Archive for the ‘Guest Column’ Category
From Michael Schwartz
To San Diego CityBeat’s Ryan Bradford,
I read your recent article on the Crossroads of the West gun show, held in Del Mar on December 14.
The way your half-drunken friends treat pistols makes them representative of gun owners as much as their alcohol abuse makes them sommeliers or enologists. I do commend them for unloading the pistol’s magazine before letting you handle it, which is far more like the safety precautions I am used to seeing from gun owners. (Note: a “clip” loads a magazine. A “magazine” holds ammunition. Your friend unloaded the pistol’s magazine.)
by Jason Jackson
What distinguishes the Republican Party from the Democrat Party is that Republicans build our coalition around principles, while the Democrats build their coalition around identities. The Democrat strategy is to cobble together a coalition of African Americans, Hispanics, single women, gays, and union members and hope that group equals 51 percent of the electorate. That’s why identity politics are so important to Democrats. They believe that we owe our rights to government and that rights vest through our membership in collective groups favored by government. As such, their electoral prospects are hitched to dividing us up by our descriptive characteristics and making their party the benevolent benefactors of government largesse to as many identity groups as possible.
by Jason Jackson
Two weeks ago Senator Joel Anderson hosted his annual Holiday Gala at Toyota of El Cajon. The event drew over 3,000 people, and served as welcome reminder of the type of support our legislators can earn when they excel at constituent service and vote on behalf of the people’s interests in Sacramento.
The event came on the heels of Senator Anderson’s re-election to a second term with nearly 70 percent of the vote out of over 210,000 ballots cast. His re-election was well earned as the Senator distinguished himself during his first term as a prolific yet principled legislator.
Here are the Top 10 Losers of 2014…
10. The Yankees. They have spent nearly a half of billion dollars in the last two years and missed the playoffs both years – proving throwing money at problems doesn’t work.
9. Climate Change Mongers. The drought is ending in California and the cold temperatures are setting in. The Polar ice cap didn’t melt (it actually grew) and Al Gore is nowhere to be found. Now, that is political climate change we can appreciate.
by Derrick W. Roach
On the first day of recount the voter gave to me, a ballot marked incorrectly.
On the second day of recount the voter gave to me, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.
On the third day of recount the voter gave to me, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.
On the fourth day of recount the voter gave to me, four errant marks, three union thugs, two over votes and a ballot marked incorrectly.
by Michael A. Schwartz
As I wrote a few weeks ago, recent court decisions have made it clear that San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s restrictive policies regarding issuance of concealed weapons permits are unconstitutional, infringing on the rights of county citizens.
Despite the Ninth Circuit Court’s November 12 decision to not take up an appeal in Peruta vs. Sheriff Bill Gore, in a recent U-T San Diego article, the Sheriff stated he will continue to delay issuing permits — and that when he finally stops delaying, it could take up to two years to work through his department’s current backlog of applications.
by Michael Schwartz
A development yesterday in a local federal court case will have far reaching implications when it comes to your gun rights.
Peruta v. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is a federal Ninth Circuit court case that was brought against the Sheriff for his policies regarding issuing a concealed weapon permit.
The law requires that in addition to passing a background check, taking a two day class (including a range proficiency test), paying a fee, and completing a thorough application, applicants for a concealed weapon permit must show “good cause”.
by Hon. Dennis Hollingsworth, retired CA State Senator
To all those succesful, newly elected candidates out there today. Congratulations. No doubt you will field numerous calls of congratulatory wishes. Common among these sentiments will be the admonition to be sure to “Represent all the people now that you are elected.”
I will ask you to observe that these most often come from folks who were opposing you, or were supporters of the other camp.
Allow me to translate this commonly misunderstood admonition: They don’t really mean, “Do your best, listen to all points of view, and serve all whom you represent.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
by Steve Hunyar
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.
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.
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:
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.