Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach


The false promise of ‘workforce housing’

Posted on June 22, 2019
The false promise of ‘workforce housing’

What is meant by the non-legal, non-binding term ‘workforce housing’? In the case of project at 1211 Broadway, discussed at a June... Continue

The coming debate on the Urban Growth Boundary

Posted on May 29, 2019

The urban growth boundary (UGB) movement came about in the 1990s to contain sprawl and encourage infill development. Sonoma has had... Continue

Noblesse oblige system resists structural change

Posted on May 28, 2019

The city council’s move to expedite a minimum wage raise in Sonoma has exposed a fault line of interests in the community. These... Continue

What is a true cedar?

Posted on May 20, 2019
What is a true cedar?

Most trees with common name of cedar, or that are referred to as cedars, are actually members of the cypress family, Cupressaceae,... Continue

Alternate universes of facts collide again

Posted on May 14, 2019
Alternate universes of facts collide again

Here in Sonoma Valley we inhabit the same physical space, but have the propensity to occupy alternate universes of facts. The hillside... Continue

LGBTQ and natural law

Posted on May 1, 2019
LGBTQ and natural law

The recent revelations of the Tim Lefever (Ken and Stacy Mattson investment partner) Sacramento anti-gay crusade, and the Stacy Mattson... Continue

Ramping up Sonoma’s Housing Action Plan

Posted on April 29, 2019
Ramping up Sonoma's Housing Action Plan

The city held the first public meeting on its Housing Action Plan. My words and focus here reflect my baseline advocacy for social... Continue

Equitable allocation of housing

Posted on April 18, 2019

This essay will take an article titled Resolving Locational Conflict, by David Morell, and apply his analysis of how and where to site... Continue

Sonoma Makeover revisited

Posted on April 17, 2019

In its March issue, Valley of the Moon Magazine asked the following people how they would make Sonoma over, if they were local King... Continue

Segregation and housing in Sonoma Valley

Posted on April 16, 2019

Jared Diamond was asked by a New Guinea native, why are you white guys so far ahead of us? Why do you have so many advantages and we... Continue

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