SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions why Democrats in the Legislature killed a bill to stop abuses in California’s food stamp program, a taxpayer-funded benefit. Investigators have found 2600 examples abusing their benefits – some sold their EBT cards for cash. Assembly Bill 2354 authored by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) would have required EBT cards to have a photo ID, which would ensure that the card is being used by the right person. Assemblyman Jones said, “You’d think it would be in the taxpayer’s best interest to protect the [food stamp] program, which would help families that need assistance the most. I think your money is worth protecting – it’s about time we work to get rid of government waste.”
I have to admit, the email from the San Diego Libertarian Party intrigued me, as it included this headline:
“Mike Benoit video on the IRS stealing his home at the Daily Paul”
Benoit is a perennial candidate for office as a Libertarian against Duncan Hunter, meaning both Duncan Hunters over the years.
Wanting to understand his alleged abuse at the hands of the IRS, the apparent taking of private property by the feds, I clicked on the 20 minute video.
There was one taxpayer victory in the June 2014 primary that I SHOULD have reported, but didn’t. A tiny, unfunded but determined pro-taxpayer group in Coronado CRUSHED a Ponzi-scheme school bond measure. It’s perhaps a textbook example of how to defeat the Establishment and the special interests that back such measures. Representing San Diego Tax Fighters, I provided some expertise (at the request of the bond opponents), but the truth is that the locals made it happen — not me. Note particularly the quality opposition website — one that added to the professionalism of the rag-tag band of opponents.
by Rob Morse
Do you need to protect yourself? Not according to Bill Gore. Sheriff Gore said law enforcement will protect you if you live in San Diego County. That is hard to believe given the thousands of crime victims in the county each month.
In the last few weeks:
- It was afternoon when a woman was helping her elderly mother into her car. A man in a white SUV drove up next to her and asked for directions. The stranger then got out of the SUV, pointed a handgun at her, and demanded the woman’s purse. He shot her in the back as she ran away.
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) criticizes Legislative Democrats for killing a measure to give all Californians more flexibility in the workplace. Assembly Bill 2448 would have permitted an individual employee to request an alternative workweek schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours within a 40-hour workweek.
Assemblyman Jones said, “This law is already in place for union workers. Apparently the Democrats believe what’s good for a union worker just isn’t good for everyone else. We can’t let this inequality exist between union and non-union workers.”
In fixing our immigration challenges, our number one priority must be to improve our border security — ensuring the United States remains secure from the threat of drugs, guns, and criminals coming through our borders.
The federal government has failed in its basic obligation to secure our border. It’s time to demand accountability and results – no more excuses. A secure border must be the prerequisite and foundation for any additional reform of immigration laws.
The Supreme Court held in Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations may be exempted from paying certain employee contraceptive costs if the owners are morally opposed.
Some critics have argued that employers should not have control over employees’ contraceptive choices. For example, White House press secretary Josh Earnest argued that “women should make personal health care decisions for themselves, rather than their bosses deciding for them.”
“Congress should be held accountable to the people they serve – not to special interests”
San Diego– After the House of Representatives quietly ended the practice of requiring Members to disclose free travel that they receive from outside groups – often to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars or more per trip – Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio blasted the behavior.
SAN DIEGO — Republican Lt. Governor nominee Ron Nehring today issued the following statement in response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the large number of Central American children crossing into the United States, some of whom will now be processed in California:
Everywhere I look, I see the command /control economy failing. I knew this instinctively, some thirty years ago when I attended “bottomless cup” fraternity parties. What started out as a “too good to be true” deal ended with an early dismissal for the guys and an invitation to the girls to stick around for the “after party”. Naturally, I joined a fraternity.
What happened in Escondido the other night was very unfortunate. The populist revolt against the conditional use permit, to house Central American refugee children at a temporary facility in Escondido, is an understandable reaction to failed federal immigration policy. The federal government has failed to enforce our borders (almost willingly) for at least two Presidential administrations now. Naturally, people are frustrated.
According to Logan Jenkins of the UT San Diego, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz of Encinitas thinks turning the closed, dilapidated, but recently city purchased Pacific View school site in Encinitas into a federal detention center is an idea worth considering. It’s purpose would be to supposedly house a portion of the mass of homeless illegal/undocumented immigrants currently rushing the U.S. southern border. The same ones Escondido recently said “go away” to.
There can’t be many San Diegans who haven’t given thought about the late Tony Gwynn in the past week. Everyone’s got a story, including San Diego’s foremost political numbers guy, John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research & Communication.
You might assume Nienstedt would be impressed by Gwynn’s many impressive numbers. Not exactly. In his latest blog post, Nienstedt is impressed like many of us in something much more important.
Three years ago, California lost its #1 status as the state with the most new private business funding — Texas took over the top spot. Since then the disparity between the two states has grown dramatically. In 2013, $87.4 billion was invested in Texas by private equity funds. California businesses received $54 billion.
This spread is more important when one considers the population of these two mega-states:
from Real Clear Politics…
SAN DIEGO — As Air Force One touched down at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego early last month, the usual throng of local media and political-types waited on the tarmac.
Kevin Faulconer — who had been recently sworn in as San Diego’s 36th mayor — stood among them. Soon, he would greet the man who had endorsed his opponent during the final stages of what had been a heated election.
Tonight the Escondido Planning Commission unanimously denied a Conditional Use Permit for a controversial youth detention center that the Federal Government was intending to site in a residential neighborhood in southwest Escondido. As one of many such facilities planned nationwide, the feds have contracted with Southwest Key, a management type non-profit to run these youth camps.
“Looking at an aerial map of Encinitas in the 1970s and 1980s compared to today, it’s sad,” Tony Kranz said. “The city had agriculture everywhere; we have to fight for small farms today.”
BUT, a new study from UC Davis says the exposure of pregnant women to agriculture may increase the incidence of babies being born with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yet Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kranz wants to increase small agriculture in suburban neighborhoods, including bee hives. Bees? Our family-friendly suburban neighborhoods are to be living with swarms of bees if this guy gets his way? Really?
SDCTA Selects W. Mark Leslie as New President & CEO
Longtime San Diego Executive has Proven Record of Success in Telecommunications Industry and Local Philanthropy
SAN DIEGO (June 20, 2014)—The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors announced it selected W. Mark Leslie today as the organization’s new President & CEO.
Leslie, 61, is a longtime telecommunications executive who has been active in numerous civic and philanthropic efforts in San Diego, having most recently served as board chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (in 2012) and United Way of San Diego (in 2010-11).
When the feds ran their “cash-for-clunkers” program, the pathetic results, unintended consequences and attendant ridicule should have put an end to this madness. I wrote a column on this federal folly in 2012. Here’s the link — and I’ve included the column at the bottom of this post.
The federal madness ended with the Obama administration lamely claiming “mission accomplished,” and the results have largely been forgotten. But in Left Coast California, no lesson was learned. Our state-grown version of this clunker boondoggle lurches on. Not surprisingly, the results are far worse than the disastrous federal program!
Over 40 readers submitted guesses in another competitive contest to guess the June 3 election results.
Before I get to the winners, first the questions, the correct answers, and a little analysis. But, even before that, just a mention of what San Diego City Council candidate Chris Cate had to say when submitting his contest entry:
“First off, my life is complete now that I’m included in a Rostra election quiz!”
Hat tip, Michael Schwartz…
CalTrans Overstaffed by 3,500 Positions Coupled with No Funded Projects,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) denounces the latest budget gimmicks put into play by Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats which overstaffs the Department of Transportation by 3,500 positions. According to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, being overstaffed by about 3,500 full-time positions will cost the state more than $500 million beginning in 2014-15. “What’s an even bigger slap in the face is that the legislative budget committee recently approved cutting 195 positions, but then added back almost that exact number of positions to develop projects over time,” said Assemblyman Jones. “But where the money to fund these projects will come from is unknown. Maybe instead we should defund California’s high-speed rail plan that has yet to materialize.”
My friend, author Greg Swann released his controversial book Father’s Day: More Married. More Husband. More Father. More Man on Amazon.com this past weekend. I had already read the advanced release of the manuscript but bought a few digital copies for friends (the Kindle version is less than a buck). This hard-hitting, in your face, 80-page book is an important read for movement conservatives because it understands two things we talk about a lot: (1) families are the most important civil institution in a vibrant society and (2) men need to take personal responsibility for making their marriages work.