Monthly Archives: August 2013

BARRY’S BLOG FRIDAY 8-2-13

Glad to see Auburn is sending voting delegates to the League of California Cities annual convention in September. One of the main discussions will be on AB 109 which has changed the local landscape by throwing hundreds of parolees and early release prisoners out of the state prisons onto the counties and local cities to deal with. I call this “trickle down responsibility”.

Here is why. The Feds set rules on prisoner housing that the state must follow. AB 109 was the solution to meet these rules and not build more facilities for the over crowded prison population and provide better mental and other health facilities. The result was early release which sent a population of criminals to the home areas and placed the enforcement problem and costs on Counties and Cities. Unfortunately the funding needed will not be provided, and the state will also not reduce spending, so the local taxpayer will take the shot, as usual. Not the first time the state has used this process to solve their problem by passing it down to the locals. Remember how they closed the mental health hospitals and set the inmates free to roam the streets, leaving the local counties and cities to handle the problem.

We have a history here.

Have a great weekend, and be kind to yourself today!

BARRY’S BLOG THURSDAY 8-1-13

August 1st. Wow where did July go?

Time and its passing of it has been a fascination of mine most of my life. I started at about 13 years old trying to get more things done in the same amount of time, which drove my parents a little crazy. They were efficient for the time, but enjoyed sitting down at the end of a day, having a cup of coffee and talking. I was delivering papers, participating in Boy Scouts, ushering at the local movie house and weekends sitting pins at the local bowling alley. Mom used to say: “you are too busy and I never get to see you!” I would answer “why do you want to see me?” Her reply was always the same: “I need things done around the house!” I would then say: “So hire me, I am open on Thursday’s!” That always got a good laugh. What fascinates me is how many times I have had similar conversations with girlfriends, Wives, Children, Grandchildren etc.

The attempt to get more time of course is physically impossible. One hour is still 60 minutes, and that has and will never change. I also have been fascinated at how fast time seems to go by when you are busy. I guess the opposite would be true. Stop being so busy and time will slow down. Tried that once, think is was a Tuesday, and decided boredom is not my thing.

As I navigated through my career, I started studying time management. I found it so fascinating that I studied, applied and then taught it to senior management level executives and their staffs. As I started to see a sunset in working I took a job at a major telecommunications company, and set a 5 year program of time and production management in play as a lab to prove several theories that I had developed over many years. The end result was great and I look to one day writing that book on the theories and results.

I could have written that book several times over now, just can’t find the time. Yea! Too busy!

Have a great day and be kind to yourself!