Monthly Archives: August 2009

No Money, No Parks?

While the threat of closing popular recreational areas—or reducing public safety funding—has often been government’s way of stimulating acquiescence to tax increases (County Parks threatened to close the Parkway in 2004 under much less perilous economic times) this does appear … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Parks, Politics

Meanest City, Homelessness, & Public Safety

Los Angeles was recently ranked as the meanest city in the nation—as reported by the LA Daily News—for its successful efforts to reduce the crimogenic degradation unrestricted homelessness often creates in urban areas, and a revealing story from City Journal … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness, Politics

Water Bond

One hopes this bond discussion—as reported by Capital Weekly—forms into a bill that includes the much needed elements of building additional dams for water storage and a canal to move water from the water rich north to the water poor … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Water

Parks Again On Chopping Block

As this story from the Sacramento Bee notes, County Parks is again facing cuts, and one is rather dramatic—the proposed closure of Gibson Ranch Regional Park. As local governments discuss forming a JPA for the Parkway, as we noted in … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Nonprofit Management, Parks

ARPPS Letter Published Today

Suburban growth has its place Re “Urban blueprint evolves” (Page A1, Aug. 24): In this analysis of the future growth patterns in our region, the tendency to dismiss the value of suburban development in favor of urban fill-in is misplaced. … Continue reading

Posted in demographics

Urban/Suburban, Both Smart Growth

In this analysis of the future growth patterns in our region in the Sacramento Bee, the tendency to dismiss the value of suburban development in favor of urban in-fill is misplaced. Both are smart growth patterns, smart for different people … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics

Transportation Failure

Many years ago, a horrible set of decisions were made by public leadership that attempted to re-direct this primarily suburban and car oriented state into an urban and mass transit oriented one, directly against the best interests of the public … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics, Transportation