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ICMYI – KUSI and The Hill covered the release of my plan to save free-market innovators like Uber and Lyft.

This is an issue of personal freedom — specifically the right of consumers to choose their ride rather than gave special interests and politicians choose it for them. Instead of siding with the cab companies’ monopolies, government should be encouraging, rather than prohibiting these solutions to our local transportation challenges.

In just under a year, there have been at least four members of the California State Senate arrested for drunk driving, arms smuggling, money laundering, taking bribes, and voter fraud. There have also been highly publicized ethics violations involving cozy relationships among lobbyists and legislators.

As if these scandals weren’t enough, we have another potential conflict brewing in the capitol that has the strong smell of corruption or at least an unseemly quid pro quo between lobbyists for Safeway and other parties interested in Senate Bill 270 – high stakes legislation that would ban plastic bags and impose a minimum 10-cent tax on paper bags.

Joel Anderson: “Pound sand … and lunch”

Thursday, August 28, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

From the DC Gazette:

State Senator Refuses “To Eat With Tahmooressi’s Captors” Declines Luncheon Invitation

Excerpt…

(Sen Joel) Anderson declined an official invitation to a luncheon honoring Mexican President Pena Nieto. The reason is simple; prisoner Andrew Tahmooressi. Anderson said in a statement, “I do not have an appetite for foreign officials who deny U.S. citizens their basic human rights. I am concerned that our military would feel betrayed if it appeared we condoned the harsh and unfair treatment of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.”

Guiding Young Offenders through the Registration Process,
“Are You Kidding Me?”

SACRAMENTO, CA – On a strict party-line vote this week, the State Legislature passed a bill requiring Juvenile Detention Facilities to register young offenders to vote. In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions the intent of the bill and instead calls on the Legislature to provide an education system that compels youth to make their own decisions for their future. “Since 2012, eligible citizens of California have been able to register to vote online, making the registration process especially easy,” said Assemblyman Jones. “But this won’t change California’s woefully embarrassing turnout of only 25.1 percent this past June. Let’s be real – this is just another tactic for the liberals to move their progressive agenda forward. There are far better ways to serve our detained youth.”

ICYMI — I was pleased to receive the endorsement of some of San Diego’s top Asian-American community members yesterday.

As I said, “I have always believed the important need to create better jobs for all is the glue that unites all of San Diego’s diverse communities — and the support I’m receiving from the Asian community is an example of that.”

KUSI got the story:

Katy Grimes wrote a great piece about the attack on free market transportation over on Flash Report today:

This free market response to the heavily regulated, unionized and expensive taxi and shuttle industry, is brilliant. Uber, Sidecar and Lyft work beautifully, and usually flawlessly, unlike unreliable shuttle services, and sometimes hostile and unscrupulous taxi drivers. And it is significantly less expensive.

Some in the media have said consumers only care about the immediacy and convenience of the quick, easy-to-order rideshare car services, and not about who is driving, or if they have insurance.

DeMaio Campaign Releases Second Ad on Peters’ Pension Scheme

San Diego – A week after Scott Peters was caught for making false statements trying to deny his role in the city’s pension crisis, the DeMaio campaign released a second ad slamming Scott Peters opposition to pension reform and his role in helping create the crisis that nearly bankrupt San Diego.

The ad shares outrageous government pension payouts that Scott Peters approved – such as the city librarian who retired on a $234,000 annual pension.

More from Michelle Moons at Breitbart.

The City of Solana Beach had two open Council seats in the November election: Tom Campbell was retiring and incumbent Democrat Mike Nichols filed to run for re-election. Three other candidates pulled papers to run against Nichols and for Campbell’s seat:

1- Ginger Marshall, the endorsed Republican candidate.
2- Patrick Germon, an independent businessman
3- Shannon Lerach, a newcomer to Solana Beach with long time ties to the Democratic establishment

Senator Hueso Arrested

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

While he isn’t the first Legislator to receive a DUI in Sacramento, my info says he is the fourth Democrat Senator to have charges filed this year in our State Capitol.  Is that a new record?

From the Sacramento Bee:

Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of DUI
By Jeremy B. White
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 11:11 am

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ferguson: A couple of questions

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz, SD Rostra Junkie

A couple of questions on the Ferguson shooting and riots…

1. If you are making the argument that Michael Brown was racially profiled by the police officer who shot him, aren’t you arguing that racially profiling works? Because Michael Brown had just robbed a store, beaten the owner, smoked pot, and turned out to be the kind of man who attacked and severely injured a cop while going for his gun while the cop was trying to question him?

Another Health Insurance Company bids the golden state adeu

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

SeeChange Health Insurance Withdraws from Market effective January 1, 2015

SeeChange Health will be withdrawing from the California and Colorado group health insurance markets effective January 1, 2015.We are working to transfer our policyholders to another, established carrier and will announce details of this arrangement as soon as possible.

The Morality of Plunder

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Eric Andersen

Wondering what the moral difference is between a black man plundering a Ferguson shop keeper via looting and a white man plundering a San Diego shop keeper via referendum?

Is minimum wage hike 15 or 44 percent?

Do I or do I not have the authority to use force against my neighbor to make him pay his employee more?

If I do not why does my vote for it make it just?

Assemblyman Jones Denounces Democrats Budget Gimmicks

Thursday, August 21, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions why Democrats in the Legislature passed a bill removing local school districts’ ability to save money in case of an economic downturn.  Just today the majority party also blocked a Republican measure, Assembly Bill 146, which would have lifted the cap on school reserves.

FROM THE CARPE DIEM BLOG:

http://www.aei-ideas.org/2014/08/monday_afternoon_linkage818/
Item #10

texcal

More From Today’s BLS Report:

a) Texas added more than 1,000 jobs every day over the last 12 months, a total payroll increase of 396,200 from July 2013 to July 2014.

b) Texas payrolls increased in the last two months (+77,000) by more than the net increase in California payrolls since December 2007 (see chart above).

I’ve been a registered Republican for less than 10% of my life. For 35 years I was a registered Libertarian and active in the party. While my views never changed, in 2011 I decided to join the GOP as a more effective way to advance fiscal conservatism (not social) – the key issue that will decide the future of the Golden State.

Heads up!  This November there will be scores of new local school bonds on the ballot in California, each raising property taxes.  We have seven such bonds in just San Diego County alone.  But this year most of the school bonds will be different – and not in a good way.

Anyone remember how Prop 30 was going to provide the needed funding for education?  Apparently it’s not enough. It’s NEVER enough.

Morena District Travesty

Sunday, August 17, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

I live in the Bay Park area of San Diego as many of you know.  During the Council District 2 race, I became aware of a controversy regarding a change to height limits to buildings along Morena Blvd, which runs north-south in parallel with I-5 on the west side of Mission Bay.  Since both main candidates opposed the changes, I figured this was a dead on arrival proposal and didn’t think much more about it.  However, I continue to see homemade signs and professional yard signs in my neighborhood, which piqued my interest.  Here is the issue in a nutshell: In order to meet SB 375 targets to reduce per capita emissions from vehicles, the city planners are proposing to build high density, six story condominiums near the future trolley stations along Morena Blvd.  Screw that, to coin a phrase. As a current resident of the area, I am going to suffer massive traffic congestion to meet ephemeral emissions targets as no provision will be made for the influx of traffic.  No way will a majority of new residents be using the trolley to get to work downtown.  Hence the inevitable traffic mess.  Because the plan is intended to “reduce emissions,” there won’t be any more lanes on Morena Blvd, Clairemont Drive or Sea World Drive to handle all the extra traffic. (Have you tried to get on I-5 north from Sea World Drive during rush hour, even now?)

Speaking of Medical MJ…

Saturday, August 16, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has apparently assigned the letter J to the La Mesa Medical Marijuana Initiative, which will appear on the November ballot. Thus, Prop J.

Some La Mesa insiders are hoping the campaign slogan will be “Pass that J.”

San Diego’s 10News is reporting that a campaign to repeal an expected rise in the minimum wage is being organized by the San Diego Small Business Coalition. (I urge you to “like” their Facebook page.)

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed the measure, but the San Diego City Council is expected to override it. If that happens, Jason Roe, spokesman for the San Diego Small Business Coalition, says he has already begun to fundraise and has “substantial commitments from small businesses.”

Medical Marijuana and the Rule of Law

Thursday, August 14, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

The U-T reported this morning on San Diego city government’s failure to shut down illegal medical marijuana shops.  To be clear, there are currently no legal medical marijuana shops in the city.  

 The case is instructive on the results of the failure of the rule of law, including the failure to pass implementing laws that unwelcome, but legal activity to proceed.  Councilmember Ed Harris wants a process that shines the light of transparency on the efforts to close the illegal shops.

Peters Took His Politician Pension Early

Thursday, August 14, 2014
posted by Carl DeMaio

Peters Took His Politician Pension Early

Former City Attorney Says “Scott Peters could have declined his pension.”

San Diego – Even though Congressman Scott Peters is personally worth more than $100 million, records from the city pension system released today by the DeMaio campaign reveal that he opted to take his government pension early.

On top of that, a former Chief Deputy City Attorney is calling out Congressman Scott Peters for falsely claiming to the media that he could not decline his politician pension while on City Council.

Scott Peters Lies About Role in Pension Scheme – But Independent Auditors Catch Him

Peters issues statement in 2014 that deceives voters the same way he was found “negligent” for illegally deceiving bondholders in 2004

San Diego – Scott Peters’ pattern of deception continued Monday with his campaign issuing a statement with the outrageous claim that Peters had nothing to do with the pension crisis that almost bankrupt San Diego. Peters even goes as far as trying to leave San Diegans with the impression that he “wasn’t on the City Council” that created the crisis.

Breitbart.com: Youth Take Aim for ATF Night in Southern California

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

by Michelle Moons at Breitbart

AR-15s and 1911 pistols were among the firearms shot as new and experienced, male and female young shooters joined together at a range in San Diego Saturday night for an annual ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) night.

In a state that is known to implement very stringent restrictions on Second Amendment freedoms, this young adult ATF night displays the enthusiasm of young people to learn and responsibly exercise their rights. Gracious volunteers with appropriate training gave their time willingly to assist shooters of all abilities and experience.

How Scott Peters Helped Create Government Millionaires With His Pension Spiking Scheme

San Diego – The DeMaio for Congress campaign today released a new ad titled “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Government Edition” which spoofs the popular game show by highlighting how Congressman Scott Peters helped create millionaires out of government employees by voting to spike their pensions.

Yes, Scott Peters helped make millionaires out of government employees.

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