Community Commentary

Coaster booze ban: It’s the wrong approach

The North County Transit District (NCTD) is scheduled to vote this month on a proposal to ban all alcoholic beverages from Coaster trains.

S.H. Chambers

S.H. Chambers

Put family farmers back into farm to school

Farm to School programs appeared in the ‘90s with a three-way focus: fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million students.

S.H. Chambers

S.H. Chambers

Always wanted to donate? Now is the perfect time

Many people find themselves at the year’s end having sold assets or stocks, real estate and find themselves with major financial gains, which carry major tax consequences.

Beware of parking lot ‘lunkers’

Shoppers beware!  Land mines are lurking out there in some of our Encinitas parking lots, where you wouldn’t expect them to be, and the out-of-town owners are stubbornly negligent about removing or properly identifying these bumper-high chunks of concrete.  I call them “lunkers.”

S.H. Chambers

S.H. Chambers

Server training, enforcement reduces drunk driving

Are bars to blame for drunk driving? In short: no. Drinkers are responsible for their own actions. But research collected by the County of San Diego shows roughly one-third to one-half of all drunk drivers are coming from bars and restaurants.  These licensed establishments have the potential to play a key role in preventing irresponsible […]

Thomas Elias: Power rate shift: Utilities seek to soak small users

A strong spotlight shines these days on the state Public Utilities Commission as it gets set to rule on how much the state’s biggest utilities will have to pay for their sometimes fatal blunders and how much consumers will be soaked for the negligence of utility executives.

S.H. Chambers

S.H. Chambers

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