Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial: GOP tax bills short-change middle class

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Rep. Susan A. Davis When considering any attempt to reform our tax code, the first question I ask myself is, “Will it help the middle class?” After carefully looking over the Republican tax bills proposed in the House and Senate, the only answer I can come to is, “No, these bills won’t help the middle class.” In fact, they will do just the opposite.

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Guest Editorial: Danger of climate change is not going away

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | 2 Comments

By Mary M. McKenzie I have just returned home to San Diego from the 36th training session of the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Corps in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am now part of a group of about 13,000 trained leaders across the globe with the commitment to speaking the truth about the realities of climate change, also known as global warming.

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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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