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I loved growing up in Imperial Beach. The unique mix of characters combined with a small beach town atmosphere made for a terrific experience growing up in the 90s and early 2000s. Our city wasn’t without a few problems. The IB I grew up in was known by some as the methamphetamine capitol of…

Long ago, while in high school, I thought I might want to go to medical school and, growing up in New Haven, even entertained thoughts of attending Yale. But that was back in the 1940s and the cost to attend Yale or any other of the Ivy League schools was out of reach for a working-class fam…

A few weeks ago, Republican leaders and conservative pundits were confidently predicting a red wave of victories in the coming midterm elections, with the party gaining control of the House and perhaps the Senate. Today, that confidence has become somewhat subdued. The reasons are several bu…

Once again, the Imperial Beach City Council’s Design Review Board held an important meeting regarding major changes to 9th Street with limited public notice on a workday during normal work or commuting times. The proposed “improvements” to 9th Street will impede commuters, waste tax dollars,…

I’d like to share a little about me. As a resident of Imperial Beach since 1976, I grew up like most kids in IB, playing little league, attending the Boys and Girls Club, and riding BMX bikes throughout the city. From a young age I gained a fond love for the ocean and I remember swimming, bo…

I’m a bit uncomfortable even asking this question and too far removed from my over 30 years of active duty to pretend to know the answer, but lately it seems many are asking whether or not their military is ready for war should deterrence fail. They deserve honest answers and transparency fr…

All, as Republicans we are for low taxes and government accountability. Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. the Board of Trustees of the South Bay Union School District (elementary - 8th grade) will hold a meeting to discuss calling an election to LEVY A PARCEL TAX ON PROPERTY in the district.

The City Council’s Design and Review Board met on Thursday, 21 July to consider a major project for 9th Street from Calla Avenue south to the end of 9th at the Reem Field fence line. The project (MF 1437 (USE-22-0063) is called a Street Improvement Project with the stated goal of improving “…

If you pay any attention to movies, movie trailers and the up-and-coming features at the theater, there is a common theme related to Marvel (and other comics) and superheroes. Even Comic-Con which just graced our San Diego skyline, is inundated with those that are coming to save the earth fr…

With barely a week’s notice a meeting held at 4 p.m. on a work day, the Design Review Board accepted public comments regarding a multi-million dollar major change to 9th Street from Ream Field to Calla. This “Improvement Project” on the last four-lane major thoroughfare in Imperial Beach is …

Thanks to everyone who made the Mayor’s Breakfast a great success! Last Friday, July 15, we celebrated a wonderful start to the annual Sun & Sea Festival by gathering together at Veteran’s Park. Imperial Beach Job Corps provided a tasty breakfast, the Imperial Beach Woman’s Club provided…

When Democrats lost the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections, President Barack Obama famously reminded Americans that he still had his pen and phone. He proceeded to use both to rule by executive order and by empowering federal agencies to carry out his agenda. The problem …

Carol Moss Seabury declared her candidacy for Imperial Beach City Council, District One in the coming November election. Seabury was raised in Imperial Beach, graduated from Mar Vista High School and is a long-time resident.

As a college undergraduate, I majored in education and earned a B.S. degree. Upon graduation in 1952, I accepted a position as a fifth-grade teacher in an inner-city school in New Haven, Connecticut, signing a contract for the less-than-princely sum of $2,700 a year, or about $28,000 in toda…

In a recent letter to seven major U. S. oil companies, President Joe Biden wrote, “There is no question Vladimir Putin is principally responsible for the intense financial pain the American people and their families are bearing.” Well actually, Mr. President, there is some question as to res…

Imperial Beach is excited to introduce a new way to enjoy the 4th of July. Due to a last-minute cancellation of the anticipated fireworks display, the City has contracted with Verge Aero to produce a high-tech drone show from the iconic Imperial Beach Pier. The drone show will be synchronize…

The screams of rage, gnashing of teeth, and the outrage appearing on the media since the Supreme Court announced the official opinion on Roe v Wade has been one large temper tantrum by people furious that a judicial majority dared to return power to the states.

Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, now in its third month, grinds on as wars often do without a clear end game. Denied the quick victory he expected, he has settled in for what will likely be a long, costly and bloody war of attrition which could last for many months or even several years. But…

As with most every other issue of critical importance, Americans can’t seem to agree on whom or what to blame for the epidemic of mass shootings, including school shootings that took the lives of innocent children who did nothing to hurt or offend anyone. And like most other emotional and co…

At the recent annual conference of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Houston, former President Trump and others echoed the mantra of the gun organization, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” All the speakers for the NRA in Texas blamed ‘evil’ not guns.

There he goes again. For the third time, President Joe Biden has called into question, wittingly or unwittingly, his country’s policy of strategic ambiguity regarding what its response would be should the People’s Republic of China (PRC) attempt to take control of Taiwan by force or coercion…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As the San Diego Area Director and an advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this month I am asking everyone to join us and demand #MoreForMentalHealth.

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, we can all agree that our representatives in Congress shouldn’t be able to use their elected office to gain an unfair advantage and enrich themselves.

This was going to be another column on the abortion issue, but there’s been enough of these already and none of them is likely to change many minds. Besides, I’m really not qualified to pontificate on the subject since I’m not a female, er, berthing person, and I’ve never been pregnant, alth…

My name is David Alvarez and I am running to represent Imperial Beach in our State Assembly because I am worried about what kind of California we are leaving for our kids. Our State is becoming too expensive, crime is on the rise, homelessness is out of control and services are always just o…

Abortion, even more than immigration, is the most polarizing issue in America today because of the stark conflict it presents between two basic rights: the right of an unborn child to life and the right of a woman to control what is happening within her own body. Women have a perfect right t…

President Joe Biden famously branded Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal and said he shouldn’t be allowed to remain in power. His handlers were quick to say that it was not the policy of the United States to seek regime change in Moscow and what the president really meant was …

On Wednesday, April 20, I joined a group of about 20 Imperial Beach surfers, lifeguards,

The second phase of Vladimir Putin’s savage war on Ukraine has begun. Having suffered heavy casualties and equipment losses in a failed and inept attempt to secure a quick victory by seizing Kyiv and other major cities, he has shifted focus to securing the Donbas region in the east. He claim…

In 2016, the U.S. Navy released a force structure goal calling for a fleet of 355 ships. This number became official policy as part of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which specified the annual budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. Congress oversees the process…

I have been watching Leah Remini’s documentary “Scientology and the Aftermath,” a very disturbing documentary about the damage done to so many innocent people who were involved with this dangerous cult. The victims who have gotten out safely shared heart breaking stories of being bullied, ab…

While the war clouds were gathering again in eastern Europe and Vladimir Putin was planning how to return Ukraine to Moscow’s orbit of control and prevent its alliance with the west, I was inclined to feel that this was Europe’s problem, not ours. I wrote that Russia’s growing revanchism was…

Words matter, it’s often said, but especially so when they come from the mouth of the man who, by most measures, is the most powerful head of state on earth and the nominal leader of the free world. So when it’s deemed necessary by his handlers, none of whom were elected by the voters, to de…

April Fools Day is one of the most widely recognized non-religious holidays in the western world. Although its true origin is a mystery, it seems adults and children alike enjoy being creative with jokes and pranks. Why?

The threat of sanctions didn’t work to stop Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine. He apparently weighed the consequences and decided that returning Ukraine to Moscow’s orbit was worth the risks. President Joe Biden, after all, had assured him that the United States and NATO would not engage …

For over a month the world has watched in horror as the tiny country of Ukraine has been destroyed by Russian bombs. We watched as over 3 million Ukranians have fled their homeland.

South Bay mothers concerned with the overreach of school administrators forcing medical procedures on their children should thank North County mother and founder of Let them Choose-Let them Breath Sharon McKeeman, who has been relentless in standing against school administrators and the Stat…

On Friday, March 18, The Colgate Chamber Players of Colgate University in New York, performed a delightful assortment of classical music for an appreciative audience at Veteran’s Park. The concert was held, thanks to a partnership between the Imperial Beach Public LIbrary and our new City of…

On Feb. 28, Governor Newsom made an announcement related to the timeline and details for ending the indoor mask requirement for school settings on March 11, 2022.

Much of the world watches in outrage the horrific TV images that daily portray the brutality of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. Helpless civilians are being slaughtered and cities devastated. Targets include homes, apartment complexes and even hospitals including a maternity hospital. Even …

The western world is inspired by Ukraine’s brave and fierce resistance to the Russian invasion. China’s leaders are watching carefully, hopefully learning, as they consider how they will proceed to gain control of Taiwan, that countries which have gained freedom and independence, are unlikel…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to advance implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Tijuana River Watershed Project. As you may recall, EPA announced in November that a suite of projects, referred to as the Comprehensive Infrastructure Solut…

Congress finally managed to pass a much-needed, bipartisan infrastructure bill which, while far from perfect, was a step in the right direction. It’s doubtful, however, that all the projects it calls for will ever get finished or perhaps even started. That’s because of the maze of regulatory…

There is nothing quite like a major land war in Eastern Europe to refocus citizens on what is truly important and what is not.

The whole world seems turned to the Ukrain as we watch Russia advance on a small country fighting valiantly to protect its freedom and independence. We can certainly be inspired by Ukrainians bravery in the face of a relentless and powerful aggressor.