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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            October 6, 2014

CONTACT:   Vince Vasquez

vvasquez@nu.edu

Report: November Election Promises Competitive, Pivotal Races in San Diego
Higher Voter Turnout, Moderate Electorate Projected

SAN DIEGO – As early voting begins today in the November 4th gubernatorial general election, the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) identified key dynamics to look for in the election cycle. Using GIS software and data from the Registrar of Voters, NUSIPR evaluated results from the previous June election and made new assessments for November.

Overall, we found that:

2014 Mayoral Election Results

Thursday, February 13, 2014
posted by Vince Vasquez

This Tuesday, the City of San Diego held a mayoral special election to fill the vacancy left by disgraced former mayor Bob Filner, who resigned last August. Using GIS software and data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, the National University System Institute for Policy Research conducted an analysis of the precinct results, and Tweeted its findings this morning. Below is a Storify transcript of those findings.

[View the story "2014 Mayoral Election Results" on Storify]

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Report: Few Voters Will Cast Ballots in San Diego Mayoral Special Election

Absentee Voters, Republican Voters Will Play Larger Role in Mayoral Race

SAN DIEGO – Less than half of all registered voters are expected to cast ballots in the San Diego mayoral special election scheduled for November 19th. That is the conclusion of a new report authored by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR), a regional economic think-tank.

One quarter of those surveyed considering moving out of state A quarter of the residents in California’s most affluent communities are considering relocating out of state in response to the increase in state income taxes, according to a report released today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR).  A scientific poll (n=401) conducted by Competitive Edge Research for the National University System Institute for Policy Research from March 4-6, 2013 shows that 13% of the state’s residents are somewhat considering a move, 12% are very seriously considering vacating the state, and 1% are already moving out to minimize their personal income tax burden.

Last Tuesday, the City of San Diego held a special election to fill the vacancy left in the 4th Council District by outgoing Councilmember Tony Young. Using GIS software and data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters and the United States Census Bureau, the National University System Institute for Policy Research conducted an analysis of the precinct results, and Tweeted its findings this morning. Below is a Storify transcript of those findings.

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Changing Demographics Increase Competition, Voter Choice

SAN DIEGO – Though City Council District 4 has been represented by an African American Councilmember for nearly half a century, new demographic trends suggest the next elected representative is equally likely to be Latino, Asian, or another ethnicity. That is the major finding of a new report published by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR).

For The First Time, Absentee Voters Will Dominate San Diego City Mayoral Election

SAN DIEGO - In the past three San Diego mayoral elections, the majority of votes in the general election were cast on Election Day. However, a new analysis by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) projects a historic change this year, as mailed ballots will, for the first time, comprise the majority of votes cast in the race. Using data from the Registrar of Voters office and GIS mapping software, NUSIPR evaluated a number of recent voter trends that will have an impact in Tuesday’s contest.

 

The race to become mayor of the City of San Diego has narrowed down to two finalists. In this policy brief the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) analyzed newly released electoral data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters’ office using GIS software.

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Demographic Changes Will Impact San Diego City Council District Elections, Future Policymaking

SAN DIEGO – Demographic changes and neighborhood-level concerns are likely to impact San Diego City Council District elections and future policymaking at City Hall. Those are the major findings of a new study published today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR).

On August 25, 2011, the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission adopted new boundary lines for City Council Districts, while also adding a ninth Council seat.  NUSIPR used GIS and database software to analyze demographic and government data available from the City of San Diego, SANDAG, and the United States Census Bureau.

How taxpayer-friendly is your local representative in Sacramento?

The results are in from the 2011 Legislative Report Card issued by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), one of California’s oldest and most respected taxpayer advocacy organizations.  Based on their legislative votes, San Diego Assemblymember Diane Harkey and Senator Joel Anderson received the highest “A” grades (96.3%) within the San Diego delegation!

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According to a new Survey USA poll, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’s proposed public subsidy for a new Chargers stadium is a tough sell to the public.

In the October 13th poll that surveyed 500 adults in the City of San Diego, 70% of respondents opposed an annual $38 million taxpayer subsidy to fund a new football stadium for 30 years. Among those strongly opposed are Independents (80%), conservatives (77%), Caucasians (75%), and women (75%).

The poll references the “rough estimate” recently floated by Mayor Jerry Sanders as the public’s contribution towards the cost of an $800 million stadium in East Village. The annual amount would cover bond debt payments, and would not require higher or new taxes.

SAN DIEGO – New Council District lines drawn for the City of San Diego will likely create more competitive elections and shift the balance of power at City Hall. Those are the major findings of a new study published today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR).

On August 25, 2011, the seven members of the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission adopted new boundary lines for City Council Districts, while also adding a ninth Council seat.   NUSIPR used GIS and database software to analyze voter data available from county, state and federal government agencies.

Facebook, Twitter: Raise the American Flag!

Sunday, September 11, 2011
posted by Vince Vasquez

Last night, an attempt to post a quick patriotic message has launched a new campaign to raise our American flag online.

Let me explain. I was drafting a message to publish on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, in recognition of Patriot Day and the 10th anniversary of September 11th, 2001, when I found I was missing what I wanted to share most with my family and friends: an image of the American flag.

You see, special text characters and symbols can be inserted into the text fields of popular social media sites. They’re often used to recognize holidays and events. You can find most of them here http://thenextweb.com/TwitterKeys/keys.php and here http://facebook-symbols.com/all/.

New Groundbreaking Study Reveals “Project Labor Agreements” (PLAs) Increase School Construction Costs by 13 to 15 Percent in California

School projects built under these contracts cost $28.90 to $32.49 more per square foot

JULY 26, 2011 SAN DIEGO – California school construction projects built under contracts that contain provisions known as Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) cost 13 to 15 percent more than non-PLA projects. That is the major finding of a new study published today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR). This research is, to date, the most expansive review of the use of these agreements on school construction.  It is particularly relevant considering that California voters have approved $64 billion in school construction bonds during the last decade.  Clearly, the facts suggest that enactment of a PLA may have significant financial consequences.

A new SurveyUSA poll reveals Councilmember Carl DeMaio has taken an early lead in the race for Mayor of San Diego.

In a poll that surveyed 538 registered city voters, DeMaio leads the growing pack of candidates with 22% of the vote. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who announced her candidacy in March, comes in second place at 15%, and Democratic Congressman Bob Filner trails in third at 14%. State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R), who announced his run for Mayor on Monday, polls in fifth place at 7% of the overall vote.

(As published in today’s print edition of the San Diego Daily Transcript)

A new poll reveals that San Diego’s small business community sees brighter economic days ahead, but remains tight fisted and cautious about the future. If local government officials take new steps to address the needs of business, they can stimulate capital spending and job creation when they’re needed most.

Remembering Reagan in San Diego

Thursday, April 7, 2011
posted by Vince Vasquez

Op-ed as published in today’s North County Times

On the 100th anniversary year of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, museum exhibits and educational programs are now being commissioned to share our 40th president’s legacy. In San Diego, we cross Reagan’s footprints every day, a unique civic distinction that is worth memorializing.

It is rare for an American figure with such global stature as Reagan to have strong historical ties to our region, but Reagan’s connection to San Diego spanned decades. It could be said that Reagan’s journey with Nancy Davis, the future first lady, began in San Diego. The only film that starred both of them was filmed here – 1957′s “Hellcats of the Navy.” Ron and Nancy Reagan would later make many drives back to America’s Finest City for family vacations and trips to the beach.

Here’s a fun question for discussion: what do you think will be the voter bases for the Republican candidates seeking the San Diego City Mayor’s Office in 2012?

In 2000, Dick Murphy, a Del Cerro resident, built a GOTV machine in his nearby San Carlos/Navajo precincts and dominated the vote there on Primary Election Day. In 2005, Jerry Sanders built a broad high-propensity voter coalition of voters over 65 and moderate Republicans to advance to the general election.

What voter groups will be important in the 2012 race? Tea Partiers, small business owners, conservatives, coastal Republicans vs. inland Republicans, sportsmen, values voters, etc.?

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I’m pleased to announce that just hours ago, the Ronald Reagan-Coronado Bay Bridge Project surpassed its goal of 1,000 online petition signatures!

This is incredible. I’ve been overwhelmed with the outpouring of community support since I launched this grassroots, independent effort on San Diego Rostra 17 days ago. It’s clear to me that President Reagan touched countless lives in our region…so many people shared wonderful stories about meeting, befriending, and working for Reagan on the petition website, which can be found at www.ronaldreaganbridge.com

With the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday (February 6) only days away, one San Diego resident is officially launching a new proposal to rename the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge in honor of the 40th President of the United States.

Vince Vasquez, a San Diego County resident and think tank public policy analyst, has gathered more than 200 petition signatures in support of a Ronald Reagan Memorial Bridge in San Diego County. Vasquez intends to gather more than 1,000 signatures over the next few weeks on the Reagan-Coronado Memorial Bridge website, www.ronaldreaganbridge.com, and present them to elected officials shortly after the beginning of the Reagan Centennial Celebration.

Counting the Prop. D Votes

Monday, December 6, 2010
posted by Vince Vasquez

Late last week, the San Diego Registrar of Voters released the voter canvass files from the November 2nd, 2010 election. These files provide the precinct-by-precinct vote breakdown for all the elections in San Diego County. I found lots of interesting data, but Rostra policywonks might be intrigued to know how the vote came down on the City of San Diego’s sales tax increase, Prop. D.  Using GIS software, I’ve mapped out the No on D vote.

No on D votes weren’t isolated to GOP-friendly neighborhoods – strong opposition extended into “purple” precincts with large numbers of Decline to State & Democratic voters, including Mount Soledad, Mira Mesa, Southeast San Diego, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, and Mission Beach.

In this difficult economy, San Diego families have made financial cutbacks, and small business owners are making difficult sacrifices to keep their doors open to the public. Unemployment is still high, and sales revenues in our region are sagging. Now isn’t the time for a tax increase, but elected officials at San Diego City Hall and San Diego Unified School District San Diego are pushing exactly that case now to the voters, with Proposition D and Proposition J.

Set aside their arguments and reasoning for a second, and just ask yourself honestly: do these elected officials represent *you* and your principles?

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How taxpayer-friendly is your local representative in Sacramento?

The results are in from the 2010 Legislative Report Card issued by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), one of California’s oldest and most respected taxpayer advocacy organizations, and San Diego Assemblymember Diane Harkey and Senator Dennis Hollingsworth received the highest “A” grades (94.7% and 96.9%, respectively) within the San Diego delegation!

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