Opinion

Let’s get California moving again


Governor Newsom recently created the California Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to get the economy growing again as quickly and safely as possible. As Assembly Minority Leader and a small business owner, I was honored to be selected as a member of this critical team. The Coronavirus response has devastated California’s economy, including thousands  of small businesses that […]

Mr. Jones’s Manor

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Does anyone remember reading Animal Farm? The George Orwell masterpiece first published in 1947 that explored the corruption of the Russian Revolution and how Stalin used fear to enslave millions of citizens who mistakenly believed he had their best interests at heart? Orwell cleverly illustrated how totalitarians used fear to manipulate the farm animals populating the bucolic and peaceful farm […]

Days of vinegar and thorns


I picked up my laundered shirts from the dry cleaner. The one attendant (where once there had been two) said she was told that if the police see you driving without a mask INSIDE your automobile they will  ticket you. I assured her this was not true. Although given the current state—where each week Obersturmführer Nathan Fletcher announces new rules […]

We need to be open for business

Let’s see, what should I discuss today? Oh, I know! How about COVID-19 as if we haven’t heard enough about the scourge of the planet. But I do want to mention some of my recent observations. Last week when I went shopping at Vons for some grocery items I noticed the entire four shelves reserved for dishwasher detergent were empty. […]

“Californians must ensure infringements on liberties during pandemic are only temporary”


Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune. In his 1987 State of the Union address, President Ronald Reagan clarified the difference between the U.S. Constitution and those of other countries: “Many countries have written into their constitution provisions for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Well, if this is true, why is the Constitution of […]

Internet gems for the housebound


Unfortunately, being a shut-in and all, I have had little to keep me occupied. My valuable time has been spent researching nonsense items on the internet; so, hold onto your hats for my results. I just read an article on the internet about the products that have been most requested because of the virus. The request for thermometers was not […]

Recognizing those who help


National emergencies bring out the best in us as Americans always step up to help those in need. During this coronavirus pandemic, individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses are answering the call for help. In our Assembly District 75, Abbott Laboratories, with a major facility in Temecula, is deeply involved in the medical response to the pandemic. Abbott has developed tests […]

Maintaining our sanity


Are you all maintaining your sanity? Having multiple activities during the day keeps your brain working positively keeping your mind off being holed up at home. The upside, of course, is if you are working from home like so many are then you are busy with your work and you can still goof off a bit just as you did […]

Caring for your mental health


These times can be overwhelming. While we love our homes, being forced to stay there for extended periods causes stress, anxiety, and depression.  We are worried about our income, our jobs, our kid’s education, our health, our future.  So how do we cope with this new and very unreal lifestyle that the coronavirus has forced upon us? Remember, we are […]


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