Police work needs more transparency

Posted: August 24th, 2018 | Editorial, Featured, Opinion, Politics | No Comments

Governor Jerry Brown signed Penal Code 832.7 into law in 1977, making secret any information about the advancement, appraisal, or discipline of a peace officer. That means all records related to an investigation into an officer, including for serious misconduct, is confidential. Today, it is widely reported that California is among the most secret of any state with respect to police records. California also has more police shootings resulting in death annually than any other state.

SB 54 will bring unintended consequences

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Opinion | No Comments

By Senator Joel Anderson California’s sanctuary state bill will expose more dreamers and their families to possible deportation. SB 54 by Senator Kevin de Leon (D – Los Angeles) aims to build on existing state law, the TRUST Act, which prohibits local law enforcement from detaining undocumented immigrants in order for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement […]

Higher education is the issue of our time

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Opinion | No Comments

By Rep. Susan A. Davis A nation’s potential is aligned closely with the strength of its education system. America’s success is a result of the quality and abundant opportunities in the area of higher education. Education has always been a passion of mine. I got my start in public service because of education. In 1983, […]

Guest editorial: Five tips for shopping for the Covered California health plan that best fits you

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Editorial, Featured, Guest Editorial, Opinion | 1 Comment

By Covered California staff With Covered California’s three-month open-enrollment period starting Nov. 1, it’s a great time to shop for the best fit for your health coverage. During Covered California open enrollment, which runs through Jan. 31, consumers can choose among 11 name-brand health insurance plans that offer high-quality and affordable coverage.

Guest editorial: What parents need to know about opioid abuse

By Dr. George Koumaras  For many teens, their first exposure to prescription painkillers is when they have their wisdom teeth pulled. However, this rite of passage and the painkillers prescribed to manage the post-surgery discomfort may be the gateway to other problems such as the addiction potential of opioids. Morphine, OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine […]

Analysis: Go vote

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Editorial, Features, Opinion, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

The election of 2016 will undoubtedly go down as one of the most bizarre and contentious in our nation’s history and be remembered more for its breakdown in civility than a thoughtful discussion on policy ideas. It is easy to see why at a time like this people may become discouraged and decide to sit out the election and not vote. That would be a mistake.

On page six of this issue, local author Kathleen A. McLaughlin sums up the cynical sentiment of many voters this election cycle when she asks, “Who can I trust?”

Guest editorial: San Diego County embraces water-use efficiency

By Mark Weston When I walk around my neighborhood, it’s clear that a new level of commitment to water-use efficiency has taken hold at the grassroots level. About half the homes around me have upgraded from conventional turf-based landscapes to attractive, low water landscapes that are more appropriate for the climate of San Diego County.