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Open Trench

Rumor and Innuendo

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2013 Issue

To believe or not to believe, that is the question.


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Power to the People

Columnist: Bob Andrews
May, 2013 Issue

Do we really need Sonoma Clean Power?


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Not Up to Code

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Apr, 2013 Issue

Sonoma County permit and building code troubles are nothing new.


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Off the Cliff

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2013 Issue

The fourth installment in Bob Andrews’ series on the Sonoma County pension crisis.


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Now or Later?

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2013 Issue

Bob looks at the actions taken regarding Santa Rosa’s growing pension problem.


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Pension Mayhem

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2013 Issue

Bob Andrews details the ugly truth about Sonoma County’s pension woes.


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The Concept Revisited

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2012 Issue

Bob looks back on the meaning of “Open Trench” and its continuing issues.


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Taxes and Debt: Part 1 of 63

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2012 Issue

Taxes, taxes and more taxes.


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Water, Water Everywhere

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2012 Issue

Bob Andrews navigates the treacherous whirlpool of North Bay water billing.


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A Home for the Goddess

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2012 Issue

It’s been a long, slow rehab for Athena House and Stonehouse.


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Bureaucratically Speaking

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2012 Issue

One doctor’s fight for proper payment.


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The Toll on Business

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2012 Issue

The sad state of local business thanks to the Great Recession.


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The Long and Unkempt Road

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2012 Issue

What’s the solution to Sonoma County’s deteriorating roads? Pension reform.


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Makes Me Sick

Columnist: Bob Andrews
May, 2012 Issue

  They initially thought Medicare’s demand was an error that would be straightened out with a simple appeal.


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The Rest of the “Warning!” Story

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Apr, 2012 Issue

Warning: Reading this column may cause excessive eye-rolling and extreme annoyance with governmental watchdog agencies.


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The Cost of Prevailing Wages

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2012 Issue

Public works project costs are out of line with reality.


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SMART: More Questions than Answers, Part 2

Columnist: Bob Andrews
NBB Top 500, Feb, 2012

Are you SMARTer than a commuter rail system?


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SMART: More Questions than Answers

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2012 Issue

Bob Andrews isn’t so sure about SMART.


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Wine Shipping Regulations Gone Mad

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2012 Issue

Want to ship some wine? Get ready for a maze of paperwork, taxes and permit fees.


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Spending Time and Money

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2011 Issue

SRJC’s interesting spending decisions and a county with too many regulations.


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Traverso's Troubles

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2011 Issue

The Traverso family loves Santa Rosa, but does the city of Santa Rosa love them? It should.


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A Measure of Sanity

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2011 Issue

Police and firefighter pensions in Santa Rosa cost more than you may think.


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When Regulations Get Ridiculous

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2011 Issue

It’s time to explore the over-regulation of wineries and vineyards.


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Running on Empty?

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2011 Issue

Bob Andrews discusses higher pensions, costly sidewalks and reduced government services.


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Homeless in the North Bay

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2011 Issue

What happens when new home construction grinds to a halt?


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One Year Later

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Sonoma County Strong: The Rebuild Team Speaks Out

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Identity Theft

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