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Last night, the Republican Party of San Diego County endorsed Navy veteran Larry A. Wilske for Congress in the 53rd Congressional District race against incumbent Susan Davis.  A super majority of 2/3 of the voting members was required for endorsement.  The endorsement permits Wilske to go on the Republican voter guide, designed to communicate with registered-Republican voters the county organization’s recommendations.

Wilske was first endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress and then secured the endorsement from the Latino American Political Association of San Diego.  Both non-partisan organizations chose Wilske over Davis for the upcoming election.  Securing the Republican endorsement gives Wilske the opportunity to focus his efforts on independent voters and registered Democrats, a move which is essential for victory in this District.  The District registration is 43% Democrat, 29% Republican, and 29% decline-to-state.

Zane leaving Lincoln Club; Clumpner takes reins

Monday, February 24, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From T.J. Zane…

Dear Lincoln Club Members and Supporters,

Today, I am announcing that after more than seven years with the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, I will be leaving the Club effective July 1 to pursue new business opportunities and to lead two nonprofits I recently helped establish: the San Diego County Prosperity Institute and the San Diego County Prosperity Foundation.

The San Diego County Prosperity Institute will be committed to supporting the San Diego community through the promotion of reforms relating to local government financial accountability and regional economic prosperity. The goal of the San Diego County Prosperity Institute will be to help keep the public informed on public policy matters affecting all areas of San Diego County.

UT: Gore won’t appeal CCW ruling

Saturday, February 22, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

As noted yesterday on SD Rostra, Sheriff Bill Gore has conceded on concealed carry gun permits.

From UT San Diego…

SAN DIEGO — Law-abiding Californians have come another step closer to being able to carry guns in public.

Sheriff Bill Gore said Friday that he will not fight an opinion by a federal appeals court that ruled against the county’s restrictive policy on carrying concealed weapons.

Read it here.

Trolls: If the shoe fits…

Monday, February 17, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From The Blaze…

“Narcissists, psychopaths, sadists or Machiavellian? When it comes to online trolls, you can take your pick: Researchers say habitual electronic provocateurs have several of these serious personality issues.”

Interesting. Read it here…

Bad news for trolls

How can we force Members of Congress to vote to reform their own benefits and closed way of doing business?

Good old fashioned public pressure!

That’s why I’m spending 13 hours this weekend at events throughout San Diego planned in support of my FIX CONGRESS FIRST Initiative.

Join me at one and sign our petition!

Locations listed here: http://carldemaio.com/take-action/events

We also have an online petition to sign and share with your friends, not only living in the 52nd Congressional District but across the nation. Visit that site at www.ReformCongressNow.com

Obama endorses Alvarez for mayor

Saturday, February 8, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From the Alvarez campaign…

“As a native San Diegan, David Alvarez has been a fierce advocate for his city, and on the Council, has led efforts to build a strong middle class, put neighborhoods first and expand opportunities for kids in and out of school.  Today, with the city’s economy and neighborhoods poised to make progress there is no question that David is the right choice to be San Diego’s next mayor and I am excited to support him.” –President Barack Obama

San Diego’s economy is rolling along — as county unemployment percentage improves dramatically!

Well, actually — not.

Here’s the story by the numbers:

  • The San Diego County unemployment percentage PLUMMETED in December.  It dropped from (the revised) 6.9% unemployed in November to December’s 6.4% — a full half percent drop in only one month!!! Yea.
  • Only 600 net new jobs were created.  That’s a pathetic number in an area bigger than the state of Rhode Island — a county of over 3.1 million people.

SUMMATION:  Updated data from reputable (even pro-labor union) sources show that the mortality risk for police and firefighters is lower than most people think.  It’s even significantly lower than I found in previous research just a few years ago — when the police and firefighter mortality figures were both about 16-17 deaths per hundred thousand — vs. the (current) national all-occupation average mortality rate of 3.5 per 100K.

Today the national mortality figure for full-time paid firefighters is about 11.1 per 100K.  Certainly more dangerous than most people’s work, but now roughly on a par with “Athletes, Coaches and Umpires” (see chart below).

A moratorium on everything

Sunday, January 19, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

Read below the letter from a constituent to his council members, then consider the ramifications.

Linkage fees are already in play. Next, let’s also “throttle back on construction permits” to address the water crisis.

In fact, let’s do all we can to ensure owners can’t use their property and businesses can’t expand. That will save water, moreso as businesses locate elsewhere.

What’s more, why not a government moratorium on anyone moving to the state until water resources are no longer a problem?

Ridicul-inanity.
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Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2014

Subject: The Drought Emergency

The hilariously mislabeled “Golden State” USED to be ranked “only” number two.  But no more. The new Kiplinger study is out. 

California is now ranked as the worst state to retire in. Easily the lowest percentage of people over age 65. We “beat” ’em all – NY, NJ, etc.

https://www.fidelity.com/insights/retirement/10-worst-states-to-retire-2014

If you’re feeling upbeat about tomorrow’s Charger game in Denver, let me bring you back to earth.  Regardless of whether or not “we” win or lose, you’ll still be saddled with California’s problems.  Can anyone IMAGINE what CA would be like without the good weather?

Here’s a new link to my latest and greatest “CA vs. the Other States” fact sheet.  This just-updated version is MUCH better formatted and organized than my clunky effort — posted up by the California Public Policy Center.  I’m told that yesterday on the CPPC Facebook post on this got 3,000 reads in two hours.
http://californiapublicpolicycenter.org/unaffordable-california-january-2014-update/

If I had to select a single criteria as the basis for how one should vote, I would rely most on public employee labor union endorsements.

Unions do great work researching the candidates, and making their selections. For them, making the right endorsements is perhaps their highest priority.

Let the unions do all your legwork for elections.  Whoever the unions endorse, you can’t go wrong — voting for the OTHER candidate.

As the pundit H. L. Mencken put it, “elections are sort of an advance auction of stolen property.” Union endorsements tell us who was the highest bidder.

Here’s an unsettling article from Spectrum Location Solutions, discussing California’s unswerving commitment to driving away businesses from the Golden State. In the last couple decades, the CA legislative anti-business campaign focused on manufacturing firms — “dirty businesses” (all manufacturing is dirty, by CA political standards). But today the new targets seem to be the cash generating, clean, high-tech companies.  Brilliant.

CA will continue as a start-up business center, I suspect, but maturing firms are doing their expansions in more business-friendly states.  And the more they do that, the more business management will note the contrast in the bottom line for such facilities.  Google and Apple are two that have shifted new operations to other states.

UPDATE: The American Tort Reform Association ranks California the “worst judicial hellhole” in U.S. for 2nd year in a row – extremely anti-business.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks CA higher – “only” the 4th worst state (unfortunately, sliding from 7th worst in 2008).
http://www.judicialhellholes.org/2013/12/17/california-ranks-1-in-20132014-judicial-hellholes-report/
and
http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/states/california

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With his amazing failure to make the San Diego mayoral runoff, Nathan Fletcher is down.  But not out.  No way! 

Fletcher has demonstrated his fealty to the Democrat Party — enough that they WILL find an office for him in a suitable district.  Think not?  Reread his STUNNING labor union questionnaire — seven pages of detailed questions with Nathan answering just about EVERY question “correctly.”  Such groveling loyalty is highly valued by the labor union bosses.

http://riderrants.blogspot.com/2013/09/sd-mayoral-candidate-nathan-fletcher.html

There’s always a job opening for such a committed labor union sycophant. Fletcher is a fine package to present for races north of I-8 in liberal-leaning districts.  Mark my words — he’ll be back.

This will shock you…Nathan Fletcher is a liar

Thursday, October 31, 2013
posted by Scaramanga

So first, Nate was the only one in his family who went to college. Then it turned out his own mother went to the very same school Nate did. Nate’s response was that she only went for one semester, so if you asked her, she’d say she didn’t go to college.

Except on her Facebook page, she does, in fact, say that she went to college. See screen shot.

Oh, and by the way, turns out Nate’s father and grandfather are college graduates.

This guy cares more about his packaging than the truth.

Government will always thirst for more money to feed its spending addiction.

Months after I led a coalition to defeat the Prop D Sales Tax, city bureaucrats cooked up another way to get our money: THE CAT TAX.

We can fight and win against big government when make our case on over-reaches like the Cat Tax.

There are other bad ideas out there just like the Cat Tax. Proposed every day. And many are already in place!

In Congress, I’ll be a leader to uncover bad ideas like this – and build the public case for reform and accountability.

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Saturday (26 October, 2013) I received not one, not two, but three big, glossy, expensive mailers for the upcoming San Diego mayoral election. All three were touting Nathan Fletcher for the position. [NOTE:  Since I published this piece, one person said they got 4 Fletcher mailers that day, but the record goes to a friend who got FIVE.]

I was going to toss ‘em out (a daily evolution for me with the avalanche of such Fletcher mailers), but then I decided to look a little closer at what these mailers actually said, and what they divulged about the people and organizations backing Fletcher. Very revealing.

Brown Signs SB 7, Chooses Unions over Cities

Monday, October 14, 2013
posted by Bill Wells

Labor Unions used to be able to claim “Unions Built America”.   Now however, many Labor Unions use their political buying power to pervert the system to further their own greed. Governor Brown has signed SB 7 into law. This allows the state of California to withhold funds to Charter Cites who, by right and by charter, refuse to pay prevailing wage. This means a 20% increase in the cost of public projects. It also shows Browns commitment to ignoring the will of the people and to shove costly socialist policies down our throats. El Cajon voted just a year ago to become a Charter City and now the desires of Labor Unions have invalidated that vote.

The Chargers (via the media that usually profit from having professional sports teams in town) are blitzing San Diego, trying to get a new stadium largely at taxpayer expense. Naturally I oppose such a subsidy for millionaires (players) and billionaires (owners).

There are many arguments against such subsidies, and I’ve voiced them over the years.  For instance, we taxpayers foot much of the bill, and the owners and players pocket 100% of the increases gross profits and team resale profit.

I came across the 2002 estimated cost of the [San Diego] “Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project” — the so-called light rail line from Old Town to points north. It was $30 million per mile.

http://www.lightrail.com/projects.htm#San_Diego

Doubtless because of “galloping inflation” (geezers will recall that term — used by President Richard Nixon to describe the 4.7% inflation in the early 70′s that caused him to impose Draconian wage and price controls), naturally this project’s cost today is estimated to be higher. How much higher? Somewhere north of $160 million per mile. Now THAT’s inflation!!

The new San Diego central library is opening downtown with great fanfare.  It’s a monument to learning and knowledge.

Well, that’s SUPPOSED to be what it represents.  But in reality, this expensive new already-obsolete building is a monument to an era that is ending — a structure that in a few years will have little more utility value than a Pharaoh’s pyramid in Egypt.  The only difference is that the library will have high operating costs — the pyramids need no such annual funding.

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I’ve been advocating for 2 man fire/emergency response teams since the tragic 2003 San Diego “Cedar” brush fire, when I first became interested in firefighting operational reforms. It’s simple — two 2-man teams properly stationed apart in one fire station’s “district” = shorter response times than one 4-man team.

Lives are saved.  Of that, there can be no doubt – and no one argues otherwise.

It’s great to see this idea finally gaining traction a decade later. But somehow this common sense reform was blocked – held hostage by the SDFD labor union that demands more 4 man fire stations before it will allow the 2 man response setup to be implemented.  The problem we face today is labor union featherbedding — a time-honored goal for ANY union.

NOTE: This article is an expanded version of a comment I made here earlier.  Short answer to the question above — probably legal, BUT . . . .

Turns out that the Qualcomm job that Nathan Fletcher landed after his run for mayor in 2012 reportedly pays an absurdly high amount — $400,000 a year. That would provide a comfortable monthly cash flow ($33,333.33 gross/month) while Fletcher was waiting to (formally) run again for mayor of San Diego.

Fletcher’s job at Qualcomm? Reputedly he was paid to hobnob for the company, “sit on boards” and to give a couple “Rah-rah Qualcomm” speeches — and arguably to informally run for mayor.

Just for fun, here’s the link to one of my PREVIOUS posts on SDRostra — detailing Bob Filner’s extensive connections with and sympathy for socialists and communists.  The reader comments afterwards were fun, especially from Rolland with CityBeat (who announced that this was a good time for him to put his fingers in his ears so he couldn’t hear me anymore).
http://sdrostra.com/?p=29566

Leftie Bill Winters made the (now) hilarious comment (defending Filner) that Bob was the most boring CA candidate since Gray Davis.  Not sure he’d agree to that description today.

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