Changing the culture in Sacramento

Last month 140 legislators, staffers, consultants and lobbyists signed a letter declaring that there is a “pervasive culture of sexual harassment” in Sacramento. Signatories include six current legislators, a Board of Equalization member and both Republicans and Democrats. Allegations have been made against current and past legislators. Unfortunately, given the power and influence of some […]

How to beat the health care odds in these uncertain times

Chris Orestis Special to Valley News Concerns about health care are on the rise in the United States. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that Americans list health care as tied for the nation’s No. 1 problem, right along with dissatisfaction with government. Each of those was named by 18 percent of the people polled, far outdistancing […]

Compensation for county officials released

RIVERSIDE – The top 10 highest paid officials in Riverside County government last year were mainly in healthcare, though several county executives also made the list, according to data published Tuesday by the California State Controller’s Office. State Controller Betty Yee released the 2016 “Government Compensation in California” report to show how taxpayer funds were […]

Temecula sets change in city council election method

The threat of costly litigation has prompted Temecula City Council members to shift from at-large elections to geographic districts. By taking that action, Temecula joins an array of public agencies throughout the region and the state to change the way their leaders are elected. The change – slated to take effect in November 2018 – […]

What makes America great already?

Bill Freeman Special to Valley News Yakov Smirnoff, the comic from Russia who came to the U.S. and hit it big in the 80’s, had a famous phrase: “America! What a country!” Yakov Smirnoff talked about going to the grocery store where he saw, “Powdered eggs, powdered milk, baby powder.” America! What a country! America […]

Many Murrieta citywide goals reached in 2015

Murrieta City Council expressed its appreciation to city staff Tuesday, Feb. 2, for their work in completing a number of established and new goals made by the council since it last goal setting workshop March 27, 2015. The sitting council and councils before them since the city was incorporated in 2008, has established a number […]

The Legislature is back in session

The Legislature reconvened for the second half of the 2015-2016 session Jan. 4. Hundreds of bills are being introduced to beat the Jan. 27 deadline for submitting legislation to the Legislative Counsel’s office.  Also two-year bills held over from last year must be heard over the next few weeks. These include my AB 59, extending […]

Some government agencies are here to help

One of the major joys in serving as an Assemblymember lies in assisting constituents in their dealings with state agencies. Now that the end of the year is approaching, it’s a good time to remember some of the ways my office has assisted residents of the 75th Assembly District over the past year. Sometimes, we […]

The tax fight continues

Marie Waldron Special to Valley News As your Assemblymember, I have been working hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overreaching government regulations. During my 14-year tenure on the Escondido City Council, I never supported a tax increase and I am continuing that fight in the State Legislature. That is why I have earned […]

We don’t need a Boehner clone

There’s an old saying that should be heeded by members of the House of Representatives: “Things that are urgent are rarely important, and things that are important are rarely urgent.” So, when it comes to electing the next speaker of the House – the office second in line to the presidency – what’s the rush? […]