Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach


The role of staff in city government, part two

Posted on March 12, 2018

Here is where we get to the Humpty Dumpty clause: “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means... Continue

The role of staff in city government, part one

Posted on March 8, 2018
The role of staff in city government, part one

What is the role of city staff in developing public policy? This is not an easy question to parse. In this four-part essay, I’ll... Continue

Review of 3/1/18 hillside projects appeal hearing

Posted on March 5, 2018
Review of 3/1/18 hillside projects appeal hearing

The 3/1 hillside project(s) appeal hearing was a total full house, eclipsing just about any past crowd. This was must-see, must-be-there... Continue

Drought Forecast

Posted on February 25, 2018
Drought Forecast

I’m always taken aback by how many people are at the car washes on Hwy 12. Like turf yards, the compulsively clean car seems like... Continue

Boyes Springs Food Market project review

Posted on February 17, 2018
Boyes Springs Food Market project review

At the recent Springs Community Alliance meeting, Tim Sloat, of KSMattson Partners LP, made a presentation of the Boyes Springs Food... Continue

Plaza wine tasting revisited

Posted on February 10, 2018
Plaza wine tasting revisited

Currently there is a moratorium on wine tasting in the Plaza retail overlay area. It will last until September 2018, but could be... Continue

City water rate study, version two

Posted on February 8, 2018

The City of Sonoma has hired Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. to do a water rate study. Documents and background information pertaining... Continue

Sonoma battlefield on the hillside

Posted on February 5, 2018

Analysis of Joe Aaron webpage titled Support for Commissioners. Justice The top of the webpage left has the seal of the state of California,... Continue

Schocken Hill hillside development(s) appeal

Posted on February 3, 2018

Hearing postponed from 2/5 to a future date To disclose my biases, I support the appeal. I thought something smelled funny when a lot... Continue

Pueblo chiquito, infierno grande

Posted on February 1, 2018

An old Sonoma power struggle has bubbled to the surface under the guise of a hillside development project on Schocken Hill. Bill Lynch... Continue