I am deeply saddened by the news that Grantland Johnson died today.
My first introduction to state government and politics came from two former Sacramento County supervisors – Sandy Smole and Grantland Johnson. At the time, I had no idea I would eventually end up at CSAC.
I met Grantland in January of 1999 as an Executive Fellow at the California Health and Human Services Agency. He was… Continue reading
In a scenario that almost reads like the finale from an Ian Fleming novel, the legislature is racing the clock to agree to terms on a Bond, Water Bond, that has a lot of people both shaken and stirred. The old proposal on the ballot in November is for $11 billion dollars, but the Governor, in his recurring role as “Dr. No” is pushing for a much smaller
I had the occasion recently to drive from Sacramento up to Siskiyou County for the day and a couple of things were pretty evident from the trip. First, California is an incredibly diverse state. In the span of a few hours, you can go from the State Capitol, to tree crops, to cattle, to lumber. And second, we are in a severe drought. Neither of these concepts is new or… Continue reading
The dissolution of redevelopment agencies coupled with the lingering recession has left many seeking new approaches to local economic development. Two new resources from the Institute for Local Government (ILG) provide practical tips on proven techniques that county leaders can use to enhance their communities’ economic prosperity and fiscal health.
Making Prosperity Sustainable
How can local communities reap fiscal and economic benefits from sustainability activities related to… Continue reading
Two interesting articles came across my desk the other day regarding the movement to split California into six states. The first was a piece by KPCC radio that takes a look at previous efforts to carve up California. The second was written by Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton titled “Six-state proposal should be taken seriously, but it’s just hard to.”
Since I was a history major… Continue reading