceeded 35 people. Not sleeping there, just spilling all over the street, cars parked everywhere....and lots and lots of noise. To their credit, they were quiet at night.

This past weekend, people came and went all weekend. Day after day, taxis pulled up and brought some people, carted others away. Friday must have been a wedding of some sort; guests were picked up in a large (aka tourist-type) bus. Again, for all the noise during the day, they were quiet at night. I imagine the owner of the property (ALWAYS ABSENTEE) has laid down the law about the patio and noise since we have made it clear we will have zero tolerance for this.

You are correct. Mass profits for the owners at the expense of the people who live here daily, pay taxes and work hard to live in these very small houses, in the most desirable neighborhoods of San Diego. And, if we ever want to sell our house, as long as this operates as a "hotel", which it is! - we have to declare it as a nuisance to any potential buyers. Just think what that does for property values.

I'm glad the city ruled this way. We will be watching carefully to see what happens next both in our neighborhood (not Burlingame) and other single family residential neighborhoods throughout San Diego that are plagued by this "sharing" community.

Aug. 10, 2015
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