Monthly Archives: July 2010

Government Funding & Employee Pay

Part of the reason government is having such difficulty paying for the public services taxpayers expect to result from their taxes—like providing public safety and maintenance for the Parkway—is that public employees are receiving an inordinate share of the tax … Continue reading

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Suburban Living II

Following up on yesterday’s post, here is a quote from one of the books I mentioned—Sprawl, A Compact History—regarding one of the major stated objections against expanding suburbs. “Agriculture aside, some observers, particularly those in the largest and fastest growing … Continue reading

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Suburban Living

Though an editorial in the Sacramento Bee has some harsh words for developers as the ones driving planning decisions to build more suburbs, the actual drivers are the public, who—by a wide margin—want to live in suburbs (the realization of … Continue reading

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Suburban Growth

The suburbs are where people want to live—as we have posted on many times previously, here for one—and the suburbs of Sacramento are some of the most beautiful in the country, with a great climate, two magnificent rivers, mountains and … Continue reading

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Wonders of Nature

Here is one, from Science. An excerpt. “When the leaves they depend on turn a deathly yellow in the fall, leaf miner moths (Phyllonorycter blancardella) perform CPR. Even as the rest of the leaf wilts, the patch surrounding a leaf … Continue reading

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Auburn Dam, Still an Option

Fortunately, there is one local congressman, Tom McClintock, who understands the importance of building the Auburn Dam, which will stabilize the water temperature and flow in the Lower American River—good for the salmon—as well as provide Sacramento a 500 year … Continue reading

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Crime in Parks

This new series from the Sacramento Bee can be understood as hinging on these three elements, increasing the number of parks, not adding more rangers, and less visitors, highlighted in these excerpts from the story. This is similar to the … Continue reading

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Privatization & Nonprofits

The governor in New Jersey has just received a report on privatization, as reported by Governing, and it has some interesting components that apply directly to nonprofits managing public resources, as we suggest be done with the American River Parkway—see … Continue reading

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Water Wars

Western water wars are legendary and those in California mythic, so one would expect this new report advocating using less water, will certainly ramp up the battle lines, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. An excerpt. “Californians need to … Continue reading

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Historical Treasure

In a rare bi-partisan effort members of California’s congressional delegation team up to save a very important historical site near the American River and the gold discovery site in Coloma, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. An excerpt. “WASHINGTON – … Continue reading

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