The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has never been a high-profile agency, but it now has a high-profile Secretary in renowned neurosurgeon and one-time presidential candidate Ben Carson. Some see Carson's lack of experience in housing policy as a shortcoming. But with no policy legacy to defend (and no political axes to grind), Carson is ideally positioned to champion the kind of creative, nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions that low and moderate income Americans desperately need.
Turlock seems to have this love affair with Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market - the problem being, we don't even have one. And although it doesn't seem likely that either of these stores will soon make their way to town, many Turlock citizens are still calling for one to open on almost a weekly basis, or whenever a new business opens up that isn't either/or.
This week, the Legislature passed a resolution to recognize Sunshine Week, encouraging Californians to participate in appropriate activities relating to open government and access to public information. Passing this resolution is an important and symbolic act that recognizes a transparent government as the key to a free society. I encourage my colleagues to honor their commitment to government transparency this week by voting for Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4, which will require a bill to be in print for at least 72 hours before a vote.
March 20, 2014|
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen
The Denair Unified School District has problems, serious problems. Regrettably, the situation is not likely to be resolved through name-calling, finger-pointing and reputation-bashing in columns of our local newspaper, as interim superintendent, Walt Hanline has seen fit to do this week.
November 07, 2013|
California Teachers Association Regional UniServ Staff