Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans’ Day By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)
Last week Americans celebrated Veterans’ Day in support of all of the armed forces who have risked their lives to secure our freedoms. I was fortunate enough to attend Veterans’ Day events in our community, where we presented over 30 official state certificates to veterans, including young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan all the way back to World War II. It was a privilege to present these brave men and women with a small dose of gratitude from our state.
I am proud to be a part of a state that offers so many tokens of gratitude to our veterans. For example, I authored a measure to put the Cal-Vet Home Loan program on the ballot to help military veterans become homeowners. The initiative passed overwhelmingly, a sure recognition that statewide we are all thankful for their sacrifice and service.
Thank you, Veterans, for all that you have done and continue to do for our country.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Reforms Started This Year Must Continue in Order to Protect Taxpayers By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
California is facing immense challenges in the next two years, but also has a significant opportunity to continue down a path toward lasting reform.
Taxpayers in San Diego and across the state expect their elected officials to act responsibly to set priorities and run government more efficiently. They also want their representatives to work aggressively to help the private sector create jobs and put people back to work.
I was privileged over the last year to serve as Republican Leader in the State Assembly, and am very proud of what we accomplished. However, many of the pressing problems facing our state remain unresolved.
This year we closed a $19 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. We rolled back overly generous state employee pension benefits passed when times were good. We also brought the state one step closer to ending the cycle of boom and bust budgeting by creating a much-needed rainy day fund.
While I am proud of what we accomplished during my tenure as Assembly Republican Leader, there is much more work to be done in the coming years. The reform movement must continue if we are to ensure that citizens have a government that is responsive to their needs and respectful of the taxpayers.
Martin Garrick (R- Carlsbad) is the Assembly Republican Leader Emeritus.