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“It is what it is”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
posted by Steve Gramm

KUSI News - San Diego, CA

“But when homeowners turn to the county for help, they get nothing…”

This quote is a really good summary of the attitude that Dianne Jacob has about the people she “represents.”

Watch the news report from KUSI. It perfectly captures the problem we in East County face.

A public drainage system under a home is Spring Valley is leaking, which leads to a massive ground collapse adjacent to the house. The property is in unincorporated San Diego County, so they need to turn to their County Supervisor for assistance. Unfortunately, Dianne Jacob, their Supervisor, is typically unresponsive to these kinds of complaints. So, the homeowners turn to Michael Turko, KUSI’s consumer advocate.


Seriously, Sam?

Monday, November 23, 2015
posted by Steve Gramm

In today’s SDUT story, Sam Abed using city website for his campaign, the Escondido Mayor says, “The link (from the city website to his campaign site) was cleared by the City Attorney for compliance, State Law and City Policies before it was created.”

There’s the legal and then there’s the ethical. There’s also common sense. If you don’t want headlines, don’t use public resources for campaign purposes. Oh, not just because of possible headlines, but also because it’s not appropriate.

Bad advice from an attorney aside, no one involved in politics more than about six months really thinks this is ok.


Neighborhood Market Association members sue organization and CEO Mark Arabo

Thursday, October 1, 2015
posted by Steve Gramm

Citing illegal compensation and a breach of fiduciary duty, members of the politically active Neighborhood Market Association (NMA), including one of its founders, are suing the organization and CEO/President Mark Arabo, alleging a lack of transparency and a “failure to provide financial documents.”

The complaint seeks information regarding an alleged real estate transaction in which the NMA is said to have “realized a substantial profit.” The disenchanted members are seeking to determine how the “profit was distributed for the benefit of NMA members.” The lawsuit alleges that Arabo received approximately $210,000 as a “finder’s fee” for the deal, while noting he “was not a broker in the transaction or otherwise entitled to this compensation.”

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Regardless of your position on abortion, this is very disturbing.


One word: Huh?

Read the Independent Budget Analyst Report.

The report is dated today. The San Diego City Council vote is tomorrow. This would start the ball moving on an Environmental Impact Report the next day.

Not exactly a lot of time for public digestion and reaction.

Yet, the stakes have been set, apparently. The report ends with:

…the decision on whether or not to proceed with the proposed EIR should be informed by how important Council believes the Chargers are to the local economy and vitality of the San Diego community, if that importance justifies expenditure of these funds to avoid foreclosing the possibility of keeping the Chargers in San Diego, and what residual value the EIR might have should the Chargers ultimately elect to leave San Diego.


Todd Bosnich pleads guilty to obstructing justice

Friday, June 12, 2015
posted by Steve Gramm

Read it at NBC 7…

DeMaio accuser lied to FBI

But, we’ll never know who was responsible for the DeMaio office break-in and the purloined playbook landing in Scott Peters’ lap.

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DeMaio Tweets about County Supervisor fray

Monday, February 9, 2015
posted by Steve Gramm

Note: Just after the below was posted, DeMaio went up with his own Rostra post on the subject. Read it here.


Carl DeMaio is weighing in on Twitter this morning about tonight’s Republican Central Committee consideration of an endorsement in next year’s District 2 County Supervisor election, which is shaping up to be a possible matchup between longtime Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Senator Joel Anderson. A series of tweets from DeMaio…

Looking forward to the results of the SDGOP vote tonight on the SD County Supervisor race.


A conversation between two consultants

Sunday, October 12, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

Consultant Jones: “Hey, got this kid in the 56th Congressional. He worked for Clarkson before the primary — got canned at some point, I think before June. Maybe for cause. But, he’s trying to float this pretty seedy story…says Clarkson solicited him and worse…in the campaign office…exposed himself…”

Consultant Smith: “Clarkson?”

CJ: “Yeah, he says Clarkson did, hit on him several times, the whole thing, says he got canned when he complained.”

CS: “Geez, is it true?”

CJ: “Maybe, maybe not. Who knows? He’s like 27 or something. Part of it sounds too familiar…the prior allegation on Clarkson…”


Our colleges and universities don’t have enough money…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

Our colleges and universities don’t have enough money.

We’re also told that cutbacks are impacting classes, with remaining classes full to the brim.

Yet, there’s this…

UC RIVERSIDE: New position to assist undocumented students

Thoughts? Discussion?

Is this even a legitimate Rostra post?

Am I a racist for raising the discussion?


Richard Rider, is this the reason you left the Libertarian Party?

Monday, July 21, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

I have to admit, the email from the San Diego Libertarian Party intrigued me, as it included this headline:

“Mike Benoit video on the IRS stealing his home at the Daily Paul”

Benoit is a perennial candidate for office as a Libertarian against Duncan Hunter, meaning both Duncan Hunters over the years.

Wanting to understand his alleged abuse at the hands of the IRS, the apparent taking of private property by the feds, I clicked on the 20 minute video.

Before you click on it yourself, I’d rate it a ten. Out of 100, mind you:


Sign wars and unsubstantiated allegations

Saturday, May 31, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

One of our Rostra bloggers was a candidate for office a few years ago. In the final days of the campaign, dozens of his opponent’s yard signs were taken down and strewn in the yard of his supporter.  Not his opponent’s supporter, his supporter.

One could draw the conclusion his campaign had something to do with it, even if overzealous volunteers acting on their own as a prank.

Or, thinking it through, it could also be surmised something else was in play, especially given the candidate was faced with having to explain why his opponent’s signs ended up where they did.


Core values and money in the 52nd Congressional District

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

Beliefs do matter. Principles matter as well.

On the part of a candidate, his or her core values are meaningless without the ability to communicate them to voters.


This says it all right now. The rest is meaningless.

Carl DeMaio
Cash On Hand $985,991
Net Contributions $1,080,294

Kirk Jorgensen
Cash On Hand $62,768
Net Contributions $206,890

Fred Simon
Cash On Hand $343,231
Net Contributions $14,510


Possess this!

Friday, March 28, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

A little “hint” on the use of apostrophes and possessives.  Two press releases today from the same official:

The first about “Jane Doe,” indicating “a partial summary judgment dismissing Jane Does’ claims…”

Is there one Jane Doe, or multiple Does?

The second, in reference to Corey Briggs, with a nearly complete opposite of the same error: “Mr. Brigg’s ‘client’ is an organization…”

I completely understand newspapers and blogs like Rostra making such mistakes, but not my public officials!

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Really, we can do so much better

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

At the risk of criticism from the right or laughs from the left for even posting this, I frankly don’t care.

This was part of a mass communication sent tonight in support of a candidate, from a longtime activist in state Republican circles…

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Slate: After-Birth Abortion: The pro-choice case for infanticide

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

Yes, I know SD Rostra is supposed to focus on local politics.

When I get sick to my stomach, it’s very local.

The pro-choice case for infanticide


Four Republicans looking at Congresswoman Susan Davis’ seat

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
posted by Steve Gramm

According to the FEC website, four area Republicans have filed political committees as possible candidates in the 53rd Congressional District, to determine which one will have the right to lose to Congresswoman Susan Davis in November (see the chart below).

Please tell me if in that statement I’m being too dismissive of anyone’s chances to unseat Davis.

The field includes educator Joel Marchese, Grossmont Union High School District Trustee James Stieringer, physician Wayne True, and retired Navy SEAL Larry Wilske.

click for a larger view


Fletcher, the Enigma

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

In a few hours we may know the fate of Nathan Fletcher’s political career.

Can a political chameleon convince enough voters to back him, whether or not they can be sure of his politics?

There has been a lot of talk of “drinking the Kool-Aid” when it comes to Fletcher’s supporters. I know several individuals I would describe as being in that camp. The real question: What is it that draws people to him? Charm? Charisma? Striking good looks? The ability to sound visionary?

The reality of Nathan Fletcher is that he truly is an enigma.


The raising of ugly heads in mayoral race

Saturday, September 28, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

I’ve seen Jeff Schwilk’s emails before, many of which “border” on something pretty obvious.

It looks like some foaming at the mouth is now taking place over David Alvarez.

Call me idealistic, but I’d like to think if anyone works against Alvarez’ election as mayor, it would be based on a disagreement with his policies, or a question about his experience, or maybe simply because the vision of another candidate resonates more for them.

Not because of where his parents were born.

I know conservatives and the Republican Party recognize this ugliness for what it is.


Innovation, thy name is Nathan

Friday, September 6, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

When you’re head of innovation for a major company and you don’t really have to work, that’s very innovative.

News 10…


Behind the scenes on Carl and Kevin

Friday, August 30, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

Many of our local media friends believe Carl DeMaio will be the pick from the right for San Diego mayor.

Meaning no one has reported what’s really happening behind the scenes.

Just about every deep-pocket center-right power player in town is encouraging both Kevin Faulconer and Carl DeMaio.  Well, encouraging Faulconer in the mayor’s race, while pushing for DeMaio to stay the course and run for Congress.


The Meltdown of Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood

Friday, June 7, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

Now that the Tri City Healthcare District Board has cleaned up its act, all eyes have turned to the Oceanside City Council to provide the political entertainment for North County. After the spectacle of last Wednesday’s city council meeting, lets just say Oceanside does not disappoint.

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood had a meltdown at the dais – all recorded on TV — over the outrageous idea that his council colleagues might actually negotiate a compromise on the wording of a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in outdoor patio restaurants.


Judge Jeanine Pirro takes on the mother of the Boston bombing suspects. It’s absolutely worth a read…

In New York Harbor stands a mighty woman with a torch, beckoning the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and the wretched refuse from tempest tossed shores to her as she lifts her lamp beside the golden door.

And they were by all accounts just that — a family fleeing a tyrannical government.  A family seeking political asylum.  The very people to whom that mighty woman holds out her welcoming torch.

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Braun gets kid-glove treatment, while poker probably comes easy to Rath

Saturday, March 30, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

Craig Gustafson’s excellent piece in last Sunday’s U-T San Diegoexposing the secret and inept campaign to smear Carl DeMaio and derail his mayoral bid, appears to contain a flaw that deserves a mention.

One of the key players involved in the clandestine campaign is Gerry Braun, who was then a top aide to Mayor Jerry Sanders and an early Nathan Fletcher supporter. Before moving to the mayor’s office, Braun worked at the U-T, for many years as one of the area’s most prominent and respected political writers. He is a former colleague of both Gustafson and Michael Smolens, the U-T political editor who Gustafson reports to. Braun and Smolens are apparently longtime friends and Smolens was Braun’s editor for a time.


Churches raise concerns about increased parking regulations in County

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
posted by Steve Gramm

A proposed amendment to the County of San Diego’s parking regulations is raising concerns due to the significant increases in the number of parking spaces that would be required of churches.

A Board of Supervisors’ hearing is scheduled tomorrow (Item 2 on the Agenda), February 6 at 9 a.m., for consideration of an ordinance amendment, “Improving the County’s Off-Street Parking Regulations.”

According to Ron Harper Jr. of Harper Communities, the proposed changes would increase the current requirement of one parking space for every four church seats to .40 spaces per seat (1.6 spaces for every four seats), a sixty percent increase in the required number of spaces.  Yet, he further points out that private clubs with lodges and halls are only required to have 0.35 and conference centers only 0.25 spaces per seat.


The Taxman!

Sunday, September 30, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

In the mid-1960s, as the they continued riding a wave of popularity, The Beatles released the classic album Revolverwhich opened with the song “Taxman.”

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street … If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat … If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat
 … If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

The lyrics are not only timeless, but also dead on for those of us constantly enduring the taxman’s wrath today.

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