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A year ago I understood the hesitancy on the part of elected officials in San Diego to do anything other than at least appear to pursue efforts to keep the Chargers here.

The tide has turned. The team led by Mark Fabiani has either purposely or thru complete PR incompetence forced the average citizen into saying “whatever.”

A politician with clout and the fortitude to simply proclaim, “Enough — leave if you want, but no more time and money spent trying to keep you,” would be a gutsy, refreshing sensation in the eyes of the public.


Apply as it fits.

But, with apologies to a great band:

Now I’ll relate, this little bit
That happens more than I’d like to admit
Late at night, he knocks on my door
He’s smiling big and he’s offering pork
Now I know, I should vote nay
But, that’s kind of hard when he’s ready to pay
I may be an R, but I’m not a dweeb
I’m just a Member with no real beliefs


Two mics in the hand…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

If you missed the fun a couple of months back, Assemblyman Matthew Harper had his microphone removed by Assemblyman and Labor Committee Chair Roger Hernández during a heated exchange on some now forgotten bill (yes, we remember the incidents, we don’t always remember the legislation).

Although Hernández subsequently expressed regret over his heavy-handedness, that isn’t keeping Harper from having some fun over the matter.

Today, the OC Assemblyman posted the following photo to his Facebook page, showing two mics alongside his trademark hat, as well as a clear cut message:


Local political watchers generally fall into two camps when it comes to the tenure of the immediate past ownership of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Some believe Doug Manchester and John Lynch at the reins (or reign) was a refreshing return to the paper’s conservative roots, a philosophy that had been lost since the Helen Copley days. They also now fear what the SDUT’s political leanings are to become under new, liberal-leaning ownership.

Alternatively, others are glad to see the recent change, at least from a political if not geographical perspective. They strongly believe the paper under Manchester was too stridently conservative, pointing to its unabashed support for Carl DeMaio’s mayoral campaign in front page editorials as a prime example.


Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Some voices from Saturday night’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, at which U.S. Senator Rand Paul addressed a crowd of well over 700 attendees…

Rostra writer Brian Brady, a leader in the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) of San Diego (pictured with wife Debra)…

Rand Paul has an appeal which will broaden the reach of the Republican Party. Saturday night saw over 700 people at the dinner (a new record). The number of first time attendees was astounding. Paul, at the top of the ticket, could be a boon in the 2016 election cycle for down ticket Republican candidates. Republicans could regain the lost County Supervisor seat, a San Diego City Council majority, and compete in the Assembly and Congressional districts which are Democratic strongholds.


North County businessman Phil Graham today jumped in the race to replace Rocky Chavez in the 76th Assembly District, while announcing the support of Congressman Darrell Issa.

Jon Fleischman of FlashReport this morning has an interview with Graham, in which he stakes his claim as a free-market conservative.

The candidate also reached out to Rostra:

“As a political junkie who reads just about everything online and off, SD Rostra is one of my favorites for keeping up to date on the political scene in my home town of San Diego,” Graham said. “I look forward to updating Rostra readers on the progress of my campaign for Assembly.”

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Ready, willing and Abed

Monday, June 8, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

I’ll admit. I’ve wanted to use that headline for some time.

That is all.



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Monday morning spin

Monday, June 1, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

Here’s how a spin doctor does it, albeit very, very badly…

Headline: Carly Fiorina breaks top 10 of 2016 GOP candidates in latest national poll

Keep in mind there are 11 candidates or so in the race and she’s tied for 10th in the cited poll.


I was at San Francisco International  yesterday late afternoon awaiting a flight and saw the news of the U-T sale, on my phone via Twitter.

One doesn’t need the Union-Trib anymore to hear about the Union-Trib. Or, maybe not at all. Real time news is at our fingertips, with the content and parameters of what we want to know easily designed by us. In a generation, print news will be found only in libraries and museums, I fear.

That’s the reality, not my preference — I still love holding a broadsheet and having to wash my fingertips afterwards.


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.

As Mayor, I’ve been proud to accomplish the following:


The 2,000-year-old Blog

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

As is my custom the past several years on this eve…

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.


Word from the Registrar of Voters this morning is that Steve Padilla supporters have called off the balance of the recount in the Chula Vista City Council contest, thus cementing John McCann’s prior win. In the last few days Team Padilla shifted gears from the recount effort to contesting disallowed ballots (see below), then back to the recount, all to no avail.

In fact, one contested ballot that Padilla wanted included in the mix yesterday ended up being a vote for McCann. Unless the entire City is recounted, however, the final tally stays with the certified result. The closest race in Chula Vista history thus ends officially with a two vote victory by Republican McCann.


Update Tuesday 12/2, 4:45 pm…

It’s official from the Registrar of Voters. John McCann wins in Chula Vista by two votes. In essence, nothing changed from last Wednesday, as anticipated (see prior update below).

Here’s the “final.”

I’m not going out on a limb saying that Steve Padilla or one of his supporters — labor or the Democratic Party, for instance — will now likely start a recount process.

The results have to be official before a recount is requested. This is now official.

In election parlance, official and done are not always one in the same.


Updated Thursday 4:55 pm…

With all countywide votes in the hopper, it remains tied. The “final,” same as yesterday:

STEVE PADILLA  18450    50.00 %
JOHN McCANN 18450    50.00 %

I’ve asked the Registrar of Voters (ROV) for some clarity:

  • What’s the recount process, if one is pursued?
  • One or the other candidate can pay for one?
  • They can agree to share in the cost?
  • If no recount, it goes to a coin toss or other “game of chance,” administered by Chula Vista (per state elections code)?

Some new numbers from the Registrar of Voters, with about 28,000 ballots left to tally county-wide:

52nd Congressional

Scott Peters now leads Carl DeMaio by 5,430 votes, 51.44 to 48.56 percent. Since the Friday night update when Peters was at 51.25 percent, 7,871 ballots were added to the total (188,200 counted thus far). Peters received just under 56 percent of the additional votes since Friday. DeMaio conceded the race today.

Mayor, Imperial Beach

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Update: 5:00 p.m. Friday:

  • Scott Peters’ 50.27 percent yesterday increased to 51.25 percent today.
  • Raw votes are now at Peters with 92,410 and DeMaio with 87,919.
  • Peters’ 861 vote lead yesterday increased to a lead of 4,491.
  • Total ballots counted increased from 156,813 to 180,329.
  • Thus, that’s 23,516 additional ballots counted. Peters added 13,573 votes to his total. DeMaio added 9,943 votes to his.
  • That means Peters took over 57.7 percent of the additional ballots counted.
  • It’s estimated that between 10,000 and 18,000 votes remain to be counted in the district.

A unique comparison

Friday, October 31, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

No, this didn’t go to every high propensity household in Council District 6 with Tony’s name on it…

…but it may have Pollie Award written all over it.


You just won the World Series and were named MVP. It’s likely your contract includes significant bonus incentives for each feat, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars on top of the millions you’re already paid even if your team hadn’t made the playoffs. You’ll be listed in the record books. You have a ring and a trophy. You’ve achieved everything you dreamed about as child.

You are the LAST person in the world needing a FREE car, and everyone watching knows it. But the car company, “The official vehicle of the World Series,” sponsored this opportunity and they’re gonna give you the keys. It’s their right, no question.

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Didn’t we just do one of these? Or two? It’s that time again!

A reminder of the so-called “rules”…

  • Read the questions closely.  No tricks, just read the questions.
  • Send your guesses to ONLY. The Rostra TAs, interns and miscellaneous other rabble are assisting, so don’t send to my email.
  • Do NOT post your answers here.
  • Deadline to submit guesses: Election Day — Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — 7 p.m., PST. No exceptions.
  • If you’re reading this on FlashReport and don’t follow San Diego politics, don’t complain. Just DON’T ANSWER.

Over 40 readers submitted guesses in another competitive contest to guess the June 3 election results.

Before I get to the winners, first the questions, the correct answers, and a little analysis.  But, even before that, just a mention of what San Diego City Council candidate Chris Cate had to say when submitting his contest entry:

“First off, my life is complete now that I’m included in a Rostra election quiz!”

That pretty much sums up the entire meaning of life. Thanks, Chris.

The Results:

1. County Board of Supervisors, District 5 — Bill Horn or Jim Wood?


It’s time again, peeps! The contest both Reps and Dems equally love, or love to hate. Show us your PPP (political prognosticating prowess).

The “rules,” if that’s what you call some of these…

  • Read the questions closely.  No tricks, just read the questions.
  • Send your guesses to ONLY. The Rostra elves are assisting on this, so don’t send to my email.
  • Do NOT post your answers here.
  • Deadline to submit guesses: Election Day — Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — 7 pm, PST. No exceptions.

U-T: Dumanis has big lead. Discuss.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

The U-T San Diego reports on the SurveyUSA poll showing District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis handily leading her challengers, but below the 50 percent lock-it-up-now threshold…

So, wonks…

1) It’s an auto-response survey, often less than reliable. SurveyUSA sometimes misses the mark on measuring those polled against quality projections of voter turnout.

2) If undecideds break like the rest of those reported by this poll, Dumanis could win it outright.

3) Is there any significant changed campaign outreach from Bob Brewer or Dumanis in the last several days? Independent expenditures?


McCann wins Survivor Sweetwater

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz

Overturning her prior decision that embattled Sweetwater Union High School District Trustees Bertha Lopez and Jim Cartmill could remain on the school board after pleading to misdemeanors, Judge Ana España reversed the ruling today, thus leaving John McCann as the lone member.

Cartmill and Lopez have been suspended from the board pending sentencing.

Protocol I believe indicates the next step is the District seeking authority for the County Board of Education to appoint a couple of trustees.

The UT San Diego will have a more detailed story soon, I assume, if one isn’t posting while I write this.


Danger Zone: Goldens are coming!

Thursday, April 3, 2014
posted by Barry Jantz


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