Category Archives: March 2011

Avoid A Structural Deficit

Since the passage of California’s Proposition 13 in 1978, the message to local government has been that growth must pay its own way while continuing to operate in an efficient and effective manner. The problem was that most agencies did not heed the message and continued down the same path, expecting the state and others to bail them out. A popular catchphrase today is “structural deficit”; however, there is no such thing. If more money is spent than is taken … Continue reading

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Youth Sports

Today’s youth have access to a wide range of organized extracurricular activities. With all the options available, it is no wonder many parents allow their children to participate in youth sports. In addition to the direct rewards an individual receives, families and communities benefit as well. Individual Benefits Not only does a young athlete learn how to play a particular sport, he or she also gains physical strength, coordination and mental confidence. In The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor’s Complete … Continue reading

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Golf Course Pumps

A pump is one of the more expensive components of a golf course or parks sprayer. It also can cause the most problems if not treated properly, although most of these can be avoided with a little attention. Here are the top five pump problems: 1. Can’t Find Parts Be sure to buy a name-brand pump with a good warranty and availability of parts and repair kits. If a sprayer is down for two weeks while trying to find parts, … Continue reading

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Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel

Ranging from large, multi-use trails that offer a wide variety of recreation and transportation uses to nature trails that create opportunities to enjoy the natural environments within a city, most people would agree that trails help contribute to the overall quality of life. As more cities embrace the popularity of trails and add to their inventory, officials end up dealing with some difficult issues regarding costs. Balancing the initial cost of development with long-term maintenance costs becomes increasingly important as … Continue reading

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Have Path, Will Travel

In an urban, densely populated area, finding nearby property to develop green space where families can recreate is a tremendous challenge. So is environmentally friendly transportation. In 2000, the city of San Antonio, Texas, decided to use a one-two punch to address those challenges. City leaders placed on the ballot a proposition asking voters to approve a sales-tax initiative to fund hike-and-bike trails along the city’s creekways. Voters took that leap of faith and approved a sales tax allowing the … Continue reading

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