Monthly Archives: March 2014

Downtown Business

This article from New Geography is a stunner as it reports that the percentage of all employment located in downtowns is way below what one would have thought. An excerpt. Photographs of downtown skylines are often the “signature” of major … Continue reading

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Misdirection

That was the tactic used in the answer to the third question in this Q & A from the Sacramento Bee about the drought: Why don’t we build the Auburn dam? The first two reasons are easily addressed when the … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, Environmentalism, Shasta Auburn Dam | 1 Comment

Levee Ruling

While this ruling will probably result in weaker levees—a common sense conclusion not yet ratified by science—the politics of it pretty much determined the outcome, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. An excerpt. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has … Continue reading

Posted in Parks, Public Safety, River Development

California Groundwater

A very informative article about it from a farmer’s perspective. An excerpt. In this drought year, it’s my only hope. Yet I can’t see it, hear it or feel it. It lies hidden deep beneath my farm. Without it, my … Continue reading

Posted in Water

Technology Helps the Salmon

Moving hatchery salmon fry by truck is a good strategy during drought years, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. An excerpt. More than 12 million juvenile hatchery salmon will get a truck trip downstream starting Monday to help them circumvent … Continue reading

Posted in Hatcheries

Finally, Possible Movement on More Water Storage

As reported in this article in the Sacramento Bee, we might finally see some movement of building more water storage, though it is a small amount towards what we really need, it will be a good start. An excerpt: MAXWELL … Continue reading

Posted in Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Big City Suburban LA

Like most people not from LA, I had always thought of it as a congested and inhospitable mess, until I found myself with several clients there necessitating weekly travel from Sacramento to Los Angeles. In the process, tooling around the … Continue reading

Posted in demographics

Environmentalism & Ideology

Anyone following the environmental movement over the years knows that what drives it is often much more about political ideology than any particular concern with nature, and this article from Commentary notes that. An excerpt. Tom Wilson and Ben Cohen … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History

Commuter Light Rail Doesn’t Work

Working at home, buses and cars work much better, and that continues to be shown by the recent vote in Portland, as reported by New Geography. An excerpt. In a hard fought election campaign, voters in the city of Tigard … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, Transportation

Metro Areas Investment Income

An interesting article and table (after the jump) from New Geography noting the percentage of income from personal investments, and Sacramento does pretty good. An excerpt. If anything positive can be said for the current tepid economic recovery, it has … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Economy