Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach


What’s up along the Sonoma Overlook Trail

Posted on September 22, 2018

The Sonoma Overlook Trail is closed for a re-reroute and rehab project. The American Conservation Experience, or ACE, has been contracted... Continue

Paradigm shift prescribed

Posted on September 14, 2018
Paradigm shift prescribed

In public policy, much is made of cost-benefit analyses and different kinds of accounting. In sustainability, full cost accounting... Continue

Facts, interests, and appeals

Posted on September 10, 2018
Facts, interests, and appeals

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor said, “personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.” Einstein said, “it is... Continue


Posted on August 16, 2018

When online commenting started to become popular, it wasn’t long before people took up aliases. All you need is a fake e-mail account.... Continue

Examining the Sheriff’s ‘use of force’ policy

Posted on August 13, 2018

This essay will consider the inter-relation of Sheriff’s Office Policy 300, Use of Force, and how in certain situations, a lawful... Continue

Larger than life?

Posted on August 6, 2018
Larger than life?

Recently I’ve had a chance to spend more time in the Mountain Cemetery, and as the moments pass in observation, I notice social... Continue

Armchair hospital analysis

Posted on July 28, 2018

Many playing local issues have a zero-sum game pattern. The current hospital dust-up fits perfectly. Partisans immediately stake out... Continue

SVCAC turns down event center at Stornetta corners

Posted on July 26, 2018

While everyone went to the same-night hospital hearing Wednesday night, the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Committee (SVCAC) heard... Continue

General Plan process gets underway

Posted on July 19, 2018

To paraphrase from a recent city council goals packet, the General Plan (GP) is the vision and set of goals for future city development,... Continue

Thoughts on the gas tax repeal

Posted on July 11, 2018
Thoughts on the gas tax repeal

I find myself actually interested in the statewide Republican proposal to repeal the gas tax. While I am usually a liberal, and I see... Continue