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Organization Vows to Inform East County Citizens of Breach of Trust
(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors today voted to revoke its support for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s bond measure Prop V, citing the district’s breach of its pledge to of fair and open competition for the taxpayer-funded projects covered under the bond.
The GCCCD’s board of trustees voted on Tuesday to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement that would favor union contractors and severely limit competition for the bids, which SDCTA says will drive up costs to taxpayers. In doing so, the district reneged on the promise it made to gain SDCTA’s coveted endorsement when the measure was on the ballot in 2012.
CHAMBER ENDORSES IN CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY SUPERVISOR RACES
Chamber Board votes to support Ray Ellis and Kristin Gaspar
SAN DIEGO (November 19, 2015) – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today the endorsements of Ray Ellis for San Diego City Council District 1, and Kristin Gaspar, for County Supervisor District 3.
“The City Council and County Supervisor races are important for the continued growth and success of our region’s businesses,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber.
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Press Release from Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction…
With Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Now Ground Zero in Union PLA Battle, Area Voters Continue to Receive Details About PLA
Unions Scheme for a Monopoly of Work on $398 Million Prop V Bond Leads to Massive Voter Outreach
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is calling on the board of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to honor its pledge of fair and open competition for contracts to build taxpayer-funded projects.
SDCTA says it will revoke its support for the GCCCD’s Proposition V bond measure if trustees vote on Oct. 20 to put in place a blanket project labor agreement for construction projects funded with proceeds from the 2012 measure.
Fair Political Practices Commission Recommendation Regarding Lilac Hills Ranch Vote
by County Supervisor Bill Horn
Today I received a response from my request to the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding my Supervisorial vote as it relates to the Lilac Hills Ranch Project. They have concluded that I have a conflict of interest because “…the decisions will have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect on my real property interest.”
Just the last few days…
Wednesday, from Kristin Gaspar:
“Assemblyman Rocky Chavez made it official with an endorsement of my campaign for Supervisor.
“I am so honored to have Rocky’s support. His commitment to public service, distinguishing himself in the Marine Corps and then recommitting himself to public service as an elected official is truly commendable, and I look forward to working with him as a member of the Board of Supervisors.”
Mayor Kevin Faulconer Endorses Kristin Gaspar for Supervisor
(Encinitas, Calif.) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has announced his endorsement of Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar for County Board of Supervisors.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s re-election campaign today announced the endorsement of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
“I’ve worked closely with Supervisor Jacob on a number of issues, most recently on the Alzheimer’s Project, which seeks to accelerate the search for a cure for this devastating disease,” said Faulconer. “I appreciate Dianne’s dedication to serving her constituents and her enthusiasm for addressing challenging issues facing our county. I’m proud to join dozens of other community leaders in supporting her re-election,” he said.
Email this morning from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department…
On July 1, as Kate Steinle walked with her father in the Embarcadero District of San Francisco, she was fatally struck in the chest by gunfire. She was 32 years old. Within hours, police arrested Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, who had been repeatedly deported from the U.S. Shortly before he shot his victim he had been released from the custody of the San Francisco Sheriff on local charges. His release from jail–and not to ICE authorities–has prompted debate over the enforcement of immigration laws and over San Francisco’s self-proclaimed status as a sanctuary city.
A small business owner and local government leader who can restore trust to the office
(Encinitas, Calif.) – Kristin Gaspar, Mayor of Encinitas and a successful small businesswoman, has announced her candidacy for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for the 3rdDistrict, currently represented by embattled Supervisor Dave Roberts.
Gaspar, who is chief financial officer of Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, which she has grown and operated with her husband, served as president of the San Dieguito Water District Board and was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2010. She became the City’s first elected mayor in 2014 and has established herself as a strong voice for smart fiscal management and investments in local infrastructure.
Cory Briggs, Bob Gaglione, Tony Manolatos, Richard Rider, and Dan Sileo
San Diego (August 12, 2015) — The San Diego Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society is hosting a panel discussion focusing on the legal and policy issues facing the Chargers stadium issue on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. at McGregor’s Grill & Ale House in Mission Valley.
Confirmed speakers for the panel—titled “The Chargers Stadium Dilemma”—include Cory Briggs, Bob Gaglione, Tony Manolatos and Richard Rider. Dan Sileo will moderate. The event was timed to follow the City of San Diego’s release of the draft Environmental Impact Report and the NFL owners meeting in Chicago to discuss the issue.
(San Diego, Calif.) – Malin and Roberta Burnham have endorsed Phil Graham for State Assembly. Burnham, one of San Diego’s most influential civic leaders, earned the nickname “Mr. San Diego” for his leadership in the city and region.
“I have known and worked with Phil Graham for many years,” said Burnham. “He is level-headed and thoughtful, and his common-sense is exactly what is needed in Sacramento today.”
Group aims to ward off efforts to undermine landmark property tax law
(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s board today voted to join Defend Proposition 13, a statewide coalition of business and good-government advocates in opposing the current efforts to undermine Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that limits property taxation and mandates special taxes be approved by a supermajority of voters.
Last month, a Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA 5) was introduced in the California Senate to split the property tax rolls between residential and commercial properties to allow for more frequent adjustment of commercial property tax values, which would lead to higher property taxes for businesses.
Candidate raises $50,000 in first six months
(Ramona, Calif.) – Conservative Republican Mike Harrison, a candidate for the 71st Assembly District, announced that he’s raised $50,000 for the period ending June 30, 2015. This amount of fundraising represents as much as all candidates combined for the entire year the last time the seat was open.
“I’m incredibly humbled and greatly encouraged by the show of support I have received,” said Harrison. “I’m more committed than ever to prove myself to those who have been willing to invest in my campaign and will continue working hard to be part of the proud tradition of strong, conservative leadership in East County.”
More than 1,300 individual donors support Mayor’s reelect
(San Diego, Calif.) – The Faulconer for Mayor Campaign raised over $640,000 from more than 1,300 individual donors for the first reporting period, which began June 7, 2015, and ended June 30th.
“Over the last fifteen months, we’ve worked to bring San Diegans together in support of a positive vision for our city and I think the outpouring of support demonstrates that we are on the right track,” said Faulconer. “While many are focused on next year’s election, I will continue to focus on fixing our roads and infrastructure, creating more opportunities for better paying jobs, and addressing the challenges that face our future.”
Graham raises $75,000 in first 19 days
(San Diego, Calif.) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer today announced his endorsement of North County businessman Phil Graham for State Assembly.
“The San Diego region needs legislators in Sacramento who understand how important the innovation community is to the future of our state,” said Faulconer. “As an executive at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Institute, Phil has been actively involved in efforts to support medical research and the companies driving innovation in America. He will be a forceful voice for this critical regional economic engine, which will create new jobs and improve lives.”
Communities United for Tomorrow’s Economy, a new political action committee supporting the re-election of Mayor Kevin Faulconer, raised $600,000 in the first month since its formation.
The committee is a coalition of local business associations, sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County.
“We are committed to ensuring our region remains a viable place to do business and creating a thriving regional economy that provides opportunity for all San Diegans,” said Jerry Sanders, Chamber President and CEO and former Mayor. “Re-electing Kevin Faulconer as Mayor is critical to that goal.”
CSAG Lays out a Clear, Workable Path to New Multi-Use Stadium with No New Taxes
‘This financing plan is an important milestone and creates the framework needed to begin negotiations’
SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2015)—Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) released its “Site Selection and Financing Plan for New Multi-Use Stadium in San Diego” today. It lays out a clear and workable path to a new multi-use stadium that is fair for everyone, including taxpayers.
My team and I take great pride in providing outstanding service to all constituents of the Third District. In light of recent media coverage related to former personnel, I wish to assure the public that those matters have not impacted my accessibility or responsiveness, nor my determination to provide the best possible representation to the Third District. I have taken the actions necessary to strengthen my team, including hiring Mel Millstein as my Chief of Staff.
PRESS RELEASE – 5/14/15
Escondido, CA – Today, the Mayor of Escondido called on Supervisor Dave Roberts to publicly address the charges against him and if true, to immediately resign his office.
“Public office is a high trust and if the allegations against Supervisor Dave Roberts are true, he should immediately resign. The people put their faith in elected officials to uphold the highest standards of integrity and above all, to uphold and abide by the law.” Mayor Sam Abed went on to say, “No one is above the law and the only remedy for restoring the public’s confidence once violated, is to promptly resign.”
20th annual awards program recognizes best and worst use of public funds
San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) has announced finalists for its 20th Annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards. The awards, which recognize the best and worst in local government efficiency, spending and decision-making, will be announced next Thursday, May 21 at a dinner at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
The government-watchdog organization chose a Totally ‘90s to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular dinner, which has become famous for its hilarious video skits featuring elected officials and familiar political players.
‘Ray Ellis has been a successful small business owner and he’s made a mark in San Diego as one of our most important non-profit leaders’
SAN DIEGO (Thursday May 14, 2015)—Ray Ellis, a small business owner, non-profit leader and community volunteer, announced today he is running for San Diego City Council.
A Carmel Valley resident, Ellis is running in District 1, and the Primary Election is in June 2016. His supporters include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former San Diego City Council President Tony Young and Amy Wood, a Carmel Valley resident and member of the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board.
Half Percent Sales Tax Rollback in El Cajon
EL CAJON, Calif. – April 15, 2015 – The ‘Rollback Tax Event’, hosted by the East County Chamber of Commerce, the City of El Cajon, Parkway Plaza, and Valley of Cars, commemorated the one-half percent sales tax decrease in the City of El Cajon. With the sun setting of Proposition O, the sales tax decreased from 9.0% to 8.5% in El Cajon. Taxpayers will save approximately $8.6 million a year, an average of $245 per household.
(SANTEE) – Assemblyman Brian Jones has announced his support for Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, who is running for the 71st Assembly District in 2016.
Jones, who currently represents the 71st District, cited Voepel’s strong record as a conservative at the local level.
“Randy Voepel isn’t just a conservative – he’s a conservative who gets results,” said Jones. “As Mayor of Santee, Randy supported pro-business policies that invigorated Santee’s local economy. He has contracted out several city services to reduce city staff, thereby lowering pension costs and ensuring Santee has some of the most stable pension liabilities in the county. The city has also been able to keep crime rates low while providing amenities for children, families, and seniors to enjoy.
Nearly eight years ago, with your help, I went to City Hall to make a difference for our community. It has been an honor to serve as your Councilmember, Council President and Interim Mayor of San Diego.
My time in public service has included some of the toughest challenges we’ve faced as a City. From dealing with one of the deepest recessions in this country’s history to cleaning up after a scandal that rocked the very foundation of City government, it has not always been easy.