Letter from Mayor Jonathan Ingram

To my friends at the Valley News, Our hearts are heavy with the news of Paul Bandong’s passing. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Paul in Murrieta. I want to convey our love and support for Paul’s family. We have lost an incredible talent and a positive influence, setting a […]

No drugged driving allowed

California’s new law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect Jan. 1. Hopefully, the negative impacts on highway safety experienced in some other states with similar laws will not be repeated here. Using marijuana while driving remains strictly prohibited in California. The law prohibits smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving […]

Legislators are back in session for 2018

The 120 California Legislators reconvened to begin the second half of the 2017-2018 session, Jan. 3. Over 2,000 bills are likely to be introduced in the next few weeks. Some bills will be controversial, though many will pass with wide bipartisan support. Bills that didn’t pass their house of origin, either Assembly or Senate, before […]

Setting ‘SMART’ goals to start off the new year right

Every year as December comes to a close and a new year hovers on the horizon, I have always set new goals for myself. Some people like to call these new year resolutions, but over the years I have determined that calling these plans “goals” is a more positive way to approach the changes I […]

Special committees are at work during recess

The Legislature is half-way through its 2017-2018 session, but work has continued since recess began in September. I am a member of 11 select committees, and most have continued to meet and hold hearings. Important issues that are sometimes put on the back burner during the regular session can be discussed in detail by select committees […]

Celebrating the holidays, the Temecula way

By the time you read this opinion piece the 2017 Christmas holiday will be a thing of the past, but I need to share what happened to me on Christmas Day, because I was touched by what I experienced. This year Christmas was a little bit different in our household, and frankly, I was super […]

High diesel taxes hurt everyone

When the new 12 cent per gallon gas tax increase went into effect Nov. 1, hardworking Californians took an immediate hit. The tax on diesel fuel also increased by 20 cents a gallon, but we have seen that increase spike to 30 cents at the pump. Vehicle registration fees are also going up by $25 to […]

Metering on-ramps could provide solution to Temecula traffic issues

Dear Editor, Here is a thought: how about metering the on-ramps like every other city? I have called Cal Trans about this last year as I sat needlessly in traffic. I was told they are waiting for the large developers to pay for the change in the on-ramps. I was really disappointed by that comment. It […]

Retiring Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown thanks the community

As I reflect on my law enforcement career, one word comes to mind: grateful. I’m grateful to those at Cal Poly Police Department who saw potential in me 30 years ago. They sent me to the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and saw to it that I had the best training and experience. I’m grateful for […]

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