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Carol Kim did not vote for pension reform four years ago
SAN DIEGO (October 2, 2014)—Chris Cate, a candidate for San Diego City Council District 6, is calling on his opponent Carol Kim to confirm whether she supports two voter-approved reforms: Comprehensive Pension Reform and Managed Competition. Both reforms passed overwhelming with more 60% of the vote, and each has proven effective at saving tax dollars.
Four years ago, when pension reform was on the ballot, Kim didn’t vote
A lawsuit filed today in San Diego Superior Court alleges a number of violations of the Political Reform Act by State Senator Ben Hueso. Local activist Ken Moser, one of those filing the suit, holds no punches in a brief interview with Rostra. “Most people forget that Ben Hueso was a friend of former City Councilman Ralph Inzunza,” said Moser. “When Ralph was indicted, Hueso inherited his seat. Inzunza ended up doing time at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater after being convicted on federal corruption charges. Hueso in my opinion actually has a worst history of corruption when you look at his sordid history of campaign violations.”
SAN DIEGO — Republican Lt. Governor nominee Ron Nehring today issued the following statement in response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the large number of Central American children crossing into the United States, some of whom will now be processed in California:
“The children who are being sent across dangerous terrain to enter America illegally are the victims of the failure of the federal government to create a safe, secure and modern border. Poor economic and security conditions in Central America, combined with the rumor mill and the existence of cartels engaged in human, weapons and drug trafficking have precipitated this crisis in which the children are the real victims.
SDCTA Selects W. Mark Leslie as New President & CEO
Longtime San Diego Executive has Proven Record of Success in Telecommunications Industry and Local Philanthropy
SAN DIEGO (June 20, 2014)—The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors announced it selected W. Mark Leslie today as the organization’s new President & CEO.
Leslie, 61, is a longtime telecommunications executive who has been active in numerous civic and philanthropic efforts in San Diego, having most recently served as board chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (in 2012) and United Way of San Diego (in 2010-11).
Comprehensive Analysis Uncovers Negative Impacts on Small Businesses and Ineffectiveness as Tool to Reduce Poverty
SAN DIEGO (June 5, 2014) – Increasing the minimum wage would hurt numerous small businesses, according to a study released today by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The study also found that a local proposal to raise the minimum wage would be an ineffective tool to reduce poverty, failing to reach many of the people who need the most help.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
SAN DIEGO – Get-Out-The-Vote operations are crucial under any circumstances but even more so in low turnout elections – which is what’s widely expected for this June Primary.
The Republican Party of San Diego County has built a Get-Out-The-Vote operation to rival the unions and will be deploying parts of it from Mission Valley this afternoon at 3 PM, featuring remarks by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Carl DeMaio, Lorie Zapf, and Chris Cate.
Today the Lorie Zapf for City Council campaign filed an ethics complaint against opponent Sarah Boot for distributing illegal campaign materials during the weekend immediately preceding the June primary election.
Boot’s campaign distributed illegal campaign literature on Saturday and Sunday that lacked a “Paid for by…” disclaimer, a violation of both the City’s ethics code and the FPPC’s Political Reform Act. According to the act, “Disclaimers on political literature must be clear and conspicuous so as to be understood by the intended public.”
County Board of Education Campaign going the way of Sweetwater?
Threats, Bullying, and Money Poisoning Race for County Board
The San Diego County Board of Education campaign in North County’s Fifth District took an unfortunate and nasty turn recently with threats of mudslinging and special interest money from the American Federation of Teachers.
“This Union, which represents no members employed by the County Board of Education is trying to bully and spend its way into power,” states Doug Perkins candidate for the Fifth District on the County Board of Education. Perkins wondered, “with no members, no paychecks, no contracts or pensions at stake, why would this labor group spend $75,000 and more to buy this election?”
(San Diego, CA) – Kirk Jorgensen, a Republican Candidate to represent California’s 52nd Congressional District, released the following statement in response to the allegations that Carl DeMaio, also a Republican candidate in the race, plagiarized a report by the National Journal about pension double-dipping. The National Journal says that DeMaio’s report looks like a “copied-and-pasted version” of a report the publication released last June. According to the Journal, one of the few differences between their report and DeMaio’s is the inclusion of Democratic incumbent Rep. Scott Peters on the list.
From Sweetwater Union High School District Trustee John McCann…
Citing the need for the Sweetwater District to recover from its massive corruption scandal, board member John McCann has called for the immediate resignation of board members Bertha Lopez and Jim Cartmill. The two board members have pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes and are awaiting sentencing.
Supreme Court leaves standing precedent setting San Diego decision on Retiree Health
San Diego, CA: The California Supreme Court has denied a petition seeking review of a Court of Appeal holding that the City of San Diego’s retiree health benefits offered to employees are not “vested” and may be changed as any other term and condition of employment. The Court of Appeal ordered its decision published, meaning this case is now citable as legal precedent on the issue of whether retiree health benefits are vested. (Court of Appeal decision attached). The decision is now final.
Press Release from the Bonnie Dumanis campaign…
Parents of Murdered Children Support Dumanis in Compelling First Television Ads
SAN DIEGO – The parents of six murder victims whose cases were prosecuted by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office today endorsed DA Bonnie Dumanis in a series of emotional and compelling TV and web ads just released by Dumanis’ campaign.
“Given the State of California’s recently adopted 25 percent increase in the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour by 2016, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce supports federal efforts to equalize the national minimum wage in order to promote an equitable and competitive business environment, as well as help our nation’s workforce and create jobs. The proposal to create a separate minimum wage in the City of San Diego and significantly increase the rate well in excess of what has been adopted by the State of California not only puts San Diego at a competitive and economic disadvantage, it would also hurt the very workforce the proponents are purporting to help.”
Following Kevin Faulconer’s recent victory in the City of San Diego mayoral contest, his campaign strategists walked away with some additional accolades during Friday’s “Pollie” Awards.
“What Kevin Faulconer’s campaign and State Senator Andy Vidak’s victory last July have proven is that Republicans can win Democrat areas if they run the right kind of campaign with the right kind of candidate,” Revolvis Consulting partner Jason Roe tells SD Rostra.
Congrats to the Faulconer and Revolvis teams!
Here’s the Revolvis press release with some photos added by our admins, stolen from Facebook…
Chris Cate, candidate for the open San Diego District 6 City Council seat, is challenging his opponents to a series of five debates prior to the June 3, 2014, primary election to be held throughout the district which includes the communities of Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Rancho Peñasquitos and Sorrento Valley.
“I look forward to joining the other candidates in a series of community forums and debates so that voters have the opportunity to know my record of fiscal reform. As vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association I have spent years fighting for taxpayers, transparency, and reform,” Cate said. “As a member of the City Council, I want to work with both sides to help Mayor Faulconer finish the fiscal reforms that will generate savings to taxpayers that we can put back into the neighborhoods.”
JOBS Coalition plans to work with the City Council and Mayor to develop a sustainable and effective affordable housing financing plan
March 4, 2014) — The San Diego City Council voted unanimously today to rescind the jobs tax.
“The City Council heard the voices of small businesses and job creators in San Diego and voted to rescind the jobs tax,” said Jerry Sanders, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We believe housing affordability is a critical issue and we will work with the City Council and the Mayor to find sustainable solutions that do not hurt our local economy in the process. It’s important to note that both sides need to work together to find a solution that is best for San Diego.”
2/27/14 UPDATE in comments: Supermajority Buries Resolution to Expel Wright
Vote On Ousting Wright Planned For Thursday
Senators Knight, Anderson and Vidak say it’s Time for Leadership, Not Delay
Sacramento – Senators Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) and Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) have introduced Senate Resolution 29 asking for the expulsion of Senator Rod Wright (D-Inglewood), who was recently convicted of eight felonies. They plan to move for a vote on the Resolution during Floor Session on Thursday.
Following is SR 29:
Senate Resolution 29
Relating to the expulsion of Senator Roderick D. Wright
By Senators Knight, Anderson & Vidak
Nehring opens bid for Lt. Governor
Former state Republican Party chairman plans a campaign centered on bold reform and offering a better vision, better ideas, and a better team for California
SAN DIEGO – Citing the need for a better vision for California than the status quo in Sacramento, former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring today began the process to become the Republican Party’s nominee for Lt. Governor in 2014.
Feb 5, 2014
Washington DC—Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation that includes the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, a bipartisan and deficit-neutral measure introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to help states create and maintain public shooting ranges for hunters and sportsmen. The Training Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act was incorporated into H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act—which now awaits Senate consideration.
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 22, 2014) — The JOBS Coalition turned in 53,107 signatures from San Diego voters today, collecting them over a 26-day period and completing the signature-gathering phase that began December 27th to stop the jobs tax.
“We have successfully gathered more than 53,000 signatures from San Diego voters in an effort to repeal the massive jobs tax the council approved late last year,” Jerry Sanders, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said at news conference surrounded by members of the JOBS Coalition at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
The key is “Live” poll…
For Immediate Release
January 21, 2014
Locally Commissioned Live Poll Shows Faulconer With Healthy Lead
Truth is Alvarez’ extreme union-dominated agenda is failing to gain traction with majority of San Diegans
SAN DIEGO – A locally commissioned live poll shows Kevin Faulconer with a commanding lead in the race for San Diego mayor with 50.5% of the combined vote vs. 37.3% for David Alvarez. The poll was conducted Jan. 19-20.
“Voters are looking for someone who will be independent and look out for all San Diegans, and have found their taxpayer champion candidate in Kevin Faulconer, this poll shows,” said local Republican Party chairman Tony Krvaric.
If you are registered to vote in the City of San Diego, THIS IS THE FINAL WEEKEND TO SIGN THE PETITION OPPOSING THE JOBS TAX (Linkage Fees) to meet our goal of 34,000 signatures.
Former Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Councilmember Scott Sherman and City Councilmember Lorie Zapf will all be volunteering TOMORROW, SATURDAY to collect signatures. Please visit one of these locations if you are licensed to vote within the City of San Diego:
December 12, 2013
San Diego, CA – Kirk Jorgensen, a Republican candidate to represent California’s 52nd Congressional District, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the compromise federal budget, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:
“While I am encouraged to see members of both parties finally working together to create a federal budget, this legislation does not seriously tackle the monumental challenges facing our great nation. Instead, it takes us in the wrong direction.This bill actually increases the amount of money our government will spend this year and doesn’t come close to balancing the budget. With the federal debt hovering above an astronomical $17 trillion dollars, these nickel-and-dime efforts by the current leadership in Washington won’t get the job done to put America back on the road to economic prosperity and fiscal solvency.”
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(Poway, California) – Hundreds of San Diego Community College students will be prohibited from working on Southwestern College (SWC) Prop R funded construction projects under a proposed Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) to be voted on Wednesday by the SWC Governing Board.
The students will be barred from applying for these construction jobs because the proposed CBA excludes all non-union students. San Diego Community College students are enrolled in state-registered apprenticeship programs affiliated with the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, a construction association that includes members who choose not to sign union collective bargaining agreements.
Yesterday the City Council voted 8-1 to dramatically increase water rates in the City of San Diego despite angry public comments by dozens of ratepayers and 8,557 signed protest forms. Councilman Scott Sherman cast the lone dissenting vote.
The council’s action will increase rates by 14.75 percent over two years – a 7.25 percent increase in calendar year 2014 and a 7.5 percent increase in 2015.
“This water rate increase hurts working families and is absolutely unnecessary. It could have been avoided if the City would have taken additional cost-cutting measures or used cash reserves,” noted Councilman Sherman.