A Conservative Strategy to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

I am fiscally conservative and unlike many of my fellow Republicans I have no doubt that climate change is occurring and that carbon consumption is a major cause. I believe that human ingenuity will mitigate many of the effects of a warming climate.  While there needs to be a more open scientific debate about how […]

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Tax Reform: Tax the Rich—Except Not Us

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

I do not personally support the Republican tax reform plan, at least in its present form. I do support the components of the reform which would eliminate the federal income tax deduction for state income taxes and property taxes and which would reduce the cap on the deduction of mortgage interest payments from $1 million […]

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Why I am Quitting the Sierra Club

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

In 1902 John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and my favorite environmentalist wrote: “Fortunately, nature has a few big places beyond man’s power to spoil–the ocean, the two icy ends of the globe, and the Grand Cañon.” The great conservationist was wrong. Our increasing demand for power, water storage and combustion of fossil fuels […]

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L.A.’s Measure M: Long Range Spending Based on Short Term Thinking  

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

Los Angeles County is potentially poised to inflict a “forever” sales tax on itself and spend a majority of the funds in ways which cannot possibly produce what its supporters claim.  Advocates appear oblivious to transit ridership trends and new technologies which will make Measure M an expensive and futile experiment. Metro’s CEO Phillip Washington has […]

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates – Part 5

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

(Editor’s Note: This week Fox and Hounds is running a five part series by Norm King dealing with transportation issues based on his years of experience as a city manager and transportation consultant) Drivers Must Pay More with “Smart” Pricing Support policies which require drivers to pay more of the costs they inflict such as […]

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates – Part 4

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

(Editor’s Note: This week Fox and Hounds is running a five part series by Norm King dealing with transportation issues based on his years of experience as a city manager and transportation consultant) Sustainability & Mobility Plan Strategies Are Unsustainable Give up trying to increase densities as a realistic way to reduce greenhouse gases and […]

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates – Part 3

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

(Editor’s Note: This week Fox and Hounds is running a five part series by Norm King dealing with transportation issues based on his years of experience as a city manager and transportation consultant) Willingness to fund transit is up; willingness to use it is down. Be realistic about the impossibility of increasing taxes enough to […]

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates – Part 2

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

(Editor’s Note: This week Fox and Hounds is running a five part series by Norm King dealing with transportation issues based on his years of experience as a city manager and transportation consultant) Transit Investment Up, Ridership Down Don’t deny the decline. Accept that transit ridership is not performing anywhere near the levels projected before […]

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

Part 1: Strategies Not Goals The other day I attended an excellent seminar “Future of Public Transit” sponsored by the Lewis Center at UCLA, attended mostly by transportation practitioners and students who want so badly to believe that public transportation is the wave of the future. I was struck by the desire of some presenters […]

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The Pope’s Problem

Norm King
Norm King is a former city manager of three California cities and of the San Bernardino County transportation commission and has taught part-time at USC and Claremont McKenna College.

Pope Francis is using his concern about global warming as a vehicle to attack capitalism, to promote socialism and to emphasize his message about concern for the world’s poor. Personally I do believe that human-induced global warming is occurring. And I am sympathetic to his concern for the world’s poor but not his views on […]

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