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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I was reminded this morning of an unsettling (to put it mildly!) unemployment figure that crossed my desk early last month from a reputable source. This report slipped between the digital cracks in my computer, but now I’m getting it out there.
Here’s a salient excerpt summarizing this news, from a Forbes article:
“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,” said Keith Hall , a senior researcher at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center and one-time Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the most recent Bush Administration. “That is really remarkable.”
The UT ran an article about Nathan Fletcher’s bipartisan support. In the article, they cite only one Republican supporter, Duane Roth. Yes, the recently deceased Duane Roth.
The Great San Diego Fast Food Strike is now done. Check the results of this much-ballyhooed event, as breathlessly reported by the U-T.
In a city of 1.3+ million people, there was ONE well-orchestrated “picketing” protest. But few fast food workers were present in the truly pathetic 100 person San Diego turnout. Indeed, a “pull back” shot would have revealed that there was almost as many media folks there as there were protesters.
Four years ago California software entrepreneur Don Fournes moved his small San Francisco business to Texas. He saw his revenues explode 460% since then and now employs 70 people in Texas.
Doubtless Jerry Brown will blame it all on Prop 13. Or the Koch brothers. Or some vast right wing conspiracy. Not to mention George Bush II.
BY ARLENE WOHLGEMUTH,SAVANNAH COLLINS
The average impact fee in California for single-family residence in 2012 was $31,100 per unit, nearly 90 percent higher than the next most expensive state and 265 percent higher [that's more than TRIPLE] than the norm among jurisdictions that levy such fees, which typically pay for capital improvements, like water and wastewater facilities, required by a new development.
Many states and localities on the eastern side of the Sierras do not have such fees at all.
In San Diego, the story is that everyone called for Mayor Filner to resign — except the labor unions who paid big bucks to put “their man” in office.
But apparently there’s one other group that refused to call for his resignation — a “nonpartisan,” supposedly politically unbiased outfit — the San Diego League of Women Voters!
I’m getting several reports that a heretic LWV member formally called on the League to join the calls for Filner’s resignation, but was told to take her recommendation to “a women’s group.” The LWV would not even vote on it.
Even for former pro-life, pro-gun conservative Republican Nathan Fletcher and his sycophant supporters, the events of the last few weeks are jaw-dropping.
First, in the wake of the tragic passing of Fletcher-booster and biotech leader Duane Roth, Christine Forrester sent an email in the name of the “Draft Nathan Fletcher” “movement” (no doubt organized by Nathan and/or his wife Mindy), using the death to further Nathan’s candidacy for mayor. Even Fletcher supporters found it pretty gross and a disservice to Roth, whether his family okayed it or not. Let’s face it, it’s just gross.
Would you rather…
Implement a voucher-type program, for all schools (public and private) in California?OR
Cut the number of state-licensed occupations in half?
A few rules:
1- you can’t answer “both”
2- you can answer “neither” but offer a credible defense
3- try to keep discussions on topic (why eliminating one is preferable to another)
4- try to remain in a state of curiosity rather than judgement–it’s possible that you might learn something
5- have fun
From the NRCC…
Just this week, the Scott-Peters-endorsed Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, asked taxpayers to foot the bill for his legal fees in the sexual harassment case filed by one of his top aides. The City said no.
While the City is pushing back on Filner, this should remind us of a certain other San Diego politician, Scott Peters, who requested the taxpayers pay his legal fees. And they did.
Let’s revisit –
After Scott Peters voted to increase public employee pension benefits, but not to pay for them, he approved fraudulent bond disclosures that triggered an investigation. The city of San Diego footed the bill for Peters’ expensive lawyers, costing taxpayers $600,000.
I usually hate phone calls during dinner. But this one was worth taking. A polling company from Salt Lake City is calling asking about possible recall of Bob Filner and possible candidates for Mayor.
Asked if I had heard about the sexual misconduct allegations against Filner – and then if I thought they were true.
Asked if I had heard about the allegations of Filner taking money from developers for special treatment of them – and then if I thought they were true.
Tested opinions on:
Many of you have heard about the planned false Filner recall, but let me summarize it here. As I understand it (and I’m not a reliable source on this), if a San Diego city recall effort fails, no recall can be attempted for 6 months. A Filner supporter (perhaps encouraged by city labor union bosses) reputedly is planning to do just that — file for a recall, go through the legal process, and then turn in almost no signatures.