One View

  • One View: Looking forward with Michael Dukakis

    Michael Dukakis, 83, former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic candidate for president, spoke recently to the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club where I am VP for programs. Congressman Scott Peters was there. Also Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and new husband Nathan Fletcher, a likely candidate...

  • Bury train tracks where they are

    Bury train tracks where they are

    As Del Mar considers the future of its rail corridor, I suggest that, rather than digging expensive new tunnels under or around Del Mar, we simply bury the tracks where they are. Take a walk with me to the foot of Fourth Street (Del Mar Heights Road) and then north along the bluff above the train...

  • The carnival of local politics

    The carnival of local politics

    The April 23 column offered a gossipy early preview of the June 2016 elections. Many boldface names were dropped along the way. To some this appeared premature. The election is a year away. The general election, with its presidential allure, is 17 months out. But now is the exciting time when campaigns...

  • Big win for Carmel Valley and drivers on I-5

    Big win for Carmel Valley and drivers on I-5

    On May 21, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to rescind its earlier 7-2 approval of the zone-busting One Paseo Grande proposal for a shopping center with residential towers along Del Mar Heights Road in Carmel Valley. A successful citizens petition required that the council either rescind...

  • Footnotes and fragments

    Footnotes and fragments

    By Gordon Clanton Keynoter. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome will speak Thursday, April 3, at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.  Info at www.rsfdem.org.  Either Newsome or Attorney General Kamala Harris is likely to be the next governor of California four-plus years from now – sooner...

  • Remembering Lou Terrell

    Remembering Lou Terrell

    By Gordon Clanton My friend Louis Terrell, 75, died Friday, Jan. 3.  He was struck by a northbound Amtrak train while saving his beloved yellow Labrador Retriever Abe.  Lou’s wife is Juvenile Court Judge Carol Isackson. Lou was a retired political science professor and department chair at San Diego...

  • Monsters at the beach

    Monsters at the beach

    By Gordon Clanton On a recent visit to the Torrey Pines State Beach, I came upon the sights and sounds of a major reshaping of the natural world.  Two enormous bright yellow Komatsu excavators, as tall as Tyrannosaurus rex, with articulated booms and tank-like treads, scoop sand from the mouth...

  • Democrats in Rancho Santa Fe?

    BY GORDON CLANTON When I tell people I am associated with the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club, reactions are predictable: “Rancho Santa Fe Democrats: Isn’t that an oxymoron?”  Or: “Isn’t that a contradiction in terms, like guest host, jumbo shrimp, military intelligence, business ethics, pretty...

  • One View: Footnotes to November election

    By Gordon Clanton •  After his Prop 30 tax increase passed by 8 percentage points, Jerry Brown has an easy path to re-election in 2014.  Business will back the moderate Brown as a check on the legislature where Democrats won two-thirds majorities in both houses. Republicans, whose share of registered...

  • Progressive sweep

    I have been writing about local politics in the North Coastal press for more than 25 years.  As I am a liberal in a mostly conservative land, the morning after the election was always bittersweet, often more bitter than sweet.  The recent election, however, was marked by a near-sweep for progressives....

  • One View: Down to the wire

    One View: Down to the wire

    gordon By Gordon Clanton Mail ballots went out Oct. 8. Two-thirds of voters now cast their ballots by mail.  Candidates and political columnists scramble to adjust. Consider holding your mail ballot until Nov. 6.  Then drop it at a polling place.  You may learn something important about a candidate...

  • Some key ballot measures

    Some key ballot measures

    The November ballot gives voters 11 opportunities to make law.  The initiative process was created a century ago to counter the power of giant corporations and other special interests.  Nowadays, many ballot measures are sponsored by giant corporations and other special interests.  Let the voter,...

  • Del Mar City Council election uncontested

    Isn’t Del Mar ever going to have another contested election?  For the third season in a row, the number of candidates is equal to the number of openings. Incumbent Don Mosier, Sherryl Parks, and Al Corti will join the council in December. I am reminded that “Parkinson’s Law” includes the idea that,...

  • Prop 34: Death knell for death penalty in California?

    I have long been opposed to the death penalty.  Capital punishment (such a euphemism!) is cruel, unusual and arbitrary, yet it does not deter violent crime.  States with the death penalty have higher murder rates than states without it.  And capital punishment falls disproportionately on the poor...

  • Primary election roundup

    Fun facts about your June 5 ballot. Roseanne Barr is running for president, seeking the nomination of the Green Party.  One candidate for the American-Independent nomination is named “Mad Max.”  The Libertarians have NINE presidential candidates.  Brian Bilbray’s daughter Briana, who supports medical...

  • So many races, so little time....

    In previous columns, I endorsed Bob Filner (San Diego mayor), Dave Roberts (county supervisor), and Scott Peters (Congress). Sherri Lightner for San Diego City Council. The big issue for Del Mar Heights and Carmel Valley is the Kilroy project, One Paseo, a massive shopping center and residential...

  • An evening of political theater

    The race for mayor of San Diego is important, not only for voters in Del Mar Heights, Carmel Valley, and La Jolla, but also for residents of all communities within reach of this newspaper.  The mayor is not only CEO of the city of San Diego but also chief spokesperson and cheerleader for the San...

  • Change coming to Board of Supervisors

    Change coming to Board of Supervisors

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is the neglected stepchild of politics and political journalism. Most county voters live in one of 18 incorporated cities, so they don’t think much about county government. Wait! No! Don’t stop reading this. The incumbent board is composed of five white...

  • Bilbray draws two strong challengers in key race

    Gordon Clanton North Coast columnist The redistricting process of 2010 was not kind to Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray. His newly drawn 52nd Congressional District has a Republican registration edge of only 3 percent, compared with 9 percent in his old district. The new district is about one-third...

  • Habits of the heart

    “Habits of the Heart,” a 1986 book by my teacher Robert Bellah and four colleagues, is a sweeping and provocative study of individualism and commitment in American life — and a fit focus for a meditation on community life and civic responsibility. The book is rooted in the tradition of Alexis...

  • His favorite hike

    He walks south from the trailhead. The sky is clear and blue and perfect. Ground squirrels scramble over the rocks. The earth is smooth, tan streaked with gray. He fixes his gaze on the left side of the trail, deciding to focus on the other side only on the walk back. A sandstone cliff rises on...

  • Not a dime’s worth of difference? — Revisited

    Gordon Clanton North Coast columnist Editor’s Note: This column was submitted before publication on July 21 of the letter by Tim Binder. Gordon Clanton will reply in a subsequent column. In the June 30 column, I challenged the view of some “independent” voters that there is “not a dime’s worth...

  • Not a dime’s worth of difference?

    A growing number of “independent” voters hold that there is no meaningful difference between Democrats and Republicans. I disagree. Democrats favor progressive taxation. Republicans favor huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Democrats support Social Security, Medicare, and national health...

  • Clippings from a cluttered desk

    By Gordon Clanton My 400-word limit for these musings often leaves me with more material than I can use, so my desk becomes cluttered with info-bits about the topics of recent columns and other interests. More Del Mar numbers. Reflecting a countywide decline, crime in Del Mar went down by 32 percent...

  • Opinion: Freeway or free way

    BY GORDON CLANTON North Coastal columnist The proposed widening of Interstate 5 has triggered renewed discussion of how to expand the use of public transportation so as to reduce the need for ever-more freeway lanes. Such discussion often revolves around three variables – convenience, frequency,...

  • Opinion: Secret trails of Crest Canyon

    By Gordon Clanton North Coast columnist Crest Canyon Open Space Park Preserve is a regional treasure, an exquisite wonderland of steep, orange sandstone cliffs and slopes dense with fragrant coastal sage scrub and southern maritime chaparral. Lying between Del Mar and Del Mar Hills, Crest Canyon...

  • ONE VIEW: A parable in three acts

    By Gordon Clanton North Coastal columnist A young basketball coach took his first job at a small college. Moving into his office, he found on his desk three sealed envelopes and a note from his predecessor that read: "If things go badly, open one envelope at the end of each season." The first season...

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