The Public Eye: Obama’s Two-Step Healthcare Strategy

By Bob Burnett
Thursday June 25, 2009 - 06:29:00 PM

After five months, President Barack Obama’s managerial style has become obvious. He’s focused on his top priorities and he is collaborative and pragmatic; his operating instructions are “never let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” This summer, Obama’s leadership will put to the test as he struggles to get Congress to pass comprehensive healthcare legislation. -more-

UnderCurrents: Discussion of East Bay Violence Leaves Out Those Most Affected

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday June 25, 2009 - 06:21:00 PM

We seem to be running on parallel tracks on this ongoing discussion of the East Bay’s nagging street violence, like the words from the Longfellow poem: “Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness. So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.” -more-

Green Neighbors: Everything’s Hitched

By Ron Sullivan
Thursday June 25, 2009 - 06:16:00 PM
And then juvenile crows go out and hang around in delinquent gangs in parking lots. Really.

Another Solstice gone by, another year’s peak passed, another year older, another long half-year of diminishing light. Or, to be jollier about it: the sweet downswing of the seasons, the ripening of all that winter and spring promised. -more-

Architectural Excursion: In Glen Ellen, a Pig Palace, a Wolf House and Other Wonders

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday June 25, 2009 - 06:19:00 PM
London lived and worked in this cottage from 1911 until his death in 1916.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two articles on the Sonoma County town of Glen Ellen. -more-

About the House: Children, Falls And the Building Code

By Matt Cantor
Thursday June 25, 2009 - 06:17:00 PM

I have a major pet peeve (well, many major pet peeves, actually) with the building codes. They say far too little about places where people, particularly little people, can fall, and the area in which my knickers get most fully twisted concerns the accessibility of windows. -more-