City’s decsions revealing

Watching the Chula Vista City Council’s first month in action has been like watching a chimp in a clown suit try to pull its trapped hand out of a small hole while clutching a banana.The simplest action could have yielded the simplest result if [..]

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Dying to bug people

If I could be a bug for one night I’d want to be an earwig. I could crawl into the ears of attorneys representing resident and Chula Vista Ethics Committee Chairman Chris Shilling in his bid to have the city of Chula Vista release public &md [..]

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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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As times grow leaner, readers turning on public employees

Tom Basinski is receiving hospice care. The Star-News is publishing some of his archived columns. Today’s column first appeared Jan. 21, 2011.

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Former detective's wife is a smuggler

Earlier in 2014 my wife suggested we get a dog. It was a good idea. We went to a shelter where a friend works. They brought out Ryder, a beagle-daschund mix. He took to me and me to him. You start out by “fostering” the dog. After a ba [..]

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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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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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New law, new freedom

Remember turning 16? The first thing most of us did was run down to the DMV, permit clutched in hand, to take our driving tests. We prayed we’d get friendly examiners, that we’d dominate parallel parking, and that our photos wouldn’ [..]

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