Politics On Tap: One of the Best Conversations…

Politics On Tap: One of the Best Conversations…

…Because Politics Barely Comes Up.

Assemblyman Mark Stone of Scott’s Valley, Sen. Jim Nielsen of Biggs and Christy Bouma, lobbyist for the California Professional Firefighters    Read more »



“I Don’t See Your Name on the List”


(Editor’s Note: Happy New Year! Below is a small taste of 2014…) 




California is first in innovation, entertainment, technology, food safety, and environmental protection. But we trail the rest of the nation in voting.

I’m running for Secretary of State to change that, because our democracy is strongest when everyone participates, and the best progress is possible when all voices are heard.    Read more »



Thank Goodness!

“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”

– Warren Buffett    Read more »



On December 23, 190 Years Ago…

“…a poem entitled ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel, an upstate New York newspaper. The unsigned poem began:

” ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’

“For a long time, ‘A Visit from St.    Read more »



A Less-Is-More or a More-Is-Less Legislature?

New Initiative Will Drastically Reform California Electoral Process

“Neighborhood Legislature” initiative cleared to gather signatures to qualify measure for the November 2014 ballot

(SACRAMENTO)—”California’s Secretary of State today gave the Neighborhood Legislature initiative the green light to begin gathering signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2014 election ballot. The revolutionary measure will re-draw legislative districts to create smaller Assembly and Senate districts with true local representation, which will, in turn, hold elected officials more accountable to the people they are elected to serve and drastically reduce the amount of money now required to run for office.     Read more »



“Never Sleep With Anyone Whose Troubles Are Worse Than Your Own.”

That’s one of the more memorable of the many memorable lines penned by mystery novelist Ross Macdonald who was born Kenneth Millar in Los Gatos on December 13, 1915.

Many of Macdonald’s one-liners and hard-bitten observations came from the mouth of his most famous character, private investigator Lew Archer. Macdonald named him after Sam Spade’s dead partner in Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, Miles Archer, and Lew Wallace, the author of Ben Hur.     Read more »



Californians Now Number More Than 38 Million

California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013 and now has more than 38.2 million residents, according to population estimates released December 12 by the Department of Finance.

It’s the biggest numeric gain and percentage gain – nearly 1 percent – since 2004.

Eighty percent of the increase comes from births.    Read more »



“Millions of Reasons to Be Cautiously Optimistic”

California collected $6 billion int ax revenue in November, missing estimates in the state budget by $375.6 million, or 5.9 percent, State Controller John Chiang said December 10 in his monthly report covering the state’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements for last month.

The main reason revenues fell below estimates was simply timing, Chiang said, noting that during the current fiscal year which began July 1, revenues are running ahead of predictions in last June’s budget by nearly $230 million.State spending for same period is also  $126.3 million less than expected, Chiang said.     Read more »



Forty Five Years Ago, Everything Changed

On December 9, 1968, at a San Francisco Civic Center exhibition hall  that no longer exists,  engineer and inventor Douglas Engelbart unveiled personal computing.

Engelbart’s Mouse

Engelbart, who died in July at 88,  never used the phrase “personal computing” in describing the hardware and software he and his team created but his presentation to 1,000 computer professionals at Brooks Hall demonstrated the core elements of personal computing including the mouse, networking, hypertext, video conferencing, word processing and multiple windows.     Read more »