Start 2016 off right!

Join the North County Tea Party on Monday January 4th, at the ABC church in Atascadero, to hear COLAB’s Government affairs director, Mike Brown. This is a rare treat for COLAB’s, Slo county’s government watch dog, Mike Brown,  to be able to attend the North county tea party meeting, so don’t miss it. Get updated on what our county government boards are up to and how you can get involved.   Remember, Monday January 4th @ the ABC church. Mike Brown is the Government Affairs Director of the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business of both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. The two COLABs are separate nonpartisan, non- profit government watchdogs and advocates representing farmers, ranchers, vineyards, developers, professional firms, contractors, and publicly spirited citizens who oppose increased government regulation, fees, and taxes. He is a graduate of the California State University at Northridge, BA in Government, and the University of Texas at Austin, MA in Public Administration. He went on to a 42 year career in local government management including service as Deputy City Manager of Hartford, Connecticut, Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Housing, City Manager of Berkeley, City Manager of Tucson, and, most recently, County Executive Officer for Santa Barbara County, from which he retired after 14 years. He is a Credentialed Manager of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and has pursued further training over his career at the University Of Arizona Eller College Of Management, The UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, The NYU Real Estate Institute, and the Yale School of Management. Examples of his many awards, include the ICMA Distinguished Budget Award ( 14 years consecutive in Santa Barbara County ) ; The American Society For Public Administration Award for Teaching and Implementing Performance Measurement, (2004); An Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the Tucson University (1996); four time winner of the ICMA Center For Performance Management Award For Use Of Performance Measures, and a Carnegie-Mellon University Award for Innovative Use Of Information Technology. He was selected by his peers to serve as Chairman of ICMA’s Center for Performance Management for over a decade and to be a member of the National Advisory Commission on Performance Management. Brown is an advocate (and former practitioner) for governments using structured management systems which include performance measurement, process improvement, structured project management, performance budgeting, and performance based compensation. Brown is also a government reform advocate who supports separation of politics from administration and believes that professional officials and staff experts should refrain from participation in politics ( other than to vote). Reciprocally, elected officials should allow professionals to develop analysis and policy recommendations free from political interference. The governing body of a public agency can then select from a choice of policy alternatives uncontaminated by a particular faction, party, or dominant individual.