Monthly Archives: May 2015

Loving Urban/Suburban Standardization

A great article from New Geography extolling the benefits of such. An excerpt. Our current urbanized form has become remarkably homogenous. Anywhere in Florida, and in much of the United States, one now experiences a new sense of sameness in … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, History

Imbibing in the Parkway

As the Sacramento Bee reports, the Memorial Day weekend was calm, which is attributed to the law banning all alcohol in the Parkway during holidays. We did not support this law, remembering many sweltering holidays floating down the river beer … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, Holiday, Public Safety

Taxing Organic Products

Good article from PERC about this idea. An excerpt. California is in the fourth year of record-setting dearth of rain, with virtually the entire state experiencing “exceptional drought.” In response, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25 percent reduction in … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, Water

California’s Farm Economy

Even with the drought it is still potent, as reported in this article from New Geography. An excerpt. We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect. Yet America’s agriculture sector is … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Economy

Water Storage Policy is a Democratic Disaster

As this article in the Sacramento Bee takes note of. An excerpt. Gov. Jerry Brown, cheering the Democratic Party for successes in California in recent years – including increasing spending on education and health care – turned briefly to the … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Public Leadership

It is difficult to do this well, as we see in the management of the Parkway over many years, but this article from Governing Magazine offers some great advice. An excerpt. Twenty-five years ago, as I was growing interested in … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, Government, Nonprofit Management, Parks, Politics

Public Policy by Innovation Rather than Anecdote

Great article on this from Governing Magazine. An excerpt. If you’ve been to a conference on government performance in recent years, you’ve heard the stories: cases presented on the latest innovations, accompanied by statements like “We tried this extremely cool … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Technology