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from Real Clear Politics…
SAN DIEGO — As Air Force One touched down at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego early last month, the usual throng of local media and political-types waited on the tarmac.
Kevin Faulconer — who had been recently sworn in as San Diego’s 36th mayor — stood among them. Soon, he would greet the man who had endorsed his opponent during the final stages of what had been a heated election.
The visit created a choice for Faulconer, whose success has been cited as an example of how the GOP can still win a major race in deep-blue California (or, perhaps, anywhere with a significant voter registration disadvantage).
On the eve of Election Day, the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) projects a very low turnout rate in San Diego County. Using election data from the Registrar of Voters, NUSIPR evaluated the early ballots received for the June 3rd gubernatorial primary election.
Some miscellaneous campaign stories…
U-T San Diego: Labor cash fills trustee races
U-T Watchdog: Funding plot alleged for anti-McCann ads
U-T San Diego: Judicial races are packed with challengers
LA Times: Guv contenders in dead heat
U-T San Diego: First test for voters on Peters, DeMaio
From Jon Coupal…
As taxpayers, it is critical that we do everything we can to maintain the protections of Proposition 13. Some of our state legislators are working hard to change the law and implement a “split roll” tax system that would increase the frequency of value reassessment on commercial properties.
I know I do not have to tell you that increasing taxes and fees on our businesses kills jobs and is detrimental to our economy.
Tony Perry writes in the Times…
“The 52nd is one of only seven districts in the nation — and the only one in California — rated as a “pure toss-up” by the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. Registration is closely divided: 33.8% Republican, 32.3% Democrat, 28.7% independent.
“Republicans might be poised to reclaim the seat as the economy struggles, and President Obama is plagued by sagging poll numbers and the controversy over Obamacare. Turnout in the June primary and November runoff will be low to modest, which should help Republicans.”
from National Review Online…
Having assiduously ignored one of the gonzo corruption stories of the last decade, CNN this week offered a peculiar defense of its silence. Rankled by a curious Twitter user, who asked why “the Leland Yee story appears nowhere on CNN’s website,” the outlet explained that the decision was “in line with us covering state senators & state secretary of state races just about never.” “You see another conspiracy?” the account asked its inquisitor, snippily.
Farewell Message From Chapter President Eddie Sprecco
It’s been an exciting year (plus) as President of the San Diego Young Republicans. Going into 2013, our goal as a board was to focus on building chapter infrastructure, recruiting new members and expanding our schedule of events to attract new faces and fund our outreach programs. While we had success in each of these areas, we didn’t have the “off” year we expected to fully implement these plans.
From Tony Krvaric…
I just got my hands on a poll in the San Diego County District Attorney race commissioned by Adam Day with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation showing Bonnie Dumanis with an insurmountable lead of more than 28 points!
For months Tom Shepard – who brought us Nathan Fletcher and then Bob Filner – has been shopping around a candidate against Bonnie. This is a pipe dream which will never happen.
Dan Walters in the Sac Bee…
The state Senate’s education committee held an “informational hearing” recently on the recruitment and retention of quality teachers – no small matter in a public school system with such evident achievement shortcomings.
Witnesses offered suggestions about what it takes to improve the quality of classroom instruction and members of the committee asked questions. And the most cogent questions and observations came from Sen. Mark Wyland, who will be leaving the Legislature due to term limits later this year.
Chris Cate, candidate for the open San Diego District 6 City Council seat, is challenging his opponents to a series of five debates prior to the June 3, 2014, primary election to be held throughout the district which includes the communities of Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Rancho Peñasquitos and Sorrento Valley.
“I look forward to joining the other candidates in a series of community forums and debates so that voters have the opportunity to know my record of fiscal reform. As vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association I have spent years fighting for taxpayers, transparency, and reform,” Cate said. “As a member of the City Council, I want to work with both sides to help Mayor Faulconer finish the fiscal reforms that will generate savings to taxpayers that we can put back into the neighborhoods.”
City Council member Steve Vaus today announced he will run for Poway Mayor in the November 2014 election.
“I’ve been on City Council since 2012 and I’d be the first to admit things in Poway are pretty good, but we can be better. We need a mayor with innovative ideas, with the time and willingness to personally connect with the community. Then Poway can go from good to great,” Vaus said in a video distributed by his campaign (watch it at the link below).
An off-season mayor’s race in America’s eighth-largest city has become an unexpected magnet for national political groups, as labor unions and Democrats scramble to keep San Diego government in liberal hands and Republicans seek to capture their first big-city mayoral election win in half a decade.
The Tuesday special election in San Diego, triggered by the resignation of Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, caps a tumultuous stretch in the seaside defense-contracting-and-tourism hub that was once a stronghold of California Republicanism. Rocked in the past few years by a public-pensions meltdown that drove one mayor from office and again last year by Filner’s lurid sexual harassment scandal, San Diego politics is now buffeted by a different kind of force: overwhelming outside spending.
February 5, 2014
Mayor Matt Hall
City of Carlsbad
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Dear Mayor Hall,
It is with great sadness and a deep sense of commitment to the people of Carlsbad that I am writing to inform you of my resignation from my position as City Council member for the City of Carlsbad, effective Friday the 7th of February at 5 pm. Due to pressing personal and family commitments, I feel I cannot continue to offer the level of time and attention this position and our community deserves and that I have been able to provide in the past. I love this community too much to be satisfied with less than complete dedication.
From T.J. Zane, president & CEO of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County…
By now, you may have read or heard reports that the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the JOBS Coalition submitted over 53,000 signatures to the City Clerk Wednesday as part of the referendum effort to Stop the Jobs Tax in the City of San Diego.
In response to the approval late last year by the San Diego City Council of a 500-900% tax increase on job creators, the JOBS coalition, a group of over 50 businesses, non-profits and community leaders launched an effort to combat the tax.