In a refreshingly candid commentary, the Contra Costa Times editorial board blasted Pleasant Hill Councilmembers Michael Harris, Tim Flaherty and Ken Carlson for their move last month to bypass fellow Councilmember Jack Weir in the traditional Pleasant Hill Mayor rotation.
A Pleasant Hill gun ordinance faces a lawsuit filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry. NSSF has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and the City Council, to prevent the Pleasant Hill gun ordinance passed in November from being enforced that puts an […]
Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense. Born on January 10, 1776, his true legacy and impact on America was lost long ago in bureaucratic red tape. Since the mid 1700s, petty rules, silly laws and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. Common Sense was credited with cultivating such […]
Ready for a Power Grab in Pleasant Hill? Every December the City of Pleasant Hill rotates its Mayor among Council members. In the customary rotation schedule, Vice-Mayor Jack Weir was expected to succeed outgoing Mayor Michael Harris. At Monday night’s Council meeting, in what appeared to be a pre-planned power grab of the Pleasant Hill City […]
In modern America it has become commonplace for government regulation of an activity to serve as a precursor to taxation. Accordingly reports that Contra Costa county supervisors plan to “ban the use of battery-operated electronic cigarettes everywhere traditional tobacco smoking is already prohibited,” are a sure sign that new taxes are on the way.
This week is national Sunshine Week, a public awareness campaign to encourage citizen participation in government and increase knowledge of how to access public records. To support this effort, I offer four tips to help public officials take a fresh look at government openness from the perspective of an average citizen.
Terry Franke of Californians Aware, an organization that advocates for public rights to government information, has identified troubling changes to the California Public Records Act (CPRA) contained in Governor Brown’s 2013/14 budget proposal. Brown proposes to eliminate the CPRA mandate by halting state reimbursement to local agencies for the costs of compliance.
Check out this shocking New York Times staff editorial arguing against raising the minimum wage because it’s a fundamentally flawed solution to overcoming poverty!
The Pew Charitable Trusts has examined what happens to school buildings once they are closed. While the report examined 327 schools in big cities nationwide, its lessons also apply to suburban school districts. Mike Antonucci, a blogger on public education and teachers unions, shares: