City prepares to defend appointing councilman

Lawsuit alleges public meeting violation, mayor calls request for special election unreasonable

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Garlic and piano trump Internet

Midway, actually maybe just a quarter of the way (or is it more like three-quarters?) of this Internet experiment we're experiencing, I’m still not sure how I feel about the technology that has changed the world. As the Federal Communicatio [..]

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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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A cop’s good memory can be a terrible thing for a criminal

While Tom Basinski receives hospice care, The Star-News is publishing archived columns. This column first appeared Feb. 18 2011.

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Despite what experts say, maybe you can go home again

While Tom Basinski receives hospice care, The Star-News is publishing archived columns. This column first appeared Feb. 5, 2010.

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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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The young man she knows is not the young man she imagined

The child I imagined raising is a hippie. This dream child wears tie-dyed T-shirts and Crocs, and accompanies me to peace marches in my Prius, after which we take organic produce harvested from the community garden to the homeless. He listens to U-2, [..]

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A fuzzy head and pink bracelet

Sometimes Ramon drives me nuts. He’s that kid who wants to sit as close to me as possible, follows me around the classroom, wants to have a non-stop conversation with me. He’s the one who rarely raises his hand and who calls my name repea [..]

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