Here is the 2021 State of the City. Thanks to everyone who made it possible! Please note this version is abridged and edited to make it more readable. A complete transcript and video can be found on the City of Imperial Beach website (ImperialBeachca.gov).

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No one should be surprised that the South Bay Union School board chose not to open schools. They are part of a tradition of disturbing behavior and outcomes that plagues all school districts operating in South Bay. While their behavior may not rise to a textbook definition of corruption, the…

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The Port District (press release) with an artist rendering of Pond 20 being used for “mitigation” to benefit special interests outside the community.

Shortly after Inauguration Day, the Biden Administration announced to the world that America is back, implying a return to global leadership. The world answered with a collective yawn. Consider some reactions.

Continuing the trend toward polarization on almost any issue of national importance, we are now noisily divided over the matter of ballot access versus election integrity. Progressives argue for ever greater ballot access. Conservatives stress the need for greater election integrity. Obvious…

Residents of the southerly neighborhoods of Imperial Beach have been severely impacted by the stench of sewage and toxic waste over the past week. The Mexican government turned off its new Tijuana River pump station before the last rain and has yet to turn it on again. Lifeguard Chief Adam C…

As the crisis on the southern border steadily worsens, the Biden administration continues to blame the previous administration for the surge in immigrants trying to cross into the USA including thousands of unaccompanied children. In fact, it has refused to refer to it as a crisis which Mr. …

The last of the light towers came crashing down last week at the Mission Valley stadium where once the San Diego Chargers, Padres and San Diego State University’s football team entertained fans from around the county and elsewhere. The stadium, built in 1967, also hosted annual Holiday and P…

In the wake of the recall effort, California Governor Gavin Newsom is back-peddling and scrambling to open the minimum portion of the state to help ease the rage of the citizens whose wrath he now incurs. However, on the local scene, there is a serious air of discontent as well, as the crush…

In response to Linda Austin’s commentary, (“Too Old to Put Life on Hold”), I could not have said it better. No one knows how long anyone of us have on this earth and I, for one, have no intention of wasting any more of whatever God-given time I have left.

In running for president, Joe Biden made promises to reverse many of Donald Trump’s policies on day one if elected, some of them primarily to appease the progressive wing of his party whose support he would need to defeat the incumbent president. Among them was the promise to replace Trump’s…

Monday, March 22, 2021, our nation watched in horror as Swat teams surrounded a King Sooper grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. A gunman had just killed 10 people including a police officer. It was the second mass shooting in America in one week, coming days after eight Asian people were gun…

In Mayor Dedinas Jan. 18 Mayor’s Corner opinion column, he correctly denounced the violent group of rioters that assaulted our nation’s capital on Jan. 6. These extremists driven by hate wrapped themselves in the flag carrying the name of their narcistic leader and descended into the abyss o…

There is probably no one who more epitomized the spirit of service in Imperial Beach than retired Navy Captain William Zidbeck, who passed away over the weekend. Our family was lucky to enjoy the pleasure of Bill’s company and friendship. Bill was involved with the Optimist Club, worked as a…

The roof may have leaked a little during the last downpour, but that was so long ago I can barely remember. Today is bright, sunny and dry and the last thing I want to think about is contracting for a new roof. On the other hand, the roof is over 30 years old and the leak isn’t going to fix …

I’m the concerned grandparent of two elementary school children in your district. I’ve watched them and their parents doing their best this past year with online classrooms, in the interest of health and safety. It has been difficult and frustrating at best, with both parents juggling their …

When I was a kid growing up in Imperial Beach I divided my time between the beach, the Boys & Girls Club and the Imperial Beach Parks and Recreation Program. I spent the summer taking very low cost swimming lessons offered by the city at the Mar Vista High School swimming pool. I had a v…

Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives continued its vendetta against Donald Trump by voting to impeach him for a second time, this time with slightly less than two weeks remaining in his one-term presidency. They did so knowing that the votes were lacking in the Senate to convict him and, …

In early January I talked to Dr. Steven Luo who has a longtime dentistry practice in Imperial Beach on 9th Street, (I’ve been a patient of his practice that was originally run by Dr. Brunson, since 1971), about whether he would help out with vaccinations, since dentists had just been approve…

On Feb. 5, 2021, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores(NACDS) held a nationwide press conference to inform members of the press about the coordinated effort to supply the COVID vaccine to select pharmacies nationwide. This effects Walgreens in Coronado and CVS Pharmacy in Imperial Beach.

After the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol Building by a mob of Donald Trump supporters following a rally, I wrote that he should resign, leaving his Vice-president, Mike Pence, to serve out his remaining days in office. There wasn’t sufficient time, I wrote, to conduct a proper impeachment tri…

In a multi-week effort to refute a condemnation of the minimally regulated practice of ballot harvesting, Ms. Vivian Dunbar helpfully reinforces two very important points, namely: (a) that the anonymous harvesting/collecting of vote-by-mail ballots is a relatively straightforward thing to ac…

The final paragraph of the Jan. 28, 2021 “The Mayors Corner “article stated, in the Imperial Beach Mayor’s mind, that the Federal Government had been delinquent or irresponsible in its fight against cross border sewage flows into the United States for the last four years. The Mayor’s mind mu…

Feb. 6, 2021 marks the four year anniversary of the “Big Spill of February 2017.” For 17 days, from Feb. 6 - Feb. 23, Mexico dumped what experts and residents alike would deem as an unprecedented amount of raw sewage, toxic chemical contamination and trash into the U.S. via the Tijuana River…

A thoughtful and well-composed letter from a reader commended me for a column calling on Americans to rally around our new president and commander-in-chief and urging Republicans to seek common ground with Democrats in pursuit of national unity. While I deeply appreciate his kind words and a…

Namibia. There’s no quarantine. The distance from us violates by about 100 times the travel recommendation of our Leaders. I went anyway, then returned alive and am finishing quarantine as I write this. The variety of flora and fauna is endless, the geology beautiful. The people are well inf…

For many, the highlight of the Presidential Inaugural was Amanda Gorman’s rendition of her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” To be sure ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden’s speech was typical of his fervent desire and search for unity.  Yet it will never be chiseled in marble as Lincoln’s second inaugural speech, n…

With the announcement this week by Governor Newsom that business establishments would once again be allowed to be open (with restrictions), we saw for the first time that hopefully we are on the right path to getting back to normal. That combined with the announcement that President Biden wi…

I would like to comment on Tim Keetons letter published in last week’s Eagle & Times, ”C4CC Examines Possible Ballot Harvesting In Imperial Beach Elections.”

Donald Trump was a ticking time bomb from the start. On Jan. 6, 2021, just two weeks before the end of his rapidly deteriorating presidency, it finally detonated when he incited thousands of his frenzied followers at a Washington rally to march on the Capitol building where Congress was in s…

With the violent riot and or coup attempt at our nation’s capitol building last week by thousands of insurrectionists, the rule of law, and defense of our Constitution and our Democracy in the United States of America all came under assault. My own family’s experience with the Nazi invasion …

November’s local elections saw upwards of $100,000 in outside money pour into IB in pursuit of city council positions that pay about $600/month. Additional outside influence may have come in the form of ballot harvesting – the practice of collecting and returning the ballots of others. While…

Let’s start the year off on the right foot by wishing the new president and his administration success in dealing with the many challenges we face as a nation. It behooves us all that he succeeds because his success is our nation’s success. No one who really cares for the future of our count…

I must begin by saying that no one is sicker of this than I am. I did not wish to spend even one precious moment of 2021 writing about the election just past. We have serious work to do, beginning with getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible, so we can get on with a post-pandemic nat…

The Optimist Club of Imperial Beach sincerely thanks all the folks who sent donations for our virtual dinner fund raiser.

Thankfully this is my last column of 2020. I am hopeful that 2021 or what I call Year Zero, will be an improvement over this shipwreck of an annum. However, with a significant increase in COVID-19 patients and Southern California ICU capacity down to zero, it is pretty much a given that the …

Some members of his party have been heard complaining that President-elect Joe Biden isn’t selecting enough Blacks to serve in high profile positions in his administration. Clearly, he won’t be able to satisfy everyone who helped get him elected so why not just pick the best qualified people…

Congrats to Jack Fisher and Mathew Leyba-Gozalez on their election to the Imperial Beach City Council to represent Districts 2 and 4 respectively. This was the first time that voters had the opportunity to vote for district-level council candidates in Imperial Beach and it provided the candi…

The first documented thanksgiving celebrations in the new world were observed by Spanish and French migrants in the 16th century and later in the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607 in Jamestown. On Dec. 4, 1609, the Berkeley Hundred Colony observed a day of thanksgiving to commemorate…

2020 has been quite a year: devastating fires (e.g., Valley Fire), violent protests and a record-breaking heat wave.

If he hasn’t already done so by the time you read this, President Donald Trump should concede his election loss and stop grousing. It was a tough loss, but that’s politics. He should ponder what his role, if any, in politics will be now. Given his narrow margin of defeat, the strength of his…

Here’s a scary thought. Will all elections one day be executed exclusively online, whether from home or at the local polling place? What could possibly go wrong?

When elections are finally over, it’s common to hear folks say that the people have spoken. Indeed they have, but not in unison. President Donald Trump, in losing, received over 70 million votes, nearly as many as the winner, a measure of how deeply divided the nation is politically. The app…