Here are five things that caught my attention!
State of the County: This week, surrounded by friends, family, and fellow San Diegans, I gave the 2022 State of the County address. It was great to be back in person and talk about where we are, progress made, and where we should go in the future. If you missed it, you can watch it all here. There is even a surprise appearance by one of my former drill instructors (around minute 49 if you want to jump there).
Random thing: I grew up driving a stick shift. I knew they had become less common over the years, but never realized that it has gone from 33% of all cars in 1980 to 1% today. But that is just in America. In Europe 80% of the cars remain manual transmission. This piece pointed out something I never realized–manual transmission cars are more fuel efficient, less likely to get stolen (thieves apparently don’t know how to use a clutch) and are safer (harder to scroll twitter while shifting).
Documentary I Recommend: We probably all remember the youth soccer team that got trapped in a cave in Thailand in 2018. I knew there was a rescue and it was dramatic and risky, but I had no idea the full story. You have to check out The Rescue. It chronicles the whole ordeal and highlights the most random amateur cave divers who traveled across the world to perform a truly heroic rescue. Check it out!
Harm Reduction: I fought (and won) a tough battle last year to get our County to reverse its approach to addiction. We had to embrace a harm reduction approach. The decades-long “war on drugs” has been an abysmal failure. It just doesn’t work. We talk about a “harm reduction” approach. This week John Oliver did an entire segment on what that actually means–check it out!
Baseball Rules Changes: Alright, I am open to some changes (robo-ump) but oppose others (designated hitter). But this is a change I never thought about, but makes sense. We need to move second base. It is not properly aligned! And while we are at it, we could make the bases bigger. I am for anything that brings back more stolen base attempts!