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Port Commissioner Veto: Filner Win or Gloria’s Failure of Leadership?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
posted by Owen Kellogg

This morning’s UT had a scathing editorial which proclaimed: “That scream you heard just after 3 p.m. Monday was the San Diego City Council slitting its own throat.” The editorial noted the Council’s failure to override Filner’s veto was a “huge political victory in his (Filner’s) first tug-of-war with the council.” Read the entire editorial here:

What the editorial doesn’t directly address is Council President Gloria’s failure of leadership. Despite being awarded the title of Council President by acclamation, Gloria was unable to secure even one override vote from his 3 other democratic colleagues. To date, his coalition of 5 has been the 4 Republicans; a coalition that one can only assume is built upon convenience for the Republicans, not any sense of loyalty that he should have secured from his democratic colleagues.

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New City of San Diego Sales Tax Coming?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
posted by Owen Kellogg

Sounds like it if the new Council President Todd Gloria gets his way. The North County Times reports:

New SD Council President Pitches Tax Increase

Neither new mayor nor council offer immediate reaction to $900 millon proposal

The new president of the San Diego City Council — rising Democratic star Todd Gloria — said he wants to put before city voters a proposed tax hike that would address a nearly $900 million backlog of infrastructure projects.

Gloria announced his idea during Monday’s inauguration speech for his second term. Hours later, his council colleagues unanimously elected him president — a key position at City Hall that allows him to set the panel’s agenda.


Fletcher’s Early TV Burn

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
posted by Owen Kellogg

I’m told by someone close to the Fletcher campaign that his campaign will be up on broadcast TV tomorrow. Given that it is still a month before absentee voting begins, and he does not have Steve Francis funding, this begs a question: Why start burning money this early? Don’t you risk running out weeks before the election?

The answer is yes, if it were a standard media buy (which costs roughly a quarter million dollars). But that’s not the strategy.


The exchange between the Fletcher and DeMaio campaigns over endorsements has become one of the more interesting dynamics in the Mayor’s race.  The UT has a good summary of it,  but here is the gist:

After DeMaio was endorsed by the Building Industry Association, the Associated General Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Fletcher’s campaign spokeswoman Amy Thoma fired back.

“Carl DeMaio is a hypocrite when it comes to endorsements,” she said in a statement. “He criticizes his opponents for taking endorsements from groups with matters over which the mayor has control, saying they can’t be trusted to be unbiased, and then touts his own endorsements from groups with millions of dollars of projects before the city.”


Two Mayoral Polls Last Week

Monday, February 20, 2012
posted by Owen Kellogg

Last week was a busy one for polling.  It’s odd to me that candidates would be polling now when we’re still a few weeks away from the close of filing.  After all, someone could still get out or in and in that case your $20,000+ poll is junk.

Could it be that one or both of the candidates polling are still deciding whether or not they will actually move forward with filing?  Here are the details…

A politically connected friend emailed me on the first poll, which was conducted by Mountain West Research.  That company appears to be a phone bank and data collection firm, not an actual polling firm


Two Endorsements, Two Narratives

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
posted by Owen Kellogg

Interesting day in the mayoral race. Both Nathan Fletcher and Carl DeMaio rolled out significant endorsements that say a lot about their priorities and what to expect from their prospective administrations.

Nathan Fletcher and the Lifeguard Union
Fletcher announced the endorsement of the Lifeguards union and released a “Clean Water and Safe Beaches Plan.” Fletcher is clearly continuing to advance his narrative as a moderate, highlighting the environment, public safety and education.


While it is well known that Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio is hated by organized labor and certain elements of the downtown San Diego establishment, as of two weeks ago nobody in the downtown establishment had publicly come forward to attack DeMaio. That changed when one of the major downtown ring leaders, Fred Maas, was quoted in Voice of San Diego, proactively letting the world know how he was going to dish out the dirt on DeMaio (while oddly forecasting that he may not have any dirt).

If you haven’t read it yet, it really is a must read.


The Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association (HJTA), California’s premiere taxpayer advocate group, released their 2011 scorecard for members of the California legislature.  Among our local legislators, the score that stands out is Nathan Fletcher.  Fletcher, who’s running for Mayor of San Diego under the slogan “A New Generation of Leadership,” has the lowest score among all Republicans with an overall grade of C.

A low score by HJTA on Fletcher is sure to brand him as the type of Republican who will raise taxes, at least with many Republicans and Independents.  It also provides an interesting contrast with Carl DeMaio, who’s currently leading in most polls according to insiders.  DeMaio was a strong opponent of the Prop D sales tax increase last year and frequently speaks out against tax and fee increases brought before the City.


Not all endorsements are helpful. Using an extreme example, does any candidate actually want the Communist Party’s endorsement?  That one may be common sense, but it’s not always that black and white. After all, what about more reputable organizations like the Lincoln Club? It is unquestionably one of the best endorsements a center-right candidate can pick-up, but I doubt a Democrat in a contested primary would want an “anti-worker” (as my progressive friends would say) endorsement attached to them.

Recently, Nathan Fletcher announced two fairly controversial endorsements: the San Diego Police Officers Association and Log Cabin Republicans.


Fletcher and Alan Arrollado Meeting at Coffee Bean


The Mayoral race has gotten off to a blistering pace: DeMaio, Fletcher, and now Filner are in; Faulconer is out.  Surprisingly, there is a swift and early movement to coalesce center-right establishment support behind Dumanis.  In just the last 36 hours Dumanis has received the endorsements of both Faulconer and Sanders. At the same time a SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by 10 News, shows DeMaio up substantially. He leads among every major demographic but women.

Although very early, the big loser so far is Fletcher.  After spending nearly a million dollars on his first two elections, he barely registers in this poll.  His announcement was trumped by DeMaio’s and the centrist community seems to be getting in line behind Dumanis.


My Thoughts from DeMaio’s Announcement

Monday, June 6, 2011
posted by Owen Kellogg

For me, the most interesting thing about the speech wasn’t the text of the actual speech. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good speech that focused on his plans to fight for the fiscal future of San Diego. He hit all the fiscal conservative points and really dialed in on pension reform.

But what was really intriguing was learning more about DeMaio’s background and the size and energy of the crowd.


Fact Check: Dumanis used “Huckster Propaganda”

Monday, April 25, 2011
posted by Owen Kellogg

The Voice of San Diego, in partnership with NBC 7, recently released their latest fact check.

This time they reviewed DA Bonnie Dumanis’ statements on her own “Public Integrity Unit”. The unit was created to investigate elected officials for corruption.

Since the program has been an utter failure, Dumanis has attempted to rewrite history on the reasons for creating the unit.

Her attempt to rewrite history was given the worst rating on the true/false meter: “Huckster Propaganda”. Ouch.

Watch the entire segment.


Our Transportation Dollars Going To Transit

Sunday, April 24, 2011
posted by Owen Kellogg

You probably have been living under a rock if you haven’t noticed the significant progress San Diego County has made in upgrading our highways in the last couple of years.

That being said, “Progress” may be a little too complimentary of a word. The truth is much of what has been upgraded in the past few years has been nearly two decades overdo. Moreover, much still needs to be done to relieve congestion.

Which is exactly why the bulk of our transportation dollars are going to go to further highway improvements under SANDAG’s $400 Billion, 40 year plan, right? WRONG.

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KUSI Drops Bombsell on Redistricting

Monday, April 18, 2011
posted by Owen Kellogg

I hope someone else saw KUSI’s segment tonight on labor’s infiltration of the City of San Diego’s redistricting commission because I missed the first few minutes.

What I did see was KUSI rip the “non-partisan” redistricting commission apart. It appears that a good number of the board members have significant ties to labor and that the commission’s lead staffer is part of some progressive leaders association and the daughter of a liberal state legislator.

How could this happen? How can this commission be considered non-partisan?

This was an excellent investigate piece and I hope another blogger will be able to fill us all in on the details of this sham.


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