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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.
My name is Dan Jauregui. I am a very dedicated and passionate Chargers fan born and raised in San Diego, and I would like to take a minute of your time to express the concerns of loyal San Diego Chargers fans. In light of the current circumstances, surrounding negotiations between the City of San Diego and the Chargers, we fans feel that the NFL and the San Diego Chargers have failed repeatedly in good faith negotiations with the City of San Diego.
by Michael A. Schwartz
In case you missed it last week, Tommy Knepper and I were on Carl DeMaio’s KOGO 600AM radio show to announce the formation of a committee and ballot measure in the city of Carlsbad that will secure a permit for Lisa Gunther’s indoor gun range!
Politicians are attacking our Second Amendment rights in our own backyard, yet again, and it’s time to take a stand.
by Bryon Moore
Petitioning The San Diego Chargers
We are requesting that Mark Fabiani be removed from stadium negotiations with the City and County of San Diego
This petition is calling on the San Diego Chargers to remove Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the team, from stadium negotiations between the City, the County and the team.
by Michael A. Schwartz
While many were out celebrating Cinco de Mayo, more than 200 people again showed up to Carlsbad’s City Council meeting to support Gunther Guns’ indoor recreational shooting range. The first time was back in February, as I previously documented.
This time there were a couple more speakers in opposition than February’s lone opponent, but the speakers were overwhelmingly in favor of approving the indoor range. One of the opposition speakers was concerned with possible traffic issues and a couple other speakers simply didn’t want guns to exist, especially in their city. There were no reasons presented why this range does not fit into the current zone, an industrial area that includes “recreation facilities.”
by Steve Hunyar
As a born and raised Southern Californian, I have lived through droughts, floods, horrible wildfires, earthquakes, traffic, killer bees, Med flies, and more droughts. Did I say I lived through a few droughts?
Droughts are a way of life here, and the only difference from one to the next is their intensity and duration. There is no question our current drought is particularly dire, given the low levels of the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada range this year.
by Jason Jackson
Last week the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego recognized Assemblyman Brian Jones with its highest honor, the Thomas Paine Liberty Torchbearer award. The RLC is a conservative group that works within the Republican Party to promote the ideals of limited government, low taxes, and free markets. The group recognizes candidates and office holders that best govern according to those principles.
by Gary Felien, former Oceanside City Council Member
As you may have heard, my good friend and former Council colleague Jerry Kern is running for the 76th Assembly District.
We served together for four years and built a strong record of fiscally conservative policies.
We ended deficit spending and passed four balanced budgets in a row with no tax increases, raised the city reserves from zero to six million, restored the city’s credit rating, froze pensionable base salaries, implemented real pension reform, and capped medical expenses. That is a record that favorably compares to any city in California.
by Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern
I am honored to have been asked to run as a candidate in 76th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Encinitas. As a 40-year resident of North County and third term council member in the district’s largest city, I am thoroughly familiar with all of the communities within the 76th district.
I offer voters a knowledgeable, consensus building candidate with the ability to work with others to achieve goals that are beneficial to the whole region. I look forward to representing North County’s interests in Sacramento.
by Jason Jackson
This week Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office announced a foreign policy vision that should be of deep concern to conservatives. In his own words, Mr. Hunter believes that America’s foreign policy should be “you go in, you kick a–, you leave.” Mr. Hunter goes so far as to refer to this as the “Hunter Doctrine.” Fortunate for us we had the Marshall Plan after WWII – If Mr. Hunter had been in charge we would have kicked Germany’s a– and then left Europe to the Soviets.