JLARC: “Why is Housing So Expensive?”

Life is full of surprises. I was on a last minute trip to New Orleans when I found out that Governor Inslee had vetoed a budget proviso we had requested in the state budget. Senator Braun was our champion on this request. The proviso would have allocated $500,000 to study housing costs and compare non-profit […]

Mental Health Issues: Angry Magnolia Neighbors Open Their Heads

In this line of work I’ve heard just about everything from worries about exploding sinks to weepy testimonials about how some townhouses mean certain death. When people fear change they’ll come up with just about every excuse why the change is bad except for what they’re really worried about: it’s called a red herring, something […]

Over the Top Again? We Need a Better Plan.

One of my favorite comedies ever is the Blackadder series, a BBC sit com that ran in the 1980s. The series is named after the lead character, a acerbic, sarcastic, set upon, but relentlessly funny bit player in English history who is surrounded by people who are either not that bright or not that bright and […]