Is the U.S. Navy ready to fight? The short answer is that we won’t really know until we’re in a fight and that uncertainty alone should be a major cause for concern. We do know that a conflict with China, perhaps over an attempt to occupy Taiwan by force or attempting to enforce sovereignty …

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These dangerous thugs and murderers are gleeful. Why? Because they are winning as they watch our self-destruction. While their strategic disinformation operations are accelerating our decline, they are simply building upon the internal crises and pathologies that we have created ourselves. T…

Yesterday, as a member of the South Bay community whose home is on the Tijuana River, I attended the online forum One River, Two Countries: Solving the Tijuana River Pollution Problem which was moderated by the Voice of San Diego and its environmental reporter, Mackenzie Elmer and Vicente Ca…

Thanks to the organizers of the Sun & Sea Festival for putting together events for this summer. A generous grant from the County of San Diego will permit a modified version of this longtime event to occur from August 13-22. According to the Sun & Sea Festival Committee, “San Diego Co…

The Imperial Beach 4th of July 2021 IB Bike Parade is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…” of the locals, by the locals and for the locals.

All Californians are, again, caught in the grip of drought. Whether you live in the heart of a city, a quiet neighborhood, run a farm or other business, live in the north or the south, we’re all feeling the pain.

In “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000,” first published in 1987, Yale Professor Paul Kennedy traces the interrelationships of politics, economies and military power within the world’s dominant powers from the Ming Dynasty to the em…

At a recent House Armed Services Committee Hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley reacted rather testily to criticism of efforts within the military to encourage its members to learn more about critical race theory. His reaction came in response to a question on…

Many people are asking about plans for Independence Day fireworks in Imperial Beach. I will explain why IB is not holding fireworks this July 4th in the spirit of transparency for our residents.

On June 27, 1996, my younger brother, Edward, drowned in the ocean in Imperial Beach. At 24 he gave his life to save his ten year old niece who was caught in a rip current. Though not a strong swimmer he did not hesitate to put himself in danger to pull his niece out of the current that inst…

Tuesday. June 22, 2021 : our community has reacted in shock and outrage over the recent Coronado Saturday night tortilla toss. How could this happen?

Congratulations to longtime Imperial Beach resident Friel Allen who celebrated his 100th birthday on June 22 at the Fleet Reserve! Mr. Allen was born in a, “..hollow in Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains,” he told me on Tuesday morning at the Fleet Reserve. “We didn’t have running wat…

America’s illegal immigration problems were worsening steadily until former president Donald Trump instituted tougher measures including revised asylum procedures requiring, among other things, asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases were being considered and additional border w…

A true patriot will exercise constitutional rights for themselves, and will die defending them for others. Patriots express first amendment peacefully and still hold the line against tyranny. A patriot knows how and when to speak out against injustices, wherever they occur, whoever the culprit.

Two of practically the only decent Republicans left in the Grand Ole Party, Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, are being ostracized by Trump’s cronies because they dared to speak out against his mob-like, tribal mentality, the results of which were clearly evident as radical extremists, the base of…

Jan.6, 2021. This was no doubt one of Americans darkest days. So many Americans would like to forget about it … move on … or look the other way. Many have been quick to point out that our nation has also endured riots, mass shootings

Nora Vargas made a surprise appearance at Veteran’s Park in Imperial Beach, June 3, 2021, to discuss the $7.12 billion upcoming county’s budget. However, I am being told it was councilmember Paloma Aguirre that called this meeting together.

Congratulations to the Mar Vista High Class of 2021! Graduation took place on June 2, and after all our graduating seniors have been through over the past 15 months, I wish our recent graduates lots of success and happiness in the years ahead. Congratulations to Mar Vista High School Class o…

… and only Liz Cheney could challenge the portion of the Republican Party that remains loyal to Donald Trump. Democrats have no standing in the argument that begins and ends with, why, oh why, do forty-percent of Republicans now wish to rebalance American democracy in favor of despotism?

There isn’t much to laugh about in the news these days but I did find a recent op-ed by James Carville in the Wall Street Journal rather hilarious. The heading proclaimed that “Democrats Are the Anticrime Party.” You could have fooled me. Mr. Carville, a long-time Democrat strategist, was Bi…

On Memorial Day many years ago, it was my honor and privilege to tune in to radio station KFI AM-640 Los Angeles for a special broadcast hosted by Capt. Dale Dye, United States Marine Corps, retired. Capt. Dye is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and distinguished Hollywood acto…

I know you don’t have too much time to learn the whole history of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), but here’s a quick synopsis.

Recently the Citizens for Coastal Conservancy (C4CC) provided a six-page technical response to the EPA regarding their NEPA Scoping study. After careful review of the 10 proposed projects outlined by the EPA’s NEPA Scoping study and considering a consensus of local stakeholders who live in t…

The water quality at our border has been a highly contentious issue for decades. In the last 30 years, the city of Tijuana has experienced rapid population growth that the aging sewage infrastructure has not been able to support. Millions of gallons of sewage are flowing into the Pacific Oce…

With the recent announcement by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) about updated guidance on mask usage outdoors for the vaccinated, things are on the right track to get back to normal even before the June 15 reopening date for California. That was especially the case for t…

China has selectively employed western capitalism, combined with Communist single party rule and oversight of industry, public information and education to grow its economy rapidly without the burdensome constraints of democracy and divided government. Under China’s system, the Communist par…

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).

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…

This just came out on April 7 - USMCA Tijuana River Watershed - https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-water-infrastructure/usmca-tijuana-river-watershed

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, …