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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.

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.

For those confined at home because of the pandemic, life may not be much fun but it could be a lot worse. Each day brings us closer to a vaccine or more effective treatments but that’s small comfort when we don’t know when that will be. Meanwhile, while we wait and hope, it’s a great opportu…

It is with much reluctance that we tell everyone that the 2020 Sun & Sea Festival is being postponed. As it stands right now, all city beach events have been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The American public is in the midst of a news media driven panic in the face of a new virus originating in China. Compared to past pandemics, the COVID-19 virus is a minor threat while much of the world is acting like the fictional elephant afraid of the mouse. In the process, the world econ…

I hope that everyone one of you and your families are safe and healthy. Like many of you, I am at home with my family and keeping up my family, social and work connections and obligations via phone calls, texts, emails, Facetime, Google Hangouts, Go to Meetings, and Zoom. I am focused on complying with Governor Newsom’s stay at home order, as well as physical distance and hygiene requirements established by the CDC and the County of San Diego. Beyond that, my first objective is to help guide our city and residents through this tough time, followed by basic things like getting groceries and going to the pharmacy.

In order to answer the requests coming in and support our local business community, please take a minute to let the Imperial Beach Chamber know if your business is open for business, for delivery only, drive thru offering delivery, curb side assistance or are closed for the duration of the q…

Thank you for your support during this challenging time in our community. It is important to share with you how the City of Imperial Beach is preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 situation. We are here to serve the residents of the community through the duration of these unique circu…

It wasn’t a particularly tearful event. Our son, a daughter, daughter-in-law, her son and his fiancée were there and we laughed and joked about it as we backed Fritz down the driveway and unto a trailer for the ride to his new home in Arizona. Fritz is a 1968 Volkswagon bug, or beetle, as it…

Late in the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 29, I received a flurry of excited text messages from Imperial Beach residents about the Mar Vista High School girls water polo team winning the CIF Southern California Regional Division III Championships. The week before, the girls had won the San Die…

Acerbic philanthropist billionaire Mike Bloomberg was surging in the polls and enjoying positive attention going into the Nevada caucuses, largely because of his clever insults against Donald Trump. His campaign put out lots of sharp tweets and snarky ads trolling Trump on social media, and …

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . .”

The circus came to Iowa last week and the clowns were simply hilarious, especially if you were of the Republican persuasion. The much-awaited Iowa Caucuses involve a bizarre method of choosing state delegate “equivalents” by having voters express their choice of candidates by standing in a p…

Here is the State of the City that I delivered on January 30, 2020, slightly edited for publication. Thanks to everyone who attended and the City of Imperial Beach staff and sponsors who made it a great evening to celebrate all that we have accomplished in our friendly little beach town. I w…

The recent heavy winter rains in San Diego are displaying the two contrasting systems and strategies of sand and water management in the Tijuana River Valley, if one chooses to look. 

Once again EDCO Disposal Corporation is asking the Imperial Beach City Council to increase your service rate – i.e. make residents pay more each month for waste collection.

When the City of Imperial Beach was considering the installation of a cell phone tower at Mar Vista High School, they invited property owners near the school to a meeting to hear their concerns.

As the Senate impeachment trial drones on, Americans, in large numbers, are tuning out. Most have more important things to do such as working for a living and raising families than to listen to politicians pontificate. If they have any spare time, they would probably rather be entertained or…

On Jan. 27, the world observed the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Hitler’s largest death camp. It was an opportune occasion to reflect on how each of us can help end oppression.

House Democrats finally got around to delivering, with as much pomp and gravitas as they could muster under the circumstances, two articles of impeachment to the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had so recently warned against a partisan impeachment effort, handed out souvenir pens wit…

The last few decades have been a whirlwind. Globalization has redrawn boundaries we’ve long lived by and counted on. Technology has transformed everything about how we work, shop, and even socialize. There’s turmoil on the political front. At times it’s easy to feel a little lost. But here’s…