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Larry Stirling

Larry Stirling graduated from San Diego State University in 1964. He then enlisted in the United States Army, was commissioned, and served 20 years as an infantry officer; four on active duty and 16 years in the active reserves. He commanded a company in Korea from mid-1967 to mid-1968. Upon release from active duty, Larry took a job as an adminstrative analyst for the city manager of the City of San Diego. Four years later he was selected as the finance director for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Four years later, with the help and guidance of Lee Hubbard and Pete Wilson, Larry was elected to the San Diego City Council. In 1980 he was elected to the State Assembly and served four terms. In 1988, he was elected to the State Senate where he served until appointed to the Municipal Court bench by Governor George Deukmejian. Upon unification of the state's trial courts, Larry was elevated to Superior Court judge where he served until 2003, when he retired. Larry now serves “of counsel” to the distinguished business and finance law firm of Teeple Hall and as “senior counsel” and director of mediation services for the statewide law firm of Adams Kessler which specializes in the Davis-Stirling Act. He is also partner in Sacramento Advocacy, a Sacramento-based lobbying firm. Larry is married to Linda who is a Senior Vice President and financial advisor with the Pacific Mountain Group of UBS Financial Services. The Stirlings have three adult children, Greg, Shenandoah and Jason. Larry is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 33; a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the California Bar Association. Larry is the author of two books, Leading at a Higher Level, a book on public administration reform; and Asked and Answered, a book on practical courtroom evidence.

Making Sense Of It

After 14 years of sustained professionalism as The Daily Transcript’s editor, Mr. Joe Guerin, is moving to KPBS.

On the 50th anniversary of the late Mario Savio’s Free-Speech Movement, it is humorous to recall the colloquy among liberal legislators and law-enforcement representatives during subsequent hearings.

Ever since that brilliant, gorgeous goddess Ms. Diane Powers turned a sleepy, Old Town State Park motel in to San Diego’s top tourist draw, nearby private merchants have been on the gravy train, at taxpayer’s expense.

Thomas Piketty, PhD teaches economics at the Paris School of Economics.

Actions speak louder than words and the actions of President Barack Obama sponsoring, and the votes of the Congressional Democrats (and Democrats alone) enacting “Obamacare” clearly say to seniors: “Drop dead!”

I read this week that Mayor Faulconer has initiated a suggestions-award program for city employees.

I recently spent a week exploring the sprawling Navajo and Ute Mountain Ute “Indian” Reservations that constitute major portions of each of the southwestern states that touch at the Four Corners Monument: Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

To paraphrase the late, disgusting dictator Saddam Hussein, the mother of all droughts has finally arrived.

While stationed in Korea as an Army officer, I remember being paid in Military Payment Certificates (MPCs), not U.S. dollars.

A panel of the 9th Federal Circuit Court in Peruta v. County of San Diego (actually the county sheriff) surprised nearly everyone by upholding our Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

“Congress shall have Power to … (E)xercise like authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings:…”

You have to hand it to Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO): They, as President Obama likes to say, “punch far above their weight class.”

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