They have gone as far as they can

The rest will be up to the people. Keep in mind, however, the people are the ones who got us here. On Monday during a special Otay Water District Board meeting, four of the five elected representatives on the dais voted to censure he of the opinio [..]

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He is in place and he won’t budge

Like a tick burrowed in to the backside of a swamp hound, Hector Gastelum is dug in and not going anywhere. Not any time soon and not of his own volition. The Otay Water District board member — who was elected over an incumbent to the Divisi [..]

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Walking a mile in his shoes could be a delicious endeavor

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.

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Women of Chula Vista prepare for a centennial milestone

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.

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North of the border advice for new cops sounds familiar

Since his death earlier this year The Star-News has published archived columns of Tom Basinski’s Behind Police Lines. This final installation first appeared Aug. 16, 2013.

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In Murdertown, USA cops are few but politicians plentiful

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.

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June is ripe time for picking

June means fruit tree overload for many yards and gardens as favorable spring conditions cause trees to produce more than they can handle June drop...

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Bright colors ahead

In April gardeners begin to see the fruits of their labors from the past months as their gardens come into full bloom and become ripe...

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Author's words of wisdom

This column's subject is a result of my flat out hero worship for the legendary Ray Bradbury, who died last year. I began reading him at age 12, and was captivated by his skills as a wordsmith. His remarkable authorship of more than 80 books, sto [..]

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Surviving a flood and the city

Two old palm trees mark the driveway to an exquisite Victorian orchard house, located east of Albany on Main Street, north of the Otay River. The house belonged to Isaac Smith in 1891. It changed ownership several times up to the Depression, when [..]

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Lamenting the circular nature of not learning lessons

I spent much of high school expecting to die in a nuclear blast. In 1982, my high school displayed a map showing how far the effects of a nuclear bomb would be felt. Targets were assumed to be Lockheed or the neighboring NASA Ames Research Center, [..]

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Experience provides a lesson in higher education

For years the words “junior college” have been the academic version of the bogeyman in my house, the threat hung over recalcitrant children avoiding homework.  “Pull those grades up!  Do you want to end up in junior colleg [..]

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