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From the SDUT…

Campaign consultant drops Dave Roberts
Tom Shepard bows out of 2016 bid by supervisor, who faces accusations from former aides

SAN DIEGO — Tom Shepard, the political consultant who has worked with some of the biggest names in local politics, has dumped Supervisor Dave Roberts as a client.

Read it all at the Union-Tribune.

inewsource: Briggs-associated nonprofits flout state, federal laws

Thursday, May 28, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

An excerpt…

Briggs and his law firm have sued on behalf of more than 30 charitable nonprofits, almost all of which he and his family helped create.  An inewsource review of public records found state and federal governments have suspended more than half of the groups, including the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition (which was later reinstated), for failing to file legally required documents showing finances, mission statements and board structures.

You’re gonna LOVE this.  As you know, the Los Angeles city politicians voted almost unanimously to establish a $15 minimum wage.  They did so at the behest of the labor unions.  Now the labor union bosses want an exemption for unionized workers!

As union boss Rusty Hicks so eloquently put it, “With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them,” Hicks said in a statement. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”

Poll: Lots of Americans support repealing the right to be really, really mean

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

from a National Review article…

It’s important to note here that “stir up hatred against” does not mean “instruct a crowd to kill” or “explicitly incite violence against.” Both of those things are already illegal under the Supreme Court’s 1969 Brandenburg standard. Rather, it is a fancy way of saying “be really mean to.”

Read more.

U-T: Abed eying Roberts’ seat?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

by the SDUT’s Logan Jenkins

Sam Abed, Escondido’s mayor, has not announced his candidacy for Dave Roberts’ supervisor seat.

Abed’s just making calls, prospecting for endorsements among fellow electeds. But last week, the texts were flying. You heard about Sam?

Read it here.

Lots of funny captions provided by readers for this U-T cartoon. But my wife made an interesting observation: Reverse the roles — make it two MEN with the big gun — and an empty pair of smoking WOMEN’s shoes.

I suspect that would NOT be deemed funny, or even offered up for caption-adding to the public. If it were published, letters would pour into the paper from people “deeply offended.”

Such is the double standard of today’s (selectively) sensitive society.

A few good bike paths

Friday, May 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From last night’s San Diego County Taxpayers Association dinner…

Revisionist History: Iraq, WMDs and Intelligence

Friday, May 22, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2015 — On the heals of Jeb Bush’s adjusted answer following Megyn Kelly’s Fox News interview in which she asked if he would have invaded Iraq, knowing what we know today, other potential Republican 2016 candidates are falling into step with their own answers to the question.

The answer, seemingly obvious, is “No, since we have now established that our intelligence was erroneous and Iraq had no WMD’s, there was no point for the war.”

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate celebrates Red Nose Day

Thursday, May 21, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


U-T: Dave Roberts hires political crisis expert

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

SAN DIEGO — County Supervisor Dave Roberts has hired a crisis communication specialist to help his political career weather accusations from former staff members.

Roberts has brought on board political consultant Gary Gartner, a personal friend and strategist for his supervisorial campaign.

Read it here.

I’d like to see the actual Chargers stadium proposal, but based on the task force’s official write-up which I presume is accurate, appears to be a $467 million taxpayer giveaway to keep the Chargers here — ignoring cost overruns and “surprises.” And apparently that’s not counting the 60 acres of land valued at $180 million (not sure how land ownership is handled).  Again, I caution that my interpretation of the proposal may not be completely accurate.

CSAG Releases Stadium Plan, Faulconer’s reaction, Goldsmith weighs in

Monday, May 18, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

PRESS RELEASE

CSAG Lays out a Clear, Workable Path to New Multi-Use Stadium with No New Taxes

‘This financing plan is an important milestone and creates the framework needed to begin negotiations’ 

SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2015)—Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) released its “Site Selection and Financing Plan for New Multi-Use Stadium in San Diego” today. It lays out a clear and workable path to a new multi-use stadium that is fair for everyone, including taxpayers.

Former staffer Diane Porter’s legal claim against Supervisor Dave Roberts says three things:

1- Dave Roberts had an “inappropriate” relationship with staffer Harold Meza.
2- Harold Meza was given favorable treatment and rewards for being Roberts’ paramour.
3- Roberts misused county funds to reward Meza for that relationship and to cover up the existence of that relationship.

Supervisor Roberts offered that there were “inaccuracies” in the claim.  Maybe that’s just cautious talk for a full denial so I’ll assume (for this argument) that Dave Roberts completely denies all points of the claim against him.

Dave Roberts Cannot Be Forced Out

Monday, May 18, 2015
posted by Erica Holloway

Dave Roberts cannot be forced out of office, not easily anyway. A San Diego County supervisor must vacate a seat one of three ways: willingly or due to untimely demise, for which a replacement process exists, take their chances come election time, or possibly face a recall effort.

Alarm bells sounded from District 3 as eight staffers fled his office just since January. If voters and political watchers believe the chatter, Roberts seems prime for a role in the “Horrible Bosses” movie franchise.

Head of Filner recall calls on Roberts to resign

Friday, May 15, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

The head of the 2013 effort to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is calling on County Supervisor Dave Roberts to resign from office, in the wake of several allegations of impropriety against him by former staff members.

Michael Pallamary, who started the effort to remove Filner from office prior to the then-Mayor ultimately resigning in August 2013, today sent the following letter to Supervisor Roberts:

Michael J. Pallamary,
Former Chairman
Recall Filner Committee

Dave Roberts: A note to my constituents

Friday, May 15, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

My team and I take great pride in providing outstanding service to all constituents of the Third District. In light of recent media coverage related to former personnel, I wish to assure the public that those matters have not impacted my accessibility or responsiveness, nor my determination to provide the best possible representation to the Third District. I have taken the actions necessary to strengthen my team, including hiring Mel Millstein as my Chief of Staff.

Mayor Sam Abed Calls on Supervisor Dave Roberts to Resign if Charges are True

Friday, May 15, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

PRESS RELEASE – 5/14/15

Escondido, CA – Today, the Mayor of Escondido called on Supervisor Dave Roberts to publicly address the charges against him and if true, to immediately resign his office.

“Public office is a high trust and if the allegations against Supervisor Dave Roberts are true, he should immediately resign. The people put their faith in elected officials to uphold the highest standards of integrity and above all, to uphold and abide by the law.” Mayor Sam Abed went on to say, “No one is above the law and the only remedy for restoring the public’s confidence once violated, is to promptly resign.”

Earlier this week I addressed the troubling revelation that the Convention Center defaulted on a $13 million deal that would allow for the expansion space we need to keep events like Comic-Con.

This is a BIG deal.

I covered this on my radio show on Monday, and then started getting numerous calls that the situation is even worse. So I penned the commentary below that is running in the Voice of San Diego.

SDCTA Announces Finalists for Golden Watchdog & Fleece Awards

Thursday, May 14, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

PRESS RELEASE

20th annual awards program recognizes best and worst use of public funds

San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) has announced finalists for its 20th Annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards. The awards, which recognize the best and worst in local government efficiency, spending and decision-making, will be announced next Thursday, May 21 at a dinner at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Ellis Announces for San Diego City Council

Thursday, May 14, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

 ‘Ray Ellis has been a successful small business owner and he’s made a mark in San Diego as one of our most important non-profit leaders’

SAN DIEGO (Thursday May 14, 2015)—Ray Ellis, a small business owner, non-profit leader and community volunteer, announced today he is running for San Diego City Council.

Trade you two Roberts for a Filner?

Thursday, May 14, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

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Mark Robak sent this along, saying “I have now completed my San Diego Dave Roberts baseball card collection!”

Yes, of course, innocent until determined otherwise. No question.

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Yet, aside from the legal process, there’s also the point at which a scandal reaches the tipping point of no going back. 

There’s also the point when a public official becomes such a distraction that his or her constituents can no longer be represented fairly.

The point when the government agency itself becomes embarrassed.

That’s the time for the other elected officials to have some resolve.

When the dramatic drop in oil prices occurred starting in mid 2014, liberals were conflicted.  They hated the fact that low oil and gas prices increased the attractiveness and use of fossil fuels. But they took solace in the fact that at least the irritating Texas economic boom was finally reversed — that a hick state’s economy built on their lucky abundance of natural resources would now be the Lone Star State’s undoing.  The progressives were actually gloating about the resulting economic bust the hated Texans would experience.

Only one problem for liberals. It didn’t happen.  Texas is still chugging along, with hardly a hiccup from the plunge in petroleum prices.

This ain’t our grandparents’ Texas.  No-sir-re-bob.

Daily Video Blog – Last Thought with Carl

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
posted by Carl DeMaio

I’m having a blast with the radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO. We’re launching a new video feature called “Last Thought with Carl.” Here’s our first one – on the crisis in teachers’ pensions and our confrontation with the media rep for CalSTRs. Video Link

Keep sending in your news tips and we may use them on a show soon!Final Thought with Carl – Teachers\' Pensions

The California gasoline tax is one of the highest in the nation, yet our streets, roads, and highways are in s a perpetual state of disrepair. The main reason is because our gasoline taxes have been diverted from their originally intended purpose to the general fund. In 2010, the Legislature perfected a “gas tax swap” to facilitate this swindle.

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