Building out my little empire

It’s been over a year since I left the comfort and security of a VC-backed paycheck. I haven’t missed it. It’s been a year of growth and development. I’ve struggled, I’ve succeeded, and in some aspects I’ve failed. But the ball has continued to move forward. For most of the past 18 months I haven’t… Continue reading Building out my little empire

Where’s the ‘alt-middle’?

It's election time now and all of the groups I follow are in full partisan campaign mode. The campaign rhetoric and arguments are tiring and the same. Gun control: public safety vs individual rightsLabor: union rights vs employer rightsEnvironment: nature vs jobsHousing: community control vs more development I have not been impressed by anyone running… Continue reading Where’s the ‘alt-middle’?

About the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission

Our county's sustainability commission is a recent addition (November 2016) to the slate of community commissions created by the Board of Supervisors. According to its webpage, its responsibilities are threefold: Provide Advice to staff and the Board on successful implementation of the Climate Action Plan (CAP), including suggestions on how that work can be performed more… Continue reading About the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission

California’s ‘wild’ fire season

California is warmer, dryer, and more prone to catastrophic wildfires. Those are just the facts. How we got here and what we can do to mitigate are open for debate.  This topic hit me personally this year, but not as personally as it could have been. I didn't lose a loved one or any property.… Continue reading California’s ‘wild’ fire season

The case for more housing in Contra Costa County

​There's a very simple lesson in economics: scarcity drives price. Take a good that most people need, like food, water, or even flashlights, and if there's a run on that good causing a shortage, price will shoot up. That's what's happening right now in real estate throughout the Bay Area but particularly in Contra Costa… Continue reading The case for more housing in Contra Costa County