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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…

Studies show that over a third of the personnel currently leaving military service early report that disruption of their children’s education is a primary reason. Public school teachers in traditional Navy towns like Coronado, Pensacola, and Norfolk often make extra efforts to mitigate the u…

This newspaper gets few public “letters to the editors” as a result of J F Kelly, Jr’s continuous rant. Mariam Iosupovice’s commentary of Jan. 9 was a breathe of fresh air.

The recent announcement of the inclusion of $325 million in the federal budget to build sewage diversion infrastructure in the Tijuana River Valley (on the U.S. side of the border) to stop raw sewage and toxic waste from reaching our shoreline is a major milestone in our Clean Beach campaign…

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of where we are as a nation. Where we are is in two camps divided by a chasm. Not since the Civil War have we been more divided. I believe, however, that the impeachment of the president of the United States marks a turning point. Describ…

The Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) concluded its 20th annual Letters to the Troops Project in November. This year, over 1100 letters were contributed by children from Coronado Middle School, Village Elementary, Silver Strand Elementary, Christ Ch…

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is jumping into the race for the Democrat presidential nomination. He is a welcome addition because none of the other Democrat aspirants to the most powerful office on earth really should be trusted with this economy. They have little to offer the…

There is currently a lot of conversation taking place among California legislators about funding for public education. Although California is the 5th largest economy in the world, our state level of education funding per student is 45th in the Nation. As a comparison, California students are…

The largest single expense we have, as older Americans pushed out of the job force, (not really retired), is the money we spend on medications.

Locals in Imperial Beach and Coronado may not be aware that the currently proposed plan that is called The TRV (Tijuana River Valley) Stakeholders Solution as proposed by the Surfrider Foundation, North American Development Bank (NAD), and supported by the Mayor of Imperial Beach and his non…

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the statue honoring Chopper, the Navy SEAL dog, was officially unveiled at Veteran’s Park. This moving tribute to all military working dogs was made possible thanks to the City of Imperial Beach, the Navy Seal Museum, Navy SEAL veteran Trevor Maroshek and community resid…

Now obviously aware that her failure to require a full House vote before authorizing Chairman Adam Schiff’s Intelligence Committee to investigate possible grounds for impeachment and conduct secret interviews was a mistake, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi belatedly called for a vote. Her decision…

In America, the citizens get to choose their president by participating in free elections every four years. The Constitution gives this power to the people. It also seeks to protect them from a president who commits impeachable offenses, defined as high crimes and misdemeanors such as treaso…

I don’t get it… Can someone tell me what the Los Cabos Estuary and the Imperial Beach Estuary have in common? Well to be fair, I am willing to drill down into the possible benefits of this “sister” estuary concept - if you have the patience to read further.

On Wednesday morning, Imperial Beach Firefighters joined their counterparts in Coronado on Highway 75 near the entrance to Silver Strand State Beach to respond to a multi-car crash. I had traveled up the Strand just before the crash occurred and commented to myself once again how fast people…

The timing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to turn House Democrats loose on an impeachment inquiry was no accident. President Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urging an investigation of one of Trump’s own political rivals may have provided a convenient e…

My wife Bonnie and I received a phone call mid-morning on Monday, Oct. 7. Bonnie answered the phone. It was from a woman purporting to be our granddaughter, saying she had been arrested last night and could we post her bail of $9,000.

Symphony by the Sea, held on Saturday, Oct. 5, was a wonderful evening at the Portwood Pier Plaza. With one of the largest audiences ever against the backdrop of a gorgeous technicolor sunset, the SDSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony treated Imperial Beach to inspiring music. The evenin…

Mr. Kelly’s description of President Trump’s personality is fair. Trump’s “bombastic, uninhibited” style and lack of government experience are what attracted many of his now loyal supporters to his populist cause. He speaks the vernacular of what Hillary Clinton labeled the “deplorables.”

Perhaps we can all agree on one thing at least. Donald Trump is a very high-maintenance president. He keeps his aides and supporters busy constantly explaining what the president said, or did, or meant. This is a direct consequence of voters, acting with emotion and frustration with politici…

A wise pundit, whose words (but not his name) I recall, recently warned of the dangers that often accompany prosperity. One can easily become complacent and take things for granted. That danger may be upon us. We live in the world’s largest and richest economy with privileges and luxuries th…

As part of Gov. Gavin Newsome’s campaign to turn the Golden State into the liberal capitol of America, he has signed into law a new measure which further restricts the ability of police to protect the public and themselves. The law, AB 392, which takes effect on Jan. 1, will prohibit law enf…

With summer almost over and kids in Imperial Beach back in school, many families have already taken their annual holiday. Whether you have stayed local for a San Diego staycation or traveled further away, there is nothing better than a summer getaway. Emily and I took a few short trips over …

Many Democrats and other anti-Trumpers are still under the delusion that Russia determined the outcome of the 2016 election in Trump’s favor and that the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russians to make it happen. This is so despite no evidence to that effect and a two-year intensive invest…

The things that some politicians say and do for political advantage no longer shock me but continue to disgust me. It was entirely predictable that candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination, who have repeatedly branded President Trump a racist, would reflexively blame him for the l…

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. at the Conference Room at the Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center, I attended the Tijuana River National Estuary Refuge Reserve meeting, facilitated by Chris Peregrin of California State parks. Here are some of the highlights of that meeting.

My father, Michel Jean Bernard Dedina, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, in Imperial Beach at the age of 86, after our family said our last goodbyes. Thanks to the wonderfully caring and dedicated staff at the Sun & Sea Manor in Imperial Beach for taking care of my dad over the past few mon…

What the Democrat debaters lack in realism they are making up for in entertainment value. You have to be amused by the cranky, old socialist from Vermont who seems to be perpetually mad at everyone. You just have to feel sympathy for poor old Joe who keeps apologizing for almost everything h…