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Politics

State Needs More Resources to Fight Wildfires

The situation is compounded by the increasing cost of fighting fires as climate change, drought, and housing development in more isolated areas combine to burn hundreds of thousands of acres and cost the state more than $1 billion a year.

Governor Signs Five Kehoe Bills into Law

Gov. Schwarzenegger recently signed five of my bills into law, including ones dealing with redevelopment funds, solar energy, and hybrid vehicles.

New Park Approved for University Heights

The Birney Joint Use project includes a 1.6 acre irrigated turf multipurpose field, a .25 acre perimeter walkway, fencing and an accessible pathway onto the field from the corner of Meade Avenue and Park Boulevard.

A Lasting Legacy for Balboa Park

Balboa Park has been the jewel of the park system and the jewel of the City for nearly 100 years. It is a source of pride and inspiration for San Diegans and visitors.

Expanding Opportunities for San Diego's Small Contractors

The city of San Diego yesterday announced a partnership between the city and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The partnership will help San Diego's small contractors participate in the national economic recovery by helping them bid successfully on projects funded by stimulus dollars.

Why Water Deal is Great for San Diego

This deal will help lay the groundwork for the eventual creation of an aqueduct that will channel water from Northern to Southern California while bypassing the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary.

Cuts Mean Sacrifice For All

Whereas past budget cuts were disproportionately absorbed by the sick, poor and elderly, the latest round ensures that more Californians will feel some inconvenience and pain.

Hate Crimes Bill to Become Law

Last week, the Senate agreed to final passage of legislation that included the Matthew Shepard hate crime provision, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. This law will strengthen the ability of federal, state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.

Getting a Jump on Our Budget Challenges

Last week, before the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, I presented a timeline for a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011 – including my strong recommendation that the City Council act early in order to reduce the impact these unavoidable budget cuts will have on city services.

Hard Times and Hope to Help

We are part of a wonderful, giving community with a long history of community activism. We have a tradition of looking out for each other. Let’s all step up and do something extra in this difficult time; so we can help others less fortunate than ourselves find a moment of peace, a nutritious meal or a friendly face on a dark day.