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Recall effort against Poway Unified’s Patapow authorized to proceed

Saturday, November 21, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

After a couple of mis-starts by proponents of a recall of Poway Schools Board Member Andy Patapow, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters has approved the petition, thus authorizing the collection of signatures.

The two prior false starts by recall organizers were covered on these pages, resulting in possibly the highest number of comments ever generated on a single Rostra article.

Per the Registrar’s letter posted below, proponents have 160 days to collect 10,767 signatures to qualify a recall of Patapow for the ballot.



Are you being served?

For that matter, are you being served by the members of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board?

Because one of them got served tonight.

In the midst of a cantankerous public hearing in East County, at which the College Board ultimately held off — for now — on imposing a union-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on $398 million in publicly-funded improvements, Trustee Edwin Hiel was served with a notice of recall.


Santee Mayor Randy Voepel is calling on Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District trustees to live up to their prior commitment to fair and open competition on several million dollars of publicly-funded construction projects, in what is shaping up to be a Tuesday night Donnybrook for the usually quiet East County school board.

Many area residents have only learned in the last few days of the plan by Grossmont-Cuyamaca to approve a union-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for facility improvements funded by a $398 million bond measure approved by voters in 2012.


Strike TWO on Poway Schools recall — notice invalidated again

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

The recall notice of Poway Unified School District Trustee Andy Patapow was invalidated today for the second time since Friday, again because some signers were not registered at the addresses listed.

The recall proponents, should they continue their efforts, would once again have to restart the process and serve notice to Patapow — for a third time.

If the difficulty in collecting ten or so valid signatures is any indication, how does this bode for collecting thousands?

It’s a fair question.



An opportunity to meet Mike Huckabee this weekend, while supporting Mike Harrison’s State Assembly bid.

RSVP as noted on the flyer.

Huckabee Harrisonclick for a larger view


See some updated information at the end of this post.


A recent poll in the brewing battle between Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and State Senator Marty Block for the latter’s current 39th District seat shows Atkins leading among likely voters:

Head-to-head matchup (initial question):
Atkins: 39%
Block: 20%
Undecided: 23%
Neither: 19%

After brief biographies provided:
Atkins: 48%
Block: 28%
Undecided: 10%
Neither: 14%

The conclusion reached by EMC research in a September 10-14 survey of 400 voters:


The Sign of the Beast?

Monday, August 24, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

Trump Ouchclick to make it even scarier


It’s not only City of San Diego, County of San Diego, State Senate and other area email domains included in the data breach of online “arrange an affair” website Ashley Madison. Here are the number of accounts attributed to email domains for a couple of other government entities.  – 44

Who in the White House would actually register a membership using a work email? That’s hard to say, considering any email could  potentially be registered on the site, by anyone, their email address or not.

Others of interest… – 95


SDUT: District pursuing union deal, despite prior promise to taxpayers

Monday, August 10, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is negotiating an agreement to hire union workers for the district’s construction projects funded by Proposition E and Mello-Roos revenue. Putting the pact in place, however, breaks a promise administrators made in 2012 to gain support for the bond measure.

Read it here.


The Trump Fraud

Saturday, July 11, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

THIS on “Trump conservatives,” from Jonah Goldberg in National Review:

I truly, honestly, and with all my heart and mind think Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are making a yuuuuuuge mistake. I think they are being conned and played. I feel like a guy whose brother is being taken advantage of by a grifter. I’m watching helplessly as the con artist congratulates him for taking out a third mortgage.

Read it all.


The Supreme Court is like a box of chocolates…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

Noted in a few articles and shared on social media at a high rate the last few days…

The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage constitutionally means that concealed carry gun permits allowed in one state must then make such permits legally obtainable in all other states.

Those arguing this are thinking logically.

Shame on them.


A Confederate blast from the past

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin


Why would anyone in CA want to buy a grocery store? Ask Lorena.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

from CalWatchdog…

Assembly passes grocery employment mandate

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s AB359 places a number of mandates on the purchaser of a grocery store that is larger than 15,000 square feet:

  • The new owner must employ the store’s workers for at least 90 days after the purchase.
  • If the new owner does not require as many employees, the workers must be retained based on seniority.
  • None of the retained employees can be fired “without cause.”
  • The new owner must provide a written performance evaluation for each worker and “shall consider” offering workers continued employment after 90 days.

Yes, of course, innocent until determined otherwise. No question.


Yet, aside from the legal process, there’s also the point at which a scandal reaches the tipping point of no going back. 

There’s also the point when a public official becomes such a distraction that his or her constituents can no longer be represented fairly.

The point when the government agency itself becomes embarrassed.

That’s the time for the other elected officials to have some resolve.

That time may be quickly approaching.



Kicking butt with Duncan Hunter

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

From Congressman Hunter’s office…

“Look for Politico’s story on the Hunter Doctrine in tomorrow’s print edition.”

The Hunter Doctrine: ‘You kick a–, and you leave’


Step aside, James Monroe. Duncan Hunter is developing his own “Hunter Doctrine.”

“You go in, you kick a–, and you leave,” the Republican congressman from California explained.

The 38-year-old former Marine who in 2008 won the congressional seat being vacated by his namesake father says his experiences fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan led him to conclude it makes no sense for the U.S. military to get bogged down for years trying to rebuild nations. In fact, he says, that might be exactly what our enemies want us to do.

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LA Weekly: The Chargers-Raiders Scam

Friday, February 20, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

from LA Weekly…

“If you believe that the NFL’s Chargers and Raiders are coming to town in order to share a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, you might also be interested in our all-you-can-eat diet.

“In other words, it’s a scam. The NFL has long kept the L.A. market vacant as a way for teams to extract costly stadiums from taxpayers in their home towns.

Read it here.


Playoffs? Playoffs?! You kidding me?! I just hope we can even talk!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

In case you’ve somehow missed all the fun:

Mark Fabiani letter to Mayor Kevin Faulconer…

(click for larger images)

Faulconer letter to Dean Spanos…

(click for larger images)

U-T San Diego Editorial…

It’s your time to speak for the Chargers, Mr. Spanos


Boxer’s announcement sets up grandson for a job

Thursday, January 8, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

Politics aside, views of Sen. Barbara Boxer aside, there’s a PR firm out there that should be lashed for this video.


Thanks from Senator Joel Anderson — Holiday Legislative Open House

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

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Friday UPDATE… Chula Vista: McCann now leads by 46 votes

Friday, November 14, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

Friday 11/14/14 4:25 p.m. Update…

JOHN McCANN  18,370  50.06%

STEVE PADILLA  18,324  49.94%

Only 29 votes were added to the count in Chula Vista today. John McCann earned 13 of them, Steve Padilla got 16.

McCann still leads by 46 votes.

The reports from Derrick Roach and others observing the process are that the bulk of the additional ballots were those cast by touch screen voting machines, with no other ballots left to count in Chula Vista.  There are, however, about 7,500 ballots left throughout the county.


Fox5: Ed Harris to run “against” someone name “Aktins”

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

This is what happens when the headline writer can’t read and can’t spell.

Read the actual story, not the headline, to see that Councilman Harris is not about to commit suicide against the Speaker.

Oh, Rostra linked to the OB Rag story this morning.


Pins and Nothing

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

Scott Peters just pulled Donna Frye out for a press conference.

Supposed blockbuster news.

Nothing, other than she is saying she “thinks” there are other victims.

In other words, nothing, but the press will have a field day with it.


Carol Kim Didn’t Vote

Saturday, October 25, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin


78th Assembly District: You need to win a battle or two to win a war

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

We turn to you, the readers. What are your thoughts on the AD 78 race discussed below?

The question is posed following a very insightful conversation today on our public Facebook page between a Rostra administrator and Elisa Brent, the campaign manager for Barbara Decker, Republican candidate for 78th Assembly District against Assemblywoman Toni Atkins.

Brent posted that Atkins is “THE MOST POWERFUL DEMOCRAT IN CALIFORNIA,” further noting, “Toni has raised over $2 million for a campaign she is not spending money on,” and “We are not going to roll over and let the local conservative media pretend like Barbara does not exist. THEY ARE SUPPORTING A DIRTY DEMOCRAT!”


Chula Vista: McCann lawsuit details

Monday, October 20, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

The U-T San Diego reported late last week that Chula Vista City Council candidate John McCann filed a defamation lawsuit against the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO for a campaign mailer falsely stating he was sentenced for a felony.

Earlier this year McCann was the lone remaining member of a Sweetwater Union High School District board of directors, after the others were all ousted due to criminal convictions or other legal problems. If his labor opponents tried to suggest he was part of the ousted rabble, McCann rightfully has a serious gripe, or much worse than a gripe.

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