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from John Hrabe at CalNewsRoom.com…
2 Democrat State Senators Come Clean about Maui Trip
Demonstrating their commitment to openness and transparency, two Democratic state lawmakers came clean on Wednesday and disclosed their participation in an annual trip to Maui that is funded by special interest groups.
Senators Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Norma Torres, D-Pomona, told Calnewsroom.com that they participated in the November trip to Maui organized by the Independent Voter Project.
Nathan Fletcher and his supportive committees have some ‘splaining to do.
On Sunday, center-left blog San Diego Politico alleged a potential ethics violation committed by Nathan Fletcher for Mayor and his supportive “Restoring Trust in San Diego – A Committee to Support Nathan Fletcher for Mayor 2013… with major funding by Dr. Irwin Jacobs and Joan Jacobs” over a TV ad that was rumored to have been produced by the candidate and reproduced to include the “Restoring Trust” disclaimer. Stay tuned viewers…
On a related “Restoring Trust” committee disclaimer front, let’s turn to its controversial mailers.
Politico on the San Diego Mayor’s race…
“…the polls from the various campaigns and IE committees are all basically showing the same thing, San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is in the lead around the low 30′s, and San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez is running neck and neck with former California State Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher. Depending on the time of the polls, Alvarez has passed Fletcher, but the margin of error still keeps them in a dead heat. This information includes Fletcher’s own internal poll, which he has not yet released. The only poll that was different is the Survey USA poll.”
Could it be a slow news weekend?
There was this…
Could someone please go cover some news or walk a precinct or something?
Yesterday, Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher received an endorsement from the environmental group known as the League of Conservation Voters. They’re the folks who put out an annual scorecard on important City environmental issues including a resolution supporting the Brown Act, the fireworks litigation, managed competition for stormwater employees, and the Convention Center expansion (here’s the 2012 report from LCV).
With local Democrats endorsing David Alvarez for San Diego mayor last night, the jokes immediately flew, conjecturing how long before Nathan Fletcher would dump his latest party.
“Countdown until Nathan Fletcher joins the Whig Party starting…now,” consultant Jason Roe quipped on Facebook.
The “famous” lollipop photo was even resurrected by Barrett Tetlow. The image was first inspired when D.A. Bonnie Dumanis took a shot at Fletcher last year for abandoning the GOP after he failed to get the party’s endorsement in the 2012 mayor’s race. Dumanis, also not endorsed, said at the time, “I didn’t get the endorsement and I didn’t throw my lollipop in the sand.”
Citing defamation and emotional distress, Orange County area Assemblywoman Diane Harkey recently filed a lawsuit against State Senator Mark Wyland for comments she claims he made during a July speech to a Tea Party group.
Harkey and her husband Dan have been embroiled in legal troubles involving Point Center Financial, facing allegations of defrauding investors and use of a Ponzi-type scheme. A judge separated Diane Harkey from the ongoing case in June, so she is no longer a defendant, but in July there was a verdict and related penalties against Dan Harkey totaling several million dollars.
The following missive from one of the “lesser known” candidates for mayor, addressed to one of the higher profile contestants via Facebook, may shed some light on why it’s best to have a good communications pro on your campaign team.
Names and a couple of other specifics have been removed (no need to embarrass him), but after reading this, I’m still trying to figure out:
- How many different messages the mayoral wannabe is mixing, three or four?
- If he’s running on the “My family member has something named after him” platform?
San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez today announced he is running for mayor.
Read the SD City Beat article.
Alvarez on Twitter indicated what could be his campaign theme against fellow Democrat Nathan Fletcher…
I’m in. Filed my intent to run. San Diego needs a mayor who cares about the future of working families & all of our neighborhoods.
The Alvarez announcement makes both the Democratic Party and Labor Council endorsements not so much a done deal for former Assemblyman-former Republican Fletcher. In fact, it’s even more likely Alvarez held off a couple of days on his decision to run while he measured the probability of gaining support from the party and labor, in particular from progressives not so inclined to be trusting of Fletcher’s recent morphing into one of them.
To some, apparently, it’s not okay to speak Spanish if you’re a Republican.
If you’re a sexual harasser, Spanish is fine as long as you’re also a Democrat.
10News last night reported businessman Steve Francis is considering a run for Congress in CA 52, Scott Peters’ seat.
Watch for this to play out in the next few days, with Carl DeMaio running for mayor.
Oh, and Kevin Faulconer running for mayor as well.
The below Twitter reaction started Friday evening when Nathan Fletcher tweeted, just in passing while he’s on vacation, that he made a phone call to Mayor Bob Filner and asked him to resign. Uhh, like a whole two weeks ago on July 12.
Fletcher the politician is typically much more adept at playing the political game than this.
Because, this is simply inept.
In case Scott Lewis or others still have questions, let me try to shed some political light.
The latest at KPBS is that an intern for Mayor Bob Filner says he witnessed the mayor’s inappropriate behavior, while also expressing his concern with a member of the security detail. He claims the police officer responded with, “…this is the hardest part of my job, watching him do this.”
Just like the members of the secret service who faced a dilemma over discussing President Bill Clinton’s flings, we have a similar situation in San Diego.
Yet, the unwritten code of silence in Washington D.C. that may have protected Clinton as well as Congressman Filner for several years, it means nothing now.
“Told you so…”
“He was a complete gentleman when we had dinner together. Other than that I have nothing to say, at least not until I set up my new committee.”
“I’m just a hugger, but I better get these two lovelies in a headlock before they start doing the Filner dance.”
The enchanting eyes have been covered to protect the innocent.
Readers: Please give us your alternate caption(s) as a comment. Keep it clean. Stay classy San Diego.
In case anyone was wondering if San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would be taking a hands-on governing approach in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations (and now lawsuit) against him, the following may be telling.
Herb Morgan, president of the San Diego City Employee Retirement System, received official notice yesterday that Filner vetoed his recent re-appointment to the board, as well as the appointments of two others.
It’s just that the mayor is the one that re-appointment Morgan and the other members.
UPDATE: 5:10 pm: This post has been updated with a comment by the County Assessor.
UPDATE: 6:15 pm: This post has been updated with a comment by the State Attorney General.
San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg has filed a petition with the California Supreme Court challenging the State of California order to all county clerks ordering the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
While announcing the launch of on occasional column, Eyes on the Bully’s Pulpit, several weeks ago, I wrote the following…
“If you are aware of any items or actions concerning Mayor Filner that you feel the public needs to know, you can either share them with me via Rostra or submit them as a post. I will post information if is legitimate and worthwhile. Rostra will always respect anonymity, per our rules, while also considering the credibility of the source and the information provided. I completely understand why those close to any of the stories may have worthwhile information, while needing to remain anonymous.”
Imagine Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s statement on the mayor in a different light…
“I commend (insert name of any Republican) for the courage to admit he has made mistakes and for his commitment to change his behavior. I hope the people of San Diego will support (insert same name) in his effort to make a change and continue to make a positive difference in our city.”
Wouldn’t happen. Ever.
I don’t have to say there’s a word for that.
An anti-Bob Filner website from the 2010 election cycle includes photos of the then Congressman, alleged to be with an airline corporate lobbyist and showing the two “pulling away from each other after just having engaged in a romantic kiss.”
The website, www.votethebumout.com, includes other photos it claims to be of Filner “showing public displays of affection to another woman who is a relative of a former Speaker of the California State Assembly.”
No one at Rostra has substantiated any of the information claimed on the site.
The website further details and questions alleged conflicts arising from Filner’s personal relationship with one of the women:
Mayor Bob Filner’s just over three-minute speech at the Villepinte Gathering, June 22, 2013, where he addressed Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), which is no longer on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations:
National Journal in September of 2012, prior to this recent trip, noted…
Rep. Bob Filner has flown to France twice to address pro-MEK events, and has pushed for House resolutions to delist MEK. His France trips were covered by the head of an Iranian American group, who paid more than $14,000 to cover the expenses.
If you haven’y yet read the partial transcript of Bob Filner tossing Andrew Jones out of a closed session San Diego City Council meeting last week, here ’tis…
Thanks to KFMB, CBS Channel 8. Here is the TV station’s related story from Friday.
See press release below. An early start from the County Party. No surprises at this point, as most of those endorsed during last night’s meeting are incumbents.
Taxpayer advocate Chris Cate, running for the open Sixth District city council seat in the City of San Diego, received the party’s early support, a clear statement from the GOP that its members appreciate his high-profile leadership in recent years on a number of issues. Cate is the vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Other possible candidates, including former San Diego Unified School District Trustee (and former Republican) Mitz Lee, have announced for or are eying the race. The party’s endorsement of Cate sends a significant message at this stage, one year before the primary election.