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Monday, December 05, 2005



There's the good, old stand by Enron-by-the-Sea.

Last month, there was a story about New Jersey's search for a new slogan. It wasn't going so well either. Suggestions included:

"New Jersey: We'll Tax the #&!@ Out of You"
"You Pay, We Play: Compliments of NJ Politicians"
"Welcome to New Jersey; Expect Delays"
"New Jersey -- a State of Confusion"

Another suggestion, playing off the state's successful slogan of the 1980s, "New Jersey and You: Perfect Together," was "NJ and You, Going Broke Together."

JT Spence

How does this current situation in San Diego affect the city's move to "strong mayor?" Are there doubts now as to the effectiveness and accountability of the current mayoral system?


Good point, JT. In Governing's November story on San Diego, Alan Greenblatt writes that, with the strong-mayor system, at least it will be easier to hold someone accountable when things go wrong. Don't know how much it will do to actually decrease corruption, but at least you'll know where to point a finger.

Here's Alan's story:

Alan Greenblatt

Let me just add a bit of context. San Diego voters approved a strong-mayor system back in November 2004, and just elected a new mayor, former police chief Jerry Sanders, this past November. He'll take office with the new strong-mayor powers kicking in, in January.

As Zach points out, the hope has been that the buck will stop with the strong mayor. Certainly Sanders made that argument in his campaign. There's still a lot of concern, though, that since this particular strong-mayor system was so compromised, leaving much of the power with the same old city council, that it might not do much to prevent the types of collusion that appear to have happened in that city in years past.

But, that's the updated story we'll hope to get to a year or so from now.

Thanks for writing, JT.


I would think the local media are pretty charged up over this. Is it possible the combination of public scrutiny and a city full of unhappy voters will give the new mayor a chance to salvage something?

and a slogan,

"Like New Jersey, but warmer!" (Sorry NJ) or "Even with corruption, its paradise"


The AP now reports that Jerry Sanders upon being sworn into office, immediately acted to restore the "America's Finest City" to San Diego's Web site in his first official act.

"It's the citizens that make this city great," Sanders said. "It's business, academia, arts and culture, the military that make this city one of the most desirable places in the world to live and work."

Sanders also said he will forgo a big celebration, citing the city's ongoing financial crisis.


Based on its geographic location between Tijuana, Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada, why not name the city: "South of Sin" or "North T.J."

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