Agriculture is vital

This week at the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual installation and awards celebration in Fallbrook, I was proud to recognize Gary Crouch with an Assembly Resolution honoring him as “Farmer of the Year.” As the owner of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, Crouch has been active in the Farm Bureau for decades and was one of the […]

The TVUSD Board has lost its way

Rob Clause Special to Valley News Imagine you are a member of the local school board. Your district is in the bottom three percent in California for fiscal responsibility, staffing cuts have been enacted, and only thirty-eight percent of your teachers view the controversial superintendent as an effective leader. What would you do? In Temecula, […]

Honoring California’s peace officers

The annual ceremony at the California Peace Officer’s Memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty was held in Capitol Park in Sacramento last week.  Over 3,000 men and women in uniform traveled to Sacramento to attend, including Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials. The ceremony which includes a […]

Emergency responders need air medical services to save lives

Chief Scott Brown of the Hemet Fire Department Special to Valley News As the fire chief of Hemet, we never know when our firefighters and paramedics will need to be deployed to respond to an emergency, but we’re always ready. When families in our community face an unexpected incident or medical emergency, we will be […]

The clock is ticking

This year over 2,800 bills, an excessive number in my view, were introduced in Sacramento. Many have a fiscal impact, which means they must be referred to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop for fiscal bills before they are presented to the full Assembly or Senate for a final floor vote. With so many bills […]

Health Opinion: Political activists deliberately distort the GOP’s take on health care, says AMAC

Association of Mature American Citizens Special to Valley News WASHINGTON, DC – “The impotence and the impudence of obstructionists on the issue of “Obamacare” came to the fore earlier this week when spokesman Jonathan Gruber had the nerve to once again tell a bald-faced lie on national TV,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association […]

Transparency in government is not optional

Recently, the California state auditor revealed that the office of the president of the University of California did not disclose to the University of California board of regents, to the Legislature or to the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-2016. The report reveals that the office of […]