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Guest Commentary
by Brian R. Marvel
President, San Diego Police Officers Association

By now, you’ve likely heard the name of Archie Buggs, the San Diego Police Officer who was murdered in cold blood in 1978.

A Vietnam veteran who had been serving with the department for four years, Officer Buggs made a routine traffic stop on the night of November 4, 1978. As Buggs approached the rear of the car, Jesus Cecena — a gang member — exited the car and fired five shots at Officer Buggs, three of which hit him in the side.

SDCTA Joins Defend Prop 13 Coalition

Friday, July 17, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

Group aims to ward off efforts to undermine landmark property tax law

(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s board today voted to join Defend Proposition 13, a statewide coalition of business and good-government advocates in opposing the current efforts to undermine Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that limits property taxation and mandates special taxes be approved by a supermajority of voters.

The Sheriff Gore Ban

Friday, July 17, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Michael A. Schwartz

I spent last weekend representing our Gun Owners of California booth at two different locations; the Del Mar Gun show and the San Diego County Republican Party’s open house. The one topic that kept coming up over and over again from both groups of people was the issue of concealed weapon permits.

Local writer Mike Fredenburg is a past contributor to National Review, the California Political Review, and the San Diego Union Tribune, and was the founding president of the Adam Smith Institute of San Diego, a conservative think tank and PAC.  His article on women in combat was published yesterday in National Review:

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. — General George S. Patton

This is a textbook example of how a public employee labor union elects the very people with whom it “negotiates.”  In this case, it’s a firefighters union electing firefighters to the fire district board!  Here’s a summary of the disastrous results:

*  44 of these full-time firefighters, 37 percent of them, made over $300,000 in total compensation in 2013.

*  75 of these full-time firefighters, 63 percent of them, made over $200,000 in total compensation in 2013 (but less than $300K).

Regardless of your position on abortion, this is very disturbing.

John Oliver on Stadiums

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Long, but so worth the laughs…

One word: Huh?

Read the Independent Budget Analyst Report.

The report is dated today. The San Diego City Council vote is tomorrow. This would start the ball moving on an Environmental Impact Report the next day.

Not exactly a lot of time for public digestion and reaction.

Yet, the stakes have been set, apparently. The report ends with:

Republican Liberty Caucus recognizes El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells

Monday, July 13, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Jason Jackson

As an East County resident and an active volunteer with the San Diego chapters of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Gun Owners of California, I watch the affairs of the El Cajon City Council pretty closely. I was glad to be watching in June as the Council considered a resolution to support SB 151, a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells stood alone in opposing the measure, making one of the most forceful arguments for limited government that you are likely to encounter in municipal government. Wells also shared his views on Rostra.

One of the many liberal talking points against Prop 13 is that it “gutted” public education. Supposedly Prop 13, which passed in 1978, is the main reason our CA schools are so underfunded today — ruining what progressives now claim was once the best K-12 public school system in the nation.  But were the CA public schools really that great before they were “gutted”? Indeed, was school funding gutted at ALL?

Short answer to the second question: “Au contraire.”

Updated: Duncan Hunter Introduces Legislation Targeting Sanctuary Cities

Saturday, July 11, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Hunter’s office…

Yesterday, Rep. Duncan Hunter introduced the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.  The legislation withholds Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, State Criminal Alien Assistance Program grants, and Community Oriented Policing Services Program grants to sanctuary jurisdictions.

More information below—including FY15 funding allocations for each of the programs identified in the measure.  


Duncan Hunter: Sanctuary Cities ‘Flaunting Federal Law’ Should Not Get Federal Grants


The Trump Fraud

Saturday, July 11, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

THIS on “Trump conservatives,” from Jonah Goldberg in National Review:

I truly, honestly, and with all my heart and mind think Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are making a yuuuuuuge mistake. I think they are being conned and played. I feel like a guy whose brother is being taken advantage of by a grifter. I’m watching helplessly as the con artist congratulates him for taking out a third mortgage.

Read it all.

Harrison Has Strong Fundraising Start

Saturday, July 11, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories


Candidate raises $50,000 in first six months

(Ramona, Calif.) – Conservative Republican Mike Harrison, a candidate for the 71st Assembly District, announced that he’s raised $50,000 for the period ending June 30, 2015. This amount of fundraising represents as much as all candidates combined for the entire year the last time the seat was open.

Rostra nearing 20,000 comments

Thursday, July 9, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

The very first SD Rostra comment was posted August 29, 2009, from Greg Larkin…

“Great stuff. I like the new site.”


Well, ok, since then there have been a few comments somewhat more compelling.

At any rate, nearly six years later, Rostra has accumulated 19,980 comments on 4,730 article postings, averaging over four comments per post.  Some posts receive no comments, others go on and on (and on) with the reaction and debate.

Firing Great Teachers, “Are You Kidding Me?”

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today released an “Are You Kidding Me?” segment in support of Assembly Bill 1044 (Baker) that would repeal the “last-in, first-out” method for hiring teachers in California schools. Under California’s “last-in, first out” policy, school administrators are forced to lay off their most recent hiring when faced with a budget crisis. Assemblyman Jones says, “When we’re ranked 46th in education, we should be taking every step necessary to keep our most effective teachers where they are needed most. We need to fix this broken system so layoff decisions are made in the best interests of teachers and students.”

Faulconer Campaign Raises $640,000 in First 23 Days

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

More than 1,300 individual donors support Mayor’s reelect

(San Diego, Calif.) – The Faulconer for Mayor Campaign raised over $640,000 from more than 1,300 individual donors for the first reporting period, which began June 7, 2015, and ended June 30th.

Voepel Raises $100,000 in June

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
posted by Randy Voepel

$100,000 Raised in June
Santee Mayor Randy Voepel Posts Impressive Fundraising Totals

(Santee) – Santee Mayor Randy Voepel announced today that he had received more than $100,000 in total contributions entirely during the month of June for his campaign for the 71st Assembly District.

“I am honored to have so many supporters put their trust in me,” said Voepel. “This widespread support from some of our region’s most well-respected individuals shows just how much momentum my campaign has picked up in a short amount of time. We are in great position to continue building on this success over the coming months.”

Financial support for Faulconer making for a quiet Summer? The media take…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Voice: Democrats Struggling to Muster Mayoral Candidates – By Scott Lewis

“The next election for mayor of the city of San Diego is 11 months away and nobody has stood up to challenge Mayor Kevin Faulconer – a fact that seems to be frustrating Democrats who not that long ago thought they had ushered in a new progressive majority in city politics.”


Times of San Diego: Faulconer, Sherman Report Significant Campaign Fundraising — by Chris Jennewein

Local political watchers generally fall into two camps when it comes to the tenure of the immediate past ownership of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Some believe Doug Manchester and John Lynch at the reins (or reign) was a refreshing return to the paper’s conservative roots, a philosophy that had been lost since the Helen Copley days. They also now fear what the SDUT’s political leanings are to become under new, liberal-leaning ownership.

As I’ve noted before, the progressives have latched on the fact that California is the 7th (or 8th) largest economy in the world.  It’s a “so there” rebuttal, intended to prove that all the bad economic policies in our Golden State have had little or no negative effect.  But of course, this grand assertion is accompanied by zero analysis.

I’ve ripped this this misleading fact apart before — adjusting our state’s GDP for population and COL in other states.  But now we have new, updated GDP state figures (mid-2014) to consider:

Isn’t it great to live in a nation where the Federal Government provides us such good talking points, as a means to deal with those wing nut in-laws who haven’t yet been to an indoctrination camp.

Seriously, you’ve got to read this, from Health & Human Services.

Again and again we hear the usual laments from the uninformed gun haters about concealed carry — how it would transform — DOES transform — a civilized society into the Wild West. You know  the mantra — shootouts at fender-benders, bars ablaze with gunfights, etc.

It’s always fun to inject a dose of reality into such gun haters — it’s toxic to their wellbeing.  Here’s a sharp needle-full of facts for your favorite anti-gun friends. They never actually check the empirical results of people legally carrying firearms — that just arrogantly assume that they know what the results are.  

Mayor Faulconer Endorses Graham for Assembly

Thursday, July 2, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

Graham raises $75,000 in first 19 days

(San Diego, Calif.) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer today announced his endorsement of North County businessman Phil Graham for State Assembly.

“The San Diego region needs legislators in Sacramento who understand how important the innovation community is to the future of our state,” said Faulconer. “As an executive at the Sanford-­Burnham Medical Institute, Phil has been actively involved in efforts to support medical research and the companies driving innovation in America. He will be a forceful voice for this critical regional economic engine, which will create new jobs and improve lives.”

Happy Independence — from something

Thursday, July 2, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

San Diegans tell us…

…he called out the wrong Mexicans.

Donald Trump, famous real estate developer and television star is seeking the Republican Presidential nomination for 2016. He created quite a stir when he recently said in his campaign announcement that Mexicans entering America illegally were “drug dealers and rapists.” Trump is absolutely wrong and is blaming the victims — the Mexican nationals who are entering America illegally are more aptly described as economic refugees. If Republican candidates want to address the illegal immigration crisis in America, they would do well to focus on the Mexican emigration problem.

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