Jim Bennett

Clerk beyond transparent

It appears that the current City Clerk of Auburn, Mr. (Joseph) Labrie, has chosen not only to be transparent but to be invisible in campaigning for holding the office. Telling ind ...

Parking fee may backfire

With the recent bout of hot weather, relief was available at the nearby American River. But for the hour of chilling at the water hole, it cost me $10 just to park on the street, a ...

Send a message to lobbyists

Part of the impetus behind Measure A occurred in 2003-4 when the state amended Section 1720.4 of the Labor Code. The code requires general law cities to pay volunteers who wish to ...

Let charter chart future

Currently, about one-half of the state’s population that live in cities dwell in charter cities. San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco to Sacramento: These are all charter cities ...

Let Auburn draft a first-class charter

Big government has evolved to be an elected aristocracy that has more than just disillusioned us commoners. Symptoms of the disillusionment include: vast sums are appropriated for ...

Behind the Signature: Jim Bennett

A visit with the Journal’s frequent letter contributors. Lives in: Auburn. “Came here in 1988 to be normal folk again.” Job: “White-haired, silver-tongued retiree. Gradua ...

A business lesson in evolve or perish

When did we throw in the towel and seek protection from economic competition? Such seems to be the mindset of folks unhappy with Wal-Mart coming to town. Wal-Mart is a “threat” ...

Hanley, Snyder excel in service

Unlike most of the electioneering going on, the race for Auburn City Council is all positives. Not a word of discord among these candidates. We are lacking the traditional metrics ...

Fancy ed report belies ‘crisis’

Take a look at the annual report of the Placer County Office of Education (I got mine at the library) and you will have the impression there is no budget crisis for education in Pl ...

Men cultivate garden of eatin’

They call themselves the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. But they’re making an extraordinary contribution to the community. In the past year, Virgil Traynor, Bart Ruud and a group ...

Keep the senior college courses

Sierra College might soon axe a program that fills baby boomer needs. For several years the community college has supported (and secured a $1 million endowment to operate) the Os ...

Rookie plantsmen till land to stock larder

A year ago, it was pastureland with horses grazing contentedly in the shade of a row of liquidambars. But then someone planted the seed of an idea to turn that patch of unproducti ...

City slammed door on $350K interest savings

The City of Auburn is going to Wall Street to finance its wastewater project (Journal, March 24). That means it may have to pay 6 percent interest like it did with its Streetscape ...

Choose best long-term plan for water treatment

The Auburn City Council should vote to remove its discharge from Ophir Creek. The current situation is and will continue to be the most challenging and costly type of discharge in ...

Ask the PCWA for water conservation rewards

Water costs are on the rise and the Placer County Water Agency can do more to empower customers to avoid future costs through economic incentives. Residents of Auburn have recent ...