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In 2012, during the early days of my “Phillosophically Speaking” column for our city’s local, daily newspaper, I submitted a piece about a homeless encampment of some 15 or so tents under the Interstate 10 overpass near Sylvan Park. I knew the gathering well because I’d passed it numerous ti…

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I write to fully support the passage of Measure G in the city of Redlands. When serving as the mayor of Redlands in the 1980s, our historic downtown was a priority. Enormous effort was put into preserving and protecting downtown, making it a vibrant place to work and play.

(In 1897, eight-year-old, Virginia O’Hanlon asked her father whether there was or was not a Santa Claus. In a stroke of profound fatherly wisdom, he suggested that she put the question to the editors at The New York Sun newspaper. “If you see it in the Sun,” he told his daughter, “it’s so.”

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No matter if you were a veteran after four years or 44 years of military service, a veteran will always have our own experiences and our own story to share. Being able to represent fellow veterans as the grand marshal at the seventh annual Redlands Veterans Parade was the icing of my own 44 …

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As many die-hard environmentalists have noticed, Redlands’ last remaining cycling centers closed in August — one of them being the rePlanet on Wabash Avenue I used earlier this year after the one next to Albertsons on Redlands Boulevard left.

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It’s hard to forget the first time I looked up at the night sky in Joshua Tree National Park. I’d never seen so many stars. I was a student at the University of Redlands and had only just realized that one of the most stunning landscapes in the United States was right in our backyard. I alwa…

On Oct. 9, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1482, the first statewide rent control bill in California history. Many of the legislators who supported this bill believe that it will provide immediate and much-needed relief to renters who are struggling to make ends meet due to the state’…

Founded in 2001, the Redlands Community Foundation (RCF) was developed as a way for people to leave a legacy to their community. It exists to maintain and improve the quality of life in the Redlands area by providing a professional vehicle whereby a variety of philanthropic desires of local …

Recently, the California Legislature wrapped up the 2019 session with the governor signing hundreds of bills into law.

On Friday, July 19, in a field near the old Santa Fe Depot in downtown Redlands, I had a chance to catch the groundbreaking for the 9-mile stretch of commuter train the San Bernardino County Transportation Association is bringing into the city.

People often hear me say there are three things, that once attained, can never be taken from you: Your culture, spirituality and education.

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As a Danish-American, the past couple of weeks have been rather interesting.

Wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes, tsunamis. I am trying to come up with a list of natural disasters we live with in Southern California. Not that I am hoping to experience any of them, but after the pretty big trembles in the beginning of July, it makes you wonder if you got your act togeth…

This month, students across the Inland Empire head back to the classroom to start the school year. It can be a hectic time for young people and their families to be meeting new teachers, attending new schools and often adjusting to a new routine.

I recently returned to Redlands from speaking at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C.

As the Legislature finishes out this year’s session in the coming weeks, one bill that deserves increased scrutiny is AB 5 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, which, if passed, would threaten the livelihoods of 2 million Californians.  

Law enforcement and emergency medical technicians face a difficult situation when they respond to help someone experiencing a psychiatric episode. Thankfully, with the creation of crisis stabilization units individuals can receive treatment without clogging our emergency rooms or crowding ou…

I love that the proper term for graduation is commencement. It sends a message: Graduates, everything you’ve done so far was practice for the real world, for life as we know it. Can you turn what you’ve learned into a worthwhile career?

I am frequently asked about the City Council’s plans to fill the vacant city manager’s position.

You have to love springtime in Redlands, especially this year.

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It’s 2019 and headlines abound about measles outbreaks — now the greatest number of U.S.  cases since 1994 (and it’s only May). Such concerning news can make it hard to believe that vaccinations are one of America’s greatest public health achievements.

I thought you might be interested in an update on where we are in the growth of our new newspaper baby, the Redlands Community News. Unlike the royal baby, it’s a few weeks old, already has a name and can rightfully claim many parents and grandparents in our community.

These days in California, all of us likely know someone who has either left the state or is planning to leave.

Even at California’s current gas prices, I could fill my tank for the next decade if I had a quarter for every time I heard the media gleefully proclaim that the tea party was dead.

I have a love-hate relationship with roadwork.

It has been 100 days of running for me this year. The last thing I think about at night is when can I get my run in tomorrow? The first thing I think about in the morning is getting that run done.

When I arrived in Washington in 2014 for my first term in Congress, it didn’t take long to see why the American people had such a negative opinion of this once-respected institution.

The first week of this month was National Public Health Week (April 1-7). Perhaps you are thinking “So what?” or even “What is public health?” and you are in good company. When most people think of public health they think of clean water, trash or refuse services, or perhaps vaccinations. In…

Is there anything more annoying than robocalls? I get several a day. Everyone I talk to tells the same story in an irritated voice.