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The Biomass Imperative and God Art

As I sit down to write this column from my perch overlooking the American River Canyon my eyes slowly move from the rolling green hills of pine and oak, to the low meandering clouds that gently cut a thousand invisible trails in the sky, top the bright reflective lights of the snow-capped Sierra Mountains. I […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Fire Safety|0 Comments

Great Teachers and the Credentials Trap

Who is Eugene W. Hickok and why is he telling school administrators in Auburn and throughout the nation who they can and cannot hire as teachers? Mr. Hickok is a federal Undersecretary in the Department of Education and he is probably right now sitting at a big brown desk in a big brown building somewhere […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Education|0 Comments

Capitol Resolutions

Is there still time to make a New Year’s resolution? Yes, I know that it’s a couple of days past the midnight revelry of the 31st and the general rule is to make great promises to the universe on New Year’s Eve with a glass of champagne (opps! With apologies to the French, that should […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Putting Telemarkers on Hold

Sometimes life can get a little irritating. Like when you find out that the traffic jam that you’ve been struck in for at least 45 minutes was caused by rubbernecking drivers who seem to be intensely interested in the guy on the side of the road who is innocently changing his flat fire. I can […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|General|0 Comments

Making Law or Sausage?

There is an old joke in the Capitol that goes something like this: “There are two things that you never want to see being made – sausage and the law.” As one who worked for years as an apprentice butcher in my father’s meat market and now as a policy consultant with the California Legislature, […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Good Government Reforms|0 Comments

High School Senioritis or Golden Opportunity

 When I was in high school, I cut one class and got caught. It wasn’t even a hard class like Chemistry or Calculus. I ditched an afternoon class of Leather Shop because I was bored and frankly not very good at cutting and stitching together pieces of former cows. For many years, I had to […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Education|0 Comments

Redistricting, Modern Art and Deliberative Democracy

As the California Legislature reconvenes on August 20th and concludes its work for the year on September 14th, you might be a bit surprised by what will dominate legislators’ time and attention. Naturally, one would think that putting back together our Humpty Dumpty electricity system would be the first priority. Nope. The electricity crisis will […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Good Government Reforms, Under the Capitol Dome|0 Comments

New Legislative Opportunity to Fight Cancer

 During the last thirty years, physicians, drug researchers, patients and their families have waged a highly publicized, vigorous and gut-wrenching War on Cancer. There has been considerable public and private investment in trying to find ways to successfully treat cancer, with mixed results. In this long battle, the numbers are stark. More than 113,000 Californians […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Health Care|0 Comments

Loophole for Sex Offenders Threatens Safety on Campuses

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 […]

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

Putting the Health of Children Up for Sale

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 […]

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