Archive for the ‘Guest Column’ Category
There has been a fascinating foreign policy debate in recent days on Rostra between leaders in San Diego County’s conservative movement. The flashpoint was congressional candidate Jacquie Atkinson’s recent critique of diplomacy with Iran, which sparked an acrimonious though substantive exchange on competing visions for a just foreign policy between Frank Dowse and Eric Andersen.
San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond’s announcement yesterday, for the San Diego County Board seat of current Supervisor Bill Horn…
Today I announced my candidacy for Supervisor District 5 in 2018. As Mayor of San Marcos, with balanced budgets, strong reserves, and solid infrastructure, our community has thrived. As a Board member of SANDAG and the San Diego Airport Authority I have approved billions of dollars of regional projects creating thousands of local jobs. I’ll bring fiscally conservative values to the County and build a better future for all county residents.
by Hector R. Gastelum
KUSI’s crusading reporter Michael Turko ran a followup story on an earlier problem with a leaking storm drain in Spring Valley. This one is both very sad and absolutely infuriating, as Turko reports in “From Bad to Worse.”
The homeowners from the previous story (see “It Is What It Is” on Rostra) were seeking help from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a massive drain pipe leak under their house. The howeowners, not surprisingly, believed that it was the responsibility of the County since the water flowing through the pipes is from public streets.
A Response to Mr. Eric Andersen
by Frank Dowse
In a recent SD Rostra guest column by Jacquie Atkinson entitled, “Marine Corps Combat Veteran Jacquie Atkinson Calls Out the Iran Deal for a Fraud,” a rapidly heated debate ensued, where some critical and clear factions within the current “right” arenas often manifest when discussing foreign policy or security affairs. Mr. Eric Andersen, a frequent columnist and commenter on Rostra, and I began a back and forth of supporting our ostensive positons of what we both thought is America’s role in international affairs; his being a more classic Libertarian view (albeit my interpretation), while mine is more of the International Realist variety.
by Jim Ash
A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Anderson as part of his vetting process described in his post On Vetting and Endorsing. Because I have no public voting record to scrutinize, he wanted to determine if I am intellectually capable of handling the job of a congressman.
by Jacquie Atkinson
Many Obama and Scott Peters’ far left supporters may find it appealing to view the recent diplomatic negotiations between the United States and Iran as the beginning of the end of the threat posed by Iran since its 1979 revolution. That mindset ignores the fact that this “deal” hasn’t even been signed by Iran, or ratified by its government and it ignores this little thing called reality and the reality is — the Islamic Republic cannot be trusted and they remain the most dangerous actor in the most volatile area of the world.
From Ryan Clumpner…
by Denise Gitsham, candidate for Congress, CA-52nd District
from her Facebook page
In the spirit of Star Wars – the UT strikes back!
Here are the facts: In November, the UT printed a story riddled with inaccuracies about my candidacy. I agreed to give them a second chance, and provided them with a statement prior to their deadline. Again, they chose to make a point rather than educate the public.
Here’s the statement I sent them, which never went to print. I hope it resonates with some of you, as I am certain that common sense reform, as always, is the answer.
Open Letter: Restore Funding To Media Organizations At UCSD
Below is the open letter calling for the UCSD student government to reverse its decision to defund student-run on-campus media organizations as sent to the UCSD Chancellor and the UCSD Associated Students President on Dec. 3, 2015.
If you would also like to add your name to this letter, please feel free to sign and include your UCSD affiliation as a comment here.
Dear Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and AS President Dominick Suvonnasupa,
by Jim Ryan, Chief Executive Officer
Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter
During its October 20, 2015 meeting, the Board of Governors of the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District was scheduled to vote on a motion to direct their staff to negotiate a union-only PLA for the District’s Proposition V construction work. The vote was delayed until this Tuesday’s Board meeting after the Board voted 3-2 to allow the District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee to provide input to the Board concerning the effect of adopting a PLA. The law under which Proposition V was passed requires GCCCD to form an Oversight Committee to continually review the implementation of the Proposition V to ensure that the taxpayer’s best interests are being met.
Many East County residents have only learned in the last few days of the plan by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) to renege on its previous commitment to fair and open competition on millions of dollars in public funds being used for school facility improvements.
See Thursday’s press release from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and two mail pieces now landing in residents’ mailboxes, one from the Taxpayers group and another from the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction.
Another mail piece going out to East County residents regarding the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Board considering an “I take it back” on the promise for fair and open competition.
This piece is from the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction. Below that is a message from Eric Christen of CFEC.
by Eric Christen
In November of 2012 the taxpayers and voters in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District approved Prop V, a $398 million construction bond meant to add to and improve on existing facilities at the college. Needing 55% to pass, Prop V was was narrowly approved with 58.2% of the vote.
Rostra readers may have seen stories the last couple of days about the student military menbers at SDSU threatened with expulsion for not removing the U.S. flag from their balcony. We asked if anyone would be doing anything in their defense.
We thank the SDSU College Republicans for their quick response to that query, posted below.
Jordan Dennison, the SDSU chairman of the school’s CR chapter, additionally notes the following:
1) While the issue has been around for about a week, he found out about it Monday, and talked to the students themselves. They said they would only be expelled after multiple warnings to remove the flags. Monday night they said that they were keeping them up.
What about taking on rapidly increasing water rates?
by Mark Robak, Board Member, Otay Water District
What five members of the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) Board did Monday was incomprehensible, in blocking the proposed merger of the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District in North County. Worse yet, all five are Republicans; ones you think would want more efficient government.
LAFCO staff had recommended the merger go through, estimating it would save more than $2 million a year in reduced administrative and other costs.
WOW! This is JUST hitting the news:
What a disgrace. County taxpayers will now have to pick up the bill for Democrat Supervisor Dave Roberts’ irresponsible behavior.
If he had any honor he would resign immediately — or at the very least announce that he is NOT running for re-election.
Either way, his days are numbered. There are two Republicans announced for that seat: Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar.
by Steve Sarviel
Last night, the City of Poway passed a far (over)reaching “temporary” ordinance which in effect makes it illegal for most Poway residents to play with a toy helicopter or drone in the safety of their own driveway or back yard AT ANY TIME. By the city attorney’s own admission, they didn’t spend adequate time drafting the ordinance and said it would be difficult to enforce. He also admitted it was crafted to avoid conflicting with FAA jurisdiction over the use of drones.
Brian Brady provoked some thought the other day with his commentary, “I Really Don’t Care About The 71st and 76th Assembly District Races,” in which he asked the Republican candidates in those districts for a plan for victory in other seats currently held by Democrats.
Mike Harrison, running in AD 71, responded over the weekend with his thoughts on the matter.
Phil Graham, a candidate in the 76th AD, now provides his own response below.
This is a great discussion for Rostra. Maybe the candidates in those respective races that are current elected officials will also provide some feedback in the days ahead.
by Mike Harrison
I want to thank Brian Brady for his piece on my race for California State Assembly in District 71, making up East San Diego and Southern Riverside Counties. I appreciate his question, and the answer is important to our party, our San Diego community and our state as a whole. I agree with Brian, the next Assembly person from District 71 has more than an opportunity, but the specific responsibility to serve as both a leader and an ambassador of the GOP. One of the most important ways to make a difference in Sacramento is by making a difference here at home and we can do this by helping bring in more Republicans to work against the hostile environment that exists not only in our state’s capital, but at all levels of government.
by Steve Hunyar
In 2012, Donald Trump actually supported Hillary Clinton in a number of different ways. In March of 2012 he said, “Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York, she lives in New York, and I’ve known her and her husband for years and I really like them both a lot.” He also said she did a “good job” as Secretary of State. WHAAAAAAT?
by Jason Jackson
As a Republican activist I’d much rather spend my time critiquing Democrats and celebrating Republicans, as I’ve done repeatedly on these pages here, here, here, and here. But every few months it seems Congressman Hunter does something that requires a conservative critique.
A few months ago the Congressman published his ridiculous “Hunter Doctrine,” which placed him in the awkward position of seeming to support the Soviet occupation of Europe after WWII. Now Mr. Hunter is turning his sights to the problem of sanctuary cities. His solution – repeal the 10th Amendment. Mr. Hunter’s solution is to use the federal spending power to abrogate state’s rights by coercing state and municipal authorities to enforce federal policy. That is not a conservative position, nor is it constitutional.
by Brian R. Marvel
President, San Diego Police Officers Association
A Vietnam veteran who had been serving with the department for four years, Officer Buggs made a routine traffic stop on the night of November 4, 1978. As Buggs approached the rear of the car, Jesus Cecena — a gang member — exited the car and fired five shots at Officer Buggs, three of which hit him in the side.
by Michael A. Schwartz
I spent last weekend representing our Gun Owners of California booth at two different locations; the Del Mar Gun show and the San Diego County Republican Party’s open house. The one topic that kept coming up over and over again from both groups of people was the issue of concealed weapon permits.
Background: A concealed weapon permit (commonly referred to as a CCW) is a state permit issued by the sheriff of each county. You must take a class, complete an application, pay a fee, pass a background check, and have “good cause” in order to receive a CCW.
Local writer Mike Fredenburg is a past contributor to National Review, the California Political Review, and the San Diego Union Tribune, and was the founding president of the Adam Smith Institute of San Diego, a conservative think tank and PAC. His article on women in combat was published yesterday in National Review:
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. — General George S. Patton
What may be Old Blood and Guts’ most famous line is more than just colorful, it’s a great working definition of a warrior’s duty: killing the enemy and surviving to fight another day.
by Jason Jackson
As an East County resident and an active volunteer with the San Diego chapters of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Gun Owners of California, I watch the affairs of the El Cajon City Council pretty closely. I was glad to be watching in June as the Council considered a resolution to support SB 151, a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells stood alone in opposing the measure, making one of the most forceful arguments for limited government that you are likely to encounter in municipal government. Wells also shared his views on Rostra.
by Jason Jackson
Chief Justice John Roberts is taking a lot of heat from conservatives over his rulings on Obamacare, but amidst these lost legal battles the Chief may actually be laying the ground work for winning a broader war. Consider first the decision issued Thursday in King v. Burwell. Roberts, writing for the Court, concluded that federal subsidies were available to all eligible recipients, despite language within the Act itself that suggested eligibility only flowed to recipients on state exchanges.