Stopping wild horse slaughter

This year I was principal co-author of AB 128 (Gloria), which requires any person purchasing a horse at auction, many of which are rounded up on public lands, to sign a sworn statement that the animal won’t be sold for slaughter.  Since 1971, federal law has required the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to manage wild horses. While […]

Constitutional understanding requirement allows self-enforcement of independent contractor arguments

This commentary is intended to address only the issue of willing creative services professionals being able to remain independent contractors; so I will not note specific laws which have been struck down as unconstitutionally vague, but I will state that courts have nullified legislation deemed not specific enough to determine whether a citizen is in compliance. In 2018 the California […]

Signs of Christmas: Joor Christmas man returns!


The signs of Christmas are here and yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. His representative is proudly standing at attention on the corner of Juniper and Valley. After an absence of ten years the Joor Muffler Man is bedecked in that very recognizable Santa Suit thanks to the efforts of the Manning and Guillen families owners of Joor Muffler […]

Reforming health care

Last week I gave the keynote speech at the State of Reform Health Policy Conference in San Diego, one of the largest, most diverse gatherings of health care executives and policy makers in California. Health care is one of my passions, and as a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I was thrilled to be invited.  Mental health is a […]

A program that recognizes “rising stars”

Like many of you, we at the Chamber are taking this time to reflect back on our achievement’s accomplished this year, and preparing for another calendar year.  We’re just about done with our hosted events for the year and we’re taking this time to slow down, take stock of our accomplishments, review our policies and procedures and make any mid-year […]

A bit of history, a bit of commentary

A little bit of history, a little bit of commentary and a few other thoughts are on the agenda this week. Again, SANDAG offers fodder for my keyboard. Just to get you more informed about our Regional Planning Organization, the RPO was first assembled in 1966 as the twelve incorporated cities in the county along with the Board of Supervisors […]

Does the State owe you money?

We’re entering the holiday season, and many people could use a little extra cash. You might be interested to know that California is sitting on unclaimed properties valued at over $9 billion. Please visit claimit.ca.gov to see if any of that money belongs to you. Why does California have so much unclaimed property? Under our Unclaimed Property Law, businesses like […]

My column gets bailed out again by SANDAG


This is the third time that after trying to figure out what to write about I got bailed out by SANDAG. Thank you for continuing to provide material. Last week the San Diego Association of Governments discussed the massive bike lane project in the county.  This is a project that is year behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. […]

Understanding the Public Utilities Commission

California has many powerful state agencies that impact the lives of millions. One of the most powerful, but perhaps less known or understood, is the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC was created in 1911 after a constitutional amendment was approved by voters to reorganize the Railroad Commission, which was established decades earlier to regulate the state’s powerful railroad industry. […]

The Next Tom Brady

I have never been a fan of the Prevent Defense Theory in football.  It seems counter intuitive to me to suddenly change all of the things that had been working to get a big lead, then put your players into an entirely different mindset to protect that lead. My idea is to just keep running up the score, play straight […]

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