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Termination Liability Blues

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2017 Issue

What happens if the CalPERS investments don’t earn 7.5 percent, as they haven’t in recent years?


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Are You Feeling Disabled

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2016 Issue

Our lawmakers started with the laudable goal of making things more convenient for truly disabled persons.


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Its Time to Talk About Taxes

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2016 Issue

With almost every request for tax increases, our leaders promise to spend the money on public safety, roads, schools and other community benefits.


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SMART versus the A Line, Part 2

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2016 Issue

There's a monumental difference between the number of A Line trains actually running each day and the proposed number of daily SMART trains.


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Waiting for SMART? Take a Ride on the A Line.

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2016 Issue

I don't think the proposed fare structure is SMART's biggest issue.


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Captain Obvious Researches Homelessness

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2016 Issue

Homelessness was much less obvious in Sonoma and Healdsburg, our county’s most high-profile tourist destinations. I wondered why.


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Billion Dollar Potholes in Sonoma County Roads and Pensions

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2016 Issue

And then there’s the truly gut-wrenching fact that Sonoma County has essentially guaranteed a 7.5 percent investment return on pension assets exceeding $2 billion.


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Sonoma County’s Unsustainable Pension Costs

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2014 Issue

Bob Andrews’ last “Open Trench” column tackles Sonoma County’s ongoing pension cost problem.


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Moments of Clarity

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2014 Issue

Bob takes a look back at some of his column’s “say what?” moments.


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Just Say “No” to the SRJC Bond Proposal

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2014 Issue

Sonoma County tax proposals are getting out of control.


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Nothing Propinks Like Propinquity

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2014 Issue

The “in crowd” has its hands firmly on Santa Rosa’s fiscal resources.


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A Few Voters Have Spoken

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2014 Issue

Low voter turnout can be quite costly.


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A Never-Ending Story of Dysfunction

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2014 Issue

A questionable verdict in the Efren Carrillo trial.


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The PISA Zone

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2014 Issue

Why is the city of Santa Rosa rezoning properties to PISA status?


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The Ugly Underbelly of Zealous Regulation (Part 2)

Columnist: Bob Andrews
May, 2014 Issue

Bob Andrews continues his investigation of USDA inspection methods.


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The Ugly Underbelly of Zealous Regulation (Part 1)

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Apr, 2014 Issue

Bob Andrews investigates USDA inspection methods.


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Who Governs?

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2014 Issue

What it takes to “lead” and what it takes to “govern” are often very different skills.


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Public Employee Pensions: Part 54

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2014 Issue

Public employee pensions are out of control in Marin County, too.


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Taxes, More Taxes and Debt

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2014 Issue

Sonoma County sure loves taxes and debt.


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More of the Same

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2013 Issue

Is local government trying to pull the wool over our overtaxed eyes?


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A Tale of Two Counties

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2013 Issue

Pension costs are bringing on the season of Darkness.


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Connecting the Dots (Part 2)

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2013 Issue

Should fire departments become privatized?


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How Santa Rosa Spends Money: Connecting the Dots

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2013 Issue

The grass is always greener…


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Open Trench Meets Open Grave

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2013 Issue

Is it easier to ask forgiveness than permission?


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Out of Balance

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2013 Issue

The proposed Sonoma Clean Power agency is unnecessary and unaffordable—but who cares?


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The First 100 Years

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