About this site

I was a Governing Board Member of the San Carlos School District, elected November 2007 and again in November 2011. This site was originally used for the purpose of communicating with school district constituents, however now it is used for surfacing ideas and expressing opinions on various subjects in education, politics, business, or otherwise.

Please note that any opinion express here is purely personal and does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of anyone else or any organization with which I am, or have been, associated.

I will not accept anonymous comments, and all persons who post comments must have a valid e-mail address. Note that I reserve the right to edit, reject, or delete posts based on spelling, grammar, readability, or my judgment of what is appropriate discourse.

 

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Hindsight Bias and the Logical Fallacies in the Gun Debate

“Why wasn’t the Parkland shooter stopped by the FBI? They got a tip about him!” is a refrain we’re seeing a lot these days. It’s perhaps understandable, but it reminds us of the adage that “hindsight is 20/20” and more specifically illustrates what psychologists call hindsight bias, the idea that an event was predictable even [...]

Stay Classy, San Carlos

Last night was my final San Carlos School District Board Meeting as a Governing Board member, and it was bittersweet. Thank you to all who came by to see my last meeting and went out to celebrate afterwards. In the middle of the meeting, there was also an incredible surprise by former Bye Bye Birdie [...]

An Amazing Eight Years

As we are now just a little over two weeks away from the end of my time on the San Carlos School District Board, it seems like a good time to reflect on all of the things that have happened over these last eight years and the many accomplishments of the District. To be clear, [...]

Congratulations to our new School Board Members

Eirene Chen and Michelle Nayfack handily won election to the Governing Board of the San Carlos School District, so they will be replacing me and Adam Rak. The official transition occurs on the first Friday in December, which will be December 4th. That makes December 3rd as my last school board meeting. (Unlike City Council, [...]

A High-Class Problem

As I’m sure most of you know, my second term on the San Carlos School Board ends this year, shortly after this November’s election (which is an odd thing to call it as in San Mateo County it will be an all-mail election). This will end my eight-year stint on the board, and I am [...]

2014-2015 Year End Wrap-Up

With only about three weeks of school left, it’s time for my annual year end wrap-up. This is definitely a bittersweet note for me to write. By all measures it has been a great year for the San Carlos School District, and of one I am very proud. We have made progress in so many [...]

To Increase or Not to Increase, That is the Question

At last Thursday’s School Board Meeting, the board heard a presentation by Godbe Research and TBWB Strategies, two firms that the District hired to help understand the options regarding (and the community’s view on) a potential parcel tax renewal and increase next Spring.

As background, the District currently has two parcel taxes in place, Measure A [...]

Phoenix or Icarus?

As I wrote in my end of the year wrap-up, the City of San Carlos reconsidered its original opposition to the idea of the land swap proposed by the school district and agreed to a joint meeting of both agencies. We then had a series of negotiation sessions with the hope that we could [...]

2013-2014 Year End Wrap-Up

As the school year has just finished, I like to send out my annual wrap-up of the state of the San Carlos School District. It has been an interesting year, characterized by incredible progress on many fronts as well as a number of frustrating periods.

This year felt like everything hit us at once — [...]

Where Good Ideas Go to Die

Update on the proposed land swap between the San Carlos School District and City of San Carlos.

Last night, the San Carlos City Council effectively killed the idea of a land swap between the school district and city. Over the objection of the majority of speakers who addressed the council, they rejected the swap idea [...]