Parents giddy over Williams College freshman send-off party

Proud parents were anxious and excited about their child attending Williams College in the fall, so far away from California.

On the third floor of the University Club of San Francisco was a gathering of complete strangers. The common element among the participants was that many of young adults would soon be leaving to begin their freshmen year at Williams College. The remaining guests in the collegiate wood paneled room on top of Nob Hill […]


A new flat roof for an old mid-century modern house


I had had enough of the built-in gutter swales that is traditional on MCM homes. I decided I wanted the rain water to sheet right off the roof into fascia gutters. Since the gutters are on the east and west side of the home and are not visible from the street, they’d have no impact on MCM nature of the house. One contractor really didn’t want to go with the fascia gutters but offered to enhance the directional flow of the rain water with crickets or standing seams in the roof material. He was also less inclined to repair the portions of the roof that had been cut away previously to remove dry rot sections. By contrast, the other roof contractor had no problems with correcting the cut out portions and adding full fascia gutters into the re-roof project. My gut feeling was that both the contractors would do an admirable job of re-roofing our house, but we went with the company that had no objection to installing the fascia gutters.


The karma of free health insurance advice

Kevin Knauss contemplates the karma of giving free health insurance advice.

You remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for”? Free advice is worth exactly what it costs – nothing! Correct? Maybe, unless you believe in karma. Can you trust free advice on health insurance? I suppose you have to consider the source and your options. ACA health insurance market place is complicated All […]


Delta twin tunnels are last link in the California system

Delta Twin Tunnels project is the missing link to a secure and sustainable water system in California.

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has open a public comment period for their modified Bay Delta Conservation Plan Draft Environment Impact Report. While many aspects of Bay Delta Conservation Plan have been changed, the controversial twin tunnel conveyance proposal remains a central feature of the project. Known within the plan as the Waterfix, DWR […]


Blogging to boost website traffic

Blogging, when done correct, will drive traffic to your website.

If you are a small business, nonprofit or just a person that has something to promote, your website is your virtual store or megaphone. The greatest challenge all organizations have is attracting visitors to their websites to promote their products or services. While Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important aspect of a good website […]


Uniting the States with ACA and Gay Marriage Decisions

United means that all states must respect constitutional rights and liberties.

Two Supreme Court opinions involving the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage have the net effect of uniting the states to act as one country. The tenth amendment to the constitution gives a fair amount of power to the states to enact laws that can directly conflict or undermine national policy set by the federal […]


Placer County Grand Jury 2015 Final Report

Placer County Grand Jury Final Report 2014 - 2015

The Final Report contains the results of the 2014 – 2015 Placer County Grand Jury’s investigations as required by law, those requested by citizens, and those internally generated by the Grand Jury. The Placer County Grand Jury undertook sixteen investigations during its one year term. The consolidated report includes the individual reports on those investigations, […]


Granite Bay goes brown to conserve water during 2015 Drought

Granite Bay goes brown to conserve water.

As opposed to drought shaming I decided to highlight the many properties near Folsom Lake who were going the extra mile to conserve water during our nasty drought of 2015. The Granite Bay area and the San Juan Water District retail service area have been singled out for some of the highest per capita water use in […]


City of Auburn utility box micro murals

City of Auburn utility box micro mural project.

Large ugly street side utility boxes are a necessary evil for our automobile-centered communities. They control stop lights, cross walk signals and attract graffiti and posters like ants to sugar. The City of Auburn, CA has moved to embrace the refrigerator size utility boxes by having local artists paint micro murals on them. The results […]


South Yuba Trail at North Bloomfield Road

Hiking and swimming along the South Yuba Trail in Nevada County.

The South Yuba Trail beginning at Edwards Crossing outside of Nevada City is a popular hiking and swimming destination. To the west of the Edwards Crossing Bridge, built in 1903, is a short hike to the Spring Creek Water which is nice when the water is flowing. On the south side of the South Yuba […]