Archive for the ‘Assemblymember Marie Waldron’ Category
Tonight the Escondido Planning Commission unanimously denied a Conditional Use Permit for a controversial youth detention center that the Federal Government was intending to site in a residential neighborhood in southwest Escondido. As one of many such facilities planned nationwide, the feds have contracted with Southwest Key, a management type non-profit to run these youth camps.
In a packed house and overflow rooms full to standing room only, citizens voiced their concerns about the negative impacts of housing unaccompanied youth from foreign countries in a barricaded facility, 50 miles from the southern national border. The loss of property values, activities unrelated to a residential neighborhood, noise, traffic, etc are all issues of concern.
Vista, CA - The landmark ruling from the California Supreme Court agreeing with the City of Vista that prevailing wage decisions on municipal projects are “municipal affairs” governed by local ordinances, is a long-awaited victory for local control, reform and the California taxpayers. In essence, the court reaffirmed that for “municipal affairs,” charter cities are “supreme and beyond the reach of legislative enactment.” In a State like California, where the legislature is on a power grab, this constitutionally protected autonomy is a tremendous victory with long-reaching ramifications.
Deputy Mayor of Escondido Marie Waldron has been honored to receive the important endorsement of the San Diego Lincoln Club in her bid for 75th State Assembly in 2012. Marie, a 4-term city councilmember and long-time small businessowner has a 100% pro-business voting record during her tenure on the council.
The following is the press release issued by the Waldron for Assembly campaign:
November 30, 2011
The following press release was issued today from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission addressing two lawsuits filed in opposition to the new State redistricting maps for State Senate and for Federal Congressional districts.
The Commission asked the court for the dismissal as they claimed the lawsuits did not clearly prove that any wrongdoing by the commission had been proved. Now the deadline to file another lawsuit has expired. See Below:
Citizens Redistricting Commission
California Supreme Court Strikes Down Challenges to Citizens Redistricting Commission Maps
Escondido, CA – Last night’s Charter City workshop in Escondido brought out a legion of opposition, mostly from members of the local Democratic party and from labor folks bused in from areas as far away as Los Angeles. No one spoke in favor of the charter.
Presentations were made from three groups at the beginning of the meeting: the Construction Trades Council for the union side, the Associated Builders and Contractors for the Fair and Open Competition opinion and Erik Bruvold, with National University System giving results of studies on prevailing wage.
North County -
See North County Times Article
Encinitas City Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan lost her battle with endometrial cancer Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Having served on the city council since 2000, she was active on many regional boards and a strong defender of the issues which were important to her, especially keeping her city environmentally friendly.
I served with Maggie on the Regional Solid Waste Association Board of Directors since 2003, and knew her as a strong supporter of recycling and an outspoken advocate of educating the community about the environment.
North San Diego County – Now that the State redistricting process has been completed, it is apparent that Republican strongholds exist at least in the new North County Assembly Districts.
With voter registrations as high as 48% Republican in some areas to only 26% Democrat, the North County region can be a base for conservative ideals and principles to flourish.
Read the complete story in the North County Times HERE.
(Escondido, CA) – Escondido Councilwoman Marie Waldron announced her campaign received the endorsement of Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries. Assemblyman Jeffries currently represents much of the newly created 75th Assembly district. Jeffries is unable to run for re-election due to term limits.The announcement comes shortly after the state’s redistricting commission released the final draft of the legislative boundaries. Waldron is running in the newly created 75th Assembly district which is comprised mostly of northeast San Diego County, including: Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center, Fallbrook, and other unincorporated portions of the county. A quarter of the district also comes from Temecula and unincorporated portions of southwest Riverside County.
San Diego – Marie Waldron announced that her campaign will report over $108,000 raised for her first campaign finance disclosure – a period covering April through June 30th. Most impressivley, she will show over $100,000 cash-on-hand!
Waldron, a 4-term city council member and small businessowner, in Escondido is running in the North Inland San Diego Assembly district.
“I am proud to have the support of so many people from around San Diego County,” said Waldron. “As Deputy Mayor on the Escondido City Council, I have demonstrated my commitment to sound fiscal management and common-sense policies that expand our economy and create jobs. It’s time for Sacramento to do the same.”
With four conservative members of the council, Escondido has already achieved a balanced budget, implemented E-Verify for city hiring and has created a draft Charter to eliminate the high costs of prevailing wage and PLAs. Now the city council is tackling pension reform. The goal is to create a two-tier system along with existing employees paying their full pension contribution.
According to today’s North County Times editorial, the use of E-Verify by cities or local businesses is unnecessary and a “political” act unless it is mandated by the State or Feds.
Along those same lines then, do cities need to wait on the State and Feds for every other decision they make? This argument doesn’t hold water, especially when it is Federal Law for employers to verify that they are hiring folks that can legally work here. That is what the I-9 form has been used for. Now, E-Verify comes along and is free, fast and efficient and the NCT editorial thinks its use is “political”.
Escondido – Escondido Police and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested and removed 406 criminal illegal aliens in the first 10 months of a special program called “Operation Joint Effort”.
This is a model program and Escondido has been at the forefront of combating criminal aliens to keep the streets safe. Escondido has also housed ICE agents at the police department for several years, one of very few cities to do so.
Very effective at finding and removing dangerous aliens from the city, this program set a record last month of removing 69 dangerous criminal aliens that were captured by ICE.
North County -
Escondido, the only city in North County not to become a charter city is finally looking at the change. Considering the major projects that the city is looking at developing in the near future, including a Triple A ballpark for the Padres minor league team and a Marriott hotel on city land, the savings from eliminating prevailing wage in construction is enormous.
The North County Times article indicates that the initial hearing will be March 9th. However, Deputy Mayor Marie Waldron would like to try to get the charter to the ballot by the June election, if there is one, or on the next closest cycle.
This just in via the Los Angeles Times:
Escondido’s city-federal effort to oust illegal immigrants draws praise, criticism
Escondido police and ICE agents join to snag and deport people with deportation orders or criminal records. Federal ICE agents are housed at the Escondido police department with the support of a majority of the city council in a program called ‘Joint Effort’.
According to the article, The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have been stationed at the Police Department of this San Diego County city since May, responding to everything from traffic stops to gang sweeps in an aggressive effort to clear the community of illegal immigrants with deportation orders or criminal records.
A new “must see” video has just been released by the National Rifle Association candidly exposing the problems at the U.S./ Mexico border.
To see the video, click HERE.
While the Feds dither and subvert the Constitution openly, our local communities are impacted by the burden of illegal immigration. Not only does the media try to make it look like weapons are being carried from the U.S. to Mexico’s cartels (which is false), they are downplaying the violence and danger at our border.
This just in:
As expected, Gov. Jerry Brown has introduced his draft budget including proposals to slash funding for most areas of state government and maintaining a series of tax increases for five years to close California’s huge budget deficit.
This budget calls for $12.5 billion in spending cuts, including reductions in welfare, social services, health care for the poor and higher education.
Brown also wants the Legislature to call a special election in June to give voters an opportunity to continue hikes in the income, sales and vehicle taxes for five years.
Last night, the Escondido city council unanimously supported former high school boardmember, Michael Morasco, to fill the vacant council seat. It only took one motion and vote to confirm Morasco, who applied along with 24 other candidates to fill the seat vacated by Sam Abed when he became mayor.
See the story HERE.
Many qualified candidates were interested in the position, including Kevin Svetich, a longtime Escondido Chamber of Commerce leader and John Masson, a local civil engineer. Both have been active in community for many years.
Today’s North County Times reports that Escondido’s outgoing mayor, Lori Holt Pfeiler has been fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for underestimating the cost of a trip she took last year on the private jet of San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos.
Her financial report showed she estimated the trip at a value of $504, while the FPPC pegged it at a whopping $27,685!
Pfeiler disagrees with the ruling, but the cost to fight it in court would far exceed the $200 fine. The city reimbursed the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, which received the trip as a donation from the Chargers.
Current Mayor of Escondido, Lori Holt Pfeiler has just filed papers at the deadline to run for city council. Lori, who announced last year she would not be seeking re-election as mayor has decided to stay with politics. She joins a crowded field of 7 candidates vying for 2 council seats. Current incumbent, Marie Waldron is seeking re-election to her own seat, and the vacant seat is currently occupied by Councilman Dick Daniels, who is running for Mayor.
More to come on this!
Squashed by a majority of Escondido City Councilmembers, the attempt by liberal member Olga Diaz to debate and denounce Arizona’s immigration law (SB1070) and to rescind Escondido’s current resolution opposing sanctuary status did not get a hearing.
The council voted 3-2 with Diaz and Sam Abed voting no, to oppose the attempt to discuss the issue. This means that our NON-Sanctuary city status still holds.
See Story in today’s San Diego Union Tribune.
North County - Once again the battle ground zero for the local immigration fight will be in Escondido tonight as the council decides if it will continue to support its No-Sanctuary City policy or rescind it, along with opposing the new immigration law in Arizona.
Councilwoman Olga Diaz has asked the council for the two part agenda item because she feels the council owes the community an apology for past hurts and should make amends. She feels that the past history of the council of supporting a rental ban against illegals, looking into day labor issues and supporting a resolution in 2007 written by Councilwoman Marie Waldron to state that Escondido is not a Sanctuary City were hurtful to many in the community.
There must be a silver lining to this complete power usurpation by the Democrats with the socialist health care takeover. Blatantly ignoring the will of the people, Obama twisted arms and lied his way into convincing his party members to vote his way and virtually alter the United States of America. Stupak literally sold his soul to the devil along with the others based on a promise and an executive order that can be overturned at any whim.
But history shows we had to endure Jimmy Carter’s term and that incompetence in order for us to be ready to support Ronald Reagan, the greatest President of our generation.
Once upon a time, there stood a “Grand Old Party”, the party of Lincoln, the party of Reagan. A political party that stood for principles and values. There once was a party that was not ashamed to say their platform was pro-life, pro-family and good old “America-First” values. Where is this party because I want to join!
Never before in our history have our Constitutional principles and our freedoms, values and American culture and way of life been under attack as it is today. Will we stand firm now to restore our principles and values? If not now, when?
Lots of prayers from all across the country were answered last night with the victory in Mass. of Scott Brown to the Senate. Prayers that have been lifted for several months during the obamacare debates can now be turned into thanksgiving.
While Brown is not the end-all, be-all of Republicanism, the victory is important and ironic because it was Teddy’s death, leaving the seat that helped put the death-nell on communistic healthcare which was Kennedy’s dream come true.
We don’t know where Brown will fall on all the issues we will face, but this one is a critical point in our nation’s future as a Republic.