What my grad school experience meant to me

I write this from Cambridge, MA. I took the red eye last night, flying in from SFO. There used to be a lot more flights out of OAK a decade ago when I did this trip several times a year. Now they are few and far between. This time I have a house and a… Continue reading What my grad school experience meant to me

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

What does it mean to be unincorporated?

I spent the last ten years doing startups. Startups are all about forming new businesses, launching, incorporating. It wasn't until after we bought our house in Saranap, a neighborhood tucked between Walnut Creek and Lafayette in the East Bay, that I learned my new home was unincorporated. Unincorporated? What the heck is that?  There are 38 million… Continue reading What does it mean to be unincorporated?

What is the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors?

There are 58 counties in the State of California and every one of them has a Board Supervisors. But... why? What power does this board have and what does it do? Are county supervisors full-time positions? How do they relate to the city councils? These are the questions my neighbors peppered me with one sunny… Continue reading What is the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors?

My first commission seat in Contra Costa County

My very first commission seat was on the Berkeley Youth Commission. I was appointed by Berkeley City Councilmember Kris Worthington and went to a few meetings. I don't remember much about it. I think I thought it was a waste of time. This was probably 15 years ago.  Today I met with my county supervisor Candace Andersen… Continue reading My first commission seat in Contra Costa County

All about California Assembly District 16

My Assembly district cuts across two counties, Contra Costa to the north and Alameda to the south, and includes about 80% of Walnut Creek. It is shaped like a toilet or somebody sitting on one. I mean really, take a look.  It's an odd shape primarily due to the thousands of acres of open space… Continue reading All about California Assembly District 16

The role of government

I've been thinking more about how the role of government should be defined. I've always leaned toward the environment economics view of the role of government: to properly handle negative externalities. These are costs that the free market ignores and the results can be catastrophic. The most common example is clean air and water. When a factory… Continue reading The role of government