Fred Keeley is the elected county Treasurer for Santa Cruz County, California. Mr. Keeley has held this position since 2005. Prior to his service as Treasurer, Mr. Keeley represented the Monterey Bay area in the California State Assembly. From 1988 through 1996, Mr. Keeley served two terms on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Keeley teaches local government at San Jose State University and California State University Monterey Bay (Osher Life-Long Learning Institute), and lectures at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

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Let’s get two things straight from the beginning: First, Benjamin Barber is one smart fellow. Second, his prescription for saving democracy is wildly off base. In his most recent book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities (Yale University Press), Professor Barber produces another of his wonderfully intense …

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