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I received an enthusiastic robo-call tonight urging me to not sign any petition to repeal the new and increased San Diego City minimum wage. The call indicated we should pay higher wages in San Diego because we respect hard working people. And it professed to be from a Bill Walton. No way to verify it, but THE Bill Walton is a sports legend and by all accounts a great guy who lives in San Diego.
I wonder what he pays his housekeeper, gardener, car detailer, and any other personal service people who help him or his wife.
I can’t verify the call came from THE Bill Walton, but:
While he isn’t the first Legislator to receive a DUI in Sacramento, my info says he is the fourth Democrat Senator to have charges filed this year in our State Capitol. Is that a new record?
From the Sacramento Bee:
Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of DUI
By Jeremy B. White
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 11:11 am
Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
SeeChange Health Insurance Withdraws from Market effective January 1, 2015
SeeChange Health will be withdrawing from the California and Colorado group health insurance markets effective January 1, 2015.We are working to transfer our policyholders to another, established carrier and will announce details of this arrangement as soon as possible.
We are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for you, your clients and their employees. SeeChange Health is working with the Departments of Insurance to protect your clients. We are confident SeeChange Health has the capital and reserves necessary to pay all eligible claims for which we are responsible. By September 15th, SeeChange Health Insurance will provide you specific information concerning your client’s options and help facilitate their transition to new coverage. Your clients will receive customized information packages and forms by the end of September. (We’re expediting this communication for groups renewing on October 1st).
According to Logan Jenkins of the UT San Diego, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz of Encinitas thinks turning the closed, dilapidated, but recently city purchased Pacific View school site in Encinitas into a federal detention center is an idea worth considering. It’s purpose would be to supposedly house a portion of the mass of homeless illegal/undocumented immigrants currently rushing the U.S. southern border. The same ones Escondido recently said “go away” to.
“Looking at an aerial map of Encinitas in the 1970s and 1980s compared to today, it’s sad,” Tony Kranz said. “The city had agriculture everywhere; we have to fight for small farms today.”
BUT, a new study from UC Davis says the exposure of pregnant women to agriculture may increase the incidence of babies being born with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yet Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kranz wants to increase small agriculture in suburban neighborhoods, including bee hives. Bees? Our family-friendly suburban neighborhoods are to be living with swarms of bees if this guy gets his way? Really?
Justice prevails in Encinitas as the bullies blinked under the intense public scrutiny they received this past week or so.
Encinitas City Council Member Kristin Gaspar will, by a second unanimous City Council vote, become the city’s last appointed Mayor preceding the November general election when the voters will decide the Mayoral matter. And thank God for that!
My thanks to all who contacted the city council members by calling, writing, emailing, and/or attending tonights city council meeting, whether you spoke or not. Your efforts definitely swayed the Council majority (bullies that they are) and made them uphold the concept that they made a deal, and a deal is a deal. Too bad they had a very public temporary lapse which showed their true core unscrupulous selves, but again, your efforts helped them regain their footing. Good work!
This came into my inbox today: As I couldn’t reach the author for permission, I have left their name off the piece.
Hello my friends. I’m sending this to you to let you know that Kristin (Gaspar) needs our help at this Wednesday’s Encinitas City Council meeting (5/28).
As you may have heard, although there was a unanimous agreement of the City Council on the issue of rotating the Mayor’s job, the current majority is now trying to renege on that agreement. They intend to revoke Kristin’s term which is scheduled to begin on June 11. There are several links below to articles covering this naked power grab.
This just in from my inbox: The closed “open enrollment” period is cracked open for some:
Covered California Enrollment Opportunity for COBRA & Cal-COBRA Participants
Covered California, the California state health insurance exchange marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has launched a limited, special enrollment period for people who have COBRA or Cal-COBRA health insurance and who would like to switch to an exchange health insurance plan.
This email came to me, as I am a Covered California Certified Insurance Agent, from Covered California re the end (sort of) of Open enrollment which is (sort of) today, April 01 @12:01AM aka April Fools Day:
Bottom line is that if you missed the open enrollment to apply for your potentially subsidized Health Insurance through Covered CA, you can get a mulligan by contacting a Certified Insurance Agent and simply asserting that you were “unable to create an online account or start your online application because of technical difficulties prior to March 31, 2014″ or because you “experienced difficulties”. . . unspecified… We’ll take your word for it… Because we like you…
Encinitas is a city of about 63,000 friendly people. It has a healthy balanced budget and healthy reserve funds. It also has among the best credit ratings of any municipality in California. I take pride in whatever small amount my 12 years of City Council service contributed toward its fiscal stability.
The new city council has decided it has more “wants” than it has money to spend on them. Frankly, as a living, breathing human being, who is not Bill Gates, I can’t imagine many people or organizations that don’t. Be that as it may, the new city council majority wants to try to increase local sales tax in Encinitas, and they are behaving much like a child jumping up and down demanding more allowance so they can have candy, McDonalds and the movies instead of budgeting and setting spending priorities.
Dang, Karma is a funny thing sometimes…
By Ken Stone for the Seaside Courier Community Newspaper.
The state’s election watchdog is suing the publisher of The Coast News in Encinitas over what it calls campaign-spending violations.
The Fair Political Practices Commission, in a suit filed Jan. 23 in Vista Superior Court, seeks at least $30,000 in civil penalties against publisher Jim Kydd and two others.
Read the entire article here.
Never in the history of people talking about Things They Know Nothing About have we had so many people saying so much about something of which they know so little.
Of course we are talking Obama Care.
The most astonishing thing to me and others in the Health Insurance business is that the people behind this plan clearly know little about insurance, and even less about selling it. If they did, the first thing they would do is stop saying Obama Care is about insurance, because it isn’t.
The City Council in Berkeley is hell-bent on taking the title of “Wackiest Elected Body.” They are heading toward proposing banning smoking cigarettes in your very own apartments, condos, and yes… even your single family home! I couldn’t make this up…
Mind you, this is in a city that professes to espouse a “do your own thing” mentality, and is very OK with people smoking pot with little or no restriction and has no ban on fireplaces or outdoor charcoal BBQs, which put out a lot more toxic smoke than a cigarette.
The big news today is that the President made a speech where he said the law Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would no longer require individual plans, previously issued to individuals, to be cancelled on December 31, 2013.
Cancellation notices have been sent to hundreds of thousands of consumers, and by some estimates, up to a million in CA alone as required by the various provisions of Obamacare.
But now, 45 days before the deadline, Mr. Obama himself says he can change that. The truth is that the new rules of engagement outlined in this morning’s speech do nothing to compel the insurance companies to rescind the cancellation notices to their future former clients, and the proposed reprieve is only a temporary one year reprieve.
Take the Encinitas Transit Survey!!!
No doubt some fool consultant, or some clever consultant is promoting this survey and charging the city $$. The problems are that:
A) It’s “Opt in” and therefore bereft of any semblance of scientific or statistical validity, and
B) It doesn’t prevent anyone from taking it multiple times from the same computer (So I’m told)
Really, I encourage you to take it numerous times using fun facts!
(Reuters) – Ambulance operator Rural/Metro Corp… filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the aim of cutting its debts after it missed an interest payment in July, according to court filings. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company also intends to renegotiate unprofitable contracts and free up capital for investments through the bankruptcy process, according to the filings.
Freshman Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R, AD-77) appears to have quickly adopted the ways of Sacramento, at least according to a story in today’s Sacramento Bee.
He got the Assembly gig, he got campaign contributions, and he got the girl, too! I am impressed.
He’s only been in office about six months, has collected $10,000 in campaign contributions from the California Medical Association (CMA), is dating the CMA employee whose job is to lobby state legislators (is she an over achiever?), and he therefore isn’t required to disclose gifts or meals when with her. Oh yeah, AND he’s authored AB1000, a bill VERY dear to the CMA. Oh, and did I mention the girlfriend is a lobbyist for the CMA?
The new Encinitas City Council majority will consider an agenda item Wednesday evening which may result in the City Council setting hours of operation for bars and restaurants in Encinitas, may limit said hours to 10PM or midnight, may impose a new and as yet undetermined fee upon all alcohol licensed businesses to pay for additional special police enforcement of the new, as yet undetermined, rules they may be be establishing, and they may impose a moratorium on the expansion of any existing establishment, or any new alcohol licensed business applicants. All this throughout the city because some folks have deemed the downtown Encinitas very popular nightlife, too popular, vibrant, and successful.
If the boat is leaking, does one figure out what to do with the new supply of water, or does one first stop the leak?
We will never know if the amiable fellow with a disarming smile would have reached us up here in North County. Or if he would have robbed, or beaten, or attempted to kill someone had he arrived.
This popped into my inbox recently and I thought I would share it with my fellow Rostrafarians. Mayor Christy Guerin is a friend of mine and she served eight years on the Encinitas City Council and then six years as district director for Congressman Brian Bilbray in the 50th District.
Prop A would be devastating for the future of Encinitas homeowners:
This landed in my email inbox today:
Covered California to release list of health plans, rates
Sacramento Business Journal by Kathy Robertson -
Monday, May 20, 2013:
Covered California, the new state health benefit exchange, will release a tentative list of health plans and rates for the program at a board meeting in Sacramento Thursday.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Office of the Secretary of State, 1500 11th Street in Sacramento. The open session is expected to begin about 12:30.
An impressive list of bi-partisan folks and organizations have lined up to oppose Encinitas’ Prop A, the deeply flawed initiative coming to a very expensive taxpayer funded special election on June 18th of this year! Check it out.
As the following list shows, the opposition to Prop A is very broad and does not simply fall along the standard developer, big property owner lines. The opposition list includes a unanimous current City Council, many of whom were supported by the promoters of the initiative. As you will note, this is not a partisan issue. Opposition is coming from all sides:
Some residents of Encinitas, working with a Carlsbad based activist/NIMBY group, have used the initiative process to force the City of Encinitas to spend at least $350,000 on a special election to be held in June of 2013. Nice.
This ill-conceived measure:
A) Won’t correct or address state mandated forced planning for additional housing units,
B) Will actually replace steep-slope local 12 ft building height limits currently in place with its blanket 30ft limit which would be very destructive to the impacted neighborhoods and their views,
Newly elected Encinitas City Councilman-elect, Tony Kranz, has indicated via email to the City that he is having “trouble” grasping the grading required for the Encinitas Community Park, a 43 acre $18 million dollar project, 12 years and countless public meetings as well as hearings and litigation, in the making.
He seems to want a 3D model built for this project (already under construction) which would cost about $56,000 to create.
Dang! $56,000 because this guy can’t visualize grade changes?
Seems extreme, but hey, the voters selected him to represent them…
I can’t wait to see what comes next.
It is an honor to once again receive the endorsement of our San Diego County daily newspapers.
It reads in part as follows: “In the crowded and hotly contested race for three seats on the Encinitas City Council, we endorse incumbent Jerome Stocks, appointed incumbent Mark Muir and candidate Kevin Forrester.
“This trio represents the best possibility for the city to continue on its path of fiscal responsibility and economic development.
“The candidates most likely to be the top vote getters in this race can clearly be divided along ideological lines, with the above three pitted against Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz, who represent a more liberal point of view.