Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Governor, the Senator, & Water

Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator Feinstein have co-written an excellent article for the Los Angels Times that continues their effort to move the California legislature to a sensible water policy for our growing state that includes building more dams to increase … Continue reading

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Partnerships: the Big Fix & the Parkway

1) We have just witnessed the best of what can occur through a public/private partnership with the work on the Big Fix and the incredibly short time (35 days) it took to get a major freeway fix completed with an … Continue reading

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Water Markets & Nice Streets

1) The case for privatizing water is discussed at the The Property and Environment Research Center, with the case being made that more private ownership would be good, an excellent idea. An excerpt. “Making the ownership link is relatively easy, … Continue reading

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Millennial Suburbs & Walters on the Budget

1) The Millennial generation, those born between 1982-2003, are proving to be more like their grandparents than their parents, and considering the arguably generally disastrous result of the baby-boomer generation for society at large, that is very good news. They … Continue reading

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Nonprofits & Gang Fighting

1) The idea—as expressed in this article—is good but the implementation is not, as a city council acting as a board of directors will bring the same problem government has—lack of entrepreneurship— to private nonprofit fund raising, effectively reducing its … Continue reading

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Leadership & the Green Wall,

1) A good example of how a mayor in Atlanta was able to accomplish something that needed doing by using an indirect leadership approach, personal contacts, and collaborating…a good read, authored by Stephen Goldsmith. An excerpt. “In most American cities, … Continue reading

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Parkway Model & Peripheral Canal

1) The San Dieguito River Park in San Diego, California is a superb example of a Joint Powers Authority managing a river park, similar to what we would like to see happen with the Parkway and considering the terrible fires … Continue reading

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Water & Water

What this story fails to mention is that there are solutions that can dramatically increase our water supply, which were once approved by government, but because of environmental opposition were not completed. One is Auburn Dam, which would add 2.3 … Continue reading

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Drought, Dams & Trees are Legal

1) The state water chief, Lester Snow testified to a congressional hearing in Fresno recently and predicted dire consequences if the drought continues into 2009, which some say it will. An excerpt. “Next year “could be the worst drought in … Continue reading

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Energy Winners/Losers & Gardener/Farmer

1) An excellent article from Joel Kotkin about the impact high energy costs will have on certain cities and areas of the country. An excerpt. “On the plus side there are some undoubted winners — those areas that produce energy … Continue reading

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