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An Open Letter to CityBeat on Gun Show article

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
posted by Guest Column

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.)

A Response to Carl DeMaio’s “New Generation”

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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.

Senator Anderson is an East County Powerhouse

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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.

Over 3,000 at Senator Anderson East County Holiday Party

Sunday, December 28, 2014
posted by Guest Column

by Guest Party-Goer Jordan Marks

Looking all around me I was literally lost in a sea of folks. That description is usually followed by, “I was at a palooza,” “a concert,” or “a street fair,” but for political nerds it was the Senator Joel Anderson Holiday party in El Cajon. Winners and losers of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Thomas Del Beccaro

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.

The Twelve Days of Recount

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Song
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.

Guest Commentary
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.

Court to force Gore’s hand

Thursday, November 13, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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”.

An admonition to the winners, from Dennis Hollingsworth

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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.”

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
posted by Guest Column

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.

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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. 

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