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Lots of funny captions provided by readers for this U-T cartoon. But my wife made an interesting observation: Reverse the roles — make it two MEN with the big gun — and an empty pair of smoking WOMEN’s shoes.

I suspect that would NOT be deemed funny, or even offered up for caption-adding to the public. If it were published, letters would pour into the paper from people “deeply offended.”

Such is the double standard of today’s (selectively) sensitive society.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/may/22/weekly-breen-cartoon-caption-contest/#comments-module

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Earlier this week I addressed the troubling revelation that the Convention Center defaulted on a $13 million deal that would allow for the expansion space we need to keep events like Comic-Con.

This is a BIG deal.

I covered this on my radio show on Monday, and then started getting numerous calls that the situation is even worse. So I penned the commentary below that is running in the Voice of San Diego.

Read the commentary and listen to the interview – and if you are also concerned, now is the time to raise your voice to city leaders!

When the dramatic drop in oil prices occurred starting in mid 2014, liberals were conflicted.  They hated the fact that low oil and gas prices increased the attractiveness and use of fossil fuels. But they took solace in the fact that at least the irritating Texas economic boom was finally reversed — that a hick state’s economy built on their lucky abundance of natural resources would now be the Lone Star State’s undoing.  The progressives were actually gloating about the resulting economic bust the hated Texans would experience.

Only one problem for liberals. It didn’t happen.  Texas is still chugging along, with hardly a hiccup from the plunge in petroleum prices.

This ain’t our grandparents’ Texas.  No-sir-re-bob.

Daily Video Blog – Last Thought with Carl

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
posted by Carl DeMaio

I’m having a blast with the radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO. We’re launching a new video feature called “Last Thought with Carl.” Here’s our first one – on the crisis in teachers’ pensions and our confrontation with the media rep for CalSTRs. Video Link

Keep sending in your news tips and we may use them on a show soon!Final Thought with Carl – Teachers\' Pensions

I’ve posted on this topic before. But the numbers have been updated, with the vaunted post-recession “housing building boom” in California fizzling out.  It’s a sobering graphic.

http://www.aei.org/publication/monday-afternoon-linkage-4/

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Chart of the Day. More permits for single-family homes have been issued in Houston than in the entire state of California both: a) this year through March (9,184 in Houston vs. 9,081 in California) and b) from 2011 through March 2015 (133,462 vs. 132,915).

Related: The one-way rental rate for a 26-foot U-Haul truck from Los Angeles, CA to Houston, TX in mid-May is $2,371, which is about 3 times the $806 rental rate going in the opposite direction from Houston to LA.

Recently I spoke to Pacific Beach Realtors about the benefits of Prop 13.  Well received, of course. I’m seeking more such speaking engagements.

But for me the most interesting aspect was a private discussion I had with a knowledgeable lobbyist for the CA apartment industry.  The rep made the solid observation that their clients — real estate trusts — LOVE to invest in California apartments (and other commercial property) because they can count on the state and local governments to do everything they can to keep out future competition. The resulting scarcity drives up rents, and increases the resale value of such properties.

Assemblyman Brian Jones Accepting Nominations for 2015 Veteran of the Year

Thursday, April 23, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SANTEE, CA– Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) is seeking nominations for 2015 Veteran of the Year. He invites you to submit a nomination to honor a veteran who lives within the 71st Assembly District. The award will recognize a veteran who has demonstrated exemplary military service, community engagement and support for veterans at a celebration in Sacramento on June 24th, 2015.

The nominee must be active duty or a retired veteran of one of the five Armed Forces of the United States, including Reserve or National Guard, or the United States Merchant Marines. To nominate a veteran, individuals can fill out a nomination form online, or fill out a hard copy and mail it to the district office, 10152 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA 92071 by no later than Friday, May 22nd by 5 p.m.

A common misconception is that California homes always been much more expensive than U.S. houses.  More expensive, yes — but until relatively recently not nearly as much as people think.

Until, that is, the CA state legislature became solidly Democrat, and the progressive policies started to take hold.  The legislature swung Democrat in the 1960′s.  Both houses have remained solidly Democrat since 1970 (with an odd 2 year State Assembly exception in the 1990′s).

Consider prices for average median value homes:

1960 —  California homes 27.0% higher than national median

2000 —  California homes 76.8% higher than national median

It’s amazing that three CA cities — San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose — are worse cities for renters than uber-expensive Manhattan, which is ranked #4. I’m sure most would conclude that these CA cities are isolated islands of madness in the Golden State.

But perhaps even more amazing is that LA and San Diego are ranked just behind Manhattan at 5th and 6th respectively.  Orange County holds the 9th worst slot.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emeg45efhgm/introduction/

This is the result of our liberal state’s mentality — making building both scarce and expensive in our state.  Progressive professed compassion is trumped by our state’s anti-human progressive POLICIES.

Why I’m supporting Randy Voepel for Assembly

Thursday, April 16, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

I am proud to endorse Santee Mayor Randy Voepel for the 71st Assembly District.

As someone invested in this community, it matters a great deal to me that residents in East San Diego and Southern Riverside Counties have a conservative voice representing them in the Assembly.

Randy’s 15 years as Mayor has allowed him to build a record that reveals a simple truth: conservative policies work! As Mayor, he accomplished the following:

Here’s my just-updated, dreary fact sheet — comparing CA with the other states.  It’s an annotated compendium of 35 economic criteria collected to accurate depict where the Golden State stands vs. its domestic competitors. It’s not getting better.

A wonky Word file version (suitable for one page, two-sided printing) is available upon request.

www.TinyURL.com/CA-vs-other-states

As promised, my new talk show will feature investigative reports to expose the problems with runaway government. First up: Outrageous salaries for government workers – starting with our very own City Hall.

Release is below, but listen to the podcast online at www.KOGO.com or click here:

San Diego, CA – The City of San Diego taxpayers are on the hook to pay some outrageous salaries to city employees, according to an investigative report being released today during the DeMaio-Sullivan Report on News Radio 600 KOGO. The most surprising revelation: an entry-level firefighter took home an astonishing $266,714 in 2014! What else? A standard-classification police officer and lifeguard raked in over $164,000 each.

Yes, that’s correct. A daily talk show focused on San Diego issues – combining investigative journalism with an insider view on politics.

This should be fun!

Tune in Thursday, 1pm! (And send me some hot tips!!)

Read the full story

DeMaio on KUSI – Pension Reform and Chargers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
posted by Carl DeMaio

I appeared on KUSI yesterday to talk about my partnership with former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D) on a possible state-wide pension reform initiative.

Here’s that clip: http://www.kusi.com/clip/11241800/pension-reform

On the way out, Steve Bosh asked me about how to protect taxpayers in any possible stadium deal with the Chargers.

Here’s that clip: http://ow.ly/KuOfv

For decades the population of California was growing faster than Texas. It roared passed the population of Texas in 1934 and never looked back.

But by 1992 that trend had changed.  Here’s the comparative figures in millions:

STATE              1992              2014          Difference

California           30.97             38.80        7.83 million growth

Texas                   17.76             26.96        9.20 million growth

Progressives dismiss Texas as a land of minimum wage workers — that their job growth is at the expense of a “living wage.”  Of course, they ignore the dramatically lower cost of living in Texas, where a comparable home costs less than half what it does in California.

But let’s put the COL differential aside, and consider the difference between working in “Deliverance” Dallas and vibrant Los Angeles.  What’s the average wage in each city?

Turns out, the average weekly wage in Dallas is HIGHER than Los Angeles, BEFORE the COL is factored in.

All Private Sector Workers:

Here’s a recent survey of states, ranking them as to how bad it has been for the middle class though this recession. Sadly, California is ranked worst.

And not by a small amount. We are 17% worse than the 2nd worst state (Vermont).
http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/01/22/states-where-the-middle-class-is-dying/5/

Every year since 1992, California has had a net annual OUTFLOW of “domestic migration” (migration between states). EVERY year.

Cumulatively since 1992 we’ve lost an astonishing net 3.8 million people to other states. I say again — NET!

That’s hard for us geezers to grasp, as we almost ALL came TO California from other states. The reversal of migration flow has been stunning.

Actors Equity wants to mandate minimum wages for stage actors — which will close most small theatres and nonprofit stage offerings in the Los Angeles area.  Such shoestring operations currently pay their actors $7 to $15 per performance, and zippo for rehearsals.

Most actors are leftists. I say they should have a $15 minimum wage for all their time spent at the theatre (no volunteering).  Or $30!!  Teach them economics with a 2″ x 4″.

I see a real upside in ending their useless acting “careers” and returning them to a more productive sector of the economy.  Many ARE bright and can perform useful work (they make great waiters, of course).

Mayor Kevin Faulconer statement on meeting with Dean Spanos

Sunday, February 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

“Like thousands of San Diegans, I want the Chargers to stay in our city for generations to come. Today I met with Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos to discuss how we can both work together in good faith to keep the team in San Diego.

“If San Diego is going to be successful in finding a stadium solution for the Chargers, Aztecs, the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowl games, and the many other events that we host in San Diego, the team should work with us toward that solution.

Stunning discovery:  When government stops paying people not to work, many then find jobs.  Who knew?

Turns out that a definitive study shows that a MAJOR factor in the nation’s 2014 jobs recovery is the dramatic cutback in unemployment benefits.  Here’s a short, readable article summarizing this insight, with links to the more detailed WALL ST JOURNAL article and the study itself.

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/16/job-growth-in-2014/ 
Common Sense with Paul Jacob

Job Growth in 2014

President Barack Obama takes full credit for the job growth in 2014. Democrats on the Internet relentlessly push these growth rates with typically goofy superlatives like “highest ever” or “highest growth rate in decades.”

It’s an educational (and scary) exercise to consider what our property taxes would be if Prop 13 had NOT passed in 1978 — and no subsequent reforms in property taxes occurred (a fair assumption, given Democrat dominance of the state legislature since 1970).

Most people have forgotten the following aspect: “In 1977, the average property tax rate in California was 2.67 percent. Proposition 13 fixed the rate at 1 percent of the purchase price [plus a 2% annual increase, or the COL, if less]. On top of the 1% is whatever additional rate is approved to cover voter-approved indebtedness, such as bonds. Although the additional rate varies around the state, it generally runs at about one-tenth of 1 percent, setting the overall Proposition 13 rate at 1.1 percent.”

Here’s how deceiving our unemployment figures can be:
1. The California unemployment rate in December dropped a dramatic .2% in one month — from 7.2% to 7.0%. That is an IMPRESSIVE improvement. Except . . .
2.Number of net jobs added in California that month — a state with over 38,800,000 people: 700. No, I didn’t leave out a zero or two — SEVEN HUNDRED.
Yes, a statistically insignificant 700 net jobs added, yet our state unemployment rate dropped a full two-tenths of a percent. How can this be?

You know the answer by now: Our lower unemployment rate for December is almost 100% due to people no longer looking for work, leaving the state, or retiring (a.k.a. the lower “labor force participation rate”) — even after counting the young adults entering the CA work force marketplace.

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Here’s a nasty tax that Californians pay every year.  It’s a tax that you are probably completely unaware of — a tax that is charged in only 6 other states.
When you pay for your California homeowners policy, life insurance, car insurance, health insurance, business insurance, annuity — ANY insurance product except “tax qualified” plans (annuity retirement plans, primarily) — hidden inside your insurance bill is a 2.35% CA premium tax — essentially a sales tax.  It’s not broken out as a tax in your bill, nor discussed by your insurance companies when you buy their products.It’s a tax in lieu of the insurance companies paying a corporate income tax on NET profits — the way the vast majority of states choose to tax insurance corporations (if they have a state corporate income tax at all, of course).

I don’t know for sure exactly how we compare with other states overall on this tax, but I DID find the figures on how we rank with our 2.35% annuity premium tax — we are 2nd highest in the nation (Nevada beats us).  I suspect our state’s ranking is similar if not identical for the other forms of insurance, but can’t find a source verifying that such is the case.

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Here’s a front page SAN DIEGO U-T “feel good” story about El Cajon police giving out $20 bills rather than citations for Christmas.  WONDERFUL publicity for the cops. Allow me to play the Grinch in this activity.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/27/tp-cops-give-cash-instead-of-citations/

Here’s the shorter AP story that went out on the national wire.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/27/police-in-san-diego-suburb-give-cash-at-traffic/

Was this some altruistic outburst by cops on the beat? Nope. It was a calculated (and amazingly chintzy, when you look into it) ploy by their labor union.  It garnered the desired effect — terrific publicity by our gullible press. Unmentioned was the fact that we taxpayers paid for most of the total cost of the publicity stunt — as the cops were on the clock while giving out the money.

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