Kenneth W. Umbach Consulting
These are some of the formal and
informal items I have done over the years. Subjects and styles vary.
Mold: A General Guide to Health Effects, Prevention, and Remediation,
coauthored with Pamela J. Davis, R.N., P.H.N. (January 2006). Brief
overview with recommended reading, additional bibliography, and notes.
Joaquin Valley: Land, People, and Economy (November 2005). requested by Assembly Member Juan Arambula,
this report summarizes statistics for the eight
counties of the San Joaquin Valley. Topics include the use of the land,
population and its characteristics, employment, and industry. Statistics are
drawn from public sources, primarily federal and state, and displayed in charts
for the region as a whole and for each of the counties in the region. Updated
statistics, revised scope, and redesigned presentation. (Three megabyte
Joaquin Valley: Selected Statistics on Population, Economy, and Environment
(May 2002). This paper, prepared at the request of the Senate Select
Committee on Central Valley Economic Development, encompases many topics,
mostly through charts and tables, with some narrative. It is similar in
scope and content to earlier report on the Great Central Valley, but this
one looks only at the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley.
Honeybees in California (April 1999). "Killer bees" are now
established throughout southern California, and moving north up the Central
Valley and the coast. This brief paper reviews background and the limited
options for dealing with them. PDF version available via the California
Research Bureau's site (search on the title).
Statistical Tour of California's Great Central Valley -- 1998 (August
1998). Overview of the 18 counties of the Central Valley, with many
graphs and charts. Revised and expanded from the 1997 edition. PDF version
available via the California Research Bureau's site (search on the title).
Outcomes of Computer Technology in K-12 Education (July 1998).
"This paper summarizes ways in which computer technology and communications
have been found to enhance learning in K-12 classrooms. The paper was prepared
at the request of Assembly Member Kerry Mazzoni, Chair of the Assembly
Education Committee, to support the work of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
in developing computer technology training standards for teachers. Those
standards will respond to requirements of Assembly Bill 1023 (Chapter 404,
statutes of 1997)."
Technology in California K-12 Schools: Uses, Best Practices, and Policy
Implications (March 1998). This brief report summarizes interesting
educational examples of computer and Internet use, widely accepted "best
practices," and points for consideration by policymakers and implementors
at all levels. (Search on title at the CRB site.)
is 'Push Technology'?" (October 1997). A look at the technology
of PointCast and similar "Internet broadcast" systems and their potential
for government. In Word 6.0 format. This is far out of date, but
perhaps still of interest to some.
A Selective Overview of Issues and Options" (June 1997). Ferrets
remain a perennial issue in California. This brief piece is as impartial
and fair-minded as I could make it.
Internet: A California Policy Perspective. March 1997.
The paper is of course very much out of date, but it may still be useful
for background and history purposes. Many of the topics it addressed subsequently
became the subject of legislative attention. The document (in PDF format)
is available via the California Research Bureau's list of papers (search
on the title).
Lions in California State Parks" (January 1994).
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