On Wednesday, Sept. 2, I attended a meeting with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to discuss recent and proposed improvements to border wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Participants in the meeting included U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer…

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I endorse Imperial Beach City Council Member Mark West for his second term as a Council Member for the City of Imperial Beach. I wanted to say that first, because it is crucial that we keep him in office. I’ve never written a letter to the editor, this is important to me, important to our gr…

If Joe Biden were running for the title of Mr. Congeniality, he’d win in a landslide. But this election is not a popularity contest and should not be about selecting the nicest guy to fill the highest office in the nation. Policies may matter more than personality traits and the election thi…

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the w…

If the Post Office can’t handle mail-in voting, then let’s move on. Businesses, even banks, don’t seem to have a problem identifying persons electronically, so why don’t we vote electronically?

I had never met or heard of Kamala Harris in 2003 when her supporters asked me to help host the first event in San Francisco for her first run for office. Actually at that point, hardly anyone had heard of her.

There’s a lot going on in the world beside the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election campaigns but you might not know it for all the coverage it gets in most of the liberal mainstream media. The demonstrations for racial justice still command a lot of attention but most of the…

If the Post Office can’t handle mail-in voting, then let’s move on. Businesses, even banks, don’t seem to have a problem identifying persons electronically, so why don’t we vote electronically?

On Saturday, Feb. 29, the Mar Vista Lady Mariners Water Polo team defeated top-seeded Van Nuys Birmingham 14-9 to win the Division III Southern California regional state water polo championship. It was a historic and hard won title for the first-ever state-level champions from Imperial Beach…

An authoritative source has provided your correspondent with a summary of conclusions from a study published on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website from May 2020. A large number of studies have shown that masks for the control of influenza A, the viral particle which …

This upcoming 2020 Election is an important one, especially for California property owners. Proposition 19, which entices voters with a misleading title, is one that should be looked at in detail.

Whenever President Donald Trump warns about the risk of fraud posed by voting by mail, Democrat leaders and the media are quick to respond that he makes such warnings without evidence and that fraud associated with voting by mail is rare. I guess that would depend a lot on how one defines “r…

With only three months to go before the most important election of my lifetime, it’s time to get serious about the issues. Yes, I know that I’ve said every presidential election, of the 17 I’ve voted in, has been the most important, but this time I really mean it. We have to restore some pea…

In looking forward to the prospect of having a new revenue generating initiative (1% Sales Tax) on the November ballot, the City’s residents need to be reassured that this new revenue source will absolutely be 100% earmarked for City operations and services to benefit all residents – and not…

With the recent round of business closures as a result of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County and especially in Imperial Beach and the entire South Bay, it is increasingly clear that it is going to be a challenge to beat the coronavirus. But it is also increasingly clear tha…

COVID-19 has changed almost everyone’s lives in one way or another. We’re living through a time unlike anything else we’ve ever seen before, so it’s no surprise that we’re having to figure out new ways to do things, including education. There is a lot of debate going on about whether college…

In the fall of 1918, Spanish Influenza, the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century, had come to Stanford University. The disease was first detected in the United States that spring at an Army base in Kansas. World War I transformed the campus. Virtually all male undergrads volunteered as uni…

In 2014, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll, 43% of Americans thought the Michael Brown killing in Missouri represented police over-enforcement where blacks were concerned. In July of 2020, in the wake of the George Floyd murder, that number stands at 74%.

All things, good and bad, eventually end. As we await the present pandemic to appear in our rear view mirror, we wonder what the landscape will be like when the ‘new normal’ arrives. How will our old institutions fare, such as our churches, sports teams, theaters, restaurants, bars, etc.

As everyone remembers, the economy was booming before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Unemployment was at an all- time low, including for minorities and in some areas there were more job vacancies than applicants. A rising tide was lifting all boats, as they say. But with the onset of the pand…

With the number of people who have contracted COVID-19 on the rise in California and especially in Imperial Beach and south San Diego County, we clearly need to continue to be safe. That means wearing a face covering, keeping physically distanced from others and washing our hands continually…

As a member of the vulnerable age group I have noted with interest the ongoing debate about masks in the Letters to the Editor and the media in general. It seems to boil down to those who believe they have a duty to the community to promote public health vs. those who believe there is little…

Where does climate change fit during a pandemic, economic collapse and the Black Lives Matter movement? Lack of action on climate change will have significant adverse effect on all economies. Climate change impacts people of color and those living in poverty disproportionately, so it is a so…

Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep your families and neighbors safe and to support our local businesses during these challenging times. A couple months ago, the City launched Join the Conversation, a discussion on the future of Imperial Beach as we work together towards recovery.

City Council Expresses Sadness for Challenges Occurring in Our Country and Stay Committed to Keeping Residents Safe.

On June 8, Imperial Beach’s chief public servant, Mayor Sergio Dedina, appeared on Good Morning San Diego in order to condemn residents of his city as active “racists” and “white supremacists.” (An apparent attack the day prior on a person participating in a protest near Pier Plaza prompted …

The tragic death of George Floyd has focused the entire nation on the still-festering problem of racial injustice and prejudice infecting us. Now, while the outrage is still fresh, is the time, especially with a national election less than five months away, for American leaders to come toget…

On Tuesday, June 16, Mayor Pro Tem Paloma Aguirre and I spoke with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan as well as Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh regarding the investigation into the cowardly and violent assault on Imperial Beach resident Marcus Boyd that occurred on Sun…

Two years ago when I launched my campaign for a third term on the Imperial Beach City Council, I emphasized the challenge of maintaining civility in our community given the contentious nature of the national political discussion then. Civility is vital in a small community like ours where th…

While the soaring SpaceX launch this weekend lifted our spirits and re-ignited our faith to achieve greatness, we are brought back to earth with the gravity of racial injustice.

Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can bring out the best in people but also the worst. In the former category are the efforts of the healthcare workers, the first responders, members of the military and the many essential workers who put their health and that of their families at risk t…

One of the hallmarks of American democracy and civic life is volunteerism and helping others. Volunteer associations and organizations that provide assistance and services to help those in need have always been a fundamental component of democratic government and the American Way of Life. Th…

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), I’d like to thank all those who work in nursing facilities -- doctors, nurses, food preparers, housekeepers, and others -- for their unwavering dedication to compassionately caring for the vulnerable residents who are relyi…

The world has always had rogue nations and moments, has now will probably always have them. The U.S. is blessed with friendly neighbors, isolation, lots of natural resources, immigration for an essentially empty land, a stable government, good schools and high literacy, prosperity, better “f…

I would like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of Valerie Acevez, Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce President and the Board of Directors for their duties as servant leaders in our Imperial Beach business community.

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With the notice from the County of San Diego that there will be a re-opening of some businesses starting on Friday May 8, it is clear that we are moving forward toward a slow and phased entry out of this health crisis. Does that mean there is no longer a threat from COVID-19? Absolutely not.…

Since Sept. 1, 2018, the City of Imperial Beach has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to an entity known as Monarch Global Strategies, LLC (Monarch). Under this agreement, the City is obligated to pay up to $20,000 per month to Monarch. This amount was later reduced in September 2019, to…

We all hear the same things: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay at home, stay 6 feet away from others. Viruses live on boxes and plastic and doorknobs and... everywhere.

Not since World War II has the nation been so in need of strong, steady leadership, not just the kind that demands results by edict, but transformational leadership which inspires and achieves lasting results by changing behavior. This can only occur when people trust their leaders and willi…

On March 17, the IB City Council enacted an ordinance making illegal the eviction of tenants for non-payment of rent due to a “substantial decrease” (not defined) reduction of income related to COVID-19. Buried in the ordinance is meaningless boilerplate that states: “nothing in this resolut…

In the midst of a national emergency brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, the very last thing we needed in the Navy was a failure of leadership. Nevertheless, one was initiated starting with a memo sent by the commanding officer (CO) of the San Diego-based, forward-deployed aircraft carri…

I have lived in Imperial Beach just about all of my life. My husband and I have lived in the Boca Rio Condos over 40 years. As of late November, the Mexican Airlines and other Mexican airplanes have started flying right over the Boca Rio Condos. They are approaching from the West and heading…

We all know about our award winning hospital. How lucky we are on the island.