How Will Future Government Look?

Gather together about 130 citizens and 25 civil society and think tank representatives.  Invite them to review the present and speculate on how government will look in the future.  Review and synthesize the resulting discussions.  Out comes four different scenarios: DIY Democracy   (page 32) Private Algocracy   (page 38) Super Collaborative Government   (page 44) Over-Regulatocracy   … Read More

Performance Reporting – Who Cares?

y Jeff Tryens, former Deputy Director for Performance Mangement, New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg Call it what you will – performance management, managing for results, data-driven decision making – it‘s what good government managers aspire to these days. We true believers are convinced that reliable, timely data on inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes… Read More

Santa Ana Police and John Birch Society

In 2020, after the horrific killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, viewed around the world on public media, the question of police reform is again on the minds of legislators and policy makers at the local, state and federal levels.  A familiarity of the evolutionary history, tracing how a municipal department could,… Read More

Race and Governance: Some Protest Is Required

“Asset Stewardship” can refer to city building, transit, power grids, school buildings.  It can also refer to governance.  Like physical assets structured on behalf of the citizenry, good governance is an asset needing stewardship, as well. With nightly protests in Portland, Oregon now heading into the third month (July 2020), the Federal government has sent… Read More

IRS Can End Child Poverty

This year the US government will lose $207 BILLION because the government made a policy decision to allow rich people to pay significantly less taxes, dividends and long term capital gains are taxed a a lower level than regular income.  You have to be really rich to get taxed less.  That’s a lot of money… Read More

Re-Phrase the Declaration of Independence to Find Its Power for the 21st Century

Following the recommendation of a friend to read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, I struggled through the antiquated sentence structure, nouns and verbs to excavate the power of our forefathers’ anger, vision and intent in declaring their separation from a tyrant King who they claimed had usurped their basic rights as… Read More