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Open government may benefit quality of life
by: Kate Maeder
By Scott Hauge, President, Small Business California
As the president of Small Business California, I believe in the free market. And I also believe that what makes the free market work is that everyone plays by the same rules.
While the November 2010 mid-term election saw many progressive victories in California – like sending Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris to Sacramento and beating back Proposition 23 – it also brought about one dangerous defeat: the passage of Proposition 26.
Most urban planning professionals agree that urban problems like sustainable transit, land use, jobs/housing balance need to be addressed at the regional level. That is, that local governments and cities are, by themselves, inadequately equipped for planning around problems that are regional in stake, addressed at a metropolitan level. For example, if only part of a region has access to public transit, how can a region reduce its overal passenger miles traveled, and reduce emissions?
On Tuesday night, the President gave his annual "State of the Union" address to Congress and the nation. In it, he argued for the need to "win the future" and invest today to reap the benefits tomorrow. He took a strong stance and placed an emphasis on education that no other president seems to have before him. The idea that chasing fame should take a back seat to graduating high school, let alone college, is not revolutionary, but something that often politicians are afraid to state outright.