Bob Richardson

Tonkin honored for improving TV in Auburn

You may not think so, but there’s more to the software engineer who brought a better cable provider to Auburn residents than just wires and computers. Glenn Tonkin is this year ...

City executives, managers accept pay cuts

Eighteen top-level and mid-management Auburn city employees and elected officials have agreed to have their pay trimmed by 10 percent starting May 1. The agreement, which could be ...

Impact small for Auburn in state’s new budget

The state’s recently passed budget that includes cuts to education and social services will not heavily impact Auburn, according to City Manager Bob Richardson. “The level of ...

Auburn worked hard to defend against tax raid

Strange as it may seem, serving as a city councilman occasionally resembles an innocent walk in the park that is suddenly interrupted by a steroid-pumped, tattooed man with a knife ...

State budget woes create uncertainties

Despite other foothill cities expecting to lay off employees, “mum” was the word at Auburn City Hall when City Manager Bob Richardson was asked what cost-saving measures the ci ...

Looking Behind the Scenes: Good villagers of Auburn did more than their best

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Especially if you’re AIG, or a bank too big to fail, or the Detroit auto industry. Recently, somebody who does math better than myself cal ...

Country Christmas coming

Santa traded in his sleigh for a horse and rode through Auburn Tuesday to welcome Old Time Country Christmas to town. Children from Little Fox Preschool came to Old Town to catch ...

Looking Behind the Scenes: City's financial planners prove remarkably prescient

Pawning the notebook while trying to open a lay-away plan at the Dollar Tree... Face it — the economy is bad, although the buckets of red ink seem to be hemorrhaging from wound ...

City control of Highway 49 section moves Streetscape forward

A bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger late Tuesday hands over state control of stretch of Highway 49 to the City of Auburn. Assembly Bill 1915 relinquishes the stretch of Hi ...

Gazing into Auburn’s business crystal ball

Imagine a bustling municipal airport with hundreds of planes in hangars and an active, aviation-based business district surrounding it. Imagine a Placer Hills “wine trail” of ...

Are wrong government workers taking pay cut?

Downsizing the notebook while thinking the Governator targeted the wrong group for the layoffs/pay cuts. He should have saved the draconian measures for the legislature. … On th ...

Looking Behind The Scenes: From click it or ticket, to cell phone or cell time

Coughing through the notebook while wondering when the foothills became the Great Smokies ... Despite the smoke and haze, one thing is clear, at least to Auburn City Councilman Mi ...

Guest columnist: Come July 11, celebrate a new era for historic theater

The long-awaited marquee lighting highlighted with gorgeous neon will be upon us July 11. To celebrate we are having a street party in front of the State Theatre. Everybody in the ...

Canceled contracts led to dispute

Former Auburn Airport Manager Jerry Martin said Tuesday he issued letters canceling airport vendor contracts before being placed on paid administrative leave March 14, but denies h ...

Looking Behind the Scenes: Airport contracts may be reason for manager’s departure

Tip-toeing through the notebook while wondering when the voters will grant us writers a pay raise ... And there appears to be some other tip-toeing going on, this time over at Cit ...