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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.

Meaningless.

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…
http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/nathan-fletcher-confronts-questions-and-concerns-on-his-qualcomm-job

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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Speaking of respect

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

Bob Filner reacted to today’s announcement of Carl DeMaio’s latest endorsement with, “It’s unfortunate Jerry Sanders was put in the position of endorsing a person for whom he clearly has so little respect.”

The level of the mayor’s respect for DeMaio may be argued, of course. Yet, it would follow that Filner is among those for whom Sanders has less respect. Clearly.

Doh.

As for the culprit responsible for Sanders being “put in the position,” the logical conclusion is Filner. Or, Bob’s politics.

Double Doh.

The “Occupy Sweetwater” group, most likely acting as a political front for Sweetwater Union High School District Board Member Bertha Lopez, hit a new low this week by disrespecting the Pledge of Allegiance and victims of 9-11.

Listen to Occupy jeering the request that the Pledge of Allegiance take place.

Intent on disrupting the Sweetwater School Board meeting on Monday night, September 10, perennial malcontents Stewart Payne, John Brickley, Maty Adato, Gene Chivara, Bernardo Vasquez and Wanda Pairse were among those who booed, yelled and made rude comments, interrupting while speakers and trustees tried to conduct the District’s business. The group trotted out their current political candidate George Cameron and former failed candidates Karen Janney, Stan Canaris and Jaime Mercado.

Assemblyman Marty Block today voted against a reform that would allow school boards to expedite the process of firing a teacher who commits a criminal act against a student.

Republican Assemblyman Steve Knight presented amendments to Senate Bill 1458, legislation related to school accountability, to incorporate the language of Senate Bill 1530, authored by Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla. The Padilla bill is bipartisan legislation that would expedite the process of dismissing teachers in cases involving sex abuse, drugs, or violence against children. Marty Block and Assembly Democrats voted to block the reform.

Tom Shepard: “Our city needs Nathan Fletcher”

Friday, August 3, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

Message from Filner consultant apparently sent to Fletcher donor list

Yesterday, an email was sent from political consultant Tom Shepard with the subject, “Our city needs Nathan Fletcher.”

Darn email service again, delivering two-months-old messages stuck on a server somewhere. I hate when that happens.

But, various others also received the email last night, with a handful forwarding it to Rostra.

A harder look showed the original email touting Fletcher was indeed sent yesterday, August 2 from “Tom Shepard, Chief Strategist” using info@bobfilnerformayor.com.  The same Shepard who consulted Fletcher leading up to the June mayoral primary, then made headlines starting two nights ago by breaking any supposed ties he had with local Republicans by going to work for Democrat Bob Filner in the runoff.

Breaking: Shepard joining Filner campaign

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

The move to the middle is no longer about some on the right moving in that direction.  It’s now about a lifelong died-in-the-wool Democrat like Bob Filner going there. He’s learned that running as a left-winger in a hugely partisan Congressional district is a world (and city) much different than the retail politics of a mayoral contest.

Now it’s becoming clear to what extent Filner will appear to move right to become San Diego’s chief retailer.

Vargas Dominos: Been there, done that

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

Today’s print edition of the U-T San Diego (online yesterday) includes a story about the “domino effect” a Juan Vargas congressional victory would (will) have on those potentially vying for his current Senate seat, the area’s Assembly seat should Ben Hueso win in a Senate contest, and down the line to San Diego City Council.  Names like labor leader Lorena Gonzalez and Councilman David Alvarez are mentioned.

Read the U-T piece here.

Rostra pretty much provided the same scenarios over three months ago, in late March. My blog entry was called “Vargas Dominos.”

You may read the Rostra post here.

U-T San Diego: To Fletcher — What does ‘move to the middle’ mean?

Saturday, April 28, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

 

From U-T San Diego editorial about Nathan Fletcher:

These are important questions because the answers will tell us whether we are dealing with a man of principle who as mayor would stand up for what he believes without concern for the political fallout, or just the opposite – a man who is merely angling for political advantage without concern for the principles many of us thought we shared with him.

We don’t yet know the answer.

 

The entire editorial is linked here.

How things change

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

You know, it wasn’t that long ago, about a year at most, even more recently in the minds of many, when the nearly presumptive leader in the San Diego mayor’s race, assuming she would run, was Bonnie Dumanis.

That was one sentence, but maybe it covers all that needs to be said.

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