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I recall visiting with three old friends a few years back at a park in the nation’s capital.

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The Family Service Association of Redlands’ executive director and Rotarian, I presented at the Noon Rotary Club, Thursday, June 16, about all of the activities the historical and prestigious agency accomplished in 2021.

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Our region’s history of water management has seen remarkable progress in recent years with new infrastructure projects, collaboration among agencies and significant improvements in our ability to capture waterflow from mountains and streams and store it in a natural aquifer that spans much o…

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Every year, Redlands holds a ceremony that represents the beauty, history and significance of Memorial Day.

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More than any service or piece of technology, I am most proud of the Redlands Visitor Center staff. I have watched them build relationships with guests — taking the time to listen, laugh or sometimes even cry. We are so fortunate to have a one-of-a-kind guest service team that brings our des…

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Last summer, while I was out tending to our front yard near the University of Redlands, I noticed a bicyclist pedal by, and then gaped as a group that must have eventually numbered somewhere around 100 or so passed — one after another after another.

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As the Measure T Oversight Committee, one of our duties is to monitor how the city is spending Measure T sales tax revenue, and to present our conclusions to as many taxpayers as we can reach.

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In 1953, Assemblyman Ralph M. Brown of Modesto, acting in part on his own experiences with the secrecy of local government officials, authored California’s landmark open-meeting law to ensure public bodies like county supervisors, city councils, commissions, public schools and the like condu…

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Another year — another, “Wow! Am I glad that’s over?”

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Even Pope Francis cares about orange groves. In an October 2020 conference on environment and climate change, he said, “Earth cannot be squeezed ‘like an orange’” and issued an “urgent call to action to defend the planet,” according to Vatican City Associated Press.

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Beginning Jan. 1, your next-door neighbor can build a 10-unit apartment in his backyard — and you can’t do anything to stop it. You can’t ask for additional parking. You can’t demand a zoning variance. You can call the city, but, like you, they’re powerless.

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While the California Legislature has been on recess these past few months, I’ve enjoyed getting to focus on one of my favorite parts of the job — serving the people of Senate District 23.

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“Suburbs: a place where they cut down the trees and then name streets after them.”

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It is dangerous but fun. If I squint my eyes just a bit, the swarm of young lodgepole pines coalesce into a matcha-like blur of green. Focus is important on a motorcycle. I am leaning through serpentine curves at 100 feet per second along the Bitterroot, Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers walled b…

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Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to pause and think about what the holiday, and every day really, means to so many. For us, we are grateful to be in this caring and generous community — one we have been part of for more than 120 years!

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I think it’s time, in my 80s, to express the moral outrage I feel, along with so many others, about our planetary climate crisis and especially about the cruelty of leaving this mess for our grandkids to handle.

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The Keyser Marston Associates (KMA) financial analysis commissioned by the Redlands City Council evaluated the feasibility of a version of the Village Partners plan that would meet the requirements of the citizens’ initiative.

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When it comes to October, most people think about fall colors in the trees and Halloween. Some get excited thinking about the return of pumpkin spice lattes to Starbucks. What I’d like you to think about is October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good opportunity to remind people that…

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Congratulations to Assemblyman James Ramos and thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom for the passage of six new laws to protect Native Americans in California.

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Ten years ago, on Sept. 17, 2011, people began gathering at New York City’s Zuccotti Park, answering a call by the Canadian anti-consumerism group Adbusters to occupy public spaces and protest economic injustices, other inequities in the world, and the continuing challenges to true democracy.

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When my 83-year-old husband, Julian Roberts, a former chemistry professor at the University of Redlands, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, he knew what was in store if he were to accept “treatment.”

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The Transit Villages Specific Plan document is way too long winded to adequately summarize in a short Community News comment, but a quick skeptical view might be in the public interest. If you like a really expensive surprise now and then, you probably don’t want to know anything about the p…

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There’s a lot of talk about climate change, but that’s only one of the four horsemen of the global apocalypse.

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The risk of wildfires across California and the west is at a critical point, made worse by the ongoing drought and poor forest management practices that have left more than 80 million acres of national forests overgrown, fire prone, and in dire need of active management. Now, our businesses …

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This year’s legislative session – my first – is coming to a close, and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned and accomplished. Representing Senate District 23 has been fascinating, enlightening and rewarding.

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When it comes to being first in the nation, California is at the top of the list in many categories. The number of state and national parks? Proudly, California has more than any other state (270 and 9, respectively).

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The Friends of Redlands and Redlanders for Responsible Growth Management were disappointed but not surprised by the City Council’s vote to postpone a vote on our measure until November 2022, some 15 months without resolution of an issue which will determine the future of our town.

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Dogs howled. Children hid in their homes. Adults were shocked and some even said they were sickened by the sighting and the humming sound — all this according to the widespread, eyewitness reports in the days following that memorable evening.

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There has been much discussion about equity and Critical Race Theory (CRT) recently. I expressed my thoughts about equity in an earlier commentary where in a school setting “need” rather than “race” was the determining factor in receiving additional resources.

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Once upon a time in the beautiful city of Redlands, a city council approved a high-rise building downtown. It is the only one of its kind that intrusively interrupts the landscape.

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The University of Redlands has shaped my life. I graduated 21 years ago with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, married my college sweetheart and am now raising a family here in town. I have also devoted much of my career to the university, where I lead enrollment and finance op…

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Thanks to the Redlands Community News for this opportunity to share thoughts in response to pieces by Donna West and Harriett Clark that have appeared in recent issues. They brought important attention to the vexing issues of race, equality and education American society. They spoke from dee…

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Instead of spending yet another Earth Day bemoaning grim news about our endangered environment, I walked out to my garage, grabbed my gripper tool — the one with the trigger and the arms at the end like the cleanup crews use at Disneyland — and spent a couple of hours thinking globally while…

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Is the Redlands City Council really going to spend $655,000 on an election it will lose?

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Thanks to the Redlands Community News for this opportunity to share thoughts in response to pieces by Donna West and Harriett Clark that have appeared in recent issues. They brought important attention to the vexing issues of race, equality and education in American society. They spoke from …

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 As we approach the Fourth of July, our thoughts turn to fireworks, picnics, flags furling in the breeze, parades with bands playing patriotic music and gatherings with family and friends.