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It’s always puzzled me how these financial figures (see KPBS story below) are arrived at — inferring that we’d SAVE that amount if only people didn’t smoke. If these people had not died from smoking-related illnesses, would they have lived forever? Or perhaps simply one night died in their sleep without prior illness or treatment?

Yes, they likely would have lived longer if they didn’t smoke, but from a COST standpoint, where’s the savings? Indeed, assuming they were covered by pensions and/or social security, would not they have cost society quite a lot more if they lived 5-10 years longer? Perhaps many of these folks would have ended up with Alzheimer’s disease, with the care (and pain) such a disease causes?

U-T San Diego: The best choice for San Diego City Council

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

In case you missed it…

“The most important race on the San Diego ballot Nov. 4 is the campaign for City Council between political newcomers Chris Cate and Carol Kim to represent the communities from Clairemont and Kearny Mesa north through Mira Mesa.”

Read it all in the U-T.

SUMMARY:  Texas Governor Perry unwisely channeled $40 million of state aid to Toyota to move their HQ and 3,000 employees from California to Texas. New York Governor Cuomo just gave a solar company (a company with unproven technology that’s never netted a penny profit) over a billion dollars of taxpayer money.

Guess which governor the press castigated, and which one likely will be — if anything — praised by the MSM for his insightful expenditure of OPM.


SUMMATION:  Based on my updated research, the highest residential cost electrical utility in the nation by FAR is SEMPRA — a.k.a. SDG&E. Second is Pacific Gas&Electric. Third? Southern CA Edison. And all three lead the pack by a LOT.

California’s industrial electricity rates are FAR higher compared to other states — 85.4% higher than the national average as of July, 2014.  That’s a much worst difference than our average residential rates compared to other states. 

Still to come are the effects of California’s unique “cap and trade” tax, which could boost our costs another 30%.  Barring some dramatic change in policy, the disparity between electricity costs in California vs. the otherh states will only grow.

I’ve been harping on the high cost of electricity in California, a concern to us all — especially compared to other states — and ESPECIALLY compared to our hated rival Texas.  But that’s not the ONLY utility comparison that should concern us.

By chance I came across a residential water rate calculator for San Antonio – the most drought-stricken city in a field of 225.  I recently wrote a piece about their remarkable water improvement projects vs. parched Los Angeles, so this all ties together!

The good news is that, from March to June of this year, the California average residential electricity rate has DROPPED some compared to the other states — down to “only” 30.6% higher than the national average (from 33.7% higher in March).

But the California rates have SOARED in the two other major sectors. Commercial rates went from 27.0% higher than the national average in March to 53.8% higher in June. Industrial rates rose from 54.2% higher to 72.5% higher.

Further major “cap and trade” California electricity rate increases are expected in the next 12 months. And — for my regional readers — be advised that SDG&E and SoCal Edison are significantly higher than the CA statewide average.

Two Prominent Democratic Women Leaders Blast Scott Peters as a “Privileged Man”
Former Assemblywoman and Former Vice Chair of local Democratic Party

San Diego – Former state assemblywoman Lori Saldana took to twitter Friday afternoon to blast incumbent Congressman Scott Peters. It is not the first time a prominent democratic woman took Peters to task and Saldana’s criticisms echoed a scathing post by Martha Sullivan, former Vice Chair of the San Diego Democratic Party.

Saldana chided Peters for his role in the fiscal scandal that almost bankrupted San Diego by tweeting out a UT San Diego story on millions legal bills that Peters and other city politicians racked up to defend themselves against charges they committed “securities fraud.”

Here’s a fascinating contrast of how to handle a drought — comparing socialist California (specifically Los Angeles) with severely drought-stricken San Antonio, Texas.

Texas allows, even encourages public-private partnerships (a.k.a. privatization). California now prohibits such water projects.

So San Antonio has taken a much more innovative, effective approach than Los Angeles.  The bottom line is that by 2035 San Antonio will increase its water supply by 1,212 gallons/household/day vs. a paltry 41 gallons per day in Los Angeles.

Here’s the full article:

In fighting drought, San Antonio leaves L.A. in the dust

A stark demonstration of the uneven nature of our “recovery” from the longest recession since the Great Depression. Texas is carrying the nation!

Since 2007, employment in the state of Texas has increased by more than 1.3 million jobs (and by 12%), compared to a net deficit of more than 1.2 million jobs over that same period in the rest of the country.


Surprisingly, Canada is the BEST major country when it comes to total corporate tax burden — by a LOT.   Hence Burger King’s decision to relocate to the Frozen North.  See the short article and tax table below.  And keep in mind that total CALIFORNIA tax costs increase this tax differential substantially for our Golden State businesses.

Obama’s response to Burger King’s move (a move because of our punitively high U.S. tax structure) was predictable — further restrictions on American companies leaving.  It’s the usual thuggish response of a Chicago community organizer against those who do not bend to his will.

I’ve been a registered Republican for less than 10% of my life. For 35 years I was a registered Libertarian and active in the party. While my views never changed, in 2011 I decided to join the GOP as a more effective way to advance fiscal conservatism (not social) – the key issue that will decide the future of the Golden State.

One 2014 candidacy I’ve been watching with particular interest has been Republican Ron Nehring’s bid for Lt. Governor. While there is little chance of him winning in this solidly blue state, he has been doing an excellent job of hammering ruling Democrats on the failed fiscal policies that they have full responsibility for.

Heads up!  This November there will be scores of new local school bonds on the ballot in California, each raising property taxes.  We have seven such bonds in just San Diego County alone.  But this year most of the school bonds will be different – and not in a good way.

Anyone remember how Prop 30 was going to provide the needed funding for education?  Apparently it’s not enough. It’s NEVER enough.

Sadly, I predict that most such California bonds will not even have an opposition argument in the ballot books.  I’m doing what I can to get some arguments submitted in my county – fortunately our county GOP stands firmly with the taxpayers in this matter.

Speaking of Medical MJ…

Saturday, August 16, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has apparently assigned the letter J to the La Mesa Medical Marijuana Initiative, which will appear on the November ballot. Thus, Prop J.

Some La Mesa insiders are hoping the campaign slogan will be “Pass that J.”

Nanny state pays visit to El Cajon

Thursday, July 24, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Guest Commentary
by Eric Andersen

After a public hearing Tuesday, the El Cajon City Council, a supposedly conservative council of five Republicans, voted unanimously to crackdown on free markets again, this time prohibiting new electronic vapor inhalation businesses from entering the market place.

City Councilman Gary Kendrick said,  “This is a victory for the citizens and businesses in El Cajon,” and “This shows the public that we’re willing to protect them.”

Kendrick is right. This is a great victory and Christmas in July for Amir Khan,  the owner of the only hookah lounge in the city.


Survey has DeMaio leading

Sunday, June 15, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From 10News…

SAN DIEGO – In an election for U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 52nd Congressional District, Republican challenger Carl DeMaio has a narrow advantage over 1st-term incumbent Democrat Scott Peters, according to a 10News/U-T San Diego poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

DeMaio 51%, Peters 44%. That’s the headline at this hour, 6 months till votes are counted, pointing to a possible Republican takeaway of this congressional seat.

Read it at 10News.

BREAKING: CA52 “Leans Republican”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
posted by Carl DeMaio

Just in from The Nooner — CA-52′s rating changed from “Toss Up” to “Leans Republican”…

Thank you for your support

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
posted by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf

After a long and very personal campaign, I am so happy and humbled to have been elected to the District 2 seat on the City Council.

Thank you for your support, and a special thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped out on the campaign. We knew it would be difficult to win in June with four people on the ballot, and each and every one of you helped make last night’s victory possible.

I will miss serving the people of District 6, but I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities of representing the “Beach and Bay” district when I am sworn in this December.

Let’s Unite and Win Back the 52nd District

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
posted by Carl DeMaio

Last night I called both Kirk Jorgensen and Fred Simon to congratulate them on running their campaigns and offering solutions to our country’s pressing problems.

Now it is time for us to unite. Ronald Reagan said it best: If you and I disagree on 15% of things, you are not my 15% enemy, you are my 85% friend.

Republicans agree that our country must return to a respect of the Constitution. We believe government is taking too much of our hard-earned money and has wasted our money on bureaucracies that don’t deliver results.

As my readers will attest, I’m no fan of California tax policy.  But there is one area where the Golden State is tied for the BEST tax policy — we have ZERO estate and inheritance taxes.  Don’t be too impressed — we are tied with 30 other states that now have no such tax — and that number is growing.  Check out the map at the bottom of my article from the Tax Foundation.

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San Diego – Today, Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, citing the Secretary’s inability to maintain an environment in which our nation’s veterans can have confidence in the health care the VA provides.

DeMaio’s statement follows:

“It’s evident that Secretary Shinseki does not possess the ability to lead the VA in such a way that any member of the military or their family members can have confidence that they will be treated. The idea that even one veteran – let alone 40 – may have died as a result of having to wait inappropriate lengths to receive treatment is abhorrent and should not be tolerated or excused.

San Diego – Carl DeMaio today accepted the endorsements of San Diego’s two leading infrastructure groups – the Associated General Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors. DeMaio marked the occasion by releasing his Infrastructure Plan to rebuild our roads, highways, bridges, and other transportation assets.

“Politicians like Scott Peters have neglected our infrastructure – spending our precious money instead on big government bureaucracies instead of road repairs or needed projects,” said Carl DeMaio.

Any Californian who says “I can’t find a good job (or ANY job)” is thinking small. They need to broaden their job search. There ARE good job openings in the right fields, and/or in the right states. And not just in the oil fracking industry/states. Here’s the latest rankings of unemployment by state:

The best state is North Dakota, a big fracking operation (with ancillary employment needs) with an astoundingly low 2.6% unemployment rate. But most of the rest of the top ten states are NOT fracking states. The 10th state has an unemployment rate of 4.5% — a bit over half of the California unemployment rate (8.1% — fourth highest in the nation).

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Just got a survey call for the 52nd, claiming it was paid for by the Democrat Party. I don’t doubt it, just sayin’ I can’t be sure the recording was truthful.

Questions were simple:

Gonna vote?

Peters, DeMaio, or “totally undecided”?

Then the usual demographic stuff.

Point is, they aren’t even surveying the voters who are going to vote for Kirk Jorgensen or Fred Simon.

They DIDN’T say “if the vote were held tomorrow and the only two choices were Peters and DeMaio . . .” They simply asked which of the TWO candidates the voter will cast their ballot for.

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.

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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.

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