Category Archives: History

Mexico City’s Earthquake, Why it was so Destructive

An informative article from Saturday, September 23rd (and excellent graphics after the jump) from the New York Times detailing why the tragedy is even worse than it would have been had it happened elsewhere. An excerpt. The earthquake that on Tuesday killed … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History

Governor Brown & Governor Brown

Both the current Governor and his father had and are having, a huge impact on California, as this excellent story from Wall Street Journal examines. An excerpt. On a recent drive from the East Coast back home to California, I … Continue reading

Posted in Government, History, Politics

Slobe on the Parkway

Excellent piece from Channel 13 on the Parkway with comments from Bob Slobe. Little history, it was meeting Bob Slobe and hearing for the first time, in 2003—when I was serving a term as president of the American River Natural … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, History, Homelessness, Public Safety

Delta as National Heritage Area?

A process we have long called for the American River Watershed—see our report (p. 30 on)—appears to be well underway for the Delta, according to this story from News Deeply. An excerpt. California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a unique landscape: … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, History

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

Posted in demographics, History

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

Posted in History, Homelessness

Fake News & Abraham Lincoln

Republicans are talking a lot about Fake News these days and it is interesting to note that the founder of the Republican Party, President Abraham Lincoln, also had to deal with it during his campaign for president, as Doris Kearns … Continue reading

Posted in History