This isn't really goodbye

Given Chula Vista's current electoral system, Tuesday night’s changing of the guard at City Hall was more “so long” rather than "goodbye." While outgoing mayor Cheryl Cox and council member Rudy Ramirez delivered speeches mark [..]

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A downtown stroll brings back plenty of holiday memories

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 12, 2008.

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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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A downtown stroll brings back plenty of holiday memories

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 12, 2008.

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Life in the ring trained him for life patrolling the streets

In 1921 Flint, Michigan, a short, stocky barber plied his trade at the downtown Capitol barbershop. Chief of Police James P. Cole would often stop by for a shave on his way to headquarters. His favorite barber was Victor Casmir Basinski a 30-year [..]

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Is it a courtroom crush, compassion or just plain stupidity?

You may recall "Los Palillos" (The Toothpicks) case involving the lengthy trial of multiple defendants for Mexican Drug Cartel murders. A couple of those killings even happened in Bonita. Prosecutor Mark Amador put these killers on trial and obt [..]

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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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