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I Suck

Michael Lazarou does not like my blog. I don’t think he likes me either. In his Recorder piece , “To share your opinion, log in and blog on”,  Mr. Lazarou characterizes this blog and author as: the skewed information that a blog can present over...

Financial Opacity

I see the County of Board Supervisors nixed a resolution requiring monthly financial reporting on their budgets. (Daily Gazette article here) I would expect that given the lack of precision, or high uncertainty, in the budget figures and budget variances that an increase in financial...

Financial Transparency

My curiosity was piqued by this article on the $20M surplus for Montgomery County in the Daily Gazette. I’m especially curious to understand the financial rationale and analysis that would argue for not using the surplus to offset any tax increase for this year. If...

Open Thread: Listening Tour

Mayor Thane and Zone 5 Marketing are conducting some “listening tours” so here’s what I have to say (I’m not able to attend the Tuesday community forum): -That our school district performance and governance undermines the ability to market and sell the city -That our...

Groundhog Day

I have to admit to a recent bout of malaise and fatigue with the goings on about town. It’s like Groundhog Day where you relive the same day over and over with an ever receding hope that tomorrow will be any different. If you dare...

Lessons in Finance – #1

I’ve been caught up a bit in the market meltdown over the past few weeks and as I try to grapple with an understanding of the dynamics of the meltdown, it occured to me that there were many lessons for financial policy as it relates...

We’re #1 (not)

We’re #1! We’re #1… Actually, no. We’re ranked #75 out of 85 school districts in the Capital Region (source is 2008 School District Rankings from the Albany Business Journal). I need not say more.

Everywhere but here

I’m tracking down the ranking of the capital district school districts in the Albany Business Review in their just released annual “Schools Report”. I happened upon this paragraph in the “Editors Notebook” introducing the survey: There is no arguing that quality schools are essential to...

Say Something Good — Reader Posts

I’m going to highlight two comments on the post Say Something Good. First, Mayor Thane provides an overview of the marketing process (bolds are my highlights): ZONE 5 – BRANDING AND MESSAGING STRATEGY Brand Development, Positioning and Messaging As we see it, there is a...