Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach


A bitter harvest of greed

Posted on December 12, 2017

Cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations is supposed to result in a trickle down of economic benefits for all. A hoped-for rising... Continue

As the rebuild takes shape

Posted on December 9, 2017

For the man on the street trying to find easily accessible, public sources of information concerning the County‚Äôs post-fire rebuild... Continue

Are we on a sustainable path?

Posted on December 5, 2017

Are we, as a global society, are on a sustainable path? No, we are not on a sustainable path, for many reasons principle of which is... Continue

Altamira Family Apartments appealed

Posted on November 30, 2017

The Altamira Family Apartments project by Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) was approved by the Planning Commission on... Continue

Brown Act ethics training notes

Posted on November 28, 2017

The following text is a verbatim, cut-and-paste from an online Brown Act ethics training course I recently took. In light of the new... Continue

The role of values in public policy making

Posted on November 22, 2017

A staff report can easily take ten or more minutes. Appellants and applicants routinely get ten minutes to make a presentation. Public... Continue

Rebuild forum report and analysis

Posted on November 21, 2017

I have wanted to keep tabs on the rebuild effort, and who the actors are, and so I went to the Impact Project: Rebuild forum at the... Continue

We’re done with Launderland

Posted on November 18, 2017

Launderland, the laundromat in the CVS Plaza, has suffered a serious loss of quality service. Things have gotten so bad that we will... Continue

Nothin’ shakin’ on Shakedown Street?

Posted on November 10, 2017

In his initial staff report on the Broadway Affordable Housing project in Sonoma, Planning Director David Goodison noted that past... Continue

Calling all better angels

Posted on October 29, 2017

The post-fire recovery landscape is moving quickly in many ways, and concerned parties look on with both hope and trepidation. We are... Continue