I am fortunate to be associated with two very special villages: Valley Village, my primary home, which is in the southeastern section of the San Fernando Valley, and Incline Village, located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Nevada; hence, the title, “Village to Village.” However, the title also is meant to encompass all villages throughout the Valley and beyond.
I have been interested in politics since I was a child. Perhaps it started when the Irish Christian Brother teachers at my grammar school made Time Magazine required reading in the fourth grade. My mother was also involved with high levels in the Kennedy Administration back in the sixties. Visiting her at the office gave me a firsthand look at government.
Up until I was elected to the Neighborhood Council Valley Village in 2004, my interests had been focused on national and international affairs; state and local politics were a distant second and third. Getting involved in Valley Village was an awakening to the effects of governance in City Hall and Sacramento. I realized that our elected officials were disconnected from their constituents. Since then, it has become a mission of sorts to speak out against the mismanagement of our City and State.
Ideology counts for very little with me. I believe Government can provide almost anything not available from the private sector as long as we are willing to pay for it, able to pay for it and insist on value for our tax dollars.
I am a CPA, earned my MBA from Pepperdine University and have undergraduate degrees in economics and accounting from the University of Richmond and the George Washington University, respectively. I am also on the Alumni Recruitment Committee of the University of Richmond and represent the school at local college nights in the Valley.
Because of my background, there will usually be a financial angle to many of my posts.
Please enjoy and feel free to comment on my writings. My topics cover a wide range of issues, including those that impact my other Village in Lake Tahoe.