Here are five things that caught my attention!
Time for Choosing: When I was elected four years ago, I vowed to move San Diego County forward in a new progressive direction, and we’ve done just that. We led the most effective COVID-19 response in the state, doubled down on urgent climate action, and launched the County’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams, to better meet the needs of homeless San Diegans experiencing mental health emergencies on our streets. And a whole lot more. Despite an organized and well funded opposition, we got well over 60% of the vote in the primary—thank you! Now—onto November! And yes, I’ll need your help once more!
MMIW and movie recommendation: I have stood with our native and indigenous communities for several years working on the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women. It is a real thing and a big challenge to start is raising awareness and then demanding action. I recently came across a movie on Netflix, Wind River. It came out in 2017 and was written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (writer of Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, Siccario and Hell or High Water). It is a good movie that was inspired by Sheridan’s desire to draw more attention to the very real issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. You will see some overlap with his other movies. It was really good. Check it out!
The Mars Thought Experiment: Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. A whole lot of people including my wife and many of his workers think that is a great idea:) But setting Musk aside, what is the minimum number of people you need in order to maintain our current level of technological civilization? That’s the question Paul Krugman (originally posed by Charlie Stross) raises from the pursuit of a human colony on Mars. When you think about it, it helps you appreciate how interconnected we are here on planet Earth. An interesting piece that’s worth a read.
Kids are the best: This week we finished the mad dash where all five of our kids have birthdays in a few months with Zach turning 14 (he decided at 14 it was time for me to sit in his lap). I talk a lot about my kids because they are the most important thing in my life. I’ve had a few people over the years question having kids given the concerns about climate change. Check out this in depth column from Ezra Klein about why it is ok to have kids!
Catch of the Year: Since we were talking about Dads and kids you have to check out the catch this dad made last week. Barehanded, holding his baby in his other arm, leaning over the railing in dead center to grab a Starling Marte homer. Well done.