Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial: Time to turn moments of silence into action regarding gun violence

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Rep. Susan A. Davis

Over a year ago I used this space in San Diego Uptown News to talk about the killing of 49 innocents at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As we grieved for the victims, we also pushed for a debate in Congress and action to prevent gun violence.

As is typical with such a tragedy, there was a moment of silence on the House floor for the victims of Orlando. There is a growing sense that the only thing Congress can do on gun violence is “moments of silence.”

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Guest Editorial: Uptown Community Parking District budget sabotaged?

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Ben Baltic and Jim Frost

The San Diego City Council approved the annual Uptown Community Parking District (UCPD) budget at its Sept. 12 meeting. Few are aware of the events that took place before the vote. Critically, those events focus on Benjamin Nichols and his blatant conflict of interest.

Nichols serves as the unpaid chairman of the UCPD while he is employed full time as executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA).

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Guest Editorial: Will Uptown finally get its parking garage?

By Leo Wilson

Recently, the visionary concept of building a public park on top of a multi-story parking garage in Hillcrest has been put forward by the Uptown Gateway Council.

The Uptown Gateway Council is a group of commercial property owners in Hillcrest who hope to transform the area roughly between Fourth and Seventh avenues and from Washington Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Guest Editorial: Expanding higher education opportunities should include apprenticeships

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Rep. Susan A. Davis

When thinking of higher education, most people’s minds go straight to a four-year degree. There is no doubt we need to expand opportunities and increase the affordability of two-year and four-year degrees.

However, higher education is essentially all the formal learning we do after high school. Higher education is the bridge between high school to many careers. A neglected component of higher education and our economy is apprenticeships. They are key to building a highly skilled workforce and closing the skills gap.

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Guest Editorial: Building more homes and jobs

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

As this column, derived from my newsletter “Toni Times,” was being prepared, my top-priority bill, SB 2, was still under consideration in the Assembly — the deadline for Senate bills to pass “the other house” is Sept. 15.

SB 2 — the Building Homes and Jobs Act — is part of a package of bills aimed at addressing California’s severe housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon all pledged to make the package a priority during this session’s home stretch.

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Guest Editorial: Education opportunities for veterans just got better

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | 1 Comment

By Rep. Susan A. Davis

In the current political climate, bipartisanship can be a rare thing. But it is not extinct. Proof of that was on display this month when Congress passed legislation to expand education opportunities for our veterans. 

The Forever GI Bill, as it is commonly known, which I am proud to have co-sponsored, will ensure that this critical education benefit will always be there for future generations of veterans. It also just became the law of the land.

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Guest Editorial: San Diego seniors in critical need of housing help

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Omar Passons

My mother is 84 years old. She did not earn a high school diploma, and spent the better part of her life caring for children in San Diego County whose parents were unable, unwilling, or unfit to care for them.

She was a foster parent to me and over 100 other children in this community. But she could not afford the incredible surge in rents and costs at assisted living facilities that have overwhelmed the San Diego region.

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Guest Editorial: Extending ‘cap and trade’

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

There was reason for celebration on July 17 when the Senate and Assembly worked with Gov. Jerry Brown to pass a package of bills that will extend California’s Cap and Trade program, clean up the air in our communities and continue our leadership role in the fight against climate change.

But what made it even better was that it passed with bipartisan support — Democrats and Republicans coming together to move California forward.

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Guest Editorial: The importance of Stand Down

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Rep. Susan A. Davis It is always inspiring to see communities come together to help those in need. That was on full display recently in San Diego as the 30th Stand Down commenced to provide much-needed services and assistance to homeless veterans. The concept of Stand Down comes from the Vietnam War where combat-weary warriors were provided a safe haven to recharge and refresh. They could get clean, get new uniforms, as well as […]

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Guest Editorial: Some habits are good

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni This is beginning to be a habit — a good one for the people of California: For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature on June 15 passed a state budget that is balanced and forwarded to the governor on time. The 2017-18 budget is strong, prudent and progressive. As in recent years, it saves more money for a rainy day and at the same time invests […]

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