So the city of San Diego has been declared a "World's Smart City" by the National Geographic Channel. In an hour-long documentary, we're being lauded for our innovators and technology hub, among other smart things we supposedly offer.
Well, if we're so smart why can't we figure out this Chargers mess?
Or a Convention Center expansion?
If we're so smart, why don't our trolleys go to the beaches? Or the airport? (Um, like where people actually go?)
And how come our airport has just one runway?
If we're so smart, how come we drool over Comic-Con? “Zombies: Myths & Misconceptions” was a can't-miss last year.
If we're so smart, why do we still root for the Padres. (OK, they're trying, but losing two out of three to the Dodgers — at home, no less — hurt …)
And how come we pay as much as $11.50 for a beer?
If we're so smart, why did we elect Bob Filner as mayor?
Or Dick Murphy as mayor?
Or Roger Hedgecock as mayor?
(Actually, this list of politicians could go on for quite awhile … It would be smart to stop … )
If we're so smart, why did the local newspaper launch U-T TV?
If we're so smart, how did Mayor Kevin Faulconer only manage to get a C+ on Beginning Racquetball. Beginning???!!!! Racquetball???!!!
If we're so smart, how does a retired assistant city attorney get $307,000 a year in pension benefits? Assistant???!!!
And how does a retired librarian get $230,000 a year?
If we're so smart, how come we tried to do a massive celebration to mark the centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition? Right. The what?
If we're so smart, why do we have so many lawns given we're four years into a record drought?
And why so few bike lanes?
If we're so smart, why did we bother trying to land the 2024 Olympics? Why, yes, the Valley View Casino Center would make an excellent venue — for the 1968 Olympics.
If we're so smart, how come we're buying houses for a median price of $501,000 when our annual median household income is $73,000?
We could go on …
But it's starting to smart …