Ken's work has ranged from the drafting and documentation of administrative regulations to the editing of departmental long-range plans and the researching, writing, and editing of public policy pieces on widely varied topics and the editing of book manuscripts in varied genres. He is currently a self-employed researcher, writer, editor, and consultant, and is a former policy analyst for the California Research Bureau.
Ken's column (2003-06) for Knowledge Quest, the journal of the American Association of School Librarians, focused on "Policy and Data Resources on the Web." The column highlights "think tanks" and other public policy and data resources useful for curriculum purposes and discusses classroom applications of those resources. Ken also wrote a major review of Kiyo Sato's memoir Dandelion Through the Crack (later republished as Kiyo's Story) in the September-October 2007 issue of Knowledge Quest.
Ken writes a weekly column for Senior Spectrum (Sacramento, California, 2008 to date). He also provides writing services, including writing, editing, formatting, book design, and consulting for authors, and occasionally publishes books. Published books include, among others, Laurie Hoirup's memoir I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability; Mike Garner's memoir Behind the Badge: Thirty Years of Working the Streets; a compilation of his own Senior Spectrum columns and other essays, The Big Book of Ken's Corner With a Cat Named Boo; Chuck Myer's memoir Melanoma Melodrama; and two novels by Evelyn Luscher (writing as Evelyn Swift).
Senior consultant, California State Senate, 1990-91. Responsibilities included research and writing on policy issues.
Analyst, California Department of Developmental Services, Office of Planning and Policy Development, 1985-90. Responsibilities included: researching and editing the department's Long-Range Plan; organization of personal computer systems and development of database methods for managing periodic revision of the department's long-range plan and for coordinating other projects in OPPD; training staff in the use of personal computer software and hardware.
Analyst, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, 1974-85. Responsibilities and accomplishments included: policy-related research and writing; legislative analysis; drafting and management of regulations; creation and management of specialized library; public speaking on health planning laws and regulations; and organization and management of personal computer services within the Office, preparation of computer-aided presentation graphics, and training of staff in use of IBM PCs and software.
Outside Thesis Reader for the University of Redlands/Institute for Professional Development, part-time 1977-81. Reviewed and recommended master's thesis proposals and literature reviews in Management and in Education for approval, revision, or disapproval. Advised students regarding research and writing. Developed and presented workshops on thesis research and writing. Participated in a team revising requirements for thesis.
Papers published by California Research Bureau since 1996 are available
online at http://www.library.ca.gov/html/statseg2a.cfm.
Printed copies of earlier papers published by CRB are available from the
Indoor Mold: A General Guide to Health Effects, Prevention, and Remediation. (With Pamela J. Davis, R.N., P.H.N.) Sacramento: California Research Bureau, 2006.Learning-Related Outcomes of Computer Technology in K-12 Education. Sacramento: California Research Bureau, 1998.
Long Range Plan 1988-93 (editor). Sacramento: California Department of Developmental Services, July 1988.
San Joaquin Valley: Land, People, and Economy. Sacramento: California Research Bureau, 2005.San Joaquin Valley: Selected Statistics on Population, Economy, and Environment. Sacramento: California Research Bureau, 2002.
Academy of Political Science
Citrus Heights (CA) Regional Chamber of Commerce
Northern California Publishers and Authors
Revised March 12, 2013