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Ed Harris — He showed up at community meetings

Friday, May 27, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

As part of her endorsement of Ed Harris for Mayor yesterday, former Councilwoman Donna Frye said, “During his time as a city councilmember, he stood up for the public and showed up at community meetings.”

Because no member of the City Council has ever showed up at any community meetings before.


Maybe you’re stupid too.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Regarding Donald Trump repeating a tabloid journalism article, well, it can’t be said any better than Martin Roules said it on Facebook:

Ted Cruz’ father in the Kennedy assassination? The Miami Herald notes, with almost comical understatement, “The explosive suggestion that Cruz’s father would have had any affiliation with Oswald is not corroborated in any other way.”

Where are the Republican elected officials willing to say, “This is stupid”? This is a stupid argument from a stupid man, too stupid to support, too stupid to serve as commander-in-chief and the leader of the free world. And if you believe that Ted Cruz’s father was tied to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in the absence of any corroborating evidence, you’re stupid, too.


Leo Hamel eyeing State Assembly seat

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Updated 3/9/16 with a quote from Leo Hamel

Yesterday Michael Harrison announced he was ending his bid for the 71st Assembly District seat, potentially leaving Santee Mayor Randy Voepel as the clear front runner in the contest to succeed a term-limited Brian Jones.

But, today jeweler Leo Hamel — also a Republican — pulled nomination papers at the Registrar of Voters, with just days to spare before this Friday’s filing deadline.

Hamel, a well-known face on local TV with his Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry ads, often including his family, has long been considered a potential East County candidate.


Dennis Miller on Mitt Romney

Thursday, March 3, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin


“I believe the only thing Romney can do to hurt Trump is to endorse him. Sorry, Mitt. Didn’t want to, had to. Let the people speak.”


MCO — Tax hike or not?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Below is how the local votes went yesterday on the concurrent passage (California Assembly and Senate) of changes to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), which some argue is a tax hike, others claim is tax neutral.

Tax hike or not, the bill required 2/3 of the votes for passage in both houses — which is required to increase taxes in the legislature.

Steven Greenhut provided a primer on the semantics behind the bill the other day, worth a read.

If legislation is so complex that the average person or even the average legislator can’t explain if it’s a tax increase or not… well, forget it.


Kogan: GOP Will Win San Diego Council Majority, because of Redistricting

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Anyone remember when the Dems were accused of stacking, or at least staffing, the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission? Republicans had their eyes off the ball, some said, passively letting it take place.

Does the name Midori Wong ring a bell?

Here’s some Rostra articles as a refresher.

Five years — or half a redistricting — later, and Professor Vladimir Kogan is writing in Voice that Republicans will win a City Council majority this year… wait for it… because of the 2011 maps the Commission drew.

It’s a fascinating read.


AD 76: Rocky Chavez turnabout results in departure of Jerry Kern

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

from Thomas K. Arnold in the Seaside Courier, following Rocky jumping back into the race for his own Assembly seat…

“I doubt the party will endorse against a sitting incumbent, even though he assured me 20 times he was all in with the U.S. Senate race … I’m just disappointed that Rocky misled me, that he told he was all the way in and then he bailed out.” –Jerry Kern

At least one of the two Republican contenders for the 76th District state Assembly seat has dropped out, now that incumbent Rocky Chavez, also a Republican, has abandoned his U.S. Senate run and announced he will, instead, run for a third term.


Rocky Chavez really pisses off Jerry Kern and Phil Graham

Monday, February 8, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

Updated 2/9/16, with a comment from Jerry Kern…

Rocky Chávez, the sitting 76th District Assemblyman, tonight threw in the towel on a U.S. Senate bid that for months everyone seemingly besides him thought was a really stupid idea, instead announcing he would seek reelection to his own seat, several months after two credible GOP candidates started campaigning to succeed him.

Although insiders for weeks have been assured by the campaigns of Republican candidates Jerry Kern and Phil Graham that Chávez had committed to not doing exactly what he ended up doing tonight, one consultant reacted with, “It’s Rocky being Rocky. They should have known.”


Escondido USD: Where there’s smoke…

Sunday, January 31, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

…there’s fire, and nothing’s coming out of the chimney at this guy’s apartment.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

DA probes Escondido trustee’s residency

The District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether Escondido Union School District trustee Jose Fragozo actually resides in a small apartment he has claimed as his residence since getting elected to the board in 2012.

Read it all here.


Dean Spanos ranked as one of worst owners in the NFL

Saturday, January 23, 2016
posted by Greg Larkin

“In case you’re new to the game, I’m not exactly a big fan of Dean Spanos. He’s a lying, manipulative billionaire who wants a cash-strapped city to fully fund a new stadium for a franchise he has mismanaged to a depressing degree. Aside from completely abandoning a fanbase that supported his team for 55 years, Spanos is the same guy who has been behind the firing of Marty Schottenheimer following a 14-2 season, the hiring of one of the worst head coaches in NFL history in Norv Turner, and continuing to pay the incompetent head coach/general manager combo of Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco.”


The continuing gun debate in CA-52; Atkinson responds

Monday, December 28, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

On December 19, an article in The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Peters, opponents grapple over gun restrictions,” outlined the disparate views on Second Amendment issues between Congressman Scott Peters and his opponents in the 52nd District.

Two days later, December 21, the SDUT followed up with an editorial, taking Republican congressional candidate Denise Gitsham to task for not responding on the issue.

But, had Gitsham really been quiet about her views? The next day she responded on her Facebook page and here on Rostra that she had indeed sent the paper a statement, which never made it to print. While not acknowledging whether the SDUT had received her comment in time for their stories, incoming Editorial & Opinion Editor Matthew Hall thanked Gitsham for the statement and noted it was added to the editorial’s comments section.


Why the Republican establishment is being rejected…

If there was any question about the relevance of the Republican Party, this week’s budget deal removes all doubt. The Republican Party might as well close up shop and merge with the Democrats. Not as a merger of equals, but more of a capitulation, a surrender, a sellout. There is no need for two parties in Washington DC as only one party is relevant in terms of advancing an agenda. The irony is that the agenda driving party is in the minority and despite losing badly in two midterm elections, the Democrats are still running Congress.


San Diego’s most conservative and liberal politicians?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

From The San Diego Union-Tribune, about the CrowdPAC algorithm — based on voting records, speeches and campaign contributions — to determine the relative conservatism or liberalism of various politicos…

Who is San Diego’s most conservative politician?

Jerry Kern? OK, we’ll let you weigh in on that, as well as the others.

Who is San Diego’s most liberal politician?

Mara Elliott? The “voting record” part of the algorithm kind of falls apart there, as it does with several other non-office holders on both lists.

Discuss. Please.


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.


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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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


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