Support State Senate Bill 417, requiring local law enforcement to work with the feds on “immigration holds”

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California Senate Bill 417 would require law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration officials by detaining an individual on the basis of an immigration hold, with certain limitations, when that person has been convicted of a serious or violent felony. It makes sense. We will hear that it will break up families. Maybe so, but have we forgotten about …

State Senate bill on “clean air, clean energy, and climate” not good for California

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When the government knocks at your door and says, “We’re here to help,” it’s rarely true. Like so many bills, California Senate Bill 350 has good intentions. It wants to “improve public health by setting new standards for California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, reducing petroleum use, and increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings.” The bill also promises to “Create jobs, grow …

A step back from politics — Don’t be mad, I’m just the messenger

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My son has an internship with our State Senator, Joel Anderson. One day he was given a task to call the various church leaders throughout the district to see if they would lend their names to one of  Anderson’s projects. My son called a Catholic church and, not being Catholic, wasn’t familiar with some of the the abbreviated titles on …

Poway’s Mayor race: Vaus or Higginson?

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Poway’s Mayor race — Councilman Steve Vaus or current Mayor Don Higginson? This year’s election started out bland several months ago with only incumbent Higginson announcing he would run. Things became a bit more interesting when rumors started to circulate that Councilmember Jim Cunningham, a Democrat, would challenge the Republican mayor. That would have been an interesting race, with two …