The San Diego Mayoral campaign is officially a horse race. Both candidates have locked up their voters with less than 10% of the electorate “undecided”. Voters have a choice between a moderate Republican and a self-described progressive in the Obama tradition. While those choices may not appeal to movement conservatives, the next Mayor will have a huge influence on the direction for the City of San Diego for the rest of this decade. Faulconer is clearly the choice for conservatives.
from John Hrabe at CalNewsRoom.com…
2 Democrat State Senators Come Clean about Maui Trip
Demonstrating their commitment to openness and transparency, two Democratic state lawmakers came clean on Wednesday and disclosed their participation in an annual trip to Maui that is funded by special interest groups.
Senators Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Norma Torres, D-Pomona, told Calnewsroom.com that they participated in the November trip to Maui organized by the Independent Voter Project.
It’s rare that I disagree with the new U-T San Diego editorial board, but it is dead wrong on a tax-payer funded football stadium. This is just a classic example of a wealth transfer and, on moral grounds, I oppose this sort of rent-seeking.
The U-T editorial board argues that Qualcomm (former Jack Murphy) stadium is really old. It argues that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue threatened San Diego with the loss of the Super Bowl unless a new venue was built. It argues that City Hall is losing tax revenue from unseen losses due to an outdated stadium.
Will Scott Peters Join Obama and Double Down on ObamaCare?
Peters’ Support for the Failed Law Has Been Unwavering
WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama and National Democrats are launching an ObamaCare apology tour across the country, which will attempt to persuade the millions of Americans suffering under the law to give the rollout and its expensive policies a second chance. Will Scott Peters join the President and double down on his support for ObamaCare?
Here is a summary of key areas in the fight to prevent state and local public employee pensions from bankrupting governments.
Detroit. Judge Stephen Rhodes will rule today at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on whether the city is eligible to enter bankruptcy. From the LATimes. Most legal experts expect Rhodes to declare that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection. A ruling to enter bankruptcy would give emergency city manager Kevyn Orr leverage to bargain with unions over pension reductions or to make unilateral changes. Whether such changes would be constitutional would be decided later.
Eventually the mathematical results of under-funding ever more generous pension benefits for state and local employees becomes a problem for Democrats too. Illinois legislators are expected to vote this week on pension reform that would pare back pension benefits in three important ways.
- Reducing cost of living increases.
- Increases retirement age.
- Capping the salary amount available for pension calculations.
I know a lot of people are outraged that other people chose to work today (Thanksgiving). Many of those upset people, with a sense of unearned moral superiority, started a petition to try to close down the retailers today. We can file this petition into the “busybodies file.” I don’t feel sorry for people who choose to earn a living. Armed service members, public safety workers, medical workers, restaurant staff, tow truck drivers, and grocery store clerks, among others, have all chosen occupations which sometimes requires them to work on holidays. I’m damned grateful they do, too. I put gas in the car, bought stuff at the grocery store, and went to the gym today because individuals chose to pursue profit today and my life is better for it.
by Joel Marchese
Contrary to popular belief, we still have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Holiday. We still live in a free society. We still maintain the right to vote, the right to free speech and freedom of religion. And, we still have countless other rights and privileges not enjoyed in other countries and by many cultures around the world. We are truly and literally blessed.
This is why the elections of 2014 matter!
The City Council in Berkeley is hell-bent on taking the title of “Wackiest Elected Body.” They are heading toward proposing banning smoking cigarettes in your very own apartments, condos, and yes… even your single family home! I couldn’t make this up…
Mind you, this is in a city that professes to espouse a “do your own thing” mentality, and is very OK with people smoking pot with little or no restriction and has no ban on fireplaces or outdoor charcoal BBQs, which put out a lot more toxic smoke than a cigarette.
A Republican state lawmaker that filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against another Republican lawmaker has asked the court to dismiss the case. Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, requested on November 12 that the Orange County Superior Court dismiss her lawsuit against State Senator Mark Wyland, R- San Diego, without prejudice, according to court records obtained by CalNewsroom.com.
In August, SDRostra.com first reported that the Orange County Assemblywoman had filed a $10 million lawsuit against Wyland for defamation.
From Pomerado News…
Poway City Council members wrapped up a four-hour public hearing Tuesday night by voting 3-2 to permit the Maderas Golf Club to resume using its water wells.
Councilmen Steve Vaus and Dave Grosch voted against the motion, saying they were not convinced of proponents’ claims that turning the well pumps back on would not impact water levels in wells in the neighboring Old Coach Estates development or habitat in and around the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve.
Yesterday the City Council voted 8-1 to dramatically increase water rates in the City of San Diego despite angry public comments by dozens of ratepayers and 8,557 signed protest forms. Councilman Scott Sherman cast the lone dissenting vote.
The council’s action will increase rates by 14.75 percent over two years – a 7.25 percent increase in calendar year 2014 and a 7.5 percent increase in 2015.
Obama Delays Enrollment Until After Election Day, But That Can’t Save Peters From His Support Of Disastrous Law
WASHINGTON – President Obama’s administration is attempting to give Scott Peters an escape route from ObamaCare. They recently announced they are pushing back the enrollment period for ObamaCare one month, until after Election Day. What Peters doesn’t understand is that his support for this failed law is well-documented and consistent.
An open letter to my constituents about my views on the Second Amendment, as published in the Ramona Sentinel:
Dear Ramona Sentinel Readers:
In recent weeks several constituents have contacted my office informing me they are offended about comments I’ve made regarding the Second Amendment. This is an open letter to all of my constituents to share the background of my views on the Second Amendment.
With his amazing failure to make the San Diego mayoral runoff, Nathan Fletcher is down. But not out. No way!
Fletcher has demonstrated his fealty to the Democrat Party — enough that they WILL find an office for him in a suitable district. Think not? Reread his STUNNING labor union questionnaire — seven pages of detailed questions with Nathan answering just about EVERY question “correctly.” Such groveling loyalty is highly valued by the labor union bosses.
Councilman Kevin Faulconer is running for Mayor of San Diego, not to eliminate Nathan Fletcher. Let’s let that sink in.
Faulconer earned 43.6% of the vote (with 99% counted). Those results are unofficial. It looks like Councilman David Alvarez will face Faulconer in the run off as, at the time I am writing this, he has a comfortable enough lead over Fletcher. Many Republicans are rejoicing that Fletcher lost rather than figuring out just how hard the run off may be.
In a few hours we may know the fate of Nathan Fletcher’s political career.
Can a political chameleon convince enough voters to back him, whether or not they can be sure of his politics?
There has been a lot of talk of “drinking the Kool-Aid” when it comes to Fletcher’s supporters. I know several individuals I would describe as being in that camp. The real question: What is it that draws people to him? Charm? Charisma? Striking good looks? The ability to sound visionary?
150 years ago today…
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
Nancy Pelosi’s “Meet the Press” Appearance this Weekend Sparks New Round of ObamaCare Questions for House Democrats
WASHINGTON – On this week’s “Meet the Press,” Nancy Pelosi proudly stated that Democrats are going to continue backing ObamaCare and its failed policies. She proclaimed that “Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act,” and it’s time for California families to know: does Scott Peters ‘stand tall’ with President Obama and his botched health care law?
Originally published by Communities @ Washington Times
SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2013 — To any thinking observer, President Obama’s own explanation offers an involuntary confession that he knowingly lied about his Affordable Health Care law. But rather than paying careful attention to his actual words, our country continues to argue about the motive and integrity of its president.