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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, a Senior Vice President, Financial Consultant & Portfolio Manager, Folsom-Stirling-Sweeney Group at RBC Dain Rauscher. He has two adult children, 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 and San Diego Bar Associations. 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

“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.”

I am supporting Bob Brewer for election to the office of San Diego County District Attorney because he is the most qualified of the three candidates running.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (“the Met” or MWD) has long been gouging the people of San Diego County by imposing charges on our water supply that have little or nothing to do with supplying water.

If “smart meters” are so smart, why don’t they speak English?

“Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people … to petition the government for redress of grievances.”

Congress member Scott Peters recently organized a press conference on the campus of the elite University of California, San Diego during which he excoriated the U.S. Supreme Court for their Jan. 21, 2010 decision in the case of Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

Our beloved California is so dry that not only has Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, the California Conference of Catholic bishops has suggested that people of all faiths pray for rain.

The Los Angeles Times once published an article about me with the headline “Larry Loathes Litter.”

Can it be that the predominant voice in current Turkish domestic and international politics lives in Saylorsburg, Pa.?

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.”

No man is an island,

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