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Remembering Grantland Johnson

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 [...]

Breaking up the Golden State: An Idea as Old as California

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 [...]

County Exhibits at the State Fair — Once Again a Crowd Pleaser

When it comes to building an exhibit for the State Fair, Glenn County has it down to an art. For the second year in a row, Glenn County was named “Best of Show” among the ever-popular County Exhibits. Beyond being honored with “Best of Show,” Glenn County walked away with the “Best Craftsmanship” Award. I [...]

California Ranks High in Study of America’s Healthiest Counties

US News & World Report recently released a listing of “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids 2014-15” and it was good news for California counties. In fact, of the top 50 counties, 13 are from California; even more impressive is that Marin County ranks as No. 1! We see rankings on everything imaginable so why [...]

County Fairs: Much More Than Just Corn Dogs

I grew up a 4-H kid, doing projects, writing reports, going to meetings and delivering presentations. We raised lambs and showed them at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma and the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa. I really loved the Fairs, the rides, the food, the people and the animals too. But I think I [...]