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The threat cyber criminals pose to our computer-dependent world cannot be overstated. Our society benefits greatly from Internet technology, whether we use it to pay bills, monitor our health or communicate with friends, family or government agencies.

However, those benefits come with risks which must be addressed. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 1649, which creates a new crime in statute to address increasing incidents of illegal access to communication systems and websites of governments, schools and hospitals.

Well, at least it wasn’t close.  California Governor Jerry Brown has a LOCK on last place in a Cato study that just came out — comparing governors’ performance regarding “Fiscal Policy.”  The second worst governor (John Hickenlooper, D, Colorado) earned an abysmal score — but still scored 37% higher than anchor-clanker Brown.

Thank Goodness Governor Brown is fiscally prudent — verified by gushing accolades from our ever-reliable MSM.  Otherwise Brown might have earned a REALLY low score!

Make a difference … and get paid!

Friday, October 3, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Don’t miss out on your chance to make $100 a day working on some of the most watched campaigns in the nation!

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State Ed candidate Tuck gets new consultants

Thursday, October 2, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Cate questions Kim’s support for reforms

Thursday, October 2, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Carol Kim did not vote for pension reform four years ago

SAN DIEGO (October 2, 2014)—Chris Cate, a candidate for San Diego City Council District 6, is calling on his opponent Carol Kim to confirm whether she supports two voter-approved reforms: Comprehensive Pension Reform and Managed Competition. Both reforms passed overwhelming with more 60% of the vote, and each has proven effective at saving tax dollars.  

Four years ago, when pension reform was on the ballot, Kim didn’t vote

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.

Perverted Permitting Process?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
posted by The Smiling Spotlight

Don’t we love local politics, especially in small town Encinitas where the gloves ALWAYS come off!

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.


Raise the Balloon Walk – UPDATED

Saturday, September 27, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

I walked in today’s Raise the Balloon event down Morena Blvd.  It was a great day for a walk and by my estimate, about 350 people showed up; joining at various points along the walk.  I didn’t learn much new about the problem, except the assertion that there is a lot of obfuscation at city hall as to who has the authority over this proposed change to zoning.  Allegedly, the planning commission has nothing to do with this, according to one of my co-marcher.  The change is a set-up, to automatically kick in when the trolley extension is built and blame it on SB 375 mandates to allow politicians to avoid responsibility for a clearly unpopular move.  More research is needed to judge the accuracy of this assertion.

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. 

Poway’s Mayor race: Vaus or Higginson?

Friday, September 26, 2014
posted by Poway Roger

Poway’s Mayor race — Councilman Steve Vaus or current Mayor Don Higginson?

This year’s election started out bland several months ago with only incumbent Higginson announcing he would run. Things became a bit more interesting when rumors started to circulate that Councilmember Jim Cunningham, a Democrat, would challenge the Republican mayor. That would have been an interesting race, with two moderates from two different parties. But ultimately Cunningham declined to run.

Fighting Green Grifting in Bay Park

Thursday, September 25, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

In an earlier post, I laid bare the hypocrisy and mendacity of the effort to rezone Morena.  Saturday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m., you have the chance to protest the green grifters and their plans for a whoreticulture of high-rises in Bay Park.  There will be a march along Morena by the “folks” whose neighborhood is under siege on the unproven theory that density is destiny, as far as carbon is concerned.

From the Raise the Balloon web site:

Lawsuit against Hueso alleges numerous campaign violations

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

A lawsuit filed today in San Diego Superior Court alleges a number of violations of the Political Reform Act by State Senator Ben Hueso. Local activist Ken Moser, one of those filing the suit, holds no punches in a brief interview with Rostra. “Most people forget that Ben Hueso was a friend of former City Councilman Ralph Inzunza,” said Moser. “When Ralph was indicted, Hueso inherited his seat. Inzunza ended up doing time at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater after being convicted on federal corruption charges.  Hueso in my opinion actually has a worst history of corruption when you look at his sordid history of campaign violations.”

Who’s schooling who in Oceanside? Or is it whom?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Mass mailing and continuing education gurus Fred Pryor Seminars may be trying to save on postage costs, but we’re thinking some of their joint invitees may not be inclined to share a ride together to class…

For those not familiar with the names shown, Oceanside Council Member Gary Felien is the treasurer of the Republican Party of San Diego County. Francine Busby, a former school board member and Congressional candidate, is the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party.

The “Living Wage” Sham

Sunday, September 21, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

The campaign to raise the minimum wage here in San Diego has been fraught with distortions and misleading information.  Thankfully, it looks like we will see the wage hike put to the voters in June 2015 2016.  Why the wait?  I’ll find out.

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!

Observations from #ConstitutionDaySD

Thursday, September 18, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

I spoke today, to a classroom of young people at a private high school in San Diego.  This is my second year as a speaker for the ACLU-sponsored “Constitution Day”.  Last year, I presented to 60 middle school students in Chula Vista so I was looking forward to changing my presentation for a high school class.  Here were some of my observations:

Peters charged San Diego taxpayers nearly $70,000 to drive to work

San Diego – A newly-released public records document from the City of San Diego on September 4 shows Scott Peters, who is personally worth more than $100 million, charged over $69,338.27 to San Diego taxpayers for his personal “car allowance” used to pay for his new BMW.

DeMaio holds records recently released showing multi-millionaire Scott Peters took nearly $70,000 in taxpayer-funded auto allowances


Monday, September 15, 2014
posted by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez

Assembly Bill 13 would help conform California Law to HR 3230
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) announced Assembly Bill 13 passed on concurrence off the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support. AB 13 is currently on the Governor’s desk for signature.

“Last month the women and men of the California state legislature came together to support our veterans,” said Chávez. “As the original author of this bill and as a veteran myself I am thankful for the efforts made in both houses to get this done. Our veterans deserve the right to attend our great colleges and universities.”

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.

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.

Assemblyman Jones Remembers 9/11

Thursday, September 11, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

It is a privilege to remember 9/11 at Arlington National Cemetary. I appreciate the sacrifice of all of America’s heroes and their families that keep our great country secure and safe. God Bless America.

The U-T reports that the Vista City Council granted Dollar General a permit to build a store in its kingdom but decided what it can or can’t sell.  Let’s look at quotes from both sides of the alcohol permitting process.

“Combine those two factors and there is no way that additional (alcohol) sales would add anything to the city of Vista,”

“I am not willing to limit somebody’s ability to sell their retail wares because they weren’t first in line in the neighborhood,”

“Carl DeMaio is the choice of small business.”

San Diego – Flanked by a dozen San Diego small business owners, the largest small business group in the country, National Federation of Independent Business, announced today it has endorsed Carl DeMaio for Congress.

DeMaio said the NFIB’s endorsement reflects his record of fighting “for the little guy” on important business and job creation issues.

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson (pictured below)

Recently the City of El Cajon entered into a deal with the Rock Church to permit the Rock to lease the currently shuttered East County Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. The deal would net the city more than $200,000 in revenue while enabling the city to reopen the theater, closed since 2009 for budgetary reasons, for performances during the week and on Saturdays. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells also expects the deal to stimulate the local economy by bringing commercial activity into the downtown area. “Our downtown can explode with this deal, which will bring about 15,000 thousand people into the downtown area every weekend. Those people will be customers for our stores and restaurants,” Wells said. In a result that is a rarity for government, this one really is win-win-win for all stakeholders.

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