Category: Local Government

Unicorn Startups: The Rules Don’t Apply to Us

By , May 9, 2016

Excellent article about a “unicorn” startup: “Zenefits Was the Perfect Startup. Then It Self-DisruptedWhat happened when an HR firm had some epic HR problems” ( in Bloomberg, by Claire Suddath and Eric Newcomer.

Like some other “unicorns” in recent years, Zenefits decided that the rules didn’t apply to its company: in this case, state-by-state licensing requirements when selling insurance, and the training and compliance requirements for such sales. Read more »

Voting, November 2012

By , November 6, 2012

I was surprised at several things about voting this morning. First, since I’ve moved, I have a new polling place, at an elementary school. There was very little signage Read more »

Don’t Vote for Tara Flanagan for Judge (Illegal Campaign Signs)

By , May 6, 2012

I just had a fascinating conversation with Tara Flanagan, who is a candidate for Superior Court Judge in Alameda County. After I informed her that her campaign signs were posted illegally on public property, she demurred and dissembled.

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It’s Time for Pete Stark to Retire; But Is There an Alternative?

By , May 5, 2012

Count me among the Democrats in U.S. Representative Pete Stark’s district who believe he should retire, and that if he doesn’t, we should vote him out of office to avoid further embarrassment. Unfortunately, his current challengers don’t appear very attractive.

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School Funding and Teachers’ Cars

By , March 29, 2011

Today, I was astonished to read a blog post in which a parent, angry about her local school’s budget battle, wrote of her desire to smash teachers’ “expensive sedans” in a school parking lot on “back to school night.”

Marsia Mason, please note: if I find your car in a parking lot . . . Read more »

Illegally-Posted Campaign Signs

By , October 9, 2010

Today, I took a long walk in Hayward, and I was outraged to see how many campaign signs are illegally posted on public property, and on vacant private lots.  Starting today, when I have time, I’m going to start pulling down signs that are obviously posted illegally.  Most of these will be signs for Nadia Lockyer, who is the most prolific campaign-sign lawbreaker I’ve noticed. Read more »

Recycling Programs, Poaching, and Economics

By , June 13, 2010

I’m annoyed by “recycling poachers” who leave a mess when they raid our trash and recycling bins. But these poachers leave economic damage, too, as their profits represent losses for our communities. Read more »

Low-Cost Surveillance Cameras?

By , May 14, 2010

What are the options for “low-cost surveillance camera” setups? Read more »

Removing Graffiti (Self-Help)

By , March 26, 2010

When I discovered that the City of Hayward simply couldn’t keep up with the hundreds of graffiti reports I have submitted, I decided to try another strategy during my daily walks: I’m trying to clean some graffiti myself.  Here’s my initial report of the products I used, and my results. Read more »

(No More) Fast Response to Graffiti in Hayward

By , March 20, 2010

Updated March 20, 2010: Alas, my submission of hundreds of Hayward graffiti reports has far exceeded the city staff time allocated for graffiti cleanup. The original goal of two-day response has stretched to weeks and now to six months. Read more »

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