Durable Growth

Keeping the spigot throttled back

I’ve recently seen something that’s been missing from the North Bay for the last couple of years, pallets of sod stacked on sidewalks and ready to be laid. I’m unhappy about what I’m seeing. I’m far from convinced that the California drought is over.

Sod-happy homeowners aren’t the only ones calling for what I fear […]

Durable Growth, Environment

Whither the drought?

As December reaches its midpoint, Californians are looking with hope toward El Nino and the rainfall that it’s predicted to deliver. The oft expressed hope is that El Nino “will end the drought.”

Perhaps it’s a Christmas Grinch mode, but I find that the hope misses the point.

It’s not that I doubt the El […]

Durable Growth, Government

It’s time to be smart about water, not politically expedient

During recent candidate forums, several contenders for the Petaluma City Council suggested that the City consider a moratorium on building permits until the drought eases. I’ll speculate that other North Bay cities are entertaining similar thoughts.

I support the need to respond to the drought. The water shortfall is significant, may not slacken during the […]