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Dreaming Bigger Would’ve Been Much Better

The Council last night approved on a 4-1 vote (I opposed) establishing a temporary/experimental bike loop near the downtown core. I’m not opposed to giving people a chance to ride their bikes. In fact, I had just voted to approve the Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan (with the caveat it be quickly…

Outdoor Dining Comes to Laurel Street

Last night the Council unanimously approved re-configuring parts of Laurel Street into a pedestrian mall. Restauranteurs and shop owners will be allowed to use parts of the public right of way in front of their businesses. The details vary depending upon which section of Laurel Street you’re talking about. Some…

$14,000,000 to Protect Pensions

The City Council tonight approved — by a 4 to 1 vote (I opposed) — pre-paying an additional $7,000,000 towards the city’s pension obligations. A pre-payment means investing money in the California Public Employee Retirement System (CALPERS) above and beyond what the city is required to contribute. This latest prepayment…

Hurray for Pride Month!

Last year the city established a new tradition: officially celebrating June as Pride Month. Pride Month means different things to different people, ranging from a statement of “we support each other in our lifestyle choices and want everyone treated respectfully, and equally before the law” to darker opinions. Me, I’m…

Covid-19: Latest County Regulations

I sat in on the 5/29/2020 conference video call hosted by the County on Covid-19. A bit over 30 minutes of the hour-long session was a report by Dr. Scott Morrow, the County’s health officer who has been taking the lead on formulating the County’s emergency health regulations. Regulations Relaxed…

Taking Counsel from Your Fears

As I’ve written about before the San Carlos School District is in dire straits due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of a joint discussion between members of the City Council and the School Board the District asked the City to consider a grant of $1.5 million. Personally I’m not…