Supervisors Approves Laura’s Law

Sup. Dave Roberts

By Dave Roberts In a landmark vote this week, the Board of Supervisors approved implementation of Laura’s Law, which allows for court-ordered treatment of severely mentally-ill people who present a risk to themselves or others. I have pushed for San Diego to join other counties in adopting this law since I took office and I […]

California’s Common Core Standards Raises Questions of Teacher’s Readiness

By LaSonja S. Hill The debate over whether or not the Common Core State Standards Initiative is improving or hindering the quality of education in K-12 practice is writhing with tension. On the one hand, it is widely denounced for imposing confusing, unhelpful experimental teaching methods.  While on the other hand, many education practitioners applaud […]

Feeling Green?


As a father of six, I take preserving our natural resources seriously. I want my kids to enjoy the beauty and bounty that Southern California has to offer for years to come. That’s why all of us are looking forward to the annual EarthFair on April 19 at Balboa Park. You can find me and […]

My Helicopter Was Never Hit By A Rocket Propelled Grenade


By Jerry A Shelby Jr. My Helicopter was never hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) ! I can’t put a number on how many times I flew in a Marine helicopter in Vietnam. I do know this, many times the helicopter was shot at by the Vietcong while I was in it. There were about […]

Latino Organization Responds To President Obama’s 2014 State Of The Union Address

We applaud the President for outlining his legislative plan for ensuring everyone has the ‘opportunity to succeed’ in this country if you ‘work hard and take responsibility’.  Following the Great Recession, the Latino community has found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet–experiencing higher rates of unemployment, foreclosure, and loss of household wealth.  By implementing […]

Supporting Our Homeless Veteran Population

By Alfonso Esquer Our United States (U.S.) Veterans are those men and women who have served in our Nations Armed Forces, volunteering their service, and sacrificing priceless moments spent with their families, to take upon themselves the responsibilities of guarding the countries freedoms. For the last decade and beyond the military has been fighting battles […]

Comments On The Passing Of Nelson Mandela


Our opinion page is open for those who wish to talk about the work of Nelson Mandela. House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) Throughout his life, Nelson Rolihlahla  Mandela met the purveyors of injustice, intolerance, and racism with an unyielding determination to forge a better and fairer future for his beloved nation.  From joining […]

Don’t Cut SNAP-Ed Funding

Dr. Glenna McCollum

By Dr. Glenna McCollum (Newswise) –Hunger and obesity. Two of the most common, most debilitating and most solvable health issues our country faces. There should be no politics to these issues. There should be no one ideology that triumphs over the other. However, as the House just passed a bill that would cut $40 billion to […]

House Party Crackdowns Curb Teen Drinking

By Aaron Byzak Hollywood portrays house parties as the quintessential teenage rites of passage where the party-busting cops are the bad guys. In real life, the cops enforcing social host laws are the good guys. By cracking down on teen parties and underage drinking, they avoid the more tragic ending to the teen party movie. Social host violators […]

Lending A Hand To Rim Fire Response

By Supervisor Dave Roberts To look, to learn and to help out however I could. That’s why I drove to Tuolumne County last weekend. My visit was brief – two days and one night – but long enough to gain a strong understanding of the enormous response to one of the largest wildfires in California […]