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Will Nehring’s Paternalism Appeal to California Women?

Friday, October 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Followers of Ron Nehring’s campaign for Lt. Governor were treated to a sneak peak of his first (and apparently only) advertisement of his campaign two weeks ago. The ad features a diverse group of women stating that under Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome’s illegal drug reform plan “more women will be addicted to drugs… You can’t be pro-woman and be pro more women addicted to drugs.”

Need A Sure Sign Democrats Are In Trouble? Bill Clinton Is In California

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Tom Del Beccaro

The signs of a wave election abound for Republicans. Recent polling even shows that Millennials and women voters favor Republicans in 2014. Obama’s disappearance from the campaign trail is another sign. So too is Bill Clinton’s appearance in California just one week before the election.

Ideally, far ahead of an election, a political party shores up its political base. Months before, a party seeks votes among the undeclared or the independent – and as the election cycle closes, it seeks to expand the playing field and win elections in places the other party thought secure.

Voting Has Consequences

Monday, October 27, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Barbara Decker

As the general election draws close, I am surprised at voter apathy. People are not voting! I think back on voting throughout my lifetime and I consider it an important right. Potentially my one vote could decide who gets elected on any particular race. I read the ballot when I receive it, making sure that I am voting for the best candidate for each office. I take special note on each and every state or local proposition making certain that it does not strain the taxpayer. Voting has consequences.

Scott Peters owes us candor on the Ebola crisis

Friday, October 24, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson (pictured)

The debate about the nation’s Ebola response is yet another example of our elected officials and their media allies attempting to use ambiguous language to obfuscate their positions and motivations. In San Diego, Congressman Scott Peters has repeatedly refused to take a position on restricting air travel from countries suffering from the Ebola outbreak. His non-position that we “should consider” travel restrictions is consistent with the evasion we see from the Obama administration and its allies on the left over the issue.

Alpine: Local Political Races Are No Longer Immune from Corruption

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Hunyar

Our sleepy little town of Alpine is a great place to live. But as of late, political corruption has begun creeping into our bedroom community.

A large (8.5″ x 14″) 2-sided, 4-color hit piece was mailed to presumably all the registered voters in our school district precincts. The pamphlet lambasted a candidate who is running for the Alpine Union School District School Board. To the best of my recollection of living here for over 20 years, this very professionally produced negative ad is the first to target an individual.

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

Special District Board elections may not be sexy and certainly don’t get the press of federal races or even that of some of our municipal elections, but they are nonetheless extremely important for setting policy in the San Diego region. If anything the lack of attention paid to these districts adds to the importance of these elections. If the “sunlight” of media attention is the best disinfectant for a democracy, than it is easy to see why special districts can be breeding grounds for nepotism and corruption. The lack of public attention increases the importance of electing to these boards people of high integrity who will act as independent advocates for rate payers.

Former Poway Councilmember Boyack supports Vaus for Mayor

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Guest Column
by Hon. Merrilee Boyack

As we approach election time, you will note that I have been vocal in my support of Steve Vaus for Poway Mayor. You may ask why I care since I have moved away. Well, I gave my heart and soul to Poway for almost 25 years — and I deeply care about the people there. Also, I believe that this election is a critical step in moving Poway FORWARD.

I support STEVE VAUS for POWAY MAYOR for many reasons. My main ones:

Guest Commentary
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.

AB 1951, the “Gay Birth Certificate” bill

Friday, September 5, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jennifer Johnson

From the Ruth Institute blog.

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.

Chris Cate for San Diego City Council

Thursday, September 4, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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.

Ferguson: A couple of questions

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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?

Guest Commentary
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.

Guest Commentary
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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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