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GOP: BREAKING: Supervisor Dave Roberts Just Cost Taxpayers $310,000

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
posted by Guest Column

WOW! This is JUST hitting the news:

San Diego Union Tribune: “Roberts’ Accusers Get $310k Settlement”

NBC 7/39 San Diego: “County Supervisors Approve $310k Settlement For Roberts Accusers”

What a disgrace. County taxpayers will now have to pick up the bill for Democrat Supervisor Dave Roberts’ irresponsible behavior.

If he had any honor he would resign immediately — or at the very least announce that he is NOT running for re-election.

One type of business has a special affinity for California — Asian businesses. They have substantial ethnic communities built up, and are comfortable being on a Pacific Rim state.

But oddly enough, these Asian business people seem to have an interest in maximizing profits — or at least staying in business. Of course, all California businessmen have the same desires, but not all have the bonding ties to their local ethnic communities that is common among Koreans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Chinese and Japanese.

Apply as it fits.

But, with apologies to a great band:

Now I’ll relate, this little bit
That happens more than I’d like to admit
Late at night, he knocks on my door
He’s smiling big and he’s offering pork
Now I know, I should vote nay
But, that’s kind of hard when he’s ready to pay
I may be an R, but I’m not a dweeb
I’m just a Member with no real beliefs

RIDER COMMENT:  This year there’s certainly a war of words against cops, fueled by the press and social media. Maybe it will soon change into a significant war of bullets. 

But not yet. Indeed, latest stats indicate that 2015 will be one of the safest years for cops on record. Sadly, the press has ignored this reality, preferring hype and hysteria to dull facts and reason.

Two mics in the hand…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

If you missed the fun a couple of months back, Assemblyman Matthew Harper had his microphone removed by Assemblyman and Labor Committee Chair Roger Hernández during a heated exchange on some now forgotten bill (yes, we remember the incidents, we don’t always remember the legislation).

Although Hernández subsequently expressed regret over his heavy-handedness, that isn’t keeping Harper from having some fun over the matter.

Today, the OC Assemblyman posted the following photo to his Facebook page, showing two mics alongside his trademark hat, as well as a clear cut message:

Some political news and discussion you may have missed…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

…over the holiday weekend:

Pete Wilson campaigns for stepson

Phil Graham says he has never traded on the well-known name of his stepdad, two-time California Gov. Pete Wilson. In fact, many with whom he has interacted have had no idea they are related.

Now, however, Graham is grateful for the strong support of the former San Diego mayor and U.S. senator. He recently launched his campaign for state Assembly in the 76th District, which covers north coastal San Diego County.

Evidence of the liberal bias of MSM is overwhelming. But sometimes the best examples is what these networks and newspapers DON’T report. Consider this example.

The media gave the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina extensive play last month. Naturally there was heavy emphasis on the failure of FEMA, with a generous amount of blame dumped on hapless George Bush (none with which I have a problem).

Labor Day meme: True or not? Please discuss.

Friday, September 4, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

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How to interpret the pledge of Donald Trump

Friday, September 4, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, September 4, 2015 —So he finally did it: Donald Trump made the pledge that establishment Republicans have been salivating over. He finally promised that he would not run a third party campaign should he lose the Republican nomination.

That was important inasmuch as a third party race would split the conservative (or perhaps more correctly put, non-Democratic) vote. It would resurrect the same Ross Perot effect that once propelled Bill Clinton into the White House.

Measure to Support “Made in America” Labeling Signed by Governor Brown

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation to allow manufacturers to label their products “Made in America” if no more than 10% of the final product is made outside of the United States was signed into law by Governor Brown.  Senate Bill 633, authored by Senator Hill (D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties) and Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee), changes California’s 100% “Made in America” labeling standard to keep up with the global economy and allow conformity to the federal standard used by the 49 other states. 

Poway city council enacts overreaching ordinance on personal use of drones

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Steve Sarviel

Last night, the City of Poway passed a far (over)reaching “temporary” ordinance which in effect makes it illegal for most Poway residents to play with a toy helicopter or drone in the safety of their own driveway or back yard AT ANY TIME. By the city attorney’s own admission, they didn’t spend adequate time drafting the ordinance and said it would be difficult to enforce. He also admitted it was crafted to avoid conflicting with FAA jurisdiction over the use of drones.

California Senate Bill 417 would require law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration officials by detaining an individual on the basis of an immigration hold, with certain limitations, when that person has been convicted of a serious or violent felony.

It makes sense.

We will hear that it will break up families. Maybe so, but have we forgotten about the families that were impacted by the act of the felon?

In America, we have a double standard when it comes to tax issue groups. The press and the Left labels any group that opposes tax increases as “anti-tax.” Yet I’ve NEVER heard the left wing groups pushing higher taxes defined as “pro-tax.” Why is that?

Okay, okay — the Left controls the MSM and academia — we all get that. But “anti-tax” is a labeling double standard that too many conservative pundits routinely employ when describing the position of taxpayer advocate groups.

The Many Hands of Donald Trump

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, August 31, 2015 — OK. The unavoidable has arrived. Time for this columnist to finally write something about Donald Trump’s 2016 ambitions.

Bottom line: The guy gets a mixed review. Obviously he’s refreshing. He doesn’t sound like a politician.

On the other hand: Just because he doesn’t sound like a politician, that doesn’t mean he isn’t one. It’s not simply a question of bragging that you have never held public office. There are other ways to define a politician, such as “one who possesses character traits that are political in nature.”

Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar Announces Candidacy for Board of Supervisors

Monday, August 31, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories


A small business owner and local government leader who can restore trust to the office

(Encinitas, Calif.) – Kristin Gaspar, Mayor of Encinitas and a successful small businesswoman, has announced her candidacy for the San kristin-gaspar-for-mayorDiego County Board of Supervisors for the 3rdDistrict, currently represented by embattled Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Don’t Be Fooled

Monday, August 31, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

ice creamChocolate and vanilla ice cream are not opposites. Both are made of milk and cream.

I don’t think Obama and Trump are opposites. As far as I can see their supporters are nearly the same.

Both have surpassed Jefferson and Madison. Both are too wise for constitutionally limited government and individual freedom. Both believe the problem facing America is who is running government rather than government itself.

Government will change when we change and not before.

Politicians have been bashing one another since the founding of the Republic. John Adams called Thomas Jefferson a “weakling, ‘son of a squaw’ and libertine,” while Jefferson called Adams a “hermaphrodite, fool, and tyrant.” While slamming the other fellow has been fair game in politics, it is generally believed that politicians should do their best to not slur the voters. Uniters, rather than dividers, are rewarded in American politics.

When the government knocks at your door and says, “We’re here to help,” it’s rarely true. Like so many bills, California Senate Bill 350 has good intentions. It wants to “improve public health by setting new standards for California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, reducing petroleum use, and increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings.” The bill also promises to “Create jobs, grow the state’s economy.”

All nice, but will we really see this happen?

Buried in our California water bills are the inflated salaries and benefits of our public water works “public servants.”  The examples in the article below are instructive — and not that unusual.

It includes a chart that compares the pay of water department employees with the average pay for such work.  BTW, included in that average are our government workers, which thus skews the figure higher than the true private sector average.

Give Away Qualcomm / Jack Murphy Stadium

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

This past weekend, Mayor Faulconer laid out why taxpayers should support a proposal for the Qualcomm / Jack Murphy Stadium rehab deal to retain the Chargers,  The Mayor argued for the proposed deal for these reasons:

1- The 90’s deal was a bad one which taxpayers still have to pay.
2- This deal will attract $750MM in private capital.
3- This deal retains the Chargers.

The Sign of the Beast?

Monday, August 24, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

Trump Ouchclick to make it even scarier

Trump’s abuse of eminent domain

Saturday, August 22, 2015
posted by Vito Andolini

I finally figured out why so many Republicans and tea party types are in support of Donald Trump. It’s because they’re fools.

From The Washington Post:

“David Boaz of the Cato Institute has an excellent article summarizing Donald Trump’s shameful history of promoting eminent domain abuse for the purpose of seizing property from homeowners and businesses who refuse to sell to him.”

Read it here.

Premature for California to Plan for Cannabis Banking

Thursday, August 20, 2015
posted by Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared in the Orange County Register

With all the financial challenges impacting our global economy, many are planning for the next economic slowdown. Not to be undone, Sacramento is focused on creating a new economy and “cash crop” for the Golden State. Ready to place an initiative on the 2016 ballot, high-ranking elected state officials and other promoters of cannabis legalization are working to craft legislation that would meet federal guidelines for the “industry.”

It’s not only City of San Diego, County of San Diego, State Senate and other area email domains included in the data breach of online “arrange an affair” website Ashley Madison. Here are the number of accounts attributed to email domains for a couple of other government entities.  – 44

Who in the White House would actually register a membership using a work email? That’s hard to say, considering any email could  potentially be registered on the site, by anyone, their email address or not.

…and, from Phil Graham: Why you should care about Assembly District 76

Monday, August 17, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Brian Brady provoked some thought the other day with his commentary, “I Really Don’t Care About The 71st and 76th Assembly District Races,” in which he asked the Republican candidates in those districts for a plan for victory in other seats currently held by Democrats.

Mike Harrison, running in AD 71, responded over the weekend with his thoughts on the matter.

Phil Graham, a candidate in the 76th AD, now provides his own response below.

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