My real name is David James Barboza.
I live in Long Beach, CA.
I graduated from USC with a Master of Planning Degree in 2010.
I work for the City of Lakewood doing GIS and I appreciate and respect my job and my co-workers.
The opinions expressed here always have been my own, not those of any present or past job.
I make it a point not to write at all about my present employer.
My heart is beating faster than it has beat in a long time.
I don't think I need to hide anymore.
Either people can accept me for who I am and what I really think, or they can't.
I'm retiring the Chewie blogging name and going back to my original blogging name, my initials: DJB.
People should drive less and walk, bike, and ride transit more.
I haven't always been perfect at this, but I'm trying.
We should build denser, mixed-use walkable neighborhoods with affordable housing, to fight global warming, save habitat, and promote public health, among other reasons.
That's why I went to planning school. That's why I started blogging. That's what's important to me, professionally speaking.
I think this is what if feels like to come out of the closet :)