Opinion

Lagunitas Creek Bridge: Retrofit options

01/04/2018
I have spent significant amounts of time chasing fish with a spear while holding my breath, giving me insight into what a fish might need to survive in its environment. I also have considerable experience in the analysis and design of bridges—mostly Caltrans projects I worked on with private engineering...

Golf course: Do we know what we’re getting into?

01/04/2018
Do our county supervisors know what they are buying with our tax dollars? In the rush to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course for $8.85 million from the Trust for Public Land, neither the county nor the trust have disclosed a physical inspection or any research of the property’s condition...

Vegan propaganda

01/02/2018
While I generally believe that everyone should have the right to eat according to their personal beliefs and preferences, I don’t think that makes it okay to cloud important issues with propaganda based on such beliefs, which is what Dave Osborn’s opinion piece “Food as medicine for us and the...

Food as medicine for us and the planet

12/21/2017
A couple of months ago I wrote about how my personal health has been greatly improved by transitioning to an organic, plant-based diet. This is the only diet that has been proven to reverse disease: it actually helps, if not reverses, 15 of the 16 top causes of death in...

What’s a park for?

12/14/2017
“Keep your nature out of my nature” — Aaron Lucich First of all, what is a park? Zion is one, so is Yellowstone, Central, Yosemite, Gramercy, the Maasai Mara and Golden Gate Park. Then there’s Fenway, Candlestick and Comiskey Parks. They’re ball parks. Parks exist everywhere—in cities, towns, suburbs and...

Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

11/22/2017
On a train trip across the United States, the sight of millions of dead trees in the Sierra Nevada and Rockies is as shocking as the homeless encampments that have cropped up along Amtrak’s right-of-ways and on the sidewalks of cities like New York. I left the Bay Area in...

Caltrans ignored retrofit

11/22/2017
The Green Bridge is an ideal candidate for a retrofit. Yet for more than two years, Caltrans has not responded to several comment letters that included retrofit methods that would meet the same standards as the replacement bridge alternatives. My suggested methods are commonly used by Caltrans and would be...

Green Bridge: We spoke—will Caltrans listen?

11/16/2017
Late spring and early summer saw a flurry of activity regarding the controversial Caltrans proposal to tear down and replace the Green Bridge on Highway 1. Caltrans released scores of technical documents, and hundreds of community members voiced their opinions at public meetings and in written comments. Since then, all...

The growing popularity of the Day of the Dead

11/09/2017
The city and countryside was infused with distinct odors and colors for a couple of weeks before Nov. 2 in those almost unnoticeable autumns in central Mexico. The bakeries filled their windows with large and small hojaldras, with or without sugar, and “bread of the dead”—sweet or salty—featuring designs of...

Creciente popularidad del Día de Muertos

11/02/2017
La ciudad y el barrio se impregnaban de aromas y colores distintos una o dos semanas antes del 2 de noviembre, en esos otoños discretos del centro de México. Las panaderías llenaban sus escaparates con grandes y pequeñas hojaldras, con o sin azúcar, y pan de dulce o sal con...

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