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More Defenseless Victims in San Diego County

Sunday, July 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Rob Morse

Do you need to protect yourself?  Not according to Bill Gore.  Sheriff Gore said law enforcement will protect you if you live in San Diego County.  That is hard to believe given the thousands of crime victims in the county each month.

In the last few weeks:

  • It was afternoon when a woman was helping her elderly mother into her car.  A man in a white SUV drove up next to her and asked for directions.  The stranger then got out of the SUV, pointed a handgun at her, and demanded the woman’s purse.  He shot her in the back as she ran away.

An Open Letter to Todd Gloria on Minimum Wage

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Eric Andersen

Dear Council President Gloria,

Perhaps no man has had a bigger impact on classical liberal thinking than French political economist Frederic Bastiat (1801 -1850). Bastiat pinned his hopes for liberty on the United States because he saw no place where law was kept more within its proper domain: the protection of every person’s liberty and property. The result of using law defensively, as opposed to coercively, created more opportunity and prosperity for the poor than any civilization in 5,000 years of human history.

Thank you from Bill Horn

Friday, June 6, 2014
posted by Guest Column

From Bill Horn

Count of late absentee and provisional ballots confirm that I have been re-elected to represent the 5th District on the Board of Supervisors.

I wanted you to be among the first to know, and to thank you for your support. We could not have done it without you.

In spite of nearly a half-million dollars spent by the county’s biggest public employee union to defeat me, we prevailed because of our success in managing county government and our ability to get that message out as a result of your support. 

Why I support Kirk Jorgensen for Congress

Monday, June 2, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Submission
by Debra Brady

Carl DeMaio is  good man and a great candidate.  I financially supported him for Mayor of San Diego and volunteered for his campaign.  If he advances after the election on Tuesday, he will have my support against Scott Peters but today, I support Kirk Jorgensen for Congress.

I am impressed with Fred Simon but Jorgensen’s campaign caught more fire.  I admire Kirk for his service to our country, his defense of the Constitution, and his pro-Life commitment.  I think the Constitution is supposed to protect all individuals including the unborn children.

Grateful Reflection…

Saturday, May 24, 2014
posted by Guest Column

From Larry Wilske

As we all take a moment of grateful reflection on Memorial day let’s honor those fallen by looking forward to the future and live up to their example.

Every day a Soldier falls and we allow a leadership failure to be the cause, our Memorial Day stands for less. This is much more than a day of remembrance and reflection; this marks our next starting line of action. Things such as lopsided rules of engagement; politicians putting Soldiers at risk for “Political Season Photo Ops”, De-funding force protection equipment and support are part of the enemy in our future.
Yet our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines still stand the watch honorably, without complaint. Let’s truly honor those that have given so much by offering our protection to those still standing the watch by taking action to give them the best tools, support and Leadership to get their job (the job NONE of the rest of can do) done!

It’s about remembering…

Friday, May 23, 2014
posted by Guest Column

From Poway City Councilman Steve Vaus

Memorial Day is SO much more than barbecues and beaches – it is a day to remember and be thankful for those who gave their lives so we can be free. The sacrifice they and their families made is nearly incomprehensible – we are forever in their debt. Set aside some time this weekend to remember America’s heroes.

Vaus himself will remember — by singing a few patriotic songs at a local church on Saturday and taking part in a special presentation with his daughter on Sunday. Poway also will honor the fallen during a Monday event. Read about these and other community events in Vaus’ newsletter, Poway Now!

Some Unsolicited Advice for Carl DeMaio

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Response
by Karen Grube

This is in response to Michael Schwartz’s post, Some Unsolicited Advice for Kirk Jorgensen:

1. On the day after the election, graciously accept defeat and endorse Kirk Jorgensen, then tell the Republican Party of San Diego to do the same.

2. Donate time and money to Kirk’s campaign. Not token, meaningless stuff. I mean real time and real money.

3. Take all that you have built while campaigning and take your efforts back to the private sector where you can best have the influence you want. You’re good at that. You’re just not good at public policy.

Unsolicited advice for Kirk Jorgensen

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael Schwartz

I like Kirk. I haven’t said a bad word about him and I am a big supporter of Carl DeMaio. I’ve only talked to Kirk three or four times and one of those conversations was just asking if the movie “Spies Like Us” was a realistic representation of CIA work. (He claims it is not.)

Still, I think the guy is exactly the type of person we want running for office. He has private sector and military experience, he is intelligent and well spoken, and he is doing a good job of running his campaign for his first time up to the plate.

From Jon Coupal

As taxpayers, it is critical that we do everything we can to maintain the protections of Proposition 13. Some of our state legislators are working hard to change the law and implement a “split roll” tax system that would increase the frequency of value reassessment on commercial properties.

I know I do not have to tell you that increasing taxes and fees on our businesses kills jobs and is detrimental to our economy.

My Observations on San Diego Firefighters

Friday, May 16, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Mary Moran

Yes, everyone loves and appreciates firefighters when they are saving lives and homes. These amazing men place their lives on the line almost everyday. They are hard working! On a fire, often their shifts are 24 hours (with a few hours break for food and sleep) for up to 14 days straight. That’s extremely challenging physical work! Yet, did you know that a firefighter’s salary is relatively low?

Guest Commentary
by David King

I have represented physicians, medical groups and Ambulatory Surgical Centers in matters of corporate, general business and regulatory compliance for the past ten years of my 17-year legal career. I am also a CPA who understands the unique profession of medicine, and I know that California’s excessive regulation diverts resources from patient care.

This 2014 election is a war between physicians on one hand, and the double-headed Orthrus of the plaintiffs’ Bar and Attorney General Kamala Harris on the other. Harris has enabled a ballot initiative which would repeal the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”) and thereby increase malpractice damages which may be recovered from doctors, hospitals, nurses, community clinics, firefighters, EMTs and other health workers. However, the repeal of MICRA is deceptively buried under the issue of “substance abuse.”

Horn: Public employee union attempting to buy Supervisor’s election

Thursday, April 24, 2014
posted by Guest Column

from County Supervisor Bill Horn

The good news: Thanks to your generous support, my campaign has shifted into high gear in advance of the June 3 primary election. I’ve been endorsed by nearly every elected official in North County, by the Sheriff, D.A., and Deputy Sheriffs. Our campaign signs have sprung up all over North County (though a few are still available if you have a location).

The bad news: The County’s largest public employee union – the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – has let it be known they are prepared to spend up to $400,000 to defeat me and replace me with their hand-picked surrogate, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. Wood has no campaign to speak of. He is relying 100% on support from public employee unions.

Guest Commentary
by Joel Marchese, CA-53 Congressional Candidate

The history of the United States is unique and exceptional among nations, to say the least. It began with open rebellion against a tyrannical king, and by embracing constructs of Natural Law (God’s Law) over man’s law: “We the People, hold these truths to be self-evident…that all men are created equal.” Living up to that statement became a cornerstone of idealism which would shape both people and events during the first 75 years after the American Revolution.

Ernie Ewin announces retirement from La Mesa Council

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Councilman Ernest Ewin

Good Morning La Mesa!

After being away from the La Mesa City Council for 12 years, in 2002 the voters returned me to the Council.

Now after another 12 years, I will have served you for a total 18 years on the Council come this November. Thank you!

For the last year and a half, I have been contemplating those closing words of a favorite childhood song and “dance”…the “Hokey Pokey”. Do you remember? “And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about…”

Can One Judge Stop California From Being Railroaded?

Thursday, March 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Thomas Del Beccaro

Does the Rule of Law matter or is it an antiquated concept in this day and age? After all, our President regularly violates the separation of powers by unilaterally rewriting laws. So it comes with some surprise when a judge stands up to California’s executive branch and puts the brakes on California’s High Speed Rail project by, of all things, requiring government to follow the Rule of Law. Surprise or not, it could be an important test case for years to come.

Today may be the qualification deadline for the June primary this year, but Mike Harrison is getting the jump on a deadline still two years away. The longtime staffer to both Congressmen Duncan Hunters (father and son) tells me he is running in 2016 to succeed Brian Jones in the State Assembly. I requested Harrison provide a comment, but he did one better, sending me the following:

Achieving a Better California
by Mike Harrison

A better California is something we not only deserve, it’s a goal I want to help us achieve in our great state. After much prayer and discussion with my family, I have made the decision to run for California State Legislature’s 71st Assembly District in 2016.

An Open Letter to Alpine Teachers

Monday, March 3, 2014
posted by Guest Column

With a strike by teachers recently ended in the Alpine Union School District, a member of the community provides a call for action…

by Steve Hunyar

Dear Alpine Teachers,

I am glad you are back to work — to the business of educating once again.

This is a clarion call for positive action. After 10 years of seeing the writing on the wall, inaction is no longer an option for the Alpine Union School District, and for our children.

Wyland drops bid for Board of Equalization

Friday, February 28, 2014
posted by Guest Column

by Senator Mark Wyland

This past weekend my family held a celebration of life for my mother,who passed away late last year. I thought about her advice to me, shortly before she passed away: “Life is short; you have some goals in education that are very important to you — you better get at it.”

I had been in business for more than twenty years, and had extensive dealings with the Board of Equalization; it seemed natural to continue public service with the same Board because I knew how to improve it.

Whack the camel’s nose

Monday, February 24, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Vaus - Councilman, City of Poway

I remember a proverb from grade school:

One cold night, as a Bedouin sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. “Master,” he said, “let me put my nose in your tent. It’s cold out here.” “By all means,” said the Bedouin, as he turned over and went to sleep. A little later the Bedouin awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also.

The Power of One

Friday, February 21, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Amanda Young RigbyCouncilwoman, City of Vista
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Does the complaint of one person warrant the change or implementation of a city ordinance? Some have said, “No!” but I think it does not matter how many people complain. If something wrong is to be righted, I believe in the power of one.

But what if that one voice is a business owner upset that there is competition coming into town and asks the city to restrict and/or outright ban that competition?

The options for Sheriff Gore in the wake of the Peruta decision

Monday, February 17, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

As I wrote last Thursday, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore lost in a big decision regarding your right to bear arms. So what now? Sheriff Gore has 14 days to make a decision on what to do..These are the options to Gore and their financial impact on San Diego County:

1. The plaintiff’s attorney is coming after the County of San Diego for around $300k for legal fees owed if Gore accepts this current decision. Gore has already implied to the public and the local Republican Central Committee that he would accept the decision once issued.

Ninth Circuit’s CCW ruling: A country of laws, not men

Thursday, February 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

As Richard Rider posted earlier, today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision linked here against San Diego County Sheriff Gore.  In summary…Gore’s internal policies regarding issuing concealed carry permits are unconstitutional. 

The case was brought by a part-time San Diego resident Ed Peruta.  Ed decided he wanted to spend his golden years traveling across the country in his RV with his wife.  In order to protect himself and comply with various state laws, Ed applied for concealed weapon permits in the various states he planned on spending time.  All went well until he applied in San Diego, California, the city where he would spend the most amount of time.  The San Diego County Sheriff’s office clerk wouldn’t even take his application.

The Next 96 Hours

Saturday, February 8, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The next 96 hours will determine if we take back the office of San Diego Mayor so here is what you need to know…

There is NO central committee meeting/event on Monday as it’s the day before Election Day and we are putting all our energy into Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.

The ONLY THING TO FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW is getting out the Republican vote for Kevin Faulconer. That’s it. Will you walk a precinct or help make phone calls?

SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY

10 AM at Kevin Faulconer HQ at 5215 Lovelock Street to deploy for precinct walking. Phone banking available all day. Just show up and be part of the team!

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Conviction, Compromise, and Collapse of the GOP

Friday, January 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

A Response by Founding Father

In a recent SD Rostra blog comment, I asked Rostra regular, Brian Brady, to explain his apparent dichotomy as to how he could profess a Sanctity of Life moral position and yet support an Abortion candidate for the GOP nomination, in the 52nd Congressional District race in particular. His response to that inquiry is linked here.

Remembering Roe 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Sylvia Sullivan

55 million babies have died in the U.S. since the infamous Supreme Court Roe v Wade ruling 41 years ago this month. It is beyond a national tragedy. It is a choice of descent into barbarism.

Because of the ghastly numbers of dead babies, it may be difficult to see that the pro-choice side is on a downward spiral. Clinics continue to close as state after state pass pro-life bills. Young people faced with the scientific reality of the humanity of pre-born babies, are decidedly a more pro-life generation.

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