Tax increases, threats to Proposition 13 are still on the table

Assembywoman Marie Waldron Special to the Valley News Attempts to undermine Prop. 13 protections for California taxpayers or simply to raise taxes and “fees” seem to be gathering steam in Sacramento. Special sessions have been called to deal with transportation and health care funding and calls for increased taxes are being heard. The proposals include […]

Responsible journalism is a must for all

Ethical and responsible journalism is necessary for all who chose journalism as their career. Recently, some occurrences with one of our sister papers has caused me to sit down and review the code of ethics that all reporters and editors should be basing their coverage of local events on. I wanted to share them with […]

Special sessions: Watch your wallet

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron Special to the Valley News As you may know, Governor Brown has called two legislative special sessions; one dealing with healthcare and Medi-Cal funding, the other with highways and transportation. California is one of 16 states in which only the governor may call a special session. Only the specific subjects mentioned in […]

Concert series benefits Santa Rosa Plateau education program

John Hunneman Columnist Their motto is “No Child Left Inside” and for more than two decades the wonderful docents and volunteers at the Santa Rosa Plateau have been making that happen. Since 1994 more than 100,000 third graders from across the region have traveled on buses up  Clinton Keith Road to explore the trails and […]

In order to get down to business, cities needs to move past monkey business

  Murrieta City Council’s recent decision to look into the actions of Mayor Harry Ramos’ activities has got me thinking about things in a different light. Whether the accusations of improper interactions with staffers brought up at a recent council meeting by Doug McAllister, Ed Faunce and several others are true or not remains to […]

Calvert’s amendment regarding Confederate flag is an ‘insult’ to Americans

Dear Editor, As a resident in Congressman Calvert’s district, I stand with Riverside NAACP President Woodie Rucker-Hughes as well as many other caring citizens in the 42nd Congressional District in condemning the actions of Mr. Calvert. His last minute amendment that would have allowed the Confederate flag to fly at federal cemeteries is an insult […]

Lake Elsinore Unified School District openly discriminates against minority teacher, U.S. Supreme Court chooses to review an already resolved matter

Lori Edwards a highly skilled African American teacher with the Lake Elsinore Unified School District has been cheated out of her tenure, benefits, and pay for years and the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to help. “As a certified Governor Teaching Fellowship (GTF) Teacher I am shocked that my full-time classification, salary, and benefits have been […]

Support needed to save state’s ancient redwood trees

Dear Editor, Thanks to early conservation efforts, vast areas of prehistoric redwoods have been protected from logging where they survive in our state despite generations of an industrial economy. These redwood forests are now under threat and help is needed if we want these ancient trees to continue into the future. Poachers are encroaching into […]

Fire services an integral part of any community

The recent cancellation of the fire services contract between the city of Canyon Lake and Riverside County Fire Department have residents in the city in an uproar and I can see why. Nearly 11,000 people live in the gated city – one of only eight in the state – and those residents now feel abandoned […]

Road repairs: No new taxes required

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron Special to the Valley News Providing a reliable transportation network is one of the primary responsibilities of state government. The budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year increases spending by $7.5 billion, and includes funding for new social/welfare entitlements. At the same time however, the new budget largely ignores basic infrastructure projects, which […]

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