The Value of Volunteers


Volunteers. No, I am not talking about the University of Tennessee. Last week, The North County Philanthropy Council honored community volunteers for 2019 and that got me thinking about the value of volunteers at many different levels.  Charities, non-profits, civic groups and government agencies depend on volunteers who give their time, talent and treasure for their very existence. Escondido’s Trudy […]

Supporting people and jobs

My husband and I have owned our small retail business for over 25 years. The problems we encountered running that business were some of the primary reasons I first ran for public office. Since joining the Legislature, I have supported a wide range of legislation that would stimulate business formation and provide greater employment opportunities, more work-force training and greater […]

Environmental clubs and why they matter


When my friends and I started the Environmental Club at San Pasqual High School, I wasn’t sure how strong the program would be. In the past, there has been minimal support for environmental awareness within our extracurriculars and there was little student involvement as well. Melissa Montejo, along with myself, Ariana Noordyk, Stephanie Monodragon, and Helen Lin decided to change […]

More forgotten businesses from yesteryear

About a week ago, while at the gym a woman approached me and mentioned how she enjoyed my columns—especially recent memory lane, since 1973, comments. Then I waited for the “but.” Aaaand here it comes. “But you forgot Laura’s and the Carousel downtown.” We then spent a few minutes discussing other departed businesses. How could I have omitted Laura Scardino’s […]

What’s up with daylight saving time?

Last November, 60% of California voters passed Proposition 7, aimed at eliminating the bi-annual tradition of moving clocks back in the fall and forward in the spring.  Daylight saving time was first imposed as a temporary energy saving measure during World War I, and was re-instated during World War II.  After World War II ended, states were allowed to decide […]

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, […]

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