Where have all the old businesses gone? Part II

Before I continue from last week I want to give a shout out to a new business in town. The Grand Comedy Club has opened at 340 E. Grand Ave., the old Taste of Florence location. Should be fun. Www.grandcomedyclub.com And as promised, here we go again down memory lane. Acapulco, Anfuso’s, Tony’s Seafood Landing one of my favs, Gentleman’s […]

Opportunity for all

 Access to a quality education is the best way to ensure our students a bright, successful future. But one size does not fit all, and not every student wants to go to a traditional college. Even so, California schools often focus on sending kids to colleges and universities, with less emphasis on trades. We have a skilled worker shortage in […]

Where have all the old businesses gone?

If you have ever owned and or managed a business you know that the task is not as easy as it may appear to be. Owners spend a lot more time than what hours the business is open. After last week’s column referring to Rube Nelson I began to think about the many businesses that have come and gone in […]

Project Baby Bear

As a member of the Select Committee on Biotechnology and Co-Chair of the Rare Disease Caucus, I’m always looking for innovative treatments that provide the greatest benefit for patients at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers. That’s why I’m enthusiastic about Project Baby Bear, a $2 million Medi-Cal funded pilot program at several hospitals, including San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital, […]

Right down the middle

Observations by RICK ELKIN I read a blog that responded to an inquiry, “What is the difference between a column and a blog?”   The responses and ensuing counter comments were so long I gave up reading it.  It came off as a very tedious college lecture-hall debate where no one really answered the question. The truth is,  I have […]

ED GALLO SPEAKS: Remembering Rube Nelson

Once again, after I have an idea for a column something happens that diverts my intentions. Last week when entering a convenience store I was stopped by what was posted in the windows. Immediately, my memory bank was alerted to events 45 years ago. I’ll speak about last week later on and in the meantime talk a bit about part […]

Paper boy, collecting!


“Paper boy, collecting”. Ever hear that on a late Saturday morning or afternoon? It was a minor miracle if I collected the entire route in one day.  What was more Norman Rockwell Americana than watching a paper boy or girl on Sunday morning trying to steady the bike with that heavy Sunday edition in an overfull canvas bag wrapped across […]

Broken Promises

The Senate Bill 1 gas tax increase promised to fix our crumbling highways and roads.  That promise was short-lived. Last month, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order redirecting the state’s $5 billion annual transportation funds from highway/road repairs toward reducing congestion via “strategies designed to encourage people to shift from cars to other modes of transportation” including mass transit, walking […]

Environmental and business benefits

Synchronizing traffic lights will not only reduce the time we sit at traffic lights but will also reduce tons of emissions with benefits to business and our economy.  In response to a study conducted in Salinas, California, five intersections on their main street had installed traffic signal synchronization and saved 15.8 TONS of GHG emissions in ONE year!  Not to […]

Wait Till Next Year

Observations By RICK ELKIN   Drysdale, Maury Wills and Fernando Valenzuela.  Maybe the hardest part was giving up listening to Vin Scully. It was a difficult decision for me to give my heart to San Diego but it was my new home and I wanted to root for the local professional sports franchises, the Padres and Chargers. For the first […]

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