How bad is Orange County’s housing crisis?

January 15, 2017

It’s bad. California ranks 49th in the country for housing units per capita, which is not surprising given that from 2005 to 2015 only 22 new home permits were filed for every 100 new residents. Benchmarked against other states, we are short 2 million units. Make that 3.5 million to meet pent-up demand and future …

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Disruptive politics

January 13, 2017

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen coined the term “disruptive innovation” in 1995, describing a process by which something new replaces an established product or service and shakes up the industry or creates a completely new industry.  According to WhatIs.com, disruptive innovation lacks refinement, often has performance problems, appeals to a limited audience and may …

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Adapt. Connect. Transform. 2017 will be the year of “interesting times.”

January 3, 2017

The oft-quoted so-called Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” seems just right for the dawn of 2017 and last year’s era of fake news.  The quote itself is fake.  In reality, there is no equivalent expression in Chinese.  Any more than John F. Kennedy’s famous quote, “In the Chinese language, the word ‘crisis’ …

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Toll road deal saved Trestles and more

December 17, 2016

For the last two years, I had the honor to serve as facilitator for meetings toward settlement of the south Orange County toll road issues among members of the Transportation Corridor Agencies and executive leadership of the Save San Onofre Coalition. SSOC is comprised of 12 of the nation’s leading environmental advocates, including Surfrider Foundation, …

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When innovation, regulation collide

May 22, 2016

When the music industry transitioned from records to 8-track tape cassettes, to CDs and now to cloud-based music, did the government step in and add regulations to keep the status quo? No. We all transitioned with the technology and times to allow for growth and innovation. When the Austin City Council decided to set three …

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