Stay Cool: I am greatly concerned about the impacts of climate change--droughts, lighting strikes, wildfire and of course extreme heat. I called for an examination of our “cool zone” program and this week I also announced upgrades to ensure we can provide air conditioned locations (and transportation) for those who need it in San Diego in extreme heat conditions. I hope and pray what happened in the Pacific NW doesn’t come our way, but if it does--we are prepared.
Tweet of the week: Padres Associate Manager, Skip Schumaker, nails it! We must end the stigma associated with mental health. To have a former major league baseball player and current Padres coach speak out is a great step! 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 (And I’m not really sure what an “associate manager” is, but he is cool.)
Summer reading list: As promised here is my summer reading list: Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson (reviewed last week), After the Fall by Ben Rhodes (see below), Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, The Cellist by Daniel Silva, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt.
Latest book review: Ben Rhodes is an incredible writer and someone who had a front seat to eight years of Obama foreign policy and ongoing time as a punching bag for the far right. His second book, “After the Fall” takes you through the perilous path of the last two decades around the world and draws a straight line between our actions Post-9/11, the financial crisis, the rise in authoritarianism globally and the election of Trump. It is a sobering read with a good path outlined for moving forward. I highly recommend it.
Movies: In high school, I was the janitor in my local movie theater. It required me to be out of bed by 4am to clean the theater before school, but paid me a full time wage. I also got to watch movies for free! COVID obviously interrupted going to the movies but I can’t wait to see -- Stillwater with Matt Damon and the heartbreaking reality of Daniel Craig’s last James Bond film. This week I read this great New York Times profile on Matt Damon. Worth a read.