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Cliff has been one of San Diego's leading radio personalities, a veteran (but not yet legendary) broadcast journalist of more than 30 years. Cliff also is the creator, writer, producer and anchor of "Cliff Notes on the News", his popular commentaries that have been broadcast on the radio since 1997 and are also available at iHeart Radio Talk.
Cliff is a guest lecturer on broadcast journalism at San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and at Concordia University in Orange County, California.
He is married to his high school sweetheart, Marianne, since 1972. They have three magnificent married children and their equally magnificent spouses and they are blessed with six wonderful grandchildren, with a 7th on the way.
If you’re a smoker, you’ve apparently got some clout.
At least in Vista, the North County community, and in about half of the other dozen and a half cities in the county that have refused to ban smoking on outdoor patios at restaurants.
The Vista council this week voted 3-2 against the idea with the majority saying it’s better for restaurants to decide for themselves whether to ban smoking on outdoor patios.
It’s the typical libertarian or free market argument.
Except when it comes to smoking, it is not just about it being irritating. It’s about a public health issue.
And while you can find studies over the last 20 years that disagree about the health impact of second-hand smoke, it makes common sense that smoke from tobacco that we know causes lung cancer and heart disease in smokers, could harm others who breathe it in.
And with less than 15 percent of Californians who are smokers, why does the Vista City Council and others like them give in to the smokers?