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Rostra has received confirmation from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters that the “fledgling” recall petition against Poway Unified School Board Member Andy Patapow (as reported below on Wednesday) isn’t even fledgling — it’s DOA.


Apparently, some of the petitioners that signed the “Notice of Intention” to circulate recall papers aren’t voters at the address listed in the document.

A further search of voting records suggests Chris and Kimberley Garnier — two of the main proponents of the recall — may not be registered at all or are inactive in the official voter file. (Previously registered voters may be placed in an inactive file if the Registrar tries to mail them something, with no response — this typically happens after a history of not voting.)


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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Disapproval of President described as “intense”

The best weapon Carl DeMaio has in his campaign arsenal may very well prove to be Barack Obama.

Survey results show President Obama’s approval ratings extremely low in the 52nd Congressional District, where Republican DeMaio is challenging incumbent Democrat Scott Peters in a nationally watched race.

The poll, to be released today by the Republican Party of San Diego County, indicates widespread disapproval of Obama’s performance, not only with Republicans but also among key non-partisan and minor party voters.


Poll indicates “enthusiasm gap” is favoring DeMaio over Peters

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

A survey released today by the Republican Party of San Diego County notes that likely voters in the nationally-watched race between Congressman Scott Peters and GOP challenger Carl DeMaio are more enthusiastic about supporting Republican candidates than they are Democrats.

The 16 percent margin between GOP and Dem favored candidates, often called the “enthusiasm gap,” is significant in a competitive race such as underway in San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District, due to the strong likelihood that voter turnout may very well decide the contest. If voters from one party are more inclined to vote, that party’s candidate has an important advantage in such elections.


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.


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