Archive for the ‘Bill Wells’ Category
I rarely find myself at odds with my colleagues on the El Cajon City Council, but this week I was. The issue was on writing a letter of support for SB 151, a bill which would raise the legal age to smoke from 18 to 21. All of the members of my council are conservative in their ideology, but I felt they had missed the mark on this issue. I was the only vote against sending a letter.
Recently the SDUT published an article stating that El Cajon had not enacted pension reform. This article in today’s UT sets the record straight.
A hearty congratulations to SD Rostra’s own Bill Wells, appointed as mayor by his El Cajon City Council colleagues on Tuesday, following the resignation of Mark Lewis. Here’s the U-T San Diego story.
The mayor’s seat comes up again in 2014, when Wells will also run for the spot.
We look forward to his continued posts on Rostra.
I wanted to follow up on my previous article about the controversy over the red light cameras. It was my contention that these cameras were hated by the public and that they constituted a real threat to civil liberties. I argued that the cost of these infractions were overly punitive (approximately $500 per infraction), and that they represented a line over which government should not cross.
Yesterday I asked the El Cajon City Council to allow me to explore the possibility of removing the Red Light Cameras from El Cajon. We currently have seven intersections with these cameras. I was surprised to see that it has become a controversial issue between me and my colleagues. I would very much like for you to read the U-T San Diego article linked below and give me your thoughts.
“Spice” and “Bath Salts” are names for synthetic drugs that can cause severe psychosis, brain damage and death. This was the drug at the heart of the “Miami Cannibal” case, which left one man dead and the other with most of his face “eaten off”. This week the El Cajon City Council imposed a $2500 fine for selling these substances or any synthetic drug. It was the fact that El Cajon is now a Charter City, which allowed such a stiff penalty. See the linked Fox 5 Clip for more information.
I am proud that the California Republican Assembly has chosen to endorse me for my El Cajon City Council race. The fact that the CRA is the conscience of the Republican Party does not escape me and I will continue to strive to be worthy of such recognition.
Today the state Supreme Court ruled that charter cities don’t have to pay prevailing wage on locally funded public works contracts. This comes after a lawsuit was filed against the City of Vista by the AFL-CIO, shortly after Vista became a charter city. We at the city of El Cajon were closely watching this decision. The impact of this ruling could save our city millions of dollars in upcoming projects. Sometimes the system actually works.
I’ll be a guest on the Mark Larson Show tomorrow to discuss El Cajon’s Charter City initiative; Prop D. The interview is scheduled for 8:25 am on KCBQ 1170 AM.
I’ve had a lot of calls about the UT article regarding the “razing” of the ECPAC. I want to weigh in and say that to my mind, there is long ways to go before this was to happen. The current proposal is to build a hotel on the site, which would include a new performing arts center. I have to admit that a major hotel in Downtown El Cajon would be welcome, but I’m still not sure how it would be financed, or if that proposed site is a given. There is a lot of discussion that has yet to occur. Remember also, that the whole equation has changed since the state has disbanded the Redevelopment Agency. In light of this it is premature to think that ECPAC will be torn down.
Last night the El Cajon City Council voted to place a Charter City proposal on the June 5, 2012, ballot. Becoming a Charter City will allow El Cajon to establish greater autonomy from Sacramento and save millions of dollars in building costs. As a Charter City, El Cajon will be able to exempt itself, in certain situations, from paying prevailing wage. It also allows for the use of design build contracts. The vote was a unanimous 5-0 decision.
I will be interviewed tomorrow at 07:00 am on the Mike Slater Radio Show, 760 KFMB. We will be talking about the El Cajon Charter City initiative and the council vote next week to bring it to the June ballot.
To my friends here at Rostra,
When I started the process of running for the AD77th seat I was alone except for family and close friends. Along the way I was shocked to see so many great people come along side of me. From people who helped out financially to volunteers who walked precincts or made phone calls, I was often overwhelmed that people would invest so much of themselves in this race. More amazing to me was the continuing of support and encouragement after the election results were in. I feel truly blessed.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2010
CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) In another significant show of local support, the Bill Wells Campaign today announced the endorsement of the East San Diego County Association of Realtors.
The East San Diego County Association of Realtors (ESDCAR) is a professional trade association that promotes the benefits of private property rights and assists its members to better serve the public through training, and advocacy.
“Our local Realtors understand the difficulties facing East County residents in this tough economic time.” said Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Wells. “I will work with Realtors while in Sacramento to address the housing crisis, and ensure government is not standing in the way of the American dream of home ownership.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2010 CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) The Bill Wells for Assembly campaign today announced yet another major endorsement by a local grassroots organization. The San Diego Minutemen have announced their backing of Conservative Republican Bill Wells in his run for the State Assembly.
“Bill Wells is the only candidate in the 77th Assembly race who will protect our border, fight illegal immigration, and defend the Constitution,” Said Jeff Schwilk, Founder of the San Diego Minutemen.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2010 CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) Bill Wells’ campaign for State Assembly continues to grow a list of local grassroots support and announces the endorsement of East County TEA Party leader Barry Willis. Willis is a founder of the East County TEA Party and has been heavily involved in the organizing and activism of the TEA Party movement.
“Bill Wells has been involved in the East County TEA Party movement from the beginning. He is exactly the kind of tax fighter we need in Sacramento,” said Barry Willis upon announcing his support.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2010
CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) The Bill Wells for Assembly campaign today announces a significant endorsement from the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA has nearly 4 million members nationwide with thousands residing in East County. Since its inception in 1871 the NRA has been dedicated to firearm education and the protection of the Second Amendment.
Bill Wells received an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association for his dedication to gun owners’ rights. Wells opposes the disastrous proposals coming from Sacramento to restrict gun rights, and instead supports better availability of concealed weapons permits.
The Honorable Bill Wells, Candidate for Assembly, AD 77
May 25, 2010
As a Conservative I am frustrated by the overwhelming push to have government be the solution to all problems. So I was happy to read a story of a novel approach taken by a Sacramento Hospital to limit their own exposure to waste and abuse of their resources.
This hospital decided to send a Social Worker to visit any person who visited the ER more than three times in a month. What they found was that these people often had no emergent medical problems at all. So what were the real problems then? Homelessness, addictions and mental illnesses were the predominant complaints. So what to do? How can you force people to utilize the ER appropriately?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2010 CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) The Bill Wells campaign continues to attract significant support from conservative grassroots organizations and today announces the support of the California Pro-Life Council.
The California Pro-Life Council (CPLC) is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee since 1971. CPLC is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting life against abortion, euthanasia and infanticide.
“I have been Pro-Life my entire life and am proud to be supported by California Pro Life Council. This organization has been dedicated to protecting the unborn, and I look forward to continuing that effort in Sacramento,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Wells.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2010
CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) The influential California Dental Association (CDA) has weighed in on the 77th Assembly District Race in support of Bill Wells. The CDA has been a factor in many local primaries recently and have put their support behind Healthcare Professional Bill Wells in the form of a max-out contribution.
“The Dental Association recognizes my health care experience and service on the El Cajon City Council as a good foundation for success in Sacramento.” Said Mayor Pro Tem Bill Wells. The funding will help Wells get his message out to East County San Diego voters for the upcoming June 8th primary.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2010 CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) El Cajon Mayor Pro Tem Bill Wells announced today that he has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as written by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). Already considered the tax-fighter candidate for the 77th, having earned the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Bill Wells signed the pledge to emphasize his continuing commitment to fighting taxes if elected to the State Assembly.
According to ATR, the pledge has the simple purpose of ensuring that those candidates who claim to oppose tax increases are willing to put their commitment in writing. ATR wants to inform taxpayers about where candidates stand on taxes before voters send them to Sacramento.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2010 CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) Today the Bill Wells for assembly Campaign announces another major endorsement. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is supporting Wells in his campaign for State Assembly due to his leadership in the San Diego Region.
In a NECA press release, Association leadership elaborated on their endorsement: “Bill has been an outspoken champion for San Diego. As a respected community leader, he understands the issues that affect our contractors who continue to face an up-hill battle as the recession weighs heavy on our industry. With the ongoing challenges faced by small business in San Diego and throughout the region, Bill will demand accountability of State Government.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2010 CONTACT: Eddie Sprecco 619-889-1348
(El Cajon) The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), the State’s leading taxpayers’ rights organization, has announced their support for Bill Wells in his race for the 77th Assembly District.
“Bill Wells is committed to eliminating waste in government spending and helping families keep more of their hard earned money. We look forward to working with Bill as a taxpayer ally in Sacramento,” said Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.