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8/19/2017 5:00:12 AM

Ripe watermelon always transports me back to long summer days spent at the beach. Sand stuck to your feet. Sea birds circle for leftover scraps. My respite from the heat was always a juicy slice of watermelon. Those hot summers of fun at the beach immediately sprang to mind the first time I tasted the […]

8/19/2017 12:08:33 AM

A decade ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned California Republicans that “we’re dying at the box office,” and that we must change to stay relevant. While many criticized and disregarded his message, including me, history has proven him correct. Change is difficult, especially for political organizations. Parties attract, and are made up of, like-minded people with […]

8/19/2017 12:08:04 AM

I am proud to pen this commentary from my new office space, referred to around the state Capitol as “the Dog House.” The Dog House is where you get sent as punishment when you draw the ire of the leaders for standing up to them on principle. I have heard of Republicans being punished for […]

8/19/2017 12:06:43 AM

Orange County’s worst mass murderer will be spared the death penalty, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled Friday. Arguing that prosecutors have been “unable or unwilling” to comply with lawful orders to turn over evidence about on the use of informants in Orange County jails, Goethals concluded it was necessary to take the death penalty […]

8/19/2017 12:06:36 AM

What exactly is a “convention of the states,” and should anyone be losing sleep over it? In September, state lawmakers from around the country will gather at the Arizona capitol to draw up rules for a future convention that will attempt to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. There hasn’t been a constitutional convention in […]

8/19/2017 12:06:04 AM

The latest lobbying reports are out in Sacramento, showing how much special interests are spending to influence lawmakers. After reading the reports, you can’t blame taxpayers for feeling like the man who has been unjustly condemned to the gallows and is compelled to pay for the rope that will hang him. When asked who spends […]

8/19/2017 12:04:56 AM

Now that we’re a couple of weeks from when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 398, the cap-and-trade tax, it’s a good time to think about what will happen. While discussing the bill on the state Senate floor, I recalled what happened in the early 1990s with the tax on marine bunker fuel, […]

8/19/2017 12:04:27 AM

Traffic in South Orange County is getting worse and everyone knows it. In fact, the Orange County Transportation Authority projects that Orange County traffic delays will increase by 64 percent over the next 18 years. With 14,000 new homes approved for construction, South County leaders must plan to accommodate the tens of thousands of new […]

8/19/2017 12:03:57 AM

Running back Marcus Knight rushed for three touchdowns and threw for one as St. Margaret’s opened its football season with a 34-14 victory over Kealakehe High on Friday night in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Senior receiver Ryan Cragun caught two touchdown passes for the Tartans (1-0), including one on a halfback pass from Knight. Knight, a senior, scored on […]

8/19/2017 12:01:37 AM

Homebuying in Dana Point in 2017’s first half could not keep pace with countywide sales activity. Using CoreLogic data, we compared sales patterns from the six months ended in June vs. the first half of 2016. Sales in Dana Point fell as 272 residences sold through June vs. 313 in 2016. That’s a loss of […]