Columns

2012, 2015

Loophole for Sex Offenders Threatens Safety on Campuses

By |December 20th, 2015|Public Safety|0 Comments

The other day, as I sat in my brown recliner clicking through various political talk shows, I discovered that just about the only thing politicians could agree on seemed to be “closing loopholes.” It was unanimous. “Loopholes” are bad. Not a dissenter in the house. But what they say on talk shows doesn’t always match […]

2012, 2015

Putting the Health of Children Up for Sale

By |December 20th, 2015|Education, Health Care|0 Comments

A few days ago, a friend and I were having lunch in a Greek café in downtown Sacramento and the conversation turned to education reform. My friend has been a teacher, administrator, and for the last ten years, an education policy analyst with the California Legislature. She admits that she has lost more battles than […]

1912, 2015

Local Control for Community Colleges

By |December 19th, 2015|Education|0 Comments

President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Jefferson’s wise admonition has been ignored.  According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), 72% of incoming students to our California Community Colleges need remedial instruction in the English […]

1912, 2015

The Rising Cost of Good Government

By |December 19th, 2015|Good Government Reforms, Local Government|0 Comments

Reading SB 331 (Mendoza), I was reminded of the proverb made famous by playwright Clare Booth Luce, “No good dead goes unpunished.”  SB 331 would significantly increase the costs of providing vital services to residents to punish any local government that had the temerity of enacting an ordinance that discloses to the public the provisions […]

1412, 2015

Bold Solutions for California

By |December 14th, 2015|Bold Solutions, Education, Good Government Reforms, Health Care, Public Safety, Transportation, Water|0 Comments

“It is not my intention to do away with government.  It is rather to make it work – work with us, not over us, and stand by our side, not ride our back.”
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612, 2015

Degrading Democracy and Public Safety

By |December 6th, 2015|Public Safety|0 Comments

California’s system of government, consisting of elected representatives and the direct democracy of the initiative, referendum and recall, serves the public interest only when leaders stand up for what is right.

The Lincoln-Roosevelt League volunteers and Governor Hiram Johnson, who spearheaded the grassroots drive to create the ballot initiative process in 1911, wouldn’t be surprised that […]

1308, 2015

Legislative Frivolity Trumps Food, Water and Employment in CA

By |August 13th, 2015|Water|0 Comments

Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, said “choices are the hinges of destiny.” Are state lawmakers making good or bad policy choices as we enter the forth year of the worst drought in California history? What kind of future are they building for us?

On April 27, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee heard AB 311 […]

1311, 2014

Enjoy this Week’s Twelve-Year Blink!

By |November 13th, 2014|Columns, General|0 Comments

When I drive to the Post Office on Nevada Street or pick up a few plants at Eisley’s Nursery, I’m reminded how fast time flies. I always smile when I see the ten tall trees in a row like brave sentinels guarding the Domes on the corner of Fulweiler Avenue and Nevada Street.

Twelve years […]

1311, 2014

Policy, Politics and the Wild Kingdom

By |November 13th, 2014|Columns, Good Government Reforms|0 Comments

For my generation, the 1975 music video “I’m just a Bill,” by School House Rock was our first introduction to civics. Kids still watch this classic video. As the cartoon kids sing about how “knowledge is power” – channeling the 17th Century English statesman and scientist Francis Bacon – one gets the strong […]

1311, 2014

Firestorms, Policy and the Big Mo

By |November 13th, 2014|Columns, Fire Safety|0 Comments

Watching the devastating impacts on human beings as the Sand Fire swept through the borderlands of Amador and El Dorado counties, it reminded me that momentum is a powerful force in both nature and the creation of public policy. For instance, there is a scientific phenomenon called a firestorm. A firestorm occurs when the fire […]