Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach

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Chronic malcontents

Posted on April 15, 2018
Chronic malcontents

I’ve watched for some time now as the school district seems to melt down over every little thing. What is up over there that makes... Continue

Hillside grand finale

Posted on April 2, 2018
Hillside grand finale

As the Monday, 4/9, 5:PM hillside project hearing nears, alternate universes of facts continue to collide. On the applicant’s Facebook... Continue

One last hurdle for affordable housing project

Posted on March 31, 2018
One last hurdle for affordable housing project

Message from David Goodison (enjoy him while he’s here): The Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled... Continue

The role of staff in city government, part four

Posted on March 20, 2018
The role of staff in city government, part four

There is a phenomenon called bureaucratic drift. It is like mission creep. This is where bureaucracy starts to act under its own preferences... Continue

The role of staff in city government, part three

Posted on March 19, 2018
The role of staff in city government, part three

What’s on the agenda and why?   If citizens and their council representatives were able to always agendize whatever they wanted,... Continue

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