It’s time to give permits to Cannabis Lounges

Easy access in a safe, legal, and relatively inexpensive environment is key to reducing the Black Market for Cannabis, not just in California, but in all states that have legalized both recreational and Medicinal Cannabis. For those who are concerned about folks using Cannabis and then driving, the Cannabis Lounge operators can partner with UBER, Lyft, or their local Taxi Company. There are reasonable solutions to every concern and to every issue. It is only the unreasonable demands of government that is holding back an entire industry.

Embrace the Green Economy – Work from Home

For the past several years I’ve been getting myself in a little bit of trouble with some of my peers in the Traffic and Transportation (T&T) planning and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) industries.  I have spent a great deal of time writing and speaking about the need to reduce, or in some cases completely eliminate, roadway expansion for larger freeways and the new construction of virtually all mass transportation systems. Of course, in California, where the car culture was born, nurtured, and come of age, these thoughts border on heresy.  Unfortunately, while I do enjoy my cars, the reality is that our car dependent culture here in California has become a burden to many people, and a benefit only to those who are connected to the liberal political class. Every year, as the population continues to grow here in California, so to the number of trucks, cars, delivery vehicles, repair and supply vehicles, and all other modes of getting to and from our homes and our workplaces.

However, the advancement of technology and communications, has eliminated the need for many of us to drive to work.  For very large segment of the population, we wake up early in the morning, slam down some coffee, jump into our cars, commute for an hour or more, arrive at work already worn out and frazzled, then spend the next 8 to 10 hours looking at a computer screen and typing on a keyboard, just so that we can do the reverse commute at the end of the day. This means that for the average commuter, he or she is away from home on average 11 to 12 hours a day.  This is time spent away from family, children, your neighborhood, and your community.  Hundreds of sociological studies have shown that one of the major issues facing young families is the fact that one or more of the parents is away from home nearly 12 hours every single day.

So, imagine a world, where you did not wake up in the morning and go to work at an office.  You wake up in the morning, have breakfast with your children, make sure they got their homework done, see them off to school, then slip into your own home office with the latest and best technology, log on to the office server, and start your workday. No commute, no stress, and no sitting in traffic.

Beyond the important benefits to your health and your family, there would be fewer cars on the road.  This will obviously lead to better air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  Additionally, with fewer vehicles on the road, the need to expand our freeways, will also be reduced.  This will free up billions of tax dollars so that high-speed communications infrastructure, green power, and fresh clean water from desalination, can be delivered at reasonable rates to every household in the state.  Other benefits will include greater home ownership rates, lower daytime crime rates in our neighborhoods, children that will be supervised and have mom or dad, or both, at home after school.  Participation in local social organizations, churches, clubs, and sports, will also increase, providing for greater quality of life for everyone.  Lastly, the local economy of all of our small and medium-sized towns, all across California, will be enhanced because people will be spending money where they live instead of spending money on the road.

Granted, this scenario will not work for every person in every situation.  But when you consider how many people get in the car every morning and go to work in a cubicle, it seems to make far more sense to spend hard earned tax dollars on communications infrastructure so that we can link our homes to our workplaces, and truly find work-life balance.

This blog post inspired by Want to be Green? Forget Mass Transit. Work from Home, by Joel Kotkin.

An Open Letter to Travis Allen

Dear Assemblyman Allen,

For the past several weeks, I’ve been trying to contact you or members of your staff in order to gain information on your platform and how you are going to re-energize the Republican Party in California. To say that I received information that was less than satisfactory would be an overstatement.  It appears, that much like many Republican candidates of the past, you are just repeating the tired, old, political statements, that have resulted in Republican defeat, after defeat, after defeat.

The people of the State of California deserve better than what they’ve received from the Democrat Party over the past 40 years.  The people in the inland communities, especially the deserts and inland valleys, are suffering with some of the most overbearing regulations and laws in the entire United States.  These regulations have destroyed personal initiative, eliminated creativity, held back innovation, and created unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, in some of the counties that should be leading the way toward a future of health, wealth, and prosperity.

Those of us that live in Inland California need to hear from you, and understand how you are going to restructure this State from the top to the bottom in order to unleash the potential of the inland valleys and desert communities.  We want to know, that you’re going to dramatically reduce taxes.  Not just the taxes on personal income, but on corporations (large and small), sales, and energy, and gasoline. We want to know that you will work to rollback regulations that inhibit growth.  That you will revisit the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and dramatically streamline the development and permit process so that everyone in California has the opportunity to buy a home without government subsidies.

We also want to know what you’re going to do about California’s infrastructure. In particular we want to know how you going to develop California’s water resources; how are you going to extend and grow our ability to generate clean power, and most importantly, how are we going to connect with the greatest communications infrastructure in the entire United States.

Assemblyman Alan, there’s just a little over 10 months until the election for the next governor of California.  I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that I want to work.  I want to grow the economy, and I want to make California great again.  It’s time for a major change of leadership and a major change in direction in the Golden State.  It’s time that we have a plan for change that will unite the people of California and truly advance our ability to create a healthy, innovative, and prosperous state.


Kevin L. Maevers

Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?

Since my conversion to Catholicism, and return to the Church, I expected that some would view my personal and faith-based life changes as positive (and most do), but what I was not prepared for, was the extreme negativity of some of my peers in the environmental fields.  It seems that every time I disagree with a particular notion about climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability, conservation, or resource management, I am somehow “turning my back on science.”  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  I have spent my entire adult life embracing mathematics, physics, geology, hydrogeology, meteorology, biology, paleontology, and a whole host of other fields that end with “ology” in my quest to design and develop neighborhoods and communities that embrace and can be sustained within the natural world.

So, when I started being attacked for my renewed faith, and specifically for becoming a Catholic, I found it odd because I never before believed there was a schism between the church and science.  Aren’t both religion and science searching for the truth of our existence? After all, doesn’t everyone know that  a HUGE number of scientific advancements were made by Catholics in their quest to fulfill God’s commandment to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28).  In order to fulfill this commandment, we must understand the science behind God’s works.

Because I am the curious sort, I wanted to take a moment to see if my memory was correct about some of the great scientists and philosophers and their professed faith.  Of course, the great Catholic scientists such as Alios Alzheimer, Claude Bernard, Louis Braille, Rene Descartes, Enrico Fermi, Galileo Galilei, and Guglielmo Marconi came up immediately.  But I was amazed that the list I found of Catholic Scientists, their works, findings, and breakthroughs went on and on. many were Nobel Prize winners. List of Catholic Lay Scientists

So, once again it appears that the division between faith and reason is not quite as sharp as liberal progressivism would have it appear.  For myself, as I continue to work to resolve some of the incompatibilities between the natural, built, and human environment, I will rely on both faith, and reason, to guide my hand.

This post inspired by “The Clergy Behind Science as We Know It” by Jennifer Powell McNutt.