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I-15 needs traffic relief

Anyone who regularly drives Interstate 15 in Riverside or northern San Diego County knows bumper-to-bumper traffic can be the norm, especially during rush hour. Temecula has organized task force meetings called “Move I-15... — Updated 10/12/2018


Preserve a regional jewel

The Santa Margarita River Preserve in Fallbrook is a unique bit of Southern California landscape in my Assembly District that will remain wild and free in perpetuity. Having hiked along the river trail system many times, I was... — Updated 10/5/2018


Hemet San Jacinto Chamber backs Measure X

The Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce board voted unanimously Aug. 28, to endorse and educate members regarding the Hemet Unified School District’s facilities bond identified on the November ballot as Measure X. The... — Updated 10/5/2018


Wildomar city manager discusses Measure AA

The Wildomar City Council, Aug. 8, unanimously placed Measure AA on the Nov. 6 ballot. If approved, Measure AA would provide local funds for Wildomar’s public safety and other city services.  Wildomar doesn’t have enough... — Updated 10/5/2018

 By Lynn Effinger    Opinion

Caracciolo grows from ordinary to extraordinary

Tena Caracciolo is one of the best examples of someone who came from an unremarkable beginning in life to become a successful business owner, model member of the community, exemplar... — Updated 10/5/2018

 By Robert Eilek    Opinion

Long ago lesson is a great reminder

With all of the division in the nation and the ongoing controversy surrounding NFL football players taking a knee to protest social injustice, I was reminded of an incident when I was a young airman serving in the U.S. Air Force.... — Updated 9/27/2018


Business matters

California is the world’s fifth largest economy, but when our cost of living is considered, we have the nation’s highest poverty rate and some of the nation’s highest taxes... — Updated 9/27/2018

 By Ken Thorpe    Opinion

Get to the heart of America's diabetes crisis 

About 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 1.5 million more are diagnosed each year. More than 25 percent of seniors have diabetes, and minority populations are at the greatest risk of developing this disease. Afric... — Updated 9/21/2018


Improve health care access

CHBRP is a strange sounding acronym for an important program providing Californians with better health care policy at lower costs. The California Health Benefit Review Program... — Updated 9/21/2018

 By Kim Harris    Opinion

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time

I am sorry, but I just can’t get behind one of the latest bills to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown signed Senate Bill 10 Tuesday, Aug. 28, and I have to say, this one’s a doozy. The new law, which goes into effect... — Updated 9/13/2018


Rebuilding after the Lilac Fire

Last December’s Lilac Fire that devastated 4,100 acres in the Bonsall/Fallbrook area of my district, destroyed over 157 structures, including 75 manufactured/modular homes in... — Updated 9/13/2018


Public slander of Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown by union is unacceptable

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece does not necessarily reflect the views of Valley News, Reeder Media or any of its affiliate publications.  I am no stranger to criticizing city management, but I take extreme exception to the... — Updated 9/7/2018


Focus on first responders

California’s recent fires remind residents of the importance of direct, rapid and coordinated response during emergencies. The safety of first responders can be seriously... — Updated 9/6/2018


California Senate highlights 2018 accomplishments

SACRAMENTO – The California state Senate closed the 2018 legislative session, Aug. 31, by approving significant initiatives that support California’s working families, invest in our education system, protect the environment... — Updated 9/7/2018


In 2018 session, Sen. Stone continues to stand up for hard-working Californians

SACRAMENTO – The amount of damage to Californians’ wallets, the ability to live affordably in the state and the need to keep communities safe – all of these important issues and more rest on the over 800 bills that were sent... — Updated 9/7/2018


Next move, close out all opposition media?

Conservative outlets are aflame with what appears to be internet giants Facebook, Google and Twitter’s intentional move to close out conservative viewpoints on their platforms. It is significant because the big five internet... — Updated 8/30/2018


Legislature must act on wildfires

This past year some of the worst wildfires in California history have killed 52 people, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched an area larger than greater Los Angeles. Surviving... — Updated 8/22/2018

 By Kim Harris    Opinion

Being wildfire ready should be a way of life in Southern California

Editor’s note: As I sat at my desk this week pondering where my focus should be for this week’s opinion piece, the Holy Fire raged into Lake Elsinore. It seemed a no-brainer to share this column I wrote on fire safety... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Ignoring the fires of mental illness

This summer Riverside County has been victimized by two massive wildland fires: The Cranston Fire (Idyllwild) and the Holy Fire (Lake Elsinore). I say victimized because both fires were started by Arsonists. These fires were not... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


First 5 program reaches families

In 1998, Proposition 10 established the First 5 program to provide early childhood development programs and services in each of California’s 58 counties. With 90 percent of brain... — Updated 8/10/2018

 By Joe Naiman    Opinion

Objective more important than competition

Mary York’s column in the July 19, 2018, East County Californian warrants not rebuttal but confirmation from a veteran colleague. York became the editor of the Californian in February. She had previously been a sportswriter for... — Updated 8/9/2018


Tinsel Triathlon new ownership guarantees the longevity of a favorite cycling event

Dear Editor, In “32nd annual Tinsel Triathlon gets new owner and race director,” the Valley News article July 26 identifies Connie Hall as the new owner of the long-running Tinsel Triathlon held in Hemet. Despite the paralyzin... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


Get ready to be counted

The first national census was taken in 1790, and the nation is gearing up for the next one in 2020. There’s a lot riding on the census. For one thing, Congressional representation is based on an accurate count, and distribution... — Updated 8/2/2018


Constitution lists no qualifications for Supreme Court justices

Are you qualified to be the next Supreme Court justice? Perhaps. The only statement in the Constitution with respect to the existence of the Supreme Court lists no qualifications. It reads, “The judicial power of the United... — Updated 8/2/2018


Water conservation bill to limit Californians 55 gallons per day

So, can you live on 55 gallons of water a day? No one can. Legislation just enacted broadens authority of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), an unelected, unaccountabl... — Updated 7/27/2018


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