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Ryan Trabuco, Sharing Some Final Thoughts

Thursday, January 3, 2013
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

I’m sure it’s no secret that people know I’ve used this handle on SD Rostra, but yesterday I announced my re-registration to “No Party Preference.” I had my reasons, and could care less about the criticism of those reasons.

Last week, I e-mailed the good administrators here to let them know that  my contributions to Rostra had been few and far between lately, and that it likely wasn’t going to change.

Personally, the holidays gave me ample time to reflect on a lot of things, and the conclusion was just needing a break from politics. I was asked to contribute a final post (this one) to share some departing thoughts.

I want to thank everyone at SD Rostra for the opportunity to blog here. I check this site every morning. It’s been a privilege to work with so many of you to help uncover much of the South Bay corruption over the last few years. The fruits of those labors continue to play out in the press and in the courtroom even today. Hopefully, justice will be done on that front.

Guns, Lies, and Gunning Liars

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

A political “gun fight” of sorts rang out late last week when American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931 threw some funding behind a hit piece on San Diego Community College Trustee candidate, Scott Hasson.

North County Times wrote about the attack, which claimed Hasson had advocated open carry for college students. Zero source citing, zero quotes, and zero credibility, I say.

AFT local president Jim Mahler said that they had gotten the information based on Scott’s Facebook postings. What, no dates or time stamps? They could’ve at least mentioned how many likes and comments the postings in question earned.

Former Gov. Pete Wilson Endorses Rocky Chavez

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Former two-term California Governor Pete Wilson has endorsed Rocky Chavez in North County’s 76th Assembly District.

Governor Wilson, who served as Mayor of San Diego and as a U.S. Senator during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure, remains deeply connected with the region. Wilson built up a $16 billion budget surplus by the time he left office in 1999.

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More Momentum for Rocky Chavez

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Early voting starts this week, and a cadre of eager voters have already done their civic duty for the year.

Rocky Chavez continues to steamroll into October with momentum in the 76th Assembly District, earning an impressive list of endorsements along the way — be they newspapers, or local elected officials. U-T San Diego, North County Times, and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County.

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Would you ever compromise on taxes? Ask Sherry Hodges

Monday, August 13, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

“There may be a time…”

That’s the answer Sherry Hodges provided on KOCT last week during a roundtable discussion between the run-off candidates in the 76th Assembly District.

Video Link: Journalist Roundtable 76th District Candidates

The question and Hodges’s response begins at the 43:00 mark in the video link above.

Hodges’s opponent, Rocky Chavez, plainly says “no new taxes” when asked the same question. Hodges is endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.


Rocky Chavez: What is the REAL Number?

Friday, August 3, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Former Oceanside City Councilman and 76th State Assembly candidate Rocky Chavez penned a commentary for our friends over at Fox & Hounds Daily blog about the real fiscal concern over improper allocation of taxpayer dollars at the state level.

Given the recent controversy over missing special funds, Chavez asks the legitimate question, “what is the real number we need to run California?”

To read Rocky’s commentary at Fox & Hounds, click here.

For more information about Rocky Chavez for State Assembly, check out their campaign’s website.

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Senator Mark Wyland Endorses Rocky Chavez

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Press release through the transom this morning, Republican State Senator Mark Wyland has endorsed fellow Republican Rocky Chavez in the open 76th Assembly District race.

Wyland, who represents all of the communities within the re-drawn 76th Assembly District, was elected to the State Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

Senator Wyland is the latest in a growing list of North County Republican elected officials who have endorsed Rocky Chavez.

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Bertha Lopez and the Character Assassination of John McCann

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

By now, I’m sure we’ve all heard about the troubles at Sweetwater Union High School District: corruption, scandals, and even a “naked chick” joke.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the political opportunity to be seized amid the drama — but, what if the supposed “fall guy” for much of the trouble at Sweetwater was the one being targeted?

I’m referring, of course, to John McCann.

Steve Baric and the Partisan Democrat

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Our conservative-minded friends up north at OCPolitical in Orange County (imagine them as OC’s version of your trusty SDRostra blog) have been writing lately about a term limits conundrum that’s occurred in their most populous city county seat, Santa Ana.

Three-term Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, a Democrat, is seeking a legal ruling through a third party on whether or not a 2008 ballot measure in that city would guarantee her the option of running for a fourth term.

The third party who filed the suit, Alvarez’s appointed Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commissioner Max Madrid, is being represented by none other than Republican Steve Baric — who serves as Mayor Pro Tempore of Rancho Santa Margarita, and vice-chair of the California Republican Party.

Albondigas North County Poll: Rocky Chavez Leading in AD76

Monday, July 2, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

The informal, non-scientific poll results from Albondigas North County shows a close campaign in the 76th State Assembly District, but Republican Rocky Chavez is leading fellow Republican Sherry Hodges in San Diego County’s only R vs. R run-off for a state legislative seat.

The former Oceanside City Councilman and Acting Secretary for the California Department of Veteran Affairs is leading Hodges 50% – 45%, with another 5% choosing “other.”

We’ve uploaded the full poll results, here: Albondigas North County June 2012

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Should Arlie Ricasa Return to Work?

Thursday, June 7, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Yesterday, the U-T broke the news about Arlie Ricasa receiving clearance to return to her 6-figure salaried position at Southwestern College.

Ricasa, a boardmember of the Sweetwater Union High School District, has plead not guilty to eight felony corruption charges.

Do you think Ricasa should return to work? Vote in the U-T’s online poll and let your comments be heard!

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The Sweetwater Ripple Effect

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

You wouldn’t think a corruption scandal in San Diego’s South Bay could have repercussions 700 miles to our east in El Paso, TX.

However, the same night Mitt Romney clinched the GOP nomination, 8-term Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes was denied a return pass to Congress — despite recent high-profile endorsements and events hosted by former President Clinton, and President Obama.

Former El Paso City Councilman Beto O’Rourke defeated the embattled Reyes by less than 3,000 votes.

Why does this matter? The Sweetwater connection.

Rhinerson Campaign Signs on School Property

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

The campaign of Bernie Rhinerson, big labor-backed candidate for San Diego Community College District, has been placing 4′ x 8′ signs on school property throughout the district — as evidenced by the following photos. Rhinerson works as chief of staff for the embattled San Diego Unified School District, and has long been considered the chief architect of the district’s financial insolvency.

The daytime photos show Rhinerson’s signs at Foster Elementary School in Allied Gardens, and evening photos at the school crossing for Vista Grande Elementary in Tierrasanta.

Bribery, Money Laundering, and Public Corruption

Monday, May 7, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

One might think you would read about the ongoing criminal investigation of the Sweetwater Union High School District, but this is about politics in the normally quiet coastal community of Carlsbad.

Recently, Rostra ran a series of posts questioning the personal finances of Carlsbad City Councilwoman Farrah Douglas, which became an issue in her campaign seeking election to the California State Assembly for the newly drawn 76th District.  Those posts, considered controversial by some, resulted in responses from the Douglas campaign including one from a bankruptcy attorney which represented her when her private residence entered the foreclosure process.

In addition to reporting on Douglas’s personal finances, the information posted to Rostra also included what appeared to be financial irregularities and possible conflicts of interest regarding the candidate’s campaign finances and service on the Carlsbad City Council.  The Fair Political Practices Commission eventually acknowledged receiving a compliant and subsequently determined that they would not be investigating the claims of alleged financial wrongdoing. 

Bi-polor disorder on the part of committee members? Did members overlook the background of an Assembly candidate?

(If you enjoy reading, this will be a nice lengthy post filled with information that will — quite literally — blow your mind.)

The DeMaio Endorsement

With the political campaign season in high gear and the Republican Party of San Diego County endorsing candidates for public office, many political observers were shocked when San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio recently received a nod of support during the first round of voting by the party’s faithful. DeMaio was endorsed by over two-thirds of the Central Committee to become the next mayor of the City of San Diego. DeMaio received the endorsement over fellow Republicans District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

John Stahl for Congress: A Ballot Designation No-No

Monday, March 5, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Perusing the Candidate List over at the Registrar of Voters website, I found a little diddy that amused me. Aside from the fact that there are 10 candidates running in the 52nd Congressional District, candidate John Stahl’s ballot designation lists him as Veteran/Conservative/Businessman.

What’s the “No-No” you may ask? The use of the word “conservative” as a ballot designation. Let me explain to you why this is wrong…

Sweetwater Recall: Union-driven, or broader coalition? Let’s see…

Sunday, February 5, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

An interesting story posted the other day in U-T San Diego, questions whether or not the recall attempt against three members of the Sweetwater Union High School Board is union-driven or a broader coalition of community members, parents, and taxpayers.

Of course, we’ll run down the facts and let you decide…

Ricasa: Don’t make me gut my children’s future!

Friday, January 27, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Wow. Just saw this article from the U-T where Sweetwater school board member Arlie Ricasa, through her attorney, is claiming that she’ll have to gut her own children’s college fund to pay for legal services stemming from her alleged indiscretions — 4 felonies, 2 misdemeanors — if the school board (ahem, taxpayers) won’t approve the legal payments.

This brings up a philosophical question for you, folks: should governments provide legal services to trustees mired in corruption scandals?

Recall Ricasa: We Told You So

Friday, January 6, 2012
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Interesting little post from the Recall Ricasa site after months of inactivity. After the events of this week, perhaps they did tell us.


Alvarez: No Access to Information

Friday, December 23, 2011
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Yesterday, Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon covered a very interesting Q&A with San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, who represents the city’s South Bay neighborhoods.

During the Q&A, Alvarez, a Democrat, spoke about being on the opposing/wrong side of a couple of issues. Not because of money or influence, but because of his personal experiences growing up in some of San Diego’s more impoverished neighborhoods. What struck me as the most egregious though, were the repercussions of those votes by both the Mayor and other councilmembers.

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Handcuffed Kinde (or, How Durkee Became The Delinquent Democrat)

Sunday, September 4, 2011
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

Although many of us are enjoying the Labor Day weekend holidays with friends & family, one of the most interesting news items for politicos this weekend could be unfolding right now for Democratic politicians across the state.

As reported by the Associated Press, longtime Democratic operative Kinde Durkee was arrested on Friday by FBI agents on suspicion of mail fraud. Durkee, as any of our liberal, Democratic friends would tell you, has been the campaign treasurer for hundreds of candidates and elected officials across California for decades. Her client list extends to 113 separate committees for left-leaning candidates, PACs, and causes.

The Platform for California’s Future

Monday, August 1, 2011
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

This past weekend in Sacramento, an Embassy Suites room full of Republican activists, elected officials, and donors gathered to draft the 2012-2016 Platform for the California Republican Party.

Within a few hours, we emerged with a platform titled, “The Platform for California’s Future” which was supported by an overwhelming majority (25-2) of those on the Drafting Committee. Why the 2 “No” votes? Because two members feel that our party should continue to be pigeon-holed, maligned, divisive, and defined before our candidates across the state even have a chance to present their ideas to the voters.

Breaking News: Sweetwater School Board Terminates Superintendent

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

After the close of a marathon 7-hour meeting at Southwest High School, the Sweetwater Union High School District Board on a 5-0 vote decided to terminate Jesus Gandara’s employment as superintendent.

A big round of applause and kudos must go out to the board members and Board President John McCann for making the right decision and working to get the district back on track.

The only downside to the joyous news would be that the stipulation of the termination agreement means that Gandara will take 18-months worth of pay, plus take vacation and leave until September 1st — on which date he becomes vested into CalPERS. *sigh*


Erasing, Grading, Inflating

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

The Watchdog section of the U-T deserves hugs, flowers, and chocolates for much of the work they do.

Just a few minutes ago, Ashly McGlone reports that the Sweetwater school district was caught erasing Ds and Fs from report cards, only to replace them with higher grades. The result? Inflated graduation rates for one of the nation’s largest school districts.

Here’s my favorite part of the story… Castle Park High School Principal Diego Ochoa signed off on the grade-change forms, but said he should not have done so.

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10 Reasons Why John McCann Should Fire Superintendent Gandara

Saturday, May 21, 2011
posted by South Bay Sunnycrest

In yet ANOTHER headlining story written by the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Ashly McGlone, the Sweetwater Union High School District is taking up ink in the paper because of shady practices.

Not even six months into his term as school board president, it would appear from the outset that the sky continues to fall around John McCann and the school district. No wonder there’s rumors of a mayoral run in Chula Vista — he wants to get away from all the drama that is the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Just as we’ve given him kudos for taking action before in this post, I am strongly encouraging more action on John McCann’s part to act swiftly if he wants to save himself, the district, the city, and politically. Here are 10 reasons why he should fire Sweetwater Superintendent Jesus Gandara.

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