Opinion

Why did you decide to run for public office?


I’ve had an opportunity to ask this question often when speaking with a number of our elected officials. The answers vary, but there is a common theme: They could accept things as they are, complain about it, or get involved! That’s right . . . they were not happy about something or other. Simply running for office is an arduous […]

Owed Money?


California could be holding some of your money. According to State Controller Betty Yee, California is sitting on unclaimed properties valued at $9.3 billion! But there’s great news —you can get it back. I encourage you to visit claimit.ca.gov to see if any of these unclaimed funds belong to you. How did this huge pot accumulate? Under California’s Unclaimed Property […]

The Winding road toward affordable college education

COMMUNITY MATTERS

Remember two years ago when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave themselves a $19,000 raise despite community opposition and testimony? After two dozen people from groups representing labor, faith organizations and families addressed the supervisors, opposing the raise, with many saying the money could be better spent on services to help the needy in the county, the supervisors […]

Trump Wins Again

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OpEd

A group calling themselves “New Way California Republicans” recently released a plan to build a new Republican coalition in California by attracting moderates and independents. Their message for California Republicans? “You don’t have to be like President Trump.” Presumably that means you just have to be more pragmatic, like John Kasich (who captured less than 6% of the total Republican […]

I was SO wrong!

I KNEW there was something funny about that soup at the Hobbit “Magic Mushroom” costume party I attended last week. So dizzy… So many colors and swirly-thingies. Fell asleep in a bedroom with Fox News playing on the TV and Rush Limbaugh on the radio. When I awoke, everything had changed — for the BETTER! For starters, how can our […]

It’s time to come to terms with furs


Recently, AB 44 (Assemblymember Laura Friedman), the proposed prohibition of animal fur products in California, cleared the Assembly’s Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Locally, Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) voted to support the measure.  “Californians love their animals and wildlife. Skinning animals or farming fur for fashion or other accessories is contrary to those values, and I believe it’s […]

Hometown hero Cory Iverson


This week a solemn ceremony took place in Escondido unveiling the big green signs to designate a portion of I-15 in Escondido, as “CAL FIRE Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial Highway.”  It was an honor and privilege to carry ACR 205, to create this designation recognizing, along with firefighters and other first responders from across California, a hometown hero who made […]

Are you reclassified?


Are you a Realtor, salon worker, trucker or lawyer? Do you work in or own a small business?  Last year’s California Supreme Court ruling involving independent contractors may affect you. The Court changed the definition of employees and contractors, impacting businesses, the economy, and the employment of thousands. In its “Dynamex” ruling, the Court presumes that ALL workers are company […]

Early Childhood Education: California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission Report

OpEd

All of our kids matter.   Although California needs to improve in secondary education performance, California leads the way in formulating pre-Kindergarten standards.  The Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission (“BLC”) on Early Childhood Education is the Legislature’s effort to plan an early learning system that works for children, families and providers. BLC held hearings over the past two years toward the […]

Living In The Light, Pt.2


  “As he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.  Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”  And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…” (Acts 9:3-5, ESV).   The […]


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