I recap all the Temecula school board action that happened (sigh) while I was on vacation, and print excerpts from reader emails about my Harvey Milk column, along with responses. Surprisingly, almost all the emails were positive about my column and negative about the school board. That’s my Sunday column.
You may recall that the Temecula Valley Unified school board majority in May refused to adopt a social studies textbook because Harvey Milk is cited in backup materials and that two members called him “a pedophile.” The slur against Milk was set in sharper relief after I visited San Francisco, where the assassinated politician’s name is attached to several public places and institutions, and even to desserts. I belatedly weigh in and talk to a friend of Milk’s, who decries the Temecula action as “dishonest and hateful.” That’s my extra-spicy Sunday column.
A “Saturday Night Live” sketch brought back the character “Lisa from Temecula,” the odd and outrageous attorney who is a disruptive force wherever she goes. I couldn’t resist writing about her again. (Candidly, my February column on her debut was by far my most-read of 2023, so I’d be crazy not to do so.) Also, readers react to my Joshua Tree column, and my recent Beach Boys column was better timed than I’d realized, coinciding with a TV tribute show of which I’d bee unaware. All of this is in my Wednesday column.
Did you see “Saturday Night Live,” or at least watch the standout sketch on your phone later? It involved the debut of an outlandish character called “Lisa from Temecula” (and also “Lisa, all the way from Temecula”). I couldn’t let an example of the Inland Empire on national TV go unremarked-upon — especially because it was a funny sketch! Also: Many of us rode Metrolink for free on Saturday, and the Hints From Heloise column gave a plug to the Press-Enterprise. All this in my Wednesday column.
Nothing like a hot-button political issue to get the blood circulating. In Temecula, a controversial councilwoman pushed an anti-abortion resolution. The council pushed back. I was there Tuesday night and here I am Friday with my latest column.