Just wondering . . . some questions for the Grand Old Party

Leaning Left

I’m a Democrat, and pretty much in the “Progressive” category of this tribe. I don’t know exactly when I became a Democrat. Both sides of my family are German-Lutherans, weekly church-goers, including three uncles, a Dad and a Granddad as ministers, so through and through conservative but not particularly political. The only specific political discourse I remember as a child […]

Parenting during a pandemic: the simple life

Editor—This is the first of what we hope will be many columns by Krishna Kabra, the recently appointed executive director of the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido.  One may not be entirely remiss in assuming that we are living in a reality where even apocalyptic headlines could fail to incite, mobilize or shock.  A raised eyebrow or an […]

Saluting Assistance League of Inland North County, Nonprofit of the Year

I recently joined my legislative colleagues to recognize over 100 nonprofits that work tirelessly to enhance our communities and the lives of our citizens. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to have the usual ceremony at the Capitol, but the lack of a formal celebration cannot diminish the important contributions made by California’s nonprofits.  This year I am very […]

An abbreviated column this week


Do you think we will ever get back to using whole words again? We are using more and more acronyms and abbreviations especially since the appearance of the so-called “social media,” which in my opinion is more anti-social.  As is true all the time, the more conveniences we desire or are shoved down our throats the more personal freedom we […]

The Disruptor


Do you remember the 70’s film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”? It starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher and won five academy awards. I loved that movie but at the time I didn’t fully appreciate the message writer Ken Kesey was sending.  In recent years, however, it has become crystal clear to me. Let me explain… The story is […]

A quarter-million gone . . . and a reckless super-spreader

Leaning left

In the not-too-distant future, newspapers around the world are likely to provide various versions of the following headline:  “Quarter-million succumb to virus in U.S.” This past March, in an admittedly gruesome game of “Apocalyptic Predictions,” I posed the following to my son — a business-type much better at numbers than me:  that we both estimate the ultimate maximum number of […]

Historic mental health advances

This session, I am honored to be recognized as a “Mental Health Super Hero” by the Steinberg Institute, because of my work on mental health policy, advancing mental health parity to physical health and working to expand access to care.  In addition I supported nine bipartisan bills, which were all forwarded to the Governor for his signature.  I co-authored three […]

Time to read my sample ballot

How about a potpourri of comments this week starting off with another announcement regarding the upcoming election. This past Saturday in the mail I received my sample ballot. Now we take some time to read candidate ballot statements and a quick read of the condensed version of the state propositions. We have to wait for the full sized pamphlet which […]

Turning down a grant

The California Department of Traffic Safety Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety offers grant funding to communities to provide safety related services. This grant money does not require using General Fund operational funding. Why does CDTSPBS do this? The department states that, “DUI checkpoints reduce alcohol related fatal, injury and property damage by about 20%.” It gets even better. California is famous, […]

Independent contractors’ need for friendly Supreme Court could be Biden’s undoing

There are similarities between Donald Trump’s re-election campaign this year and Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984. The defection of registered Democrats to a Republican whose Supreme Court justices would better meet the desires of the individual Democrats will likely be one of the similarities. There are some differences between the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion and the […]

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