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In just under a year, there have been at least four members of the California State Senate arrested for drunk driving, arms smuggling, money laundering, taking bribes, and voter fraud. There have also been highly publicized ethics violations involving cozy relationships among lobbyists and legislators.
As if these scandals weren’t enough, we have another potential conflict brewing in the capitol that has the strong smell of corruption or at least an unseemly quid pro quo between lobbyists for Safeway and other parties interested in Senate Bill 270 – high stakes legislation that would ban plastic bags and impose a minimum 10-cent tax on paper bags.
From the DC Gazette:
(Sen Joel) Anderson declined an official invitation to a luncheon honoring Mexican President Pena Nieto. The reason is simple; prisoner Andrew Tahmooressi. Anderson said in a statement, “I do not have an appetite for foreign officials who deny U.S. citizens their basic human rights. I am concerned that our military would feel betrayed if it appeared we condoned the harsh and unfair treatment of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.”
Former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, also a Republican, recently declined the same invitation.
Excerpts from the Ari Bloomekatz story in Voice of San Diego on Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood:
(Political consultant Chris) Crotty said he and other advisers had to frequently admonish Wood for his behavior on the trail, especially about commenting on women’s clothing and appearances.
“We repeatedly reminded him that it was in fact the 21st century,” Crotty said, “and things were different now.”
Wood and Crotty parted ways mostly over money (there was none at the campaign’s outset), but Wood also pointed to Crotty’s use of a wheelchair as part of the reason he wanted a new manager.
They just don’t get it in the Sweetwater Union High School District — or at least some of them. Maybe they never will.
A few years ago, as news about the district’s culture of corruption was first coming to light, one of the stories — broken on SD Rostra — was about the use of public funds to promote then-Board President Arlie Ricasa during her re-election campaign. She has since resigned.
Sweetwater may have learned from that episode not to use taxpayer funds to promote its own. Now, the district has apparently decided it’s better to promote selected candidates running for other offices.
The San Diego City Council on Tuesday appointed Ed Harris to serve out the remainder of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s vacated council term in District 2.
Doug Porter at San Diego Free Press wrote a good article outlining some of possible logic behind the selection.
The Council was faced with 20 potential candidates to fill the seat for the remaining eight months of the term, before a newly elected council member is seated in the first week of December. (As a reminder, Lorie Zapf is running for re-election to the Council; as a result of redistricting she is now in District 2.)
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.