I am proud to endorse Santee Mayor Randy Voepel for the 71st Assembly District.
As someone invested in this community, it matters a great deal to me that residents in East San Diego and Southern Riverside Counties have a conservative voice representing them in the Assembly.
Randy’s 15 years as Mayor has allowed him to build a record that reveals a simple truth: conservative policies work! As Mayor, he accomplished the following:
Half Percent Sales Tax Rollback in El Cajon
EL CAJON, Calif. – April 15, 2015 – The ‘Rollback Tax Event’, hosted by the East County Chamber of Commerce, the City of El Cajon, Parkway Plaza, and Valley of Cars, commemorated the one-half percent sales tax decrease in the City of El Cajon. With the sun setting of Proposition O, the sales tax decreased from 9.0% to 8.5% in El Cajon. Taxpayers will save approximately $8.6 million a year, an average of $245 per household.
Here’s a San Diego city firefighter hiring reform we need. Four, actually.
1. Do what EVERY OTHER CITY IN THE COUNTY DOES — hire already qualified firefighters who graduate from accredited firefighter academies — primarily our community college programs. Let the students pay for their firefighter education. No need to start from scratch with a new recruit — putting him (occasionally her) though the city’s own firefighter academy totally at city taxpayer expense. If the city wants to do additional training on top of that, fine — use OJT or hold a short academy for new hires. That’s what other cities do.
(SANTEE) – Assemblyman Brian Jones has announced his support for Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, who is running for the 71st Assembly District in 2016.
Jones, who currently represents the 71st District, cited Voepel’s strong record as a conservative at the local level.
by Jason Jackson
Last week the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego recognized Assemblyman Brian Jones with its highest honor, the Thomas Paine Liberty Torchbearer award. The RLC is a conservative group that works within the Republican Party to promote the ideals of limited government, low taxes, and free markets. The group recognizes candidates and office holders that best govern according to those principles.
Today, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is planning to announce his candidacy for President of the United States. While former Florida Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry are likely candidates, there is no doubt that the influence of the grass-roots tea party movement is being felt this year.
To date, there are four announced candidates for President:
Single family housing that are used for short-term vacation rentals through web services such as Airbnb or VRBO have gotten negative attention here in San Diego of late. Even though the complainants point to specific behaviors they dislike, the underlying tone of the discussion is that they don’t like the sort of people who come to America’s Finest City to vacation.
Nearly eight years ago, with your help, I went to City Hall to make a difference for our community. It has been an honor to serve as your Councilmember, Council President and Interim Mayor of San Diego.
My time in public service has included some of the toughest challenges we’ve faced as a City. From dealing with one of the deepest recessions in this country’s history to cleaning up after a scandal that rocked the very foundation of City government, it has not always been easy.
Here’s my just-updated, dreary fact sheet — comparing CA with the other states. It’s an annotated compendium of 35 economic criteria collected to accurate depict where the Golden State stands vs. its domestic competitors. It’s not getting better.
A wonky Word file version (suitable for one page, two-sided printing) is available upon request.
by Gary Felien, former Oceanside City Council Member
As you may have heard, my good friend and former Council colleague Jerry Kern is running for the 76th Assembly District.
We served together for four years and built a strong record of fiscally conservative policies.
We ended deficit spending and passed four balanced budgets in a row with no tax increases, raised the city reserves from zero to six million, restored the city’s credit rating, froze pensionable base salaries, implemented real pension reform, and capped medical expenses. That is a record that favorably compares to any city in California.
Yesterday, Jerry Brown issued the first mandatory water restrictions in California. Sure, in a drought, don’t waste water makes sense. But let’s not forget that this comes after a history of Democrats saying “don’t” to measures that could have mitigated this. Don’t build desalination plants, don’t use gray water, don’t build reservoirs. Now the boards and agencies have been further empowered to do this. Not a surprise, the Democrats are the Party of Don’t.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Kersey moves to Scripps Ranch to lead effort to make community a charter city
San Diego, CA — City of San Diego Councilmember Mark Kersey is moving from Rancho Bernardo to Scripps Ranch at the end of his term as city councilmember in 2016. With his pending move to Scripps Ranch, Mr. Kersey was asked by community leaders to lead the effort to break away from the City of San Diego and become a new charter city. Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) has given an initial opinion that it supports the creation of the City of Scripps Ranch.
Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern announced his candidacy for the 76th Assembly District last week. The UT-San Diego reported that Kern will probably earn the endorsement of the incumbent Assemblyman, Rocky Chavez. Chavez is vacating the seat to challenge California Attorney General Kamala Harris for the open US Senate seat in 2016. Kern signaled that he will work to solve the “hot” problems reported in the media:
This past December, I was sworn in for my 3rd and final term in the California State Assembly. As a result of term limits, I won’t be able to run again for the 71st Assembly District.
Serving as an Assemblymember has been the honor of a lifetime, and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish so far in Sacramento.
Yet, as so often happens in life, when one door closes, another one opens.
by Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern
I am honored to have been asked to run as a candidate in 76th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Encinitas. As a 40-year resident of North County and third term council member in the district’s largest city, I am thoroughly familiar with all of the communities within the 76th district.
The U-T San Diego Editorial Board stirred the pot of the Chargers’ stadium/relocation controversy by arguing that the team actually wants to move to L.A. They make a compelling argument, and many San Diegans lament that the Chargers are as good as gone. However, all of this assumes that the NFL owners would allow the Chargers to relocate to L.A., and I’m not sure that they will.
by Jason Jackson
This week Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office announced a foreign policy vision that should be of deep concern to conservatives. In his own words, Mr. Hunter believes that America’s foreign policy should be “you go in, you kick a–, you leave.” Mr. Hunter goes so far as to refer to this as the “Hunter Doctrine.” Fortunate for us we had the Marshall Plan after WWII – If Mr. Hunter had been in charge we would have kicked Germany’s a– and then left Europe to the Soviets.
Ted Cruz announced that he is running for President in 2016. To date, he is the only Republican or Democrat who has announced his campaign. Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton have sent a lot of messages but Cruz is running for President.
This is a great thing for a Republican in the November 2016 Presidential campaign. Here are five reasons why:
If it wasn’t official before that Randy Voepel is seeking the 71st AD seat currently held by Brian Jones…
From the Voepel Campaign
While it has been the pleasure of my lifetime to serve as Mayor of Santee, I’ve determined it’s time for a new opportunity to serve. That’s why I’ve decided to run for the 71st Assembly District.
As Mayor of Santee since 2000, I’ve worked hard to build a strong record. Specifically, my tenure as Mayor has been a demonstration of how conservative policies can work at a local level.
by John Nienstedt, President, Competitive Edge Research & Communication
My firm, Competitive Edge, uses Perception Analyzer™ dials to test TV ads, speeches, debate performance and even movies. Remember the movie “2016: Obama’s America”? We dial-tested it to uncover some fascinating findings about what aspects of the film – down to the second — influenced voters’ thinking.