Monthly Archives: May 2017

Happy 70th Birthday to a Great American Suburb

This story from the Wall Street Journal reminds us of the history. An excerpt. Today most American homes take four to six months to build, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This makes the following fact even more extraordinary: At … Continue reading

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Polluted County Courthouse

It appears, from this story at KCRA 3, that every night after the courthouse closes, throngs of homeless set up camp around it and after using it as an outhouse, etc. and the results are becoming toxic to those who … Continue reading

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Native American Control of Some National Monuments?

This sounds like a good idea, from the Property & Environment Research Center. An excerpt. As part of his review of national monuments, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. The coalition’s message was articulated earlier … Continue reading

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Good News from County Parks?

Hopefully this new effort by County Parks, as reported from Sacramento County News, will work better than their past strategy, which did little to stop illegal camping and the vast ruination of the Parkway’s Lower Reach, now more aptly known … Continue reading

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Housing the Mentally Ill

Years ago the mentally ill who could not take care of themselves were housed in government facilities, and, as this story from the Wall Street Journal notes, that perhaps provided more good than bad. An excerpt. To say I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Salmon Scare

Environmentalists are claiming, in this Sacramento Bee article, the imminent extinction of salmon due to dams and other important water policies allowing deserts to bloom, cities to grow and suburbs to prosper; while conveniently forgetting that hatcheries can produce all … Continue reading

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Desalination Support Strong

A good article from the Association of California Water Agencies, about a recent survey one hopes soon begins to guide public leadership to grapple with desalination in California; maybe we can drink our way out of rising oceans. An excerpt. … Continue reading

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Sacramento Bee Gets it Wrong, Again

This editorial from the Sacramento Bee understands that laws need to be enforced on the Parkway regarding dogs on leash, but in continuing to refer to illegal campers as campers without illegal preceding, they encourage the normalizing of illegal camping. An excerpt. … Continue reading

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Pit Bulls in the Parkway

Too many of them, belonging to the homeless illegally camping in the Parkway, are running loose and biting Parkway users, as this story in the Sacramento Bee reports. An excerpt. Gabriel Frazee was riding his bike near a homeless encampment … Continue reading

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Backhoeing Illegal Homeless Camps

Two things leap out from this very informative article in Sacramento News & Review: the tragic and desperate conditions under which the homeless live, and the importance of clearing out camps that are dangerous, polluted, and often fire- traps. An … Continue reading

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