Tax Reform: Tax the Rich—Except Not Us

Norm King

Norm King served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


(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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


(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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


(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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


(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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


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 served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


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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High Speed Rail’s Collision Course: Part Two, Broken Promises

Norm King

Norm King served as city manager in three Southern California cities and is the former executive director of the San Bernardino Transportation Commission.


In Part One I focused on some of the key cost and benefit issues relating to California’s high speed rail (HSR) proposal.  The following is a review of previous commitments about how HSR would be built and perform, which appear impossible to achieve under the present proposal. In summary, the scaled back system now envisioned […]

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