Conversation with a ‘fixer’ provides officer’s perspective

Growing up in the 1970s in a multi-racial family, I have first-hand experience with police racism. The increase in police shootings recently has done nothing to quell my struggle with an anti-cop bias. Still, I know and like San Diego Police [..]

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Options abound for void left behind

Chargers fans, understandably, may not know what to do with themselves now that the team has made its move to Los Angeles official. For many following the NFL team has been a lifelong Sunday tradition, something they did with their family and close f [..]

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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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Kicking and screaming into the 2000s

My phone died this week. No miracles, no resets, and no taking out the battery and blowing the dust out of the nooks and crannies could revive it. People’s Merry Christmas and Happy New Year texts have gone unseen and thus ignored.  [..]

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Opening line reveals a desire for connection

The man approaches me with a smile, as he does often when I’m near the Imperial Beach pier. He is a short portly man, with Einstein hair and gaps where teeth once resided. He is never stumbling drunk, but the smell of alcohol wafts [..]

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