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Peters charged San Diego taxpayers nearly $70,000 to drive to work

San Diego – A newly-released public records document from the City of San Diego on September 4 shows Scott Peters, who is personally worth more than $100 million, charged over $69,338.27 to San Diego taxpayers for his personal “car allowance” used to pay for his new BMW.

DeMaio holds records recently released showing multi-millionaire Scott Peters took nearly $70,000 in taxpayer-funded auto allowances


Monday, September 15, 2014
posted by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez

Assembly Bill 13 would help conform California Law to HR 3230
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) announced Assembly Bill 13 passed on concurrence off the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support. AB 13 is currently on the Governor’s desk for signature.

“Last month the women and men of the California state legislature came together to support our veterans,” said Chávez. “As the original author of this bill and as a veteran myself I am thankful for the efforts made in both houses to get this done. Our veterans deserve the right to attend our great colleges and universities.”

The good news is that, from March to June of this year, the California average residential electricity rate has DROPPED some compared to the other states — down to “only” 30.6% higher than the national average (from 33.7% higher in March).

But the California rates have SOARED in the two other major sectors. Commercial rates went from 27.0% higher than the national average in March to 53.8% higher in June. Industrial rates rose from 54.2% higher to 72.5% higher.

Two Prominent Democratic Women Leaders Blast Scott Peters as a “Privileged Man”
Former Assemblywoman and Former Vice Chair of local Democratic Party

San Diego – Former state assemblywoman Lori Saldana took to twitter Friday afternoon to blast incumbent Congressman Scott Peters. It is not the first time a prominent democratic woman took Peters to task and Saldana’s criticisms echoed a scathing post by Martha Sullivan, former Vice Chair of the San Diego Democratic Party.

Assemblyman Jones Remembers 9/11

Thursday, September 11, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

It is a privilege to remember 9/11 at Arlington National Cemetary. I appreciate the sacrifice of all of America’s heroes and their families that keep our great country secure and safe. God Bless America.

The U-T reports that the Vista City Council granted Dollar General a permit to build a store in its kingdom but decided what it can or can’t sell.  Let’s look at quotes from both sides of the alcohol permitting process.

“Combine those two factors and there is no way that additional (alcohol) sales would add anything to the city of Vista,”

“I am not willing to limit somebody’s ability to sell their retail wares because they weren’t first in line in the neighborhood,”

“Carl DeMaio is the choice of small business.”

San Diego – Flanked by a dozen San Diego small business owners, the largest small business group in the country, National Federation of Independent Business, announced today it has endorsed Carl DeMaio for Congress.

DeMaio said the NFIB’s endorsement reflects his record of fighting “for the little guy” on important business and job creation issues.

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson (pictured below)

Recently the City of El Cajon entered into a deal with the Rock Church to permit the Rock to lease the currently shuttered East County Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. The deal would net the city more than $200,000 in revenue while enabling the city to reopen the theater, closed since 2009 for budgetary reasons, for performances during the week and on Saturdays. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells also expects the deal to stimulate the local economy by bringing commercial activity into the downtown area. “Our downtown can explode with this deal, which will bring about 15,000 thousand people into the downtown area every weekend. Those people will be customers for our stores and restaurants,” Wells said. In a result that is a rarity for government, this one really is win-win-win for all stakeholders.

Assemblyman Jones Speaks on Importance of Second Amendment – Opposition to SB 53

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

Assemblyman Jones, quoting the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says, “I know there are members on this floor who misunderstand the Second Amendment and I know there are members on this floor who hate the Second Amendment, and you know what – that’s okay – you can misunderstand it, and you can hate it because that’s your First Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution given to us by our Founders.  But what you cannot do – what you do not have the authority to do - is to infringe it.”

California Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

Democrats Thinking the Weight of a Plastic Bag will Change a Person’s Behavior,
“Are You Kidding Me?”

SACRAMENTO, CA – On a strict party-line vote, the State Legislature passed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags. In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions how replacing one type of plastic bag with another will alter someone’s shopping routine. “Banning an item is not the way to change consumer behavior,” said Assemblyman Jones. “If it looks like a plastic bag, feels like a plastic bag and replaces the current plastic bag, what do you think is going to happen? Don’t be fooled by Sacramento’s absurd thinking.”

Here’s a fascinating contrast of how to handle a drought — comparing socialist California (specifically Los Angeles) with severely drought-stricken San Antonio, Texas.

Texas allows, even encourages public-private partnerships (a.k.a. privatization). California now prohibits such water projects.

So San Antonio has taken a much more innovative, effective approach than Los Angeles.  The bottom line is that by 2035 San Antonio will increase its water supply by 1,212 gallons/household/day vs. a paltry 41 gallons per day in Los Angeles.

AB 1951, the “Gay Birth Certificate” bill

Friday, September 5, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jennifer Johnson

From the Ruth Institute blog.

I have always tried to argue that there is a very serious civil outcome to redefining marriage, and it has nothing to do with religious liberty or the idea of “sacramental marriage.”

Since marriage is society’s primary way of acknowledging and understanding parenthood, redefining marriage redefines parenthood. Here in California, the affects of “SSM” and redefining parenthood are rapidly making their way through the legislature. Last year, Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing three or more legal parents for children, which was inspired by a “SSM” custody dispute.

Minimum wage dribbles into Encinitas

Thursday, September 4, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

I received an enthusiastic robo-call tonight urging me to not sign any petition to repeal the new and increased San Diego City minimum wage. The call indicated we should pay higher wages in San Diego because we respect hard working people. And it professed to be from a Bill Walton. No way to verify it, but THE Bill Walton is a sports legend and by all accounts a great guy who lives in San Diego.

Chris Cate for San Diego City Council

Thursday, September 4, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

San Diego’s economic future remains precarious. Kevin Faulconer’s election as Mayor this February forestalled the immediate threat of the city government reverting to the unsustainable fiscal policies that led it to be dubbed “Enron by the Sea,” but he will need allies on the city council to drive economic growth and job creation in the region. While the city’s fiscal situation seems to have stabilized, the region is still losing jobs due to a poor business climate. A number of big name employers have left for greener pastures in recent months, contributing to a net loss of nearly 3,000 civilian jobs in the region since November.

Sweating students and Swilling School leaders

Thursday, September 4, 2014
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

AC finally comes to Encinitas school

The U-T reporter missed what really caused the outrage: While the students sweated, the school district administrators and 4 of 5 school board members (Board Member Maureen “Mo” Muir didn’t go) attended a booze fueled “retreat” at a luxury hotel. They didn’t post this as a public meeting, there was no “facilitator” and as many as 35 people were allegedly there on the school district’s dime? This party cost the district a heck of a lot more than 13 temporary A/C units will!!

A stark demonstration of the uneven nature of our “recovery” from the longest recession since the Great Depression. Texas is carrying the nation!

Since 2007, employment in the state of Texas has increased by more than 1.3 million jobs (and by 12%), compared to a net deficit of more than 1.2 million jobs over that same period in the rest of the country.


As fire fights with foreign soldiers, on the southern land border increase,  the Border Patrol reports that foreign nationals are attempting high-speed amphibious landings in San Diego County:

In the early morning of Aug. 26, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) stopped a panga off the coast of San Diego County loaded with 20 people attempting an illegal entry into the country.

Surprisingly, Canada is the BEST major country when it comes to total corporate tax burden — by a LOT.   Hence Burger King’s decision to relocate to the Frozen North.  See the short article and tax table below.  And keep in mind that total CALIFORNIA tax costs increase this tax differential substantially for our Golden State businesses.

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


(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.

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