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I live in the Bay Park area of San Diego as many of you know. During the Council District 2 race, I became aware of a controversy regarding a change to height limits to buildings along Morena Blvd, which runs north-south in parallel with I-5 on the west side of Mission Bay. Since both main candidates opposed the changes, I figured this was a dead on arrival proposal and didn’t think much more about it. However, I continue to see homemade signs and professional yard signs in my neighborhood, which piqued my interest. Here is the issue in a nutshell: In order to meet SB 375 targets to reduce per capita emissions from vehicles, the city planners are proposing to build high density, six story condominiums near the future trolley stations along Morena Blvd. Screw that, to coin a phrase. As a current resident of the area, I am going to suffer massive traffic congestion to meet ephemeral emissions targets as no provision will be made for the influx of traffic. No way will a majority of new residents be using the trolley to get to work downtown. Hence the inevitable traffic mess. Because the plan is intended to “reduce emissions,” there won’t be any more lanes on Morena Blvd, Clairemont Drive or Sea World Drive to handle all the extra traffic. (Have you tried to get on I-5 north from Sea World Drive during rush hour, even now?)
San Diego’s 10News is reporting that a campaign to repeal an expected rise in the minimum wage is being organized by the San Diego Small Business Coalition. (I urge you to “like” their Facebook page.)
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed the measure, but the San Diego City Council is expected to override it. If that happens, Jason Roe, spokesman for the San Diego Small Business Coalition, says he has already begun to fundraise and has “substantial commitments from small businesses.”
Roe says the group is ready to launch a ballot drive to repeal the hike. Some 34,000 signatures must be gathered in a month to get it on the ballot in June 2016.
The U-T reported this morning on San Diego city government’s failure to shut down illegal medical marijuana shops. To be clear, there are currently no legal medical marijuana shops in the city.
The case is instructive on the results of the failure of the rule of law, including the failure to pass implementing laws that unwelcome, but legal activity to proceed. Councilmember Ed Harris wants a process that shines the light of transparency on the efforts to close the illegal shops.
The proposal comes as the abundance of illegal dispensaries has begun adding turbulence to the already complex approval process facing applicants trying to open the city’s first legal pot shops.
The Washington Post blog post about “white” Americans getting an Ebola serum reminds me of an old joke about the Post. The Almighty gave the editors of the Post a call to let them know that the world was ending the next day. True to form the WaPo headline read: “World to End – Women and Minorities Impacted Most.”
Distribution of the serum to Americans has jack to do with the fact that they are white and everything to do with the fact that they are Americans. The serum is being developed by an American company, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, based right here in San Diego, I am proud to say.
My income is fixed but decent, so I choose to employ maids and gardeners. My choice results in extra coin in the pocket of people whom I know are not near as well off as myself. The hard truth about a minimum wage increase of the size being contemplated by the San Diego City Council is that I can’t really afford to continue to employ both. So who should I fire, the maids or the gardeners? This is the hard truth about the minimum wage. My income is set by law, it’s not going to change, so those are my choices to deal with rising costs. Those arguing for the minimum wage will tell me that I am not paying those people enough, but when someone loses that income, I’ll bet they would prefer that I still employed them. Further, I won’t be the only one making such a choice; some people are going to lose their jobs with a minimum wage hike.
. . . Campaign Flyer. Who’d a thunk it? This flyer showed up at my house.
Unions are getting involved in the San Diego City Council District 2 race and spending money to help the Libertarian candidate, Mark Schwartz. Let’s be clear, Schwartz has no chance of being elected.
If you read the fine print at the bottom, you will see that the San Diego – Imperial Counties Labor Council sponsored this flyer, along with the city Municipal Employees Association. When I saw this show up, I was immediately suspicious. I was a libertarian for a long time, and slick campaign flyers were almost always outside of the budget wherewithal of our candidates.
Oh yeah, and by progressive, that means a person of the left as opposed to a person of pallor.
Sarah Boot is running against quasi-incumbent Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council in District 2. For full disclosure, recent redistricting moved my home from District 6 to District 2, like Zapf. I am very interested in this race. San Diego City Beat has this to say about Boot:
In 2010, she was selected as a fellow for the San Diego chapter of the New Leaders Council, which aims to train “progressive political entrepreneurs” for leadership roles, elected office among them. She’s also a founding member of Run Women Run, a local organization focused on getting politically progressive women in office. [emphasis mine.]
Bonnie Dumanis ran unopposed in her last run for District Attorney; this year she faces opponents Bob Brewer and Terri Wyatt. I am unhappy with Dumanis, but not ready to endorse an opponent. First my airing of grievances against Dumanis.
- Prior to running for mayor, Dumanis had the opportunity to make her voice heard on Proposition D, the half-cent sales tax increase; she demurred. Carl DeMaio’s strong support stood in stark contrast and was a key element in my support for his mayoral bid.
. . . If the city of San Diego passes a minimum wage hike. The San Diego City Council has taken the first step to put a separate minimum wage hike on the ballot. This is a terrible idea beyond the usual arguments against a minimum wage increase. But first, the issue with a hike at all. The argument gets made that there is some right to be paid a certain amount of money just because one work’s a full time job. It doesn’t matter if the worker’s skills can command that amount compensation. The practical effect of increasing the minimum wage is to pick some winners and some losers. Some employers have said that they would cut staff. My son makes minimum wage; I don’t want him to lose his job if his employer makes that choice to keep down labor costs. From the WSJ:
…and some of them were a tad rude.
Kevin Faulconer wearing his SDSU Aztec tie at South Clairemont Rec Center
I attended the inaugural “Meet the Mayor” session yesterday and was impressed with the Mayor’s focus. Since I can’t find any press coverage, I am providing a summary and a little editorial comment of my own. (I’m a blogger not a journolist. Misspell intentional.) I had to leave a little early, and I left a little earlier than I had to, which I will discuss later.
Mrs. Daddy and I visited Carl DeMaio’s campaign headquarters today, meeting up with family there. I got a minute to chat with DeMaio about the campaign. I told him that I appreciated his work on Proposition D and Proposition B. He related that the effort to reform county pensions in Ventura County had run into problems because of unions trying to block signature gatherers. A little research on that issue revealed that the Ventura County sheriff had joined the union protestors, which any taxpayer or advocate of free speech should find disturbing. DeMaio said that “we” had been able to get the intimidation and blocking to stop. I was not clear as to whom he was referring to, as this was not an interview.
Under the heading of “What You Should Be Reading,” Cal Watchdog.com certainly comes to mind. They have great coverage of key California state issues from what appears to be a conservative perspective, but that might be the result of all the bad governance by the lefties that run this state. Chris Reed is a frequent contributor and covers California politics with a sharp eye. He has come to the conclusion that California’s “Top Dems” want the high speed rail project killed because they aren’t applying their usual thugishness in propelling it forward. Calling it the “Dog That Didn’t Bark,” he cites two main facts. First, the handling of the initiative intended to shut down the train:
The minimum wage laws in this country are daggers to the heart of opportunity for our poorest and least skilled citizens. Those in favor argue that it helps the poor because they get paid more, and that there is no adverse impact on the economy, overall. I disagree, but want to focus on the very people that the left proposes to help, the unskilled. Take South Africa for instance. The ministry of labor sets minimum wages in various employment areas. But the labor unions in South Africa are closely allied with ruling ANC and they impose wage rates even on non-union sectors of the economy. As a consequence, there is massive unemployment in South Africa amongst the largely unskilled work force, because they are not skilled enough to be affordable to businesses.
The news of indictments involving associates of Mexican businessman Susumo Azano makes for entertaining reading. There is a trail of illegal campaign donations to various mayoral candidates funneled through a straw-donor and a social media guru. The U-T is all over the story, with the best overall description of the case published in Sunday’s paper. I also want to give credit to Dave Maass, formerly of San Diego City Beat, who first broke the story of questionable campaign contributions by Azano in 2012. The alleged motive for illegally funneling campaign contributions was so that Azano could slow down water front projects and gain a controlling interest in them after they ran into political trouble. From the U-T:
Here is a summary of key areas in the fight to prevent state and local public employee pensions from bankrupting governments.
Detroit. Judge Stephen Rhodes will rule today at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on whether the city is eligible to enter bankruptcy. From the LATimes. Most legal experts expect Rhodes to declare that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection. A ruling to enter bankruptcy would give emergency city manager Kevyn Orr leverage to bargain with unions over pension reductions or to make unilateral changes. Whether such changes would be constitutional would be decided later.
Eventually the mathematical results of under-funding ever more generous pension benefits for state and local employees becomes a problem for Democrats too. Illinois legislators are expected to vote this week on pension reform that would pare back pension benefits in three important ways.
- Reducing cost of living increases.
- Increases retirement age.
- Capping the salary amount available for pension calculations.
The conventional wisdom, based on extensive polling, is that the San Diego mayor’s race is for second place between David Alvarez and Nathan Fletcher. Kevin Faulconer is expected to easily take first place but not to get over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run off. Craig Gustafson writes in the U-T that Fletcher still leads Alvarez, 24% – 22%, but Fletcher’s numbers have been falling. However, the polling assumes a 20% Latino turnout. That might be too high an estimate.
Democrat Todd Gloria is the acting mayor of San Diego and chair of the City Council budget committee. He has performed a public service by providing a breakdown of the city budget deficit for 2015. Bottom line, the budget has a deficit, but that deficit will be made worse by spending promises made by the city council over the past few years. I like the Voice of San Diego headline: Gloria Reveals the Cost of Saying Yes. The U-T reports that just maintaining the current level of services results in a projected deficit of $19 million next year. Adding in promises made by the City Council would increase the deficit to $62 million and infrastructure repairs add another $16 million. Gloria has done a service by clearly laying out the impact to the deficit of all the promises made by the city council in the past.
To see the impact of the health care law’s implosion on political campaigns, look no further than my own 52nd Congressional district here in San Diego. Scott Peters, the incumbent,is expected to face a tough re-election campaign against the well-known Carl DeMaio. (I supported DeMaio for Mayor last year.) While DeMaio has a Republican primary to get past, his high name recognition and backing of the GOP central committee makes him the likely nominee. DeMaio has been hammering Peters on the health care issue, even though the election is a year away. Peters has said he would support a House Republican bill to allow individuals to keep their health care. That Peters would be support a GOP bill on this issue is evidence of how toxic the issue has become. Leading Democrats are attacking Fred Upton (R-MI) over his legislation, doubling down on the President’s argument that the public doesn’t understand how bad their policies really are and that this is just another GOP plot to undermine the law. Scott Peters has been supporting the law until recently.
This is a bit of a re-run of a previous post, but with all the focus and hoopla on filthy-Filner and the who’s in and who’s out of the campaign, we have lost sight of the fact that America’s Finest City still has challenges.
Here is an update on what I would ask the mayoral candidates in a debate.
- Will you wholeheartedly support the pension reforms of Proposition B, including working with the City Attorney to vigorously defend the measure in court? Explain your next steps to implement these reforms.
The title of the article refers to my dining plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner in light of the “fast-food” strike set for tomorrow in San Diego and elsewhere. I will be showing solidarity with the workers of those establishments who choose to show up and provide the generally good service we have come to expect in all American businesses. I predict that I will have no trouble getting my meals, as the “strike” is an astroturf operation of the SEIU. If the strike by San Diego’s roughly 8,000 fast food employees was otherwise, why would the strikers only gather at a single establishment downtown? For the publicity and the photo op, of course. I just feel sorry for the jurors who won’t be able to hit the Wendy’s on their break from duty. Other than that, this will be a great big fizzle. To my astroturf point, the AP is reporting: