Six initiatives: Cordier tries again

Albany City Hall, where a decision about new initiative proposals must be made.

Albany City Hall, where a decision about new initiative proposals must be made.

Rather than going to court to salvage his rejected initiative proposal, Albany petitioner Tom Cordier is trying something else. Friday he submitted six new initiatives, all aimed at forcing the city council to seek voter approval of any utility franchise fees or "privilege" taxes. But the way I read the texts, they likely will run into the same objections that led City Clerk Mary Dibble to reject his first effort on Wednesday. Continue reading

If the Big One hits in winter

july 31 004This little pile of redwood sticks in a wheelbarrow doesn't look like much. But with the Big One in mind, I thought I'd better not throw away all the wood I was cutting out of a little sequoia in front of the house. Continue reading

Albany rejects Cordier petition

The city clerk has rejected Tom Cordier's initiative petition.

The city clerk has rejected Tom Cordier's initiative petition.

If North Albany resident Tom Cordier wants to pursue his idea of having voters decide on various city fees and taxes, he'll have to go to court or rewrite his initiative proposal after the city on Wednesday rejected his first draft. Continue reading

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