The Under Secretary of Defense issued a memo today, authorizing the military departments to take actions to deal with the threat of sequestration, including freezing new hires; canceling certain types of new contracts and furloughing civilian employees for up to 22 days. (Can't find a link.) Typically, the mainstream media has mostly ignored the issue and there has been some inaccuracies in the reporting of the issue. The Washington Post reporting that the Pentagon will take immediate action. In fact, according to the memo, the military services are directed to consider those actions. Whether they do so has not been determined. Whenever, I see press reports about matters of which I have knowledge, I am always amazed at the inaccuracies I find. Makes me wonder about the rest of the news I read.
Meanwhile, the issue of the national debt continues to be ignored. See clock at right. And since we can't deal with that issue, everything else pales by comparison.
Locally, Bob Filner has said that he wants to stop city legal action against local pot dispensaries. He has said that the City Attorney should end such prosecutions. San Diego City Beat reporter Dave Maass tweeted
Filner says Goldsmith doesn't realize he's the lawyer and the city is the client.While I agree with the idea that medical marijuana should be dispensed according to state law, I don't think the mayor has the right to remove prosecutorial discretion from the city attorney. Is this what we want out of city government, the politicization of prosecutions? Filner's proposal to change the city's laws regarding medical marijuana dispensaries seems a more sensible approach than bullying the City Attorney.
— Dave Maass (@DaveMaass) January 9, 2013
I owe a post on an issue involving the AT&T cell tower in Point Loma and an update on the Bay View Plaza in Bay Park. So far, no news on the latter and not much news on the former.