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Homeless on the Joe Rodota Trail

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2020 Issue

The website for Sonoma County Regional Parks describes the Joe Rodota Trail as “an 8.5-mile paved, off-road trail linking downtown Santa Rosa and Sebastopol . . . a popular route for cyclists, walkers and runners.” But that bucolic description is sobered by this warning on the same website: “Joe Rodota Trail users are advised to use an alternate route between Stony Point Road and South Wright roads due to safety concerns caused by illegal encampments along that trail section.”


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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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