San Francisco bicyclist pleads guilty to felony assault; sentenced to probation and anger management

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CRITICAL MASS

Want to run red lights, snarl traffic, and watch the police do nothing?   Visit this unofficial website for complete instructions.

On August 28, 2015, Ian Hespelt, a 39-year old San Francisco bicyclist, attacked a woman’s rented car with his bike lock, smashing the driver side window, and nearly missing her head. Continue reading

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Portland Mayor gives local businesses $10,000 tax break for hiring felons

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In the second half of my term, I’m focusing on the “human equation”: the children who should be able to walk safely to a park, even if they live in East Portland; the man who should be able to find a job, even if he’s returning to society from prison; the CEO whose company should be rewarded for operating with Portland values.

“In the second half of my term, I’m focusing on the “human equation”: the children who should be able to walk safely to a park, even if they live in East Portland; the man who should be able to find a job, even if he’s returning to society from prison; the CEO whose company should be rewarded for operating with Portland values.”

Let’s say you’re a Portland citizen. You were an assistant manager of an auto parts store for almost nine years, and were laid off a few months ago. You have an excellent reference from your former employer, coach your son’s Little League team, and have had no brushes with the law, not even a speeding ticket. You hear a new auto parts store is opening, and send them your resume. Move quickly to the back of the line. Continue reading

NYC Department of Education promotion policy: fail your way to the top

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BILL DEBLASIO CARMEN FARINA

Carmen Farina, promoter of the below average, with her boss and mentor, Bill De Blasio

I have a pet theory that some of the worst damage done to our cities is inflicted by local school boards. Recently, NYC Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña tossed my pet theory a large tasty bone. Continue reading

Who’s the looniest city in America? Introducing The MoonPie Award

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First Prize. A dozen Original Marshmallow Sandwiches for you, a dozen for your favorite local politicians.

First Prize. A dozen Original Marshmallow Sandwiches for you, a dozen for your favorite local politicians.

So your city council is going to pass a resolution honoring the 71st birthday of the United Nations,  but is too busy to fix a pothole that broke three axles last month. Continue reading

Detroit’s response to bankruptcy: Sell no assets; build new $450 million hockey rink

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detroit hockey

Worth every penny.

For decades, Detroit’s Democrat politicians have steered the city towards an inevitable crash that finally arrived in June 2013, when the city officially declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy and Kevyn Orr was federally appointed as an emergency manager, an act that turned Detroit Mayor Dave Bing into a figurehead as politically powerful as Queen Elizabeth.
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A $7 Billion hole beneath Union Station?

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Picture an unholy alliance of local government liberals and Federal bureaucrats, then take that to an even more frightening level by factoring in the classic liberal love of public transportation. These cash-burning forces converge at the one city in America that combines the worst excesses of local and Federal government: Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Seattle homeless shelter makes beer runs for alcoholic residents

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wet house

What’s the best way to treat homeless alcoholics? Give them a place to live with a concierge who runs out and buys them beer or vodka every time they teeter towards the brink of sobriety? Most people would not call that a great idea. Continue reading

Paterson, NJ flies PLO flag over City Hall

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Paterson. NJ, aka Little Ramallah

Paterson. NJ, aka Little Ramallah

Asking if Palestine is a state is a lot like asking if hip-hop is music. The younger and more liberal you are, the more likely you are to answer yes. If you oppose random violence and indiscriminate attacks, you’ll probably say no. (About Palestine, not hip-hop.) Continue reading

The Ooze and Cruise method of filling local government seats

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What do Barstow, Cotati, Dublin, Dunsmuir, Monrovia, Richmond, Santa Maria, and Santa Rosa have in common, besides all being in California? In the first few months of this year, they have each carried out a method of cronyism that I call the Ooze and Cruise Method. Continue reading

Cotati Stategic Planning Study Session features little studying and no strategies

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Note: This is the column that got me fired as an irregular columnist for a local newspaper, before it even ran.Welcome to Cotati

What could be better than spending three hours on Tuesday night at a City of Cotati Strategic Planning Study Session? Spending two hours. Actually, 10 minutes would have been even better, because that was the amount of time that involved either strategies, or the study thereof. Continue reading