Opinion

The mayor gives a teaser on the State of the City

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“We want to change the narrative to be less negative and more positive—to put out a vision for the city,” commented Paul McNamara Monday morning as he was chatting in the lobby of the California Center for the Arts, Center Theater with several of the city’s influential people after the State of the School District address by Supt. Luis Rankins-Ibarra. […]

Human trafficking in California


Last month I introduced House Resolution 7 (HR 7), which is jointly authored with Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D – San Bernardino). HR 7 declares January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California, part of a nationwide effort to combat this growing menace. A form of modern slavery, human trafficking has grown 842% in the United States since 2007. Unfortunately, California […]

The Mean New Deal


Whenever the Democrats feel a disconnect with voters, or when one of their initiatives fails to gain traction (i.e., the election of Queen Hillary or the destruction of Brett Kavanagh) they always come back with some gargantuan new social justice proposal, designed to steal any sunlight the Republicans may have garnered.  With Donald Trump in the White House, Democrats have […]

Let’s talk about our schools’ achievements


Imagine with me for a moment, that you are applying for a new job. But instead of a robust resume and a list of personal references, you can only submit your name and a number between 1 and 10, with “1” being the worst and “10” the best. All hiring determinations will be based solely on this number, which by […]

Letter to the Editor: THE SCIENCE IS CLEAR

Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: “Mayor urges “be bold” on climate action “revolution”” I am disappointed that the article refers to carbon dioxide (CO2) as one of the alleged causes of climate change when science has been very clear that it is one of the causes.  Denial or suggesting otherwise is harmful to the public and our welfare. I also suggest that […]

Letter to the Editor: HIGHER COSTS AND FOR WHAT REASON?

Editor, Times-Advocate: “Mac” and Martinez soothe business leaders” “No abrupt, sudden lurches in any direction. Also, a message without a markedly anti-development bias.”  Interesting comment from two of the council members who disregarded the staff recommendation at last week’s council meeting and told staff to cease development of the Water Treatment Facility(reverse-osmosis) for treated effluent water at the Washington/Ash site.  […]

Letter to the Editor: STOP TAKING THOSE DRUGS

Editor, Times-Advocate: “Mayor urges “be bold” on climate action “revolution”” I think it’s time for climate change skeptics to open up their medicine cabinets and stop taking those science based medicines. If they don’t believe scientists about climate change why would they take their drugs? PAMELA HEATHERINGTON, Escondido

Developmental disabilities deserve funding


California has been transitioning from residential to community-based care for people with developmental disabilities, with the state expecting to see substantial cost savings.  While Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal diverts that money to pay for other state programs, myself and other legislators want to provide a secure source of funding for some of the most vulnerable people in the state.  We […]

Righties, you’re going to absolutely HATE the new normal

There’s no doubt that our current White house resident is (clears throat) a one-of-a-kind scamp rascal compared to every other previous occupant of said premises. To his supporters, he’s got a brash, tell-it-like-it-is style — even as they themselves are increasingly surprised by his actions (e.g., the stunned Trump fan who commented during the recent government shutdown, “He’s not hurting […]

Letter to the Editor: COUNCIL MEMBERS DISREGARDED STAFF RECOMMENDATION, DESPITE ADDED EXPENSE

Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: “Mac” and Martinez soothe business leaders” is waiting for your approval Comment: “ . . .no abrupt, sudden lurches in any direction. Also, a message without a markedly anti-development bias.” Interesting comment from two of the council members who disregarded the staff recommendation at last week’s council meeting and told staff to cease development of the Water […]


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