Why Is “Smart Growth” Destructive?

Hog Disguised with Lipstick

Hog Disguised with Lipstick

(c) Copyright 2000-2012 David Dilworth

“Smart Growth” is Doublespeak and an Oxymoron

Along with “Postal Service”, “Jumbo Shrimp” and “Congressional Ethics” – “Sustainable Development” is a self canceling or contradictory phrase along with its new disguise called “Smart Growth.”

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Tailgating Kills Pets

Happy Dog

Happy Dog

Copyright 2000 David Dilworth

As sudden as a meteor streak – flashing into my headlights trots a large dog with a nice smile – in the middle of my lane!

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Illegal Development Approvals Admitted by Pacific Grove City Manager

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

“Things were much better [for developers] in the old days, in large part because staff didn’t follow the law.”

- Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey, April 2011

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Bill Kampe’s Fast Food Gets Bad Reviews in Pacific Grove

Ronald McDonald Quits

Ronald McDonald Quits

Attempted Murder of a Good Law: Two people tried to kill Pacific Grove’s law banning Fast Food. Councilman (and Carpetbagger) Bill Kampe1 along with Commerce Chamber head Moe “Strip Mall” Ammar wielded the weapons of mass deception.

Councilman Bill "Fast-Food" Kampe

Councilman Bill "Fast-Food" Kampe


Kampe put it on the Council Agenda arguing the City should welcome Fast Foods and “streamline the ordinance2.
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Skeptical of Strangers

Apparently skepticism of strangers is a long tradition; an ongoing theme in California.

Immigration has always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Native American (Credit: Souix Nation)

Immigration has always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Native American (Credit: Souix Nation)

“What are we to do then? Shall we remain supine, while these daring strangers are overrunning our fertile plains, and gradually outnumbering and displacing us? Shall these incursions go on unchecked, until we shall become strangers in our own land?”

Who said that?

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All the Kings Horses and all the Kings Men . . .

Here’s an example of how a lone voice can halt big mistakes.

“It wasn’t a bad catch,” said George Haines, state unit fire chief in Monterey and San Benito counties.

When I spoke out on this issue, all the Fire “experts” and lawyers said I was wrong. They said that the County’s best fire experts had met many times over the course of a year – and that there was no problem.

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For Consumers: The Best Monterey Peninsula Businesses

The Best (and worst) Monterey Peninsula Businesses

A business only gets on this list if –

1. I have had direct personal experience with them,
2. They have provided exceptional service reliably – with no bad experiences.

These local businesses prove that there are solid reasons for buying some services and products locally and not over the internet / web. It is notable that several of these excellent businesses are large corporations – both privately and publicly owned.
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Its in his Arrgh

Pirate's Arrgh

Pirate's Arrgh

I lived in Europe for a while teaching several subjects including English and French. In my experience listening to people with languages from different cultures – the “R” is the most difficult sound to get right – in many languages.

Scots roll a long “Arrrr” almost like a pirate. The French pronounce it more like whispering “air”, while Asians often mysteriously switch “R” and “L” sounds.
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Museum of Invisible Art – Really.

I couldn’t make this up.

Emperors New Clothes

Emperors New Clothes

There’s a museum that wants to sell collectors and art appreciators – Invisible Art . . . for real money.

Not kidding.

Museum for NonVisible Art

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The Four Legs of Democracy (How to Measure Democracy)


The Four Legs of Democracy
(Measuring Democracy)

(c) Copyright 1996-2012 David Dilworth

Our Planet has no genuine governmental Democracy as of 2012.

Some places, such as California, come close but we still await – the real thing. Many “leaders” want you to believe that the only criteria necessary for a democracy is allowing people to vote.

As you will see here, voting is not the only thing necessary for democracy, as you may be aware, voting can be totally nullified or corrupted.

Political Gap” Means Democracy is Lacking

Democracy is defined as “the Consent of the Governed.” It means shared power or shared governance. It can not reasonably be called consent when the most important political decisions made by government officials vary grossly from the will of most voters, from protection of the politically weak, and from the public good.

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Is California’s Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey PG&E’s Lapdog?

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey
Former CEO of a Utility-Southern California Edison


“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” – Otto Van Bismark

Well, today California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey officially denied being a lapdog to PG$E — “the $38 million fine should put to rest criticism that the agency is a ‘lapdog’ of PG$E.”

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In PG, Golf play stops at Sunset time – so must restaurant operations

Golf play stops at Sunset time – so must restaurant operations.

The Herald published an unsigned, misinformed and misleading editorial advocating for expansion of the Golf Club restaurant to the non-golf customers – after sunset hours. I wrote a response online, but their systems screwed up the formatting so it was barely readable. Here is what I wrote in a readable fashion (with minor improvements).

“the clubhouse [that residents] opposed for so long” = misleading.

The Herald editorial makes it sound like the Clubhouse is a new concept and that it was always opposed.

Both wrong.

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Pacific Grove Intends to Violate Law “But only Temporarily”

This Wednesday the PG Council has an agenda item to approve extending business hours at the hotly contested Golf Course Grill into the evening to accommodate non-golfers.

Because of the traffic and noise impacts to the neighborhood the Council is required to complete CEQA analysis before approving any such operation. In addition, because the land is zoned as Open Space any use that is not golf course or recreation related is prohibited by city law.

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey

However, even though the City attorney has explained this, city staff and a few Councilmembers don’t want to wait.

According to the Herald — “Several issues requiring review under the state Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) must be dealt with, he said, and a draft report under the act requires 30 days for the public to comment on it.”

So staff has prepared a way to approve what they want and effectively evade the law.
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Joe Fitzpatrick: A fun, respectable classy news guy

Joe Fitzpatrick - Great Guy

Joe Fitzpatrick - Great Guy

Jospeh Michael Fitzpatrick
December 17, 1923 ~ May 29, 2010

CARMEL VALLEY, CA – Joe Fitzpatrick, witty newsman best remembered for his “My Bag” column in the Monterey Herald, passed away “with a smile” Saturday, May 29, 2010. He died of sudden heart failure at the age of 86 while being prepared to return home after a brief stay in Community Hospital.

His care giver, Yvonne Jacobs, said that “he just smiled, laid back on his pillow and died” after she had shown Joe a picture of his dogs, Hussy and Higgins, on her i-phone and told him they were going home to see them. Joe had been incapacitated and in ill health for the past four years. But he retained his spirit – and a sense of humor – throughout.
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SmartMeters Facilitate Cyber War Against US

SmartMeters Facilitate Cyber War Against US
(c) Copyright 2011 David j Dilworth

This didn’t happen — yet.

New York Power Blackout 2003

New York Power Blackout 2003 (simulation)

“Within a quarter of an hour, 157 major metropolitan areas have been thrown into knots by a nationwide power blackout hitting during rush hour. . .

“Subways have crashed in New York, Oakland, Washington, and Los Angeles. . . . Aircraft are literally falling out of the sky as a result of midair collisions across the country. . . . Several thousand Americans have already died.”

Richard Clarke-Security Advisory to Presidents Obama & Bush

Richard Clarke-Security Advisor to Presidents Obama & Bush

This is an excerpt from “Cyber War” by Richard Clarke, former National Security Advisor to Presidents Obama and Bush. Its an “edgy account of America’s vulnerability to hackers, both state-sponsored and individual, especially from China.” – Seymour Hersch, Online Threat, New Yorker, Nov 2010

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Got Toxic Meat ? Its Legal to Sell !

It’s not illegal to sell raw meat that tests positive for salmonella, campylobacter or listeria.

Raw Meat Threat

Raw Meat Threat


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KBOQ Replacement – WCPE (on WiFi Radio)

Many of my friends are upset that KBOQ changed away from the classical music it has played since 1983.

Here’s a quick and clean alternative.

1. Click here to get WCPE radio station on the Internet (Its in North Carolina).

WiFi Radio

WiFi Radio


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Hyper-Certainty Principle

Hyper-Certainty Principle:

“Data quality and quantity is inversely related to advocacy certainty and ferocity.”
-David Dilworth, 2008

Thus the less and worse data available – the more certain the advocacy. This is dramatically apparent where zero data, such as opinions (or dare I say – religion), inspires huge certainty and advocacy; far more passion than facts.

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Occupy Solutions: How to Stop Legalized Bribery in Congress

Occupy Solution: How to Stop Legalized Bribery in Congress
(c) Copyright 2011 David Dilworth

Campaign Bribery

Campaign Bribery

While the “Robin Hood Tax” is a good short term idea and rallying cry, and “Ending Corporate Personhood” is an even more powerful idea, if we really want to eliminate the “Political Gap,” and Restore Democracy we need powerful, substantial changes – now !

We need a law severing money from political decisions; which can be adopted easily and quickly.

This is far more powerful than “Campaign Finance Reform” and “Public Election Financing” which were gutted by two recent Supreme Court decisions (Citizens United and McComish v. Bennett)

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How City Bankruptcy Benefits Pacific Grove Residents

How City Bankruptcy Benefits Pacific Grove Residents
by John M. Moore for Pacific Grove Taxpayers Association

How could Pacific Grove’s Pension payout improve if City files for Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy ?

What follows is my analysis and opinion of the payout the City should request in its proposed Chapter 9 Plan (Municipal Bankruptcy under Federal law), for both current Pacific Grove retirees and for those who have worked for Pacific Grove and are not yet retired.

100 Million Needed

Pacific Grove’s Pension plan is supposed to have about 100 million dollars in it.

Only 42 Million Available

Based on the Calpers 2010 estimate, I believe the City’ Pension plan has a current deficit of about 40 million dollars.

In addition the City owes about $18 million in principal for the 2006 pension bonds, for a total deficit of $58 million, leaving a net of 42 million dollars to pay for 100 million dollars of pension promises.
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History — Who is in Charge?

Even for those who are familiar with the beloved Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, it is easy to be confused by the large and newly expanded array of government bodies, private groups and individuals.

Here is an attempt to list who has authority over, and is controlling, our Museum:

Pacific Grove Voters Primary Responsibility

Pacific Grove City Council

Abdicated almost all control to the brand new, penniless, (and misleadingly named) non-profit “Pacific Grove Museum Foundation” with a 15 year contract, that the Council quickly extended to 30 years and giving the group $180,000 every year.
Public Management Meetings: Almost every 1rst and 3rd Wednesday
Public Records: Yes.
Website: yes.

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Is the “Nobel” in Economics Really a “Nobel Prize?”

Alfred Nobel’s will only included funding and direction for genuine sciences and for making a better world.

Consistent with that wish there was no prize for economics. Mr Nobel’s will specifically directed 5 prizes for: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace.

Money Always Creeps In

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The Four Legs of Democracy (How to Measure Democracy)


The Four Legs of Democracy
(Measuring Democracy)

(c) Copyright 1996-2011 David Dilworth

Our Planet has no genuine governmental Democracy as of 2011.

Some places, such as California, come close but we still await – the real thing. Many “leaders” want you to believe that the only criteria necessary for a democracy is allowing people to vote. As we show here, that is far from true, and as you may be aware — even voting can be wholly eclipsed or nullified.

Political Gap” Means Democracy is Lacking

Democracy is defined as “the Consent of the Governed.” It means shared power or shared governance. It can not reasonably be called consent when the most important political decisions made by government officials vary grossly from the will of most voters, from protection of the politically weak, and from the public good.
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CIA is Recruiting – “Right Here in River City” (Monterey) – No Reservations Needed

Leon Panetta - Remote Controlling a Killer Drone?

Recent CIA Head Leon Panetta - Remote Controlling a Killer Drone?

Yes indeed folks.
We both know times are tough.

But, have you ever imagined yourself hired as James Bond ?

Have you thought about working for the CIA? Seriously.

They’re hiring, they pay great, want smart people (who don’t ask questions and don’t have any of that sticky moral baggage), and best of all – criminal laws don’t apply to employees.

Yes, you could get paid to “extraordinarily render” (kidnap) people, use “enhanced coercive interrogation techniques” on them, and if you show promise they might even let you “euthanise” them.

Middlebury College

Middlebury College

They’re recruiting this week, right here in Monterey at Middlebury College’s Monterey Institute of International Studies and its easy – “No reservations are required.”

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Only One Earth . . .

Earth From Orbit, Credit: NASA

A Space Shuttle Astronaut wisely observed –

“The first day we all pointed to our countries.

“The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents.

“By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth.”

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Pacific Grove’s Brokaw Hall Memorial Bird Feeder (Missing Plaque & Footprint)

Brokaw Hall Memorial Bird Feeder for Heritage Society Fundraiser Created by Snick Farkas

Bird Feeder by Snick Farkas

Bird Feeder by Snick Farkas

Pacific Grove artist Snick Farkas has created a bird feeder entitled “Brokaw Hall Memorial Bird Feeder (Missing Plaque & Footprint)” for the PG Heritage Society’s 7th Annual Heritage Houses for the Birds Contest and Auction. The fundraiser culminates on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Elmarie Dyke Open Space, when this year’s birdhouses are sold at silent auction.
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Are We Only 63 per cent Human ?

A test in India let people judge whether a volunteer was communicating by typing with a human or a software program. This type of test is called a Turing test.

The headline for most media on this was that 59 percent of the people voted mistakenly that the software was actually a human. Quite an achievement for a computer program.

However, almost overlooked was that the hidden humans typing responses were only judged to be human by 63.3 per cent of those voting !
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Craigslist’s Surprising Hostility to Ordinary People

Ordinary People Locked Out of CraigsList with No Recourse — Is this “Arbitrary and Capricious ?”
Jim Buckmaster CraigsList CEO

Jim Buckmaster CraigsList CEO

“Craigslist locked me out for no apparent reason, with absolutely no warning, absolutely no possible way to get back in and no way to know what I did wrong. At the most, I had placed six ads for very different things – advertising a room for rent and some furniture.”

“Once your craigslist account is placed on hold it is gone forever.”

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Silver-Bullet Virus Killer: Colds, maybe Cancer and more

Cure for the Common Cancer

Here’s news of some extraordinary research — an experimental drug that seems to be able to make impotent any cells infected by any type of virus without harming healthy neighboring cells.
Dr. Todd Rider: Inventor of DRACO - Virus Killer

Dr. Todd Rider: Inventor of DRACO - Virus Killer

New drug could cure nearly any viral infection

Experimental drug could defeat any virus

This appears to be as radical an improvement for human health as penicillin was to bacteria.

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“War Department” was Accurate. “Defense Department” is DoubleSpeak.

President Eisenhower

President Eisenhower


“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military-Industrial Complex.”

-President Eisenhower warning about the Cold War and its unjustified military spending proposals.

Not many remember Eisenhower, a 5-star General, was “Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe,” with responsibility for planning and supervising the successful invasion of France and Germany.

His was no trivial warning. He predicted our current multi-Trillion dollar welfare for weapons manufacturers.

See if after you read this – you can dispute that the United States “War Department” is colluding with military corporations to wage — Perpetual War against Peace.

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Editorial: Peninsula Readers Need Daily Newspaper Representation

The daily Herald newspaper has gone so far off the deep end, abandoning their professional responsibility to Monterey Peninsula readers – that we need a whole new newspaper of record. A newspaper that explicitly refuses to hire such horrible anti-public interest staff as the Herald’s letters editor (Calkins) or their news manager (Livernois).

The Herald reporting has gotten so bad, covers so few important local stories (often only 2-4 local stories a day, and they haven’t attended or reported on our Water District meetings in years), and biases those that it does cover — it has ceased to be a newspaper. It has now become the Monterey County Daily Advertiser’s Puppet.

One example: For 9 years the Herald has refused to report so much as a word (let alone a single declarative sentence) on the most important solution to our water problem – our own Water Management District’s “Right-sized” desalination solution.

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Skin Cancer Cures ! Melanoma No More

In 2003 after a significant amount of research, I wrote about 3 extremely promising potential cures for skin cancer / melanoma.

Based on those research results, I predicted that within 10 years no one should die of skin cancer – the same as no one need die of starvation.

Well, its not quite ten years yet, but this week two drugs were approved which solidly cure some skin cancers :
Vemurafenib and the combination of Dacarbazine with Ipilimumab. An article explaining the breakthroughs is “Skin cancer treatment: Biggest breakthrough in 30 years” in NewScientist.
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Prediction: “Carmageddon” Won’t Happen

Freeway Empty

Freeway Empty (Carma-Heaven)


Final (Monday July 17, 2011): We got it right. (I don’t know if anyone else was predicting “Carmageddon” would be a bust, but we nailed it.) This outcome would be no surprise to any well trained traffic engineer.

Friday July 15, 2011: You’ve heard the hype that California’s Freeway 405 closing will cause “Carmageddon” – gigantic gridlock.

What’s wrong with this?

1. Predictor of Distaster Cant Lose:
If gigantic gridlock occurs – they were clever.
If no gridlock occurs – their efforts to get people to do alternate transportation worked.

Thats extremely misleading because I predict – traffic will DECLINE !
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Death by Great White Shark – Pacific Grove, California is Number One !

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias), Credit: Wikipedia

While the local Chamber of Commerce doesn’t really tout this feature, the town of Pacific Grove, California is the world leader for the most number of people killed by Great White sharks.

1952: December 7
Swimmer Barry Wilson was savagely bitten by a Great White shark less than 100 feet from Lover’s Point beach, a protected cove and popular family attraction. The shark was estimated at some 15 feet long. This is also California’s first recorded white shark fatality.
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Water Wars: Collins’ Scandal – Best Articles and Resources

Here is a list of the most important articles and Documents about the Collins Scandal.

Who’s Culpable? (Overview of who did what – when, or “Culpable Characters in Collins’ Corruption”)

Ed Mitchell Report – listing who Collins billed, met with and when – starting in January 2010.

Monterey County Report on Collins Conflict of Financial Interest. (Summary of Preliminary Findings Regarding Director Stephen Collins’ Business Relationship with RMC Water and Environment and Marina Coast Water District)

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Ed Mitchell Media Conference: July 1, 2011

This is the full text of Ed Mitchell’s News Conference: July 1, 2011 at the Monterey County Courthouse Steps.

(For the complete original document – click here.)

News Conference 1 July 2010
(c) Copyright 2011 Ed Mitchell

My name is Ed Mitchell co-founder of the Prunedale Neighbors Group. The majority of county employees are honest and work hard each day to deliver excellent service to the public. Many are union members who have voluntarily taken pay cuts yet still worry whether they will be fired during this recession.

Unfortunately disturbing facts have caused the media to raised serious questions about the conduct of Mr. Steve Collins. AS a Director of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency did he break State law for personal gain while he lobbied county and state decision makers to approve the half-billion dollar Regional Desalination Water Project?
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Water Wars: Marina Coast Overreacts to Exposure of Its Improper Acts

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

- William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Marina Coast Water District got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, potentially with some people going to jail, so they hired a lawyer to write a report diverting attention by blaming the County.

The Herald article “Probe finds Marina Coast Water District followed law Marina Coast didn’t violate law, report says” raises a few questions.
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Enviro-Fraud ? Real Environmentalists don’t use that term for themselves

In the several decades I’ve been helping out protecting our environment, I have yet to hear a single person who genuinely obtains significant environmental protection (not just talks about it or merely works to do so) call themselves an “Environmentalist.”

The real heroes doing the heavy lifting year after year like Tim Hermach, Kieran Suckling and Peter Galvin, and Jim Bensman never say anything like that (and I’ve certainly never claimed to be one.)

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