The Pulse: Citizens League Issues Scan

"The Pulse", the Citizens League issue scan looks at topics of interest to members of the Citizens League (

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Saturday, June 22, 2002
Metropolitan Development and Transportation. This June the Brookings Institution published a 55 page report by Dena Belzer and Gerald Autler entitled: "Transit Oriented Development: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality" that detailed how in first generation development the transit component is all to often next to but not really productively integrated into the overall development. The report details steps to move toward effective use of transit oriented development. The full report in PDF file format is at:

Thursday, June 20, 2002
Global Perspective. Ex-Wrestler Quits Politics. So reads the headline on page 16 of June 20, 2002 The Sun published in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When will the next time be that a Minnesota Governor gets press coverage in Malaysia?

Wednesday, June 19, 2002
The Economy. If The Twin Cities metro area was a sovereign country, it would have the 45th largest Gross Domestic Product in the world.

The Economy. According to figures presented at the Metropolitan Counties Energy Task Force Summer Conference, Hennepin County has an electricity bill of $1,000,000 per month, and that amount is growing each year.

Monday, June 17, 2002
Links. CEO Express. One of the gems on the Internet is the CEO Express webpage with a vast number of direct hotlinks to US and world news and newsfeeds, reference materials covering speeches to financial services and the Dilbert Zone for a daily smile. The webpage is at

Sunday, June 16, 2002
Education. Post-Secondary. Phoenix from the Dot.Com Ashes? Under the title of "Teaching the World a Lesson" the June 8 Economist devotes a full page article to John Sperling, the force behind Apollo Group that runs the University of Phoenix. Phoenix has 140,000 students enrolled at 170 sites. It has 37,600 online students and unlike many others, is actually making a profit in doing so. Market capitlization is now about 6 billion dollars. Core principles of Phoenix include group learning through classroom interaction, teachers with professional experience beyond academia, and an emphasis on practical knowledge over abstract theory. The crash has actually helped Phoenix to expand using newly available technically proficient staff. The potential market is lucrative with more than 52% of America's working adults enrolled in some course of study. From the June 8, 2002 Economist. Their general site is

Health Care. Emergency as Normal. So goes the headline from the June 8, 2002 issue of the Economist on California's health care crisis. CALPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System, is the second largest buyer of health care after the national government. Premiums this year and next are to go up by 25%. The numbers of uninsured are rising, there is a dramatic shortage of nurses, and technology and pharmaceutical costs are rising in double digits. The Economist article goes on to state that after having been through the usual cost control measures such as capitation, hospitals and doctors have grouped together in search of power in the market. As goes California, so goes the nation? Weren't Harry and Louise supposed to have fixed this situation? From the June 8, 2002 Economist. Their general site is

The Economy. Technology. Third Generation Phones Launch in South Korea. Using the World Football championships as a launching pad Korean wireless telephone providers have launched "third generation" or "3G" telephone service. 3G service includes Internet web browsing and videophone capabilities. The technology W-CDMA was designed by Qualcomm. Much of the world is watching as billions have been sunk into purchasing spectrum licenses to deliver 3G and launch dates keep getting pushed further and further back in the European Union and United States. 3G phones have promise of drastically reducing the "digital divide" by making wireless Internet service much less expensive than personal computer based service. Source: Far Eastern Economic Review at