Jul 12, 2013 Op-Eds
In October 2003, the Cedar Fire, the second largest wildfire in California history, devastated the northern communities of the cities of San Diego and Poway. Our community faced similar damage again in October 2007, during the Witch Creek Fire.
Jun 24, 2013 Op-Eds
For the price of a single F-22 fighter jet, Congress could do more to strengthen national security and our economy than an entire combat squadron. When invested in military-led biofuel development, that cost could secure a safe, renewable domestic fuel supply and spur job growth in communities across the country.
Jun 21, 2013 Op-Eds
In Washington, D.C., some Members of Congress are described as “having a race,” as opposed to others, who are considered “safe.” You know what that means. Democrats who represent an overwhelmingly Democratic congressional district, and Republicans from districts that always elect Republicans, are “safe.” People like me, who represent districts that are evenly split, “have a race.”
Jun 21, 2013 Op-Eds
The Supreme Court is expected to make a historic ruling on the marriage rights of same-sex couples any day now. As a longtime advocate for marriage equality, I hope the Court will do the right thing and rule same-sex marriage a constitutionally protected fundamental right because all Americans deserve to be treated equally under the law.
Jun 13, 2013 Op-Eds
Last year, the House Republican leadership made a point to criticize the Senate, controlled by Democrats, for not having passed a budget in four years. I agreed with them. They were right.
Jun 10, 2013 Op-Eds
After more than two decades in San Diego, I had some thoughts about Kelly Bennett’s June 3 question, “What could stymie the kind of invention and innovation that San Diego strives to be known for?” Here are six possible stymies
Jun 4, 2013 Op-Eds
As hurricane season begins and vulnerable coastal communities brace for high winds and storm surges, Congress needs to ask itself: What can we be doing to better protect and manage existing and new development along our coastlines?
Mar 18, 2013 Op-Eds
I’ve been in Congress for two months now and something that still surprises me is how out of touch and political Washington is. I ran for office because I believed I could make a difference, and I still do. I am as tired as you are of partisan posturing, and a perfect example is the sequester.
Mar 12, 2013 Op-Eds
I used my time at home to send a message back to Washington. I worked with our port commissioners, scientific research community and maritime workers to tell Congress that the negative effects of the sequester will be felt in San Diego through layoffs, furloughs, stifled research and decreased GDP.