Woo-hoo. We're heading into election season. Be afraid...very afraid! California is experimenting with an open primary and there are clients for every taste...as long as you're not looking for an experienced, pragmatic, fiscally-savvy, business-friendly realist. Oh, wait, that's right, this is California. What was I thinking?
I was a school board member for more than ten years, so I appreciate the struggles faced by California's schools, large and small. Since between 80% and 90% of any school's budget goes to teacher salaries and benefits, discussions about school-funding always influenced by opinions (pro and con) about teacher's [...]
Petaluma rejoices in the antics of its own, locally-grown, Three (Progressive) Stooges. This trio of lovable loons continually entertains a gullible constituency with fiscally insolvent fantasies of no-growth, anti-big-box, impossible-to-sustain, fair trade, living wage Utopianism.
When the issue of the Keller street garage's plague of flying rats (aka, the dove of peace, squab, pigeons) resurfaced, hizzoner was contacted to comment. Giving da mayah any kind of public forum invites the world to view the most prominent symptom of our fair burg's dysfunction. Suffice it to say that his [...]
Were the situation in this cartoon to become the case, I'm pretty sure that PETA would provide the perps with free legal support. The liberal media would resound with editorials blaming Republicans for that lack of opportunities for adolescent mammals. And the Occupy movement would redefine the 99% to include [...]
Some jerks stole gear from a local Little League. Fortunately a bunch of local folk stepped up to the plate (sorry) and pitched in (okay, I'm not sorry) to replace the stolen equipment.
Were it televised, the process of hiring a consultant to lure would-be police chief candidates to our dysfunctional burg would qualify as reality T.V., at the very least. At worst, it would be some kind of prank show, e.g., Petaluma Punks Police Chiefs. Perhaps Ashton Kutcher or Howie Mandel could [...]
The underlying philosophy behind the foot dragging and / or outright objection to building the Rainier crossing and, for that matter expanding 101, was something like "if we expand the existing roads or build new ones, civilization will overwhelm our precious utopia." Translation: "It's mine. You can't have any." Fast-forward: [...]
Sonoma County's schizophrenic attitude to weed, for that matter America's "getaway closer" approach to drugs, has consequences. Most of them bad. And don't give me that tired bushwah about medicinal marijuana. It's just another excuse for smoking dope. Arsenic has medicinal uses too, but the average Joe shouldn't take it [...]
So an EIR projects that local air pollution will increase if Friedman's Home Improvement comes to town. However, the scope of the report is so narrow that it doesn't include the drop in pollution that would result from all the cars not driving to Rohnert Park for their home improvement [...]