Luring people back to fishing is time well spent

As you know, I am an outdoors enthusiast, and that enthusiasm includes fishing. Anything we can do to get people out of doors, especially our kids, will lure people away from electronic distractions and expose more people to the outdoors. This session I am a very proud co-author of Senate Bill 187, introduced by Sen. […]

Human trafficking, sex crimes and what you can do to help

If you have been reading Valley News or our sister paper, The Village News, you may have noticed an influx of articles on human trafficking, prostitution and a variety of other sex crimes. While it may seem unusual for a community paper to delve into such “hot button” issues, I believe it is necessary to […]

Big changes ahead for taxpayers and businesses

Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News The California State Board of Equalization is an agency familiar to our small businesses. Known as the BOE, it’s a place businesses file their quarterly sales taxes, fee and tax appeals, including fire fee and property tax appeals. The BOE handles tax fraud, taxpayer rights issues and criminal tax […]

Neighborhood Healthcare

Last week at the Legislature’s “Non Profit Day” I was happy to recognize Neighborhood Healthcare of Escondido as my nonprofit of the year. Joining me at the Sacramento Convention Center ceremony were Tracy Ream, Neighborhood Healthcare’s Chief Executive Officer, Elmer Cameron, board member, and Terri Vise Director of Strategy and Compliance. Committed to providing quality health […]

Beat the heat and check the back seat!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Special to Valley News This week marked the official beginning of summer. And the heat is on and looks like it will be with us for a while! Follow these heat stress safety tips to prevent heat injuries:  Types of Heat Stress – There are two popular types of heat stress. The […]

California’s Native Wildlife

This month, I was excited to join 200 caring people from around the state to advocate for native wildlife at the Capitol for the Humane Society’s annual lobby day. At the news conference in front of the Capitol, I spoke about my bill, Assembly Bill 1031 that creates a voluntary donation “check off” on state tax returns […]

The people’s right to recall

The two-thirds super-majority held by Democrats in Sacramento has allowed them to pass the largest gasoline tax increase in state history. This huge tax and fee increase has proven to be extremely unpopular. Recent polls suggest that 58 percent of registered voters disapprove. In fact, 72 percent of the Inland Empire, which is part of […]

San Diego County Fair isn’t just for San Diego County

Over the years I’ve been providing San Diego County Fair stories for the Temecula/Murrieta Valley News. Although the youth exhibits are limited to San Diego County residents, most of the other exhibits and competitions are open to residents of other counties and many southern Riverside County residents take advantage of those activities. Attendance at the […]

‘GEAR UP,’ an education success story

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron Special to Valley News As the mother of a high school student, education has always been one of my top concerns. That’s why I’m so encouraged by “GEAR UP” — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. That’s a long name for a beneficial program that has helped almost 1 million […]

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