The Christopher Dorner story of a crazed-ex-LAPD-cop on a vengeful killing spree stirred up a surprising range of reactions. I’m struggling to make sense of why some people identify and sympathize with Christopher Dorner who, by all appearances, was a whack and cold-blooded murderer. Columnist Jim Geraghty explains it this way:
The nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst’s Office has released a report entitled “The 2013-14 Budget: Analysis of the Higher Education Budget.” In this report the Governor’s budget is criticized, among other things, for proposing to restructure debt at exorbitant cost and failing to link budget outlays to improvements in academic performance. And, as expected, escalating pension […]
Last month Contra Costa County Supervisors were briefed on the region’s future job outlook by representatives from the Contra Costa Community College District, the county’s Workforce Development Board and the Contra Costa Council. These groups work with leaders from local industry to develop job training programs to meet employer needs. The discussion focused on job growth in the context of developing Contra Costa’s […]
Since my last article about Sufism’s controversial Walnut Creek, California building project, there are new developments to report. Readers are encouraged to add comments regarding ongoing events, as the situation remains fluid.
Sufism’s controversial Walnut Creek, California building project was approved by County Supervisors a year ago amid strong protest from area residents. The enormous building, which includes more than 66,000 square feet of meeting, retail and classroom space – roughly the size of Hearst Castle – continues to raise safety and parking concerns for area residents.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) opened for service in 1972. As part of its 40th anniversary celebration BART’s website features some entertaining vintage photos from its early days in the 1970s. Less entertaining is the fact that BART cars now require replacement at an expected cost of $3.4 billion. But there’s no money as […]
The Orange County Register reports that the City of Costa Mesa has ratified a deal with its firefighters that eliminates a minimum staffing requirement and will save the city $600,000 to $800,000 in the first year and $2 million to $3 million in the long run. The biggest savings come from changes to pension plan […]
This year Columbus Day is observed on Monday, October 8th. While enjoying your celebratory Columbus Day Italian pasta and Chianti, why not ponder a bit of history? Here’s a salute to Norwegian Leif (pronounced “lafe”) Erikson, the original discoverer of North America:
Question: Did your property tax bill go up or down in 2012? One of the talking points used by the Yes on Q campaign is that declining property values have led to reduced property taxes, so residents should have no problem paying higher taxes. This argument is as incorrect as it is cruelly insensitive to the […]