‘Local Government’ Archive

If It’s Within the Law, Why Should There Be Hearings? March 16, 2017 No Comments

David Zahnizer, at the Los Angeles Times, has given us an article on the problems with the City of Los Angeles’ community plans, one of the major ones being that they are not finished yet.  This is helping to create the demand for Proposition S, which I oppose, because a lot of the buildings where […]

Manhattan Beach Tries to Find Itself February 27, 2017 No Comments

In California Development Report I recently saw a story [unfortunately inaccessible to those without an account], about Manhattan Beach and the regulations it was putting in place to define itself.  Manhattan Beach is at one and the same time a beach community, and therefore visited by all kinds of people, and an affluent suburb.  According […]

150 Years Later, People are Getting All Excited About the Confederate Flag June 27, 2015 No Comments

Recently, a young racist terrorist shot a bunch of people in one of Charleston’s historic black churches.  This kind of stuff happens.  But it has aroused a whole new controversy about the Confederate flag, a century and a half after the supposed country it represents was crushed!  Someone has recently proposed that a school in […]

Why Republicans Are Not Always Reliable Defenders of Economic Liberty November 10, 2014 No Comments

As an activist against ‘redevelopment,’ I often wondered why Republicans, who posture themselves as the party of  ‘small government’ or ‘limited government,’ were so hard to convince to repeal redevelopment.  Josh Barro, a clever columnist for the New York Times, explains that it’s not just real estate issues like redevelopment.  Uber, the taxi alternative, has […]

Sign the Petition and Save the Fire Rings!! April 14, 2012 2 Comments

The latest local government outrage is the attempt of the Newport Beach City Council to tear out the fire rings at Big Corona and other places. Fortunately, they have to seek the approval of the Coastal Commission to do this.  There is a petition online here directed to both the city council and the Coastal […]

Why Non-Suburbanites Distrust Suburbanites August 30, 2011 No Comments

I’ve had the great Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs, on in my car recently, and have been inspired by it to a few thoughts. Most people, especially people with children, aspire to a real house and not a condominium or an apartment, a house you can walk around the outside of, with at least a semblance […]

San Francisco Leaders Defend Redevelopment Agencies February 1, 2011 2 Comments

I would like to see all the local government leaders involved in trying to defend redevelopment to lose their re-election campaigns, whenever they may be. Except who has a vested interest enough who could afford to support such an effort? If only the Tea Party would see the importance of this – if they really […]

The Social Justice Opportunity of the Century January 20, 2011 3 Comments

Much to the surprise of all of us, the new governor of California, Jerry Brown, has proposed shutting down all redevelopment agencies in the state.  The reason for this is that a city (or probably a county, where a county rules directly) has had the right to declare an area a “redevelopment area” and then […]

Respectable ‘conservatives’ are Becoming More Open to ‘Metropolitan Government’ July 15, 2010 1 Comment

The article in the Wall Street Journal shows us that some respectable ‘conservatives’ are becoming more open to ‘metropolitan government.’ I would actually not have a problem with this as long as the ‘metro’ government were a kind of super-county, hopefully with a more ‘republican’ form of government than most counties with a stronger executive, […]

Church Fights Back After… March 21, 2010 1 Comment

So much for the libertarian reputation of Goldwater’s state! Related: “Church Fights Back After Arizona Town Bans Home Bible Study” at FOXNews.com

And We Expect Libertarian Politics From… March 16, 2010 2 Comments

And we expect libertarian politics from Arizona?  What would Barry Goldwater do? Related: “Church Fights Back After Arizona Town Bans Home Bible Study” from FoxNews.com

Aesthetics and “Property Values” Even Dethrone Technology December 20, 2009 No Comments

Aesthetics and “property values” even dethrone technology, one of the American gods! Related: LA Times: Court says cities have the right to bar telecommunications towers

Where I’m Still Libertarian (With a couple of shameless plugs.) November 18, 2009 1 Comment

Now that I have become a big government Democrat, I am farther removed from the Libertarians than I ever was before. But as a Christian, I could never be a philosophical Libertarian, much as I would have liked to be in my youth. I did think, and still do, that some libertarian thought is worth […]

The Left Would Rather Bargain with the Redevelopment Monster October 14, 2009 No Comments

I had the fortune to discover a little piece written by one Alyssa Katz in American Prospect Online, after the Kelo decision. The AARP and the NAACP, not organizations of the right, had joined Cato and Reason, of libertarian leanings, in filing briefs for Kelo, which would have restricted the use of eminent domain to […]