Still waiting for a different outcome

After years of held breaths, dashed hopes and re-crossed fingers coupled with the belief that this time it was different, the announcement came that a letter of intent had been signed for magnificent redevelopment on Chula Vista’s bayfront. [..]

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New show, same message at park

I'm an ambivalent fan of SeaWorld. I understand and appreciate animal rights activists’ concern over keeping gargantuan mammals in pens that are tiny when compared to their natural oceanic habitat. I cringe when I think about walruses and d [..]

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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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Glance from the King of Beasts is all it takes to silence chatter

Taking 120 wriggling fifth graders on the trolley to the zoo seems like sheer insanity.  Field trip days are simultaneously my favorite days and the most panic-inspiring, if I think about the quantity of things that could go wrong. But we’ [..]

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Myriad observations and decisions go into making dreaded call

Perhaps it's the faint mark of a handprint on a child’s face, or the trail of bruises on an upper arm.  Maybe it's the welt left by the smack of an electrical cord against tender flesh.  Sometimes it’s subtle – the child [..]

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