Disruptive politics

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...

Toll road deal saved Trestles and more

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...

When innovation, regulation collide

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...

Deal with drought, or just keep suing?

A recent statewide public opinion survey found that Californians rank water supply and the drought as top concerns facing the state – above the economy, education, immigration and every other issue. We’ve responded by removing lawns and taking shorter showers – even praying for a...

Volunteers needed to test mileage fee system for road funding

I served this past year as chair of the California Transportation Commission, which is responsible for allocating funds for highway construction, passenger rail and transit improvements, active transportation such as walking and biking and a host of other mobility projects. A variety of financial indicators last...