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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…

Writing this seems weird and not because it’s Halloween. Rather, it’s because by the time you read this, Election Day will have passed but as of this writing, I have no idea who will have won or if we’ll even know for sure. Of one thing I’m certain, however. The election will not have solved…

I went for a walk at midnight because I couldn’t sleep. I noticed my “Mark West for City Council” campaign sign was gone. As I walked down 3rd Street I noticed all of them that I see every day were gone as well. The entire street cleaned of his signs. I also noticed his opponents signs were …

If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, which seems all but assured at this writing, President Donald Trump will have added to another campaign promise fulfilled. In his four years in office, he has added over 200 largely originalist jud…

Here is a fact: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina called a special emergency Council meeting to spend over $250K from the City of Imperial Beach General Fund paying Global Monarch Consulting firm for “Pay to Play” politics in Mexico. IB Councilmember Mark West called for the motion and Counc…

Alexander Hamilton, one our Founding Fathers, and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury wrote, “A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought…

I endorse Imperial Beach City Council Member Mark West for his second term as a Council Member for the City of Imperial Beach. Mark West is serving an important role during an important time for our City. His energy and judgment are needed to continue achieving the progress our city needs.

As the Mayor of Imperial Beach, I value working with other elected officials, members of the public, business leaders and other civic and government officials who are collaborative, consensus-driven, kind, and who positively impact the lives of those they serve and know how to get things done.

As TV entertainment goes this season, I found the first presidential debate slightly more entertaining than most TV comedies and certainly more so than Donald Trump’s old TV reality series, “Celebrity Apprentice.” But perhaps I’m too easily amused. Aside from whatever entertainment value the…

Americans are only a few short weeks away from our next presidential election. On Nov. 3, 2020..millions of Americans will be given the opportunity to chose their next president. Few of us can remember an election so fraught with discourse..citizens squaring off on both sides...in a battle b…

After reading the Q/A of Councilmember West and Gonzalez-Leyba I would ask: Do any of the candidates have an actual vision of Imperial Beach and a plan to obtain that vision? The city needs a viable long term revenue plan, true mobility plan and the creation of a recreation department (immed…

The rush to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg so close to a presidential election is unseemly, say the Democrats. But the winner of the coming election, if it as close as most believe it will be, may not be known until days after elec…

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are 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 lea…

In as much as I live in another district, I am unable to vote for Mark West for City Councilman in the upcoming election, so I am writing this letter in support of him, knowing firsthand, that he is an easily accessible person, who responds promptly and with care and diligence to any issues …

The tragic death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis policeman in May triggered widespread demonstrations which succeeded in raising national awareness of the need for policing reforms in America. Many of the reforms such as a ban on the use of chokeholds, restrictions on the use…

In Imperial Beach there is an “L” in vote. It stands for letters to the editor. Every two years in Imperial Beach we face an election in the fall. This year is no different.

I am writing this letter in support of Mark West for the office of Imperial Beach City Council, 2nd district. I am a business owner in Imperial Beach. Speaking from this perspective, Mark has provided so many opportunities for me to connect with other business owners and elected officials, t…

The Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce supports all businesses in Imperial Beach and the surrounding areas. One of our members, the TIN FISH, has an especially difficult situation they are dealing with. Please take a minute to read what Ed Kim from the Tin Fish has to say.

Which of These Things Is Not Like the Others?
Remember that old game you played as a child? Looking at a picture or line drawing in a book or magazine and trying to identify objects that are out-of-place or just didn’t match up…
Well, Out-of-Town Union money in a small, non-partisan, beach c…

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…

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 …