Does the Constitution matter anymore?

A newspaper editor recently wrote of the difficulty in finding a columnist expressing the constitutional viewpoint. I was impressed that he was making his way through the Federalist Papers and considered it a good read. Probably not as only one in 20 can identify what it is or how it came about. Today the Federalist […]

Tackling Valley Fever

Valley Fever is in our soil and the very air we breathe. Since 2011, confirmed cases of Valley Fever have been reported in 50 of California’s 58 counties, reaching a record of 5,372 confirmed cases in 2016. And the problem is growing, with 7,471 provisional cases reported in 2017. This region is also impacted by […]

Gov. Brown gives his final State of the State address

Gov. Jerry Brown gave his 16th, and final, State of the State address, Jan. 25. Term limits prevent future governors from matching that record. Why do we do a “State of the State” anyway? According to Article 5, Section 2 of California’s first Constitution, “The governor shall report to the Legislature each calendar year on […]

Rising from the ashes

The Lilac fire burned 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas. Among these were 75 homes located in Rancho Monserate, a close-knit community that saw almost one-third of its homes destroyed. As a result of the Lilac, Thomas and other recent fires, new legislation is being introduced in Sacramento to […]

Approval of Altair Dooms Mountain Lions

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in the Temecula City Council’s approval of the proposed Altair development above Old Town. Not only will this eyesore mar the beautiful views of the Santa Ana Mountains south of town, the project will effectively cut off the only remaining migration corridor for mountain lions moving between […]

Sen. Jeff Stone releases statement on governor’s proposed budget

SACRAMENTO – In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s release of the proposed 2018-2019 California State Budget, Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside County, issued the following statement, Jan. 10. “As usual, the governor gave a good speech this morning. He talked about fiscal restraint, paying down debt and returning money to local schools,” Stone said. “But as has been […]

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez responds to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-2019 budget proposal

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, released the following statement recently in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-2019 state budget. “I appreciate the governor exceeding what is required to invest in our state’s rainy day fund, but if we truly want to prepare for the future, we cannot continue to ignore the […]

Integration by acceptance is also worthy of celebration

My African-American friends understanding that I celebrate National Hockey League Integration Day, Jan. 18, rather than Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Willie O’Ree, who was the first black National Hockey League player, later played minor league hockey in San Diego and still lives in San Diego County, so the integration of the National Hockey League […]

Protect Proposition 13

As your Assemblymember, I work hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overreaching regulations. During my 14 years on the Escondido City Council, I never supported a tax increase, and I continue to support hardworking families and businesses. Fortunately, Proposition 13, which limits yearly property tax increases to 2 percent for every property owner, […]

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 […]

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