Letter to the editor

My email to you is in response to your article written Nov. 5, “Hemet Police plans to speed up the process to carry a concealed weapon.” I am frankly horrified that this process would speed up versus slow down. This means that there are more people who can carry a weapon in public and have […]

Unique San Diego agriculture thrives

More than 14 percent of the nation’s agricultural exports come from California. The state produces over one-third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts. Contrary to what many people in Northern California may think much of California’s abundance originates from Southern California. The farms and farmers here are unique in many ways. […]

Our Backyard Friends

California is a great state with a rich diversity of native wildlife.  In the mid-1980s, I took Project Wildlife training as a native songbird rehabilitator, and have rescued many orphaned baby birds or injured adults through the decades. This session my AB 1031, signed into law, creates the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund setting up […]

‘Homelessophobia’ takes over Menifee

Bill Freeman Special to Valley News A few years ago I went to get my driver’s license renewed. It was my day off, so I might have looked kind of grubby or like a homeless person, because the woman behind the counter asked me questions I’d never been asked before when getting my license renewed. […]

This and that; Shenkman strikes again and thanking our veterans

Like Temecula Unified School District, and all the surrounding communities’ city councils, Murrieta Valley Unified School District is now facing a lawsuit regarding the way trustees are elected to the school board. You read that correctly, the law firm of Shenkman and Hughes is now going after MVUSD, sending a letter in late September on […]

Combating the drug epidemic

Last week I participated in a prescription drug abuse forum at Valley Center High School. Representatives from North County Mental Health, the Sheriff’s Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the F.B.I. discussed this growing problem. My initial experience with this issue was during my involvement with the San Diego County Opioid Task force as […]

Bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency still progressing through the House

“The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.” This one sentence, proposed law House Resolution 861, is probably the shortest and most direct ever proposed in U.S. history. It was introduced Feb. 3, by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, and is presently working its way through four committees: Agriculture; Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure and […]

Legislation for California approved in 2017

During the recent session, ending Sept. 15, 977 bills were submitted to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. He signed 859 bills, and I am pleased that seven bills that I wrote were included in this total. My legislation includes Assembly Bill 4, sponsored by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, to deter online voter fraud by requiring […]

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