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Saturday 12/15/2018
Holiday Parade Kudos

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce wants to thank everyone who made the 43rd Annual Holiday Parade and Open House a success!

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From All Bay Books Employees

We write to inform you of the status of our beloved store Bay Books Coronado.

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Please Save The Shops At The IB Pier

Port Commissioners,

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A Historical Opportunity Missed ...

As I sit in front of my TV with pride wiping tears running down my face I questioned why didn’t the Coronado Unified School District honor the 41st President, George H. W. Bush, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018? Being a Military Town with many retired military still making Coronado their residency whose decision was it to continue the day in a normal manner without acknowledging this tribute.

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Friday 12/14/2018
The Paris Discord

Discord is the opposite of accord and discord is what Paris and the rest of France has been experiencing, with widespread, violent protesting in the streets and, of course, the ritual torching of automobiles which seems to have become something of a French tradition. In happier days, the City of Lights lent its name to several accords, including the Paris Accords which ended the Vietnam War and, more recently, the Paris Climate Accords, also known as the Paris Agreement on Climate Action, which requires that signatories put forth their best efforts to reduce their carbon emissions and the production of greenhouse gases believed to be a cause, among other things that we can’t do much about, of global warming. Solar activity is one of those other things.

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Thursday 12/13/2018
We Don’t Need A Taxpayer-Funded Coronado Senior Association

Before the City built the John D Spreckels Center, it hired an organization that was known as the “Senior Center” to run that facility which was a much-remodeled old house. Once the Senior Center was demolished and the John D. Spreckels Center was built, the City took over the management of the facility and most of its activities. Thus, the need for the prior organization went away. As with many bureaucracies, the City has continued to fund the old organization (Coronado Senior Association, aka CSA), despite the fact that it no longer serves any real function.

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Thoughts on Historic Preservation in Coronado

Earlier this year, the City Council appointed a subcommittee comprising Councilmembers Downey and Donovan to address the City’s Historic Preservation program. A public workshop was held and a number of concerns were discussed. Councilmembers Downey and Donovan then created a set of recommendations that were presented to the City Council to “fix” the Historic Preservation Program in Coronado. Some recommendations, including eliminating the backlog of Mills Act contracts have already been implemented. Other recommendations will be addressed at an upcoming City Council meeting. Based on having served on the Historic Resource Commission (HRC) for nearly six years, and having preserved numerous historic properties in Coronado and San Diego, I would like to comment on the suggestions and propose an alternate plan.

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Valued Experience at the Coronado Island Film Festival

My name is Ann Mitchell and I’m 94 and half years old. I want to share about my recent experience at the 2018 Coronado Island Film Festival. My son, Mitch Mitchell, had purchased the VIP Crown City pass but because he was a volunteer photographer for the event, (also for the Coronado Summer Concerts), he wanted me to use the VIP pass. It was a wonderful experience beginning at 10 a.m. the first day and he and my daughter, Jane, kept making a big effort to get me from place to place. I am somewhat handicapped and use a 4-wheeled rolling walker so I have a built in seat and can rest along the way.

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Thanksgiving for the Monarch School

I am overwhelmed by the generosity and selflessness of my Coronado friends and neighbors who once again helped make Thanksgiving joyful and festive for homeless families in our region.

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Thursday 11/29/2018
A Growing Crisis on the Southern Border

We have a huge crisis on our southern border and it‘s unlikely to end well. It’s a problem largely of our own making. The gangs and drug cartels that control much of Mexico and Central America derive their income from drug sales and trafficking and their best customers are Americanos. It is their insatiable demand for drugs that keeps the gangs and cartels in business and business is booming.

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
Our New Supreme Court Justice

In Mr. Kelly’s Nov. 7 commentary he correctly points out that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s concern as to the qualifications of Jurist Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court was without independent witness corroboration. What Mr. Kelly does not comment on is the behavior of Mr. Kavanaugh when addressing the issue of his alleged behavior many years ago. I thought Brett’s Kavanugh’s shouting and screaming, in response to Dr. Ford’s description of her recollection of an attack by Brett Kavanaugh, when both of them were high schools students, was juvenile. 

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Monday 11/19/2018
Missing The Seriousness

I’m not exactly sure what point J.F. Kelly was trying to make, in his recent commentary (Nov. 7). But I did understand his comment about the Republican Senate’s decision to not even consider Barak Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Mr Kelly thinks that decision was “naughty” - making it sound like a charming prank. Well, maybe Mr. Kelly doesn’t know that a lot of people were devastated by that decision. It showed that we are willing to do pretty much anything, to achieve our goal - no matter the cost. Sort of like what you’d do to destroy an enemy - and I guess that’s how we now think of those on the “other side.” Mr. Kelly half-justifies that political maneuver, saying that he’s certain the Democrats would’ve done the same thing. Do unto others, before they do it to you - right?

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Friday 11/16/2018
The Good Priests

In a recent letter to the editor of the Coronado Eagle, the writer numbered the American priests who were pedophiles at 30%. I fact checked that absurd number and arrived at a much smaller number: 4%. Admittedly, even one percent would be shockingly unacceptable to any parish. And I wish to remind us all that the majority of priests have been, and are great men.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
The 2020 Presidential Election Campaign Has Begun

The mid-term elections are over and the results aren’t too different from what was predicted, except that the blue wave turned out to be more of a ripple. The Democrats gained control of the House and the GOP retained control in the Senate while actually gaining several more seats. Perhaps “control” is too strong a word. “Majority” might be better. The outcome was not too different, either, from those of other recent mid-term elections. The party of a sitting president usually loses seats in Congress.

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The Big Lies

For some time, I have read with interest, letters written by Mr. Falstrup. For the most part, I disagree with most of what he has to say and the positions that he takes but have not felt compelled to challenge him until now. In his last letter of NOV 7, 2018, Mr. Falstrup repeats two of the Left’s most favored “Big Lies” and they are: “We are the richest nation in the world, there is no reason why we can’t _____(fill in the blank),” and “The rich do not pay their fair share of taxes!” The United States is eighth on the list of countries with the highest Debt to GDP ratio at 106.1%. We are in the top 10 with four of the five famed “PIIGS” of the 2008/2009 European debt crisis! So, we are clearly not the richest nation in the world, and the thought that our grandchildren will be stuck with this $20T+ debt is a joke. The reality is, neither political Party has the guts to deal with the problem, so the debt will certainly grow to the point of no return and the eventual demise of the country as we have known it!

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
The Eagle Has Two Wings

Last week, when I wrote my commentary “The Eagle Has Two Wings” it was a bit cynical. As I had been turned down by the Eagle & Journal for a commentary that I had paid for and asked to be run in the Eagle and Journal of Oct. 24. I have now been informed by the Eagle Journal that assessing a charge for my commentary was an error on their part. The Eagle Journal does not charge for non-candidate specific commentaries. I revised my commentary and resubmitted it.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Politics Is A Dirty Business

Politics is a dirty business. Candidates always try to dig up dirt or make up false accusations about their opponents.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Migrants

The Honduran migrant situation was bugging me. My first reaction was, hell no, we don’t want them in our country. They’re useless people who would be more of a drain on our resources. They don’t respect the border. They’re a bit lawless.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
This Bird Has Some Serious Flight Problems

A thoughtful reader recently wrote an equally-thoughtful commentary pointing out that an eagle requires two wings to fly, an aerodynamic fact that I’ll readily acknowledge. Like the eagle, our national symbol, the nation requires two wings, he writes, i.e., political wings in his analogy, to function properly: a right wing and a left wing.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Don’t Fog Up Our Commute

Gentle reminder, reverse commuters: If you drive east over the bridge at sunrise, be a responsible driver and defog your windshield before you start the commute. If you don’t, the sun will blind you, you’ll slow down, and you’ll cause a pileup. It’s common sense: if you can’t see through the windshield, you shouldn’t be driving the car.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Marvin Heinze Has Our Vote For City Council

We have known Marvin Heinze over 20 years, both when we were serving in the U.S. Navy and also as friends and neighbors here in Coronado. If you have read Marvin’s letter in the Eagle Journal then you will know of his rock solid educational background and his extensive professional experience all of which combine to make him exceptionally well qualified to join our city council. He has also served voluntarily on Coronado commissions, committees, and civic organizations demonstrating his deep commitment and support to Coronado. Marvin always takes the time to listen to all sides of an issue and more importantly listens to his fellow Coronadans on what concerns them. We are confident that given the opportunity that Marvin would be the quintessential servant leader in working with the City Council on behalf of our City. Marvin Heinze is our number one choice for City Council.

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Bill Sandke - A Man Of Action Not Just Words

I heartily support the continuation of Bill Sandke as a member of Coronado’s City Council. Most candidates for political office in Coronado talk about traffic and safety but Bill has been a council member who has actually taken specific action to mitigate traffic problems and improve safety in our residential neighborhood. Specifically Bill:

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Marv Heinze Will Be A Great Councilmember

Marvin Heinze is a proven leader whom I support for our Coronado City Council. He is well prepared and superbly qualified. He is energetic, honest, and smart and is strongly motivated to help our community.

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My Advice, Vote For Mary Sikes

This is the last Eagle to go to print before the election. I am a supporter and friend of Mary Sikes. To be a supporter of a candidate you believe in is an honor. Mary has been a remarkable candidate and I believe will be a remarkable Council person. I voted for the first time in 1955. I have never missed an opportunity to vote. I was elected to two terms on the Vista School Board and one term in Coronado in the mid 90’s. Coronado has a fine group of candidates for all local positions.

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Devoted To The Community

In conjunction with my role as chairman of the documentary division of the Coronado Island Film Festival these past three years, I have had the first-hand opportunity to work in an up-close and personal manner with its co-founder, Mary Sikes. In every aspect of that work together I have found her to be straight-forward, honest, and perhaps most importantly, collegial. I never witnessed her, in all that time, to have taken advantage of her position in order to advance her own agenda. Rather, she seems to have understood that all the moving parts of a complex enterprise such as a film festival, must fit together with each other, in order to make it work. It seems to me that she would be a very effective City Council member, one who would be devoted to the needs of the community, rather than her own personal aggrandizement. She is a brilliant thinker, a razor-sharp strategist, and a lovely person all the way around.

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Coronado Needs Marvin Heinze

Please join me in voting for Marvin Heinze as our next City Council member. Coronado, above all, should have council members who are ready to govern when they’re sworn in. Experience in public commission processes, city regulations and building consensus on boards is vital in ensure our council operates effectively. Marv has shown his dedication to our community and has the experience from his service on the Planning Commission, other city committees, and the Cays Homeowners Board.

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Marvin Heinze For Council

Susan and I have known Marvin and Jill Heinze for a number of years. Having served with Marvin on a local non-profit board, I have seen his diligence and energy provide needed focus for critical issues. His attention to every detail demonstrates his desire to achieve the best solution in each situation. We are supporting Marvin for City Council as we feel his experience in the Navy, Planning Commissioner knowledge and dedication will serve Coronado well. We recommend you vote for Marvin Heinze for our Coronado City Council.

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Experience Counts!

I served on our City Street Tree Committee with Marvin Heinze for five years. He is the best! His analytical approach to solving public policy issues helped the entire committee address citizen issues effectively and with compassion. Marvin’s military experience, city government experience and logical thinking will help guide Coronado for the next four years. Join me in voting for Marvin!

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I Am Ready To Serve You!

Over the past three months I have walked each of our Coronado streets and talked with many of you. I have met with you on your porches, in your homes and at different meetings and forums. I have listened to your interests and concerns. I am impressed with the positive spirit that infuses our community. You appreciate our City services and enjoy the many things that make Coronado special.

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Vote Marvin Heinze For City Council!

I have known Marvin for almost 30 years and have been an enthusiastic part of his campaign team from the beginning. During these past three months, Marvin has energetically and tirelessly worked to reach out to the citizens of Coronado to present his qualifications and platform. 

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Trump On Mass Killing In Pittsburgh

In response to the killing of 11 people Saturday, 10/27/18, President Trump offered two thoughts worth noting: some kind of protection would have helped and gun laws? “Has little to do with it.”

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Thank You

I purchased a kitchen wall clock in Old Town. After a few weeks, it stopped working in spite of a new battery. I had noticed that Fair Trade Décor had similar clocks on display. I took mine in, asking that whomever had assembled their clocks might know why mine wasn’t working. I offered to pay a fee if necessary for their attention to the non-working clock.

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Please Vote

From my assignment in Kabul, I witnessed the Oct. 20-21 Afghanistan election. The determination of the people to create an effective democracy and to exercise their right to vote should be an inspiration to all. Afghans determined to vote were threatened with death, having their index finger cut off (showing that they dared to vote), or their property seized. Ten candidates were murdered; countless voters and police were as well by insurgents fearing a democracy. Yet, in spite of that, over 2,500 candidates stood for election and hundreds of thousands of brave people came out to vote.

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A Note Of Gratitude

Rosa Mary Catherine Forsyth (Mary Kay Forsyth to those fortunate to have known her) passed away in September. She spent most of her 100 years devoting time to community service, and the list of organizations she left a mark on is endless. For many years, Mary Kay was a member of Soroptimist International of Coronado, where she served as President and was honored as a Soroptimist Legend. In her obituaries, her family requested that donations in her name be made to Coronado Soroptimist or Sharp Coronado Hospital. The members of Soroptimist would like to thank those who have sent donations in Mary Kay’s name. These funds will be used to help women and girls reach their full potential and live their dreams.

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Coronado And The Navy

The things you see on channel 19! That’s the civic TV channel where meetings and announcements run in rotation 24/7.

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The Eagle Flies With Two Wings

It is apparent. It is not a euphemism. Birds fly with both a left and right wing. The symbol of the United States of America is a bird. It is an eagle. It flies with two wings; a left wing and a right wing. This commentary is intended to recognize the fact that our country needs both a right wing and a left wing. We have two groups each asserting that only one wing of American politics is needed.

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The State Of The Negotiations Between The CUSD And Teachers

The most recent CUSD Board meeting took place in the context of uncertainty for the teachers, parents, district, board, students and larger community. As many in the community know, the ACT has been negotiating with the district for nearly a year now over a number of issues, pay being one of them. Just prior to the board meeting, the district sent a communication to parents to establish the current bargaining positions, or, to put it differently, the current stalemate positions, of each of the bargaining parties. This communication is part of an ongoing dance that has been occurring over the course of the last six months with the ACT members, on the one hand, picketing on the median, wearing red shirts to demonstrate their solidarity with one another, and leafletting to parents to tell them their position with regard to on-going negotiations. The district, on the other hand, has been relatively quieter until recently. In just the last few weeks, however, following the beginning of the teacher action to “work to contract,” it has moved toward greater transparency by sending out its own “Frequently Asked Questions” for parents and now the actual agreements that were most recently rejected.

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Marvin Heinze Earned Our Vote for Coronado City Council

Our association with Marvin Heinze been through our membership in both the Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Coronado Navy League. This Navy veteran whose work in Homeland Security and lengthy involvement with our City Government helps him bring the right skill set coupled with his education and work on the Coronado Planning Commission.

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Vote For Marvin Heinze

I have gotten to know Captain Heinze over the past few years. A busy person, he stepped up when we needed help, to serve as an officer in our Coronado VFW Post. I have seen the dedication, experience and values he brings to a task and want him on our City Council. I highly recommend voting for Marvin Heinze for Coronado City Council!

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Monday 10/29/2018
Let’s Re-Elect Bill Sandke!

My last two years as Mayor were Bill’s first two as a Councilmember, and I was immediately struck by his excitement for the nuances of the job. No subject was boring or insignificant to him. He immediately took part as one of the City’s representatives across the bridge to SANDAG and he was a fine representative and diplomat for our City. He even took his brand of personal diplomacy with him on a vacation he took to Amsterdam, talking with government officials he met there about how they dealt with climate change. On a different occasion, when I was meeting with Mexico’s Consul General to San Diego at our Coronado City Hall, Bill happened to be in his office and excitedly joined me in this meeting and was probably a bigger contributor to the meeting than I was. Bill is a wonderful Councilman because he has spent most of his life in this community and he understands Coronado from top to bottom. He has been a student, a small businessman, a husband, and a father in Coronado. He has served us well and I hope you will consider sending Bill back for a second term on our Coronado City Council.

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Vote For Mary Sikes

Please join me in voting for Mary Sikes for City Council. Mary is passionate and dedicated to our wonderful town. Mary is intelligent, an expert in finance, a  fiscal conservative, and,  she listens to one’s concerns. Mary actually enjoys researching issues and you can believe that when she comes to the table she is well informed and can offer creative solutions.

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Supporting Peter Jensen

Coronado is such a unique place, not only due to its physical beauty and extraordinary weather, but also because we are very fiscally sound. Very few cities in America currently have enough savings sitting in the bank to cover their full annual budget. This is due to great stewardship by previous mayors and the city council members. And this is the primary reason we are supporting Peter Jensen.

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Pontes And Anderson-Cruz For The School Board!

I had the honor of working with Lee Pontes when he was a Senior Naval Science Instructor for the NJROTC Program at Coronado High School and I am proud that he is now representing me on the School Board. He both looks and acts like George Washington. I wish he looked like someone else, but I am not exaggerating about his behaving like Washington. They both take duty and honor as seriously as one can. I always know that Lee will do the ethical, logical thing. I know that when he says that he values Coronado teachers, he means it. He sent his sons to Coronado Schools and I taught two of them, and they are further proof of what a wonderful person he is, and what an amazing part of the community he and his wife have become. We are lucky to have Lee Pontes on our School Board. Let’s do our part to keep him there.

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Bill Sandke For Coronado

I’ll be voting for Bill as a community candidate with Coronado values. My late wife and I have been longtime friends of Bill’s parents and I have enjoyed the family friendship for many years. His experience and knowledge of Coronado’s issues is second to none. That’s why I’ll be voting for Bill Sandke for City Council.

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Housing Crisis In California: NIMBY Off The Rails

Some politicians have resorted to failed Soviet era solutions like SB 827, Planning and Zoning: Transit Rich Housing Bonus. While in 2017, Sergey Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, announced “an ambitious effort to demolish 8,000 Soviet-era public five story housing blocks, known as Khrushchyovkas,” our representatives in Sacramento are proposing the same type of high density multi-floored residences along transit routes. The slippery slope of roadway jurisdictions has provided a loophole that includes limiting cities from stopping this type of housing. 

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Kids And Public Speaking

I completely understand any student’s distaste for public speaking.

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Supporting Marv Heinze For Council

I serve with Marvin on the Planning Commission and have seen that he is thoughtful, always prepared and works hard for the City of Coronado. He thoroughly researches every topic for each meeting and comes prepared with numerous, in-depth questions. His leadership, knowledge and experience make him an excellent candidate for City Council.

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MainStreet Garden Party

Summer in Coronado is synonymous with good weather, lots of activities and great parties! The Coronado MainStreet Board of Directors recently hosted the 27th annual Party in the Garden at the beautiful home and gardens of Josh and Jaelyn Frey, 760 Country Club Lane. We thank them for their generous and helpful role in hosting our Coronado friends, supporters and businesses to raise funds for MainStreet’s Median Gardens. This year, Coronado MainStreet is celebrating the 30th anniversary of providing services in the downtown starting in 1988.

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Daron Case For City Council

I’m voting for Daron Case for City Council because, like a lot of Coronado citizens, I’m worried about our city and the direction it is going. I have lived in Coronado for 49 years and for a little over 30 of those years I’ve been studying the ones we have elected to lead our beautiful and unique City. What I have seen and heard from positions of leadership at the lower levels of the city, has had me convinced for years that it’s been trickling down from the highest level of the city and I truly believe there’s a fundamental lack of true servant leadership leading our city. I and others believe that Coronado has become a business catering to tourism and special interests more often than considering the citizens who call Coronado their home.

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A Vote For Peter Jensen Is A Vote To Take Care of Business!

What we need on our Coronado City Council are people who do not have an agenda that kowtows to one special interest group, we need council members that can look at problems and have a non bias solution or solutions that benefit everyone and we need honest answers to hard questions, not political ones. Peter Jensen is a long time Coronado resident, lawyer and someone that would bring a wealth of public service and government interaction to the City Council. Peter has had years of experience working and interacting with numerous governors of California, various government entities here in California, plus he was a highway patrolman and he is appointed trustee to the court.

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