Engineers engage in a process called “reverse engineering”. This is a process often used to trouble shoot a situation where the engineer does not have access to proper documentation. It’s also a process used by …No More Wimpy Government
“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”.This well known quote from Wimpy’s character in the Popeye cartoon should not be a model for government….but it is…the latest numbers for Oakland’s debt released by the state of NJ show….Raising Red Flags
A comparison of Oakland, Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes budgets for specific line items – raises some questions and some red flags….Oakland 2010 Budget
I was not able to find the 2010 budget online anywhere, though I am sure it exists somewhere since in the 21st century it would be easy enough and a very “green” thing to do. But since I could not find it, I extended my carbon footprint by driving over to borough hall and purchasing [...]Respecting Senior Voters
As publisher of TheOaklandJournal.com, I was the only person in Oakland to publicly raise the ethical, if not legal, implications involving the most recent school budget vote. My personal interest, as the father of two young children, is to see a well funded school system; I also have a vested interest in seeing that those [...]
A comparison of Oakland, Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes budgets for specific line items – raises some questions and some red flags….Why so much money?
In comparison to Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes…..
Why does Oakland spend $1,000,000 more for health insurance?
Why does Oakland spend $900,000 a year more on our police budget?
Why do we spend $60,000 a year more on our phone bill?
Why do we spend $100,000 a year more on legal services?
The following is a collection of contracts negotiated by elected leaders in Oakland.
Right now, this is just a repository of original source documents, and as time allows a closer comparison and analysis will be posted.Volunteers, Oakland’s Core
Local government needs to act as a partner with these organizations who’s primary beneficiaries are the people of Oakland. While our public financial resources must shrink, our creative resources must expand. Municipal government needs to…
When people speak about transparent government it usually is used in the context of making government more honest. I think this is setting the standard pretty low…Oakland’s Debt
The problem with debt, besides having to pay it back, is the interest. Every year we pay hundreds of thousands of dollars on this debt.Library Fiasco
The library legal boondoggle has resulted in approximately $151,000 in additional costs to the borough, and the project is still not finished…The Stream House-UPDATE
The solution for The Stream House situation is not an easy one, but it is an obvious one…Special Improvement District
There are a lot of towns in NJ who have implemented what is referred to as a SID, Special Improvement District. This is a geographically designated area a town is seeking to improve.Business Community
Also read Special Improvement District The present town council allowed a major flaw in the most recent downtown development with a troika of drive-thrus for Walgreen, Starbucks, and a bank lined up in row. This plan was allowed due to a lack of vigilance on the part of the council to implement the Master Plan [...]