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Vista Press: Another Reason Why the DMV Audit is Needed
September 17, 2018
Published by the Vista Press . The mission of the Department of Motor Vehicles is to license drivers, register vehicles, secure identities and regulate the motor vehicle industry. Given the news reports of outrageous wait times, the DMV is having tremendous difficulty carrying out its most basic...
San Diego Union-Tribune: How granny flats help with California's housing shortage
July 6, 2018
California — and San Diego County in particular — has an affordable housing shortage. Coming to a consensus on adequately addressing this shortage has understandably hit speed bumps due to concerns about the environment, public safety and other quality-of-life issues.
Sacramento Bee: Ending prison contract will put disabled out of work and cost taxpayers
June 7, 2018
The Legislature should reject a troubling proposal by the governor to end a state prison's janitorial contract with PRIDE Industries in favor of hiring unionized state employees. A failure to do so will result in a loss for taxpayers, for a vital part of the state's prison health care system and, most importantly, for hard-working people with disabilities.
Dana Point Times: Letters to the Editor: Governor Shortchanging Local School Districts
May 18, 2018
In November 2016, California’s voters approved Proposition 51, a $7 billion bond measure to fund school construction. But so far, only $600 million in school bonds have been sold, and Governor Jerry Brown’s budget for this year proposes only slightly higher bond sales, even though the Coalition for...
Orange County Register: There is no loophole in Proposition 13
April 30, 2018
For decades, California progressives have complained about a “loophole” in Proposition 13 that unfairly benefits the owners of commercial real estate to the detriment of homeowners. This characterization has been widely accepted by the mainstream media with little critical analysis.
Orange County Register: Dangerous flaws in Proposition 57 could result in early release of sex offenders
April 21, 2018
Thanks to Proposition 57, hundreds of sex offenders could be released into our communities through an early parole program. As strong advocates for public safety and most importantly as mothers to our respective families, the prospect of having sexual predators leaving prison early is, to say the least, stomach churning.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Letters: Proposition 13
April 10, 2018
Re “ Less a Prop. 13 fix than a pension bailout ” (April 9). The editorial board is right in calling to correct an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” concerning commercial property and Prop. 13. I authored Senate Bill 259 in 2016 that would have ended abuses involving the...
Coast News Group: Education remains key to reducing opioid tragedies
April 6, 2018
The opioid epidemic has negatively impacted the lives of millions of people across the nation, and San Diego County is no exception.
Orange County Register: Another view of the governor's 'State of the State'
February 2, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown recently delivered his final “State of the State” address to the Legislature. Whether you agree or disagree with his policies, he will leave a deep legacy of public service in our state that will be felt for decades to come.
Coast News Group: Affordable housing critical to North County's future
January 19, 2018
North County is a great place to live, but it is not immune to California’s housing crisis. We know that it is very costly to rent or buy a home in the area. While the positive attributes of our region are a major factor in driving prices much higher than the national average, the simple truth is that housing supply is not keeping up with demand.
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