Archive for the ‘Guest Column’ Category
by Jason Jackson (pictured below)
Recently the City of El Cajon entered into a deal with the Rock Church to permit the Rock to lease the currently shuttered East County Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. The deal would net the city more than $200,000 in revenue while enabling the city to reopen the theater, closed since 2009 for budgetary reasons, for performances during the week and on Saturdays. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells also expects the deal to stimulate the local economy by bringing commercial activity into the downtown area. “Our downtown can explode with this deal, which will bring about 15,000 thousand people into the downtown area every weekend. Those people will be customers for our stores and restaurants,” Wells said. In a result that is a rarity for government, this one really is win-win-win for all stakeholders.
by Jennifer Johnson
I have always tried to argue that there is a very serious civil outcome to redefining marriage, and it has nothing to do with religious liberty or the idea of “sacramental marriage.”
Since marriage is society’s primary way of acknowledging and understanding parenthood, redefining marriage redefines parenthood. Here in California, the affects of “SSM” and redefining parenthood are rapidly making their way through the legislature. Last year, Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing three or more legal parents for children, which was inspired by a “SSM” custody dispute.
by Jason Jackson
San Diego’s economic future remains precarious. Kevin Faulconer’s election as Mayor this February forestalled the immediate threat of the city government reverting to the unsustainable fiscal policies that led it to be dubbed “Enron by the Sea,” but he will need allies on the city council to drive economic growth and job creation in the region. While the city’s fiscal situation seems to have stabilized, the region is still losing jobs due to a poor business climate. A number of big name employers have left for greener pastures in recent months, contributing to a net loss of nearly 3,000 civilian jobs in the region since November.
by Michael A. Schwartz, SD Rostra Junkie
A couple of questions on the Ferguson shooting and riots…
1. If you are making the argument that Michael Brown was racially profiled by the police officer who shot him, aren’t you arguing that racially profiling works? Because Michael Brown had just robbed a store, beaten the owner, smoked pot, and turned out to be the kind of man who attacked and severely injured a cop while going for his gun while the cop was trying to question him?
by Michael Schwartz
Industry leaders Smith & Wesson and Strum, Ruger & Co. Inc. (Ruger) are two of the most well-known, trusted names in the firearms business. Starting business in 1852 and 1949 respectively, these two companies now manufacture about one in every four firearms produced in the U.S., according to a survey by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
This year California will become the only state in which these two American icons cannot sell their legal products that you have the right to keep and bear.
by Rafid Moga
Michael Bloomberg’s “big gulp ban” was widely ridiculed for being what it was: local government choosing to micromanage the most personal choices of New York City residents.
Well, it looks like the uncontrollable urge of local politicians to micromanage what we eat, drink and consume is making its way back to San Diego. This time the target is “e-cigarettes” the tobacco-less cigarettes that local government is deciding to treat as…tobacco.
The scientific jury is still out on the long term health effects of e-cigarettes. But we do know that they contain no tobacco, and none of the hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco that cause an array of health problems over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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…”
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.
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
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.
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.
by Steve Vaus - Councilman, City of Poway
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.