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Anyone else notice the “union bug” on the donor envelopes Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis is handing out? Well, at least I’m sure they cost more.
Some observations on the first few days of the Mayor’s race:
#1 Republicans Up. The Republican candidates for Mayor (DeMaio, Dumanis, Fletcher) are up and running: raising money, throwing up websites, gathering endorsements, hiring consultants. The Democrats are having a harder time getting on their feet. I can’t imagine this is planned. More like they spent so long deciding that they still have to clear their heads and get going building organizations. Of course, they have labor.
I got an email today from a friend that seems to be in pretty close touch with Nathan Fletcher and company. She will remain nameless, but I thought it was worth publishing. I’ll skip the chatter back and forth and just hit the part I thought was important:
“Yes I think NF is going to be in. I hear in the next ten days. I think that makes the race a real barn burner. I think he can raise more than BD or CD. So you have the right winger, and you have the top cop, and now you have the war hero. This is San Diego … lots of former military around … maybe he can get votes from everyone on that.”
The events around Carlos Marquez should give labor and the left a moment of pause in their quest to gerrymander the City of San Diego. It’s fairly clear from a number of conversations I’ve been privy to that the failure of the judges to do due diligence in selecting committee members is a likely winner in court and a reason to restart the process. It’s also likely that Mr. Marquez will either resign within a few days or he will further discredit the commission and give any ballot box solution a cause célèbre. Either way works for me.
Then let me suggest, Ms. Wong, that you might not have the background for the job you now hold.
The ‘gentleman’ in question, if the news is correct, probably does not live in the city. This violates the law. That’s the priority here.
According to the San Diego Charter, members of the Independent Redistricting Commission have to demonstrate that they can operate in a nonpartisan fashion in drawing the lines. So of course you’d think that the judges who selected the commissioners would ask about previous partisan affiliation. Nope. Not at all. Not one question in the public written forms or the oral question and answer period addressed the issue of past or present partisan affiliation.
Today I read in SD CityBeat that the “impartial” redistricting staffer (who in fact has some pretty serious Democrat affiliations herself) blocked a question at a public forum from a interested citizen about the past or previous partisan affiliations of the commissioners. Here is the pull from the CityBeat article:
ITEM 1: CHANGES AT THE NEW MAJORITY. Sounds like the San Diego New Majority is in the midst of a staff change. Current staffer Doug Sain, who has served in the position for a couple of years, is either moving on or acting as an adviser in a different capacity (conflicting stories). The replacement will be John Cross. I don’t know Mr. Cross but wish him the best of luck…
Andrew Donohue at Voice of San Diego has the story… Bonnie Dumanis comes out against the Sanders/DeMaio/Faulconer pension reform measure in the City of San Diego. She tells Voice, “…it is my core belief that those who put their lives at risk daily in the line of duty should have a secure pension … I can’t support a measure that doesn’t exempt police, firefighters and lifeguards.”
Looks like Nathan Fletcher just got his opening.
As noted in the post below it looks like District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is in. The emails swirling around town this morning also mentioned that she hired GOP consultant Kevin Spillane from Sacramento to run her race. In the past Dumanis used Democrat consultant Jennifer Tierney, who is also the consultant for the Firefighter’s Union. Does this mean that the firefighters are backing Dumanis and that we should expect independent expenditures from them? Unknown.
Regarding today’s Voice of San Diego blurb… CityBeat’s John Lamb’s incredibly lame excuse for printing an incorrect story. Yes, John, you should have put on your reading glasses. Sort of one of the normal obligations of the press when they decide to zing someone. All of us know you salivate wildly at any hint of negative news (or news you can make negative with a twist) about the Republican Party. Just slow down tiger. And is it really just impossible to retract without a nasty comment? Stay classy, progressive San Diego.
Not Close and No Cigar
Every Supervisor in the County of San Diego gets a large “slush fund” that has ranged over the years, I believe, from half a million to a million taxpayer dollars. Basically, the Supervisors get to dole this money out to whatever nonprofits or projects they see fit. Over the years Supervisor Pam Slater has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars subsidizing an arts community that should be self sufficient. It’s not that I don’t support art: I just don’t want to pay for what I don’t like. Further, I’d much rather the county spend its precious resources on more sheriffs, for instance.
Looks like DA Bonnie Dumanis and Congressman Bob Filner are both exploring entering the San Diego Mayor’s race. How does this play?
With the DA in there are at least two “establishment” candidates in the race, Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Presumably Fletcher will be able to access Republican donor monies from his term in Sacramento and his and his wife’s national relationships, so he has some strengths she cannot count on. Dumanis is reasonably well known and liked and may have access to national gay money. How the local establishment money will be split up is anyone’s guess.
I think we’ve all watched Chairman Michael Steele with some degree of head shaking over the last couple of years. Instead of doing the job of party chairman quietly, raising money and recruiting candidates, he worked overtime to make himself the ‘face’ of the GOP, often with embarrassing results. Finally, donors were so disquieted by Steele that they basically pulled their money from the Republican Party and fed it into outside groups like those led by Karl Rove. Now according to Fox News he’s set up a confidential conference call to announce he will not run for a second term.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald was shocked at the results of District 6 a week ago. The day of the election she was smilingly predicting a Wayne win, if not walk over. What would a Wayne win have meant? With just two seats in GOP hands and another resounding labor victory, it would have meant a disheartened small business community that would finally cave into the Chamber of Commerce ‘corporate welfare’ types who long since gave up the fight. A Wayne victory in D6 would have meant an easier re-election campaign for Emerald. Now, of course, the small business community and the local GOP smell blood in the water.
I thought a long while before writing this post. I lived with Mayor Sander’s position on gay marriage. Gave him a pass, for the good of party unity. I was pretty upset with his position on the Arizona law, but largely kept my mouth shut. But this sales tax increase is just too much.
Just a few minutes ago Donna Frye joined Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer in voting down the proposed sales tax.
It’s no secret that community leaders in the 7th Council District have been seriously discussing a recall of Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Recently, though, more serious ‘downtown’ types have also been overheard having similar discussions. A poll taken several months ago showed pretty conclusively that a funded recall would succeed.
Apparently the buzzing is getting to Emerald, never known for stability. On KPBS this morning (I just happened to hear it) she and Councilman Carl DeMaio were going back and forth about DeMaio’s labor initiative when Emerald outright accused DeMaio of masterminding a recall against her. More amusing, her source was “blogs”. I’m hardly an unbiased source, but I thought she just sounded paranoid, at best. Now I guess we know what Emerald does with her time though, sifting through blogs instead of balancing the budget.
From my quick look at the Republican Central Committee elections I think it is pretty safe to say Chairman Tony Krvaric will remain Chairman. I certainly don’t know everyone who won, or lost, but I recognize enough names to see that he almost certainly has a working 2/3. Some interesting notes:
* The biggest loss to the committee is Doug Metz in district 79. For years, Metz has been recognized as fair, rational, and impartial by anyone who pays attention to internal Republican governance. I would suggest the first task of the new committee would be to find Metz an appointment.
This morning, the Union-Tribune reported that current Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano has been accused of writing bad checks by Art Moreno, his partner in a security company. The law says Bejarano can’t operate this kind of company while police chief, but of course the Chula Vista City Attorney says it’s fine as long as he’s trying to get out of the company (more on Chula Vista later in this column). I’m not a legal scholar, but I seriously doubt that most City Attorney’s would apply this kind of subjective test… and I have owned a small business and I know it usually doesn’t take this long to get out (did I mention the article says Bejarano is still taking a paycheck… sort of defeats his interest in getting out right?). Please note for the record I’m agreeing with Councilman Steve Castaneda for the first time when he said: “There should have been a specific timeline in which he had to divest himself from that business.” Of course there should have been Steve, but remember you are in Chula Vista.
A meeting was held earlier today with several donors and community members within San Diego City Council District 7. The purpose of the gathering was to determine whether or not to move forward with a recall of the increasingly embarrassing Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Consensus was that she cannot survive a recall in a non-Obama tidal wave election. A larger group will be meeting this week.
Dear Marti, I read the following:
(From San Diego Magazine) THE POKING NOSE: With San Diego still struggling to stem the riptide of red ink, the city is “desperately trying to ‘refinance’ its debt,” according to one City Hall wag. “In other words, some want to stretch payments out longer for short-term savings. Sounds familiar,” she says. “Very much like underfunding the city’s pension yesterday to pass on the debt to our children tomorrow.” … Another one bites the dust? San Diego Social magazine has apparently stopped the presses. Calls to its listed phone number are going unanswered … City Council offices are buzzing about the recent abrupt departure of Councilmember Marti Emerald’s chief of staff, Xema Jacobson. (Former policy chief Don Mullen has replaced her.) A colleague says the departure is related to a new ethics complaint involving Emerald’s office, but Emerald says no. “Why would anyone start a rumor like that? Xema and I have been close friends for 20 years,” she says. “She made the decision to leave as part of a realignment of the office.”
Recently Marti Emerald asked the Mayor’s office to televise her upcoming confrontation with the Ethics Commission, which he denied as it would conflict with the Planning Commission. For those of you who don’t track Emerald closely, she is in hot water with the Ethics Commission for various violations and doesn’t much like it that the “troubleshooter” role is someone else’s. So why does Marti want this televised? The general feeling downtown is that she is going to be fairly harshly punished and fined for her ethical violations. Why would she want us to see that?
I’ve also heard what ‘Sunshine’ heard – that Xema is out as Chief of Staff to Marti Emerald. Further, though, I heard that Emerald offered the position to another long time City Hall staffer liberal Democrat Don Mullen. Xema and Mullen had a very, very rocky relationship, and rumor has it he threatened to quit in the last couple days for a job outside City Hall.
I didn’t check my emails from Friday until this morning. Upon reading them, what did I find but an email from one of the previous “Crimmins Crowd” on the local GOP Committee – this one allegedly the contents of a back and forth email between a young, disturbed activist and a former San Diego County Republican Party Chairman, largely dealing with the less than positive relationship some years ago between California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring and the former Chairman in question. The intent of the exchange is clearly an attempt by the activist to convince the past-Chairman to air whatever grievances he might have. This is the fourth such email that I’ve gotten from “Da Rat” as he calls himself since Michael Crimmins was bounced off the local GOP Committee 44-1 (the 1 being his own vote). I think they make pretty clear who the individual filling our emails with “anonymous” defamatory attacks on Nehring and current Chairman Tony Krvaric is. I will be forwarding these documents to Ron Nehring and Tony Kravaric. The behavior of the “anonymous” individual in question is repulsive, juvenile, and worthy of a civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution.