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2-5-19 Mi casa es su casa?

Mi casa es su casa? A special joint meeting of city councils from local jurisdictions was held in San Leandro on January 30th to hear a presentation by representatives of Metropolitan Transit Commission’s (MTC) Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA). They have crafted...

1-29-19 A sigh of relief

A sigh of relief A major confrontation between the legislative and executive branches of our national government has been resolved – at least temporarily. But its aftermath has left ramifications for all levels of government and private enterprise. It is a harsh...

1-22-19 Let’s be fair

Let’s be fairOne of the favorite pastimes of government is to create rules that limit the private sector while exempting themselves from the same restrictions. Often laws and regulations, ostensibly for the safety and guidance necessary for the average citizen, carry...

1-15-19 Hybrid Vigor

Hybrid Vigor Famed biologist/geologist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) recognized the importance of cross-fertilization in his studies of nature. He followed a progression of scientists who noticed the effect of inbreeding, primarily in agriculture. Studies of genetic...

1-8-19 Herding Cats

Herding Cats The commonly used idiom “herding cats” can be used to dramatize the difficulty of gaining consensus when a gaggle of councilmembers attempt to come to an appropriate consensus. The “quibble confusion quotient” expands exponentially with each additional...

12-25-18 Time after time

Time after time It’s one of the great mysteries of life. Without it, our world order would be unimaginable but with it, our lives move in a seemingly linear progression. Once it is used there is no amount of money or influence that, so far, can reverse it. Even though...