Guest Editorial: The year in review in Congress

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | 1 Comment

By Rep. Susan A. Davis

The first session of the 115th Congress is coming to a close. While it is unacceptable that so many things were left to do, there were a few legislative achievements.

First on that must-do list is passing a measure to protect the Dreamers. It is unconscionable that young people and their families live in fear of deportation when they have demonstrated their commitment to be model citizens.

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Guest Editorial: Make your donation count – 10 tips for holiday giving

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Paul Downey

The air is chilly. You’re humming holiday songs. You’re calculating how much vacation time you’ve accrued. The holiday season has arrived! Amid the festivities, it’s time to decide on end-of-year donations.

But in today’s segmented world, with countless charities for every cause, how do you pick the right one? For starters, look for groups with strong leadership who operate by a mission that matches your passions or beliefs, and of course, make sure your charity of choice is fiscally responsible, ethical and effective.

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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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Letters to the Editor – Oct. 6, 2017

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Featured, Letters to the Editor, Opinion | 1 Comment

Opposing AIDS memorial at Olive Street Park

Re: San Diego AIDS Memorial and Olive Street Park, Bankers Hill

(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the City Council and the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force. It was copied to Uptown Planners chair Leo Wilson, LAMBDA Archives of San Diego and the San Diego LGBT Community Center. The letter was also shared with local media and has been lightly edited for grammar and style.)

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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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