One of the greatest threats to our pursuit of happiness are the irrational doses of fear du jour being served in our media diets. I can’t think of a more effective tool for destroying the American ideal of limited government than “fear”. Whether it’s an irrational fear of ISIS or an irrational fear of Ebola or an irrational fear of ISIS members with Ebola we seem to be hopelessly vulnerable to the progressive siren song of “If you want security and protection you must give up your freedom.”
Escondido Mayor Sam Abed has endorsed Oceanside Councilmember Jerry Kern for the 76th Assembly District.
“Jerry Kern has not only been an ally when it comes to issues along the 78-corridor, but he’s been an ally in our collective effort to bring fiscal responsibility, limited government, and pro-business policies to North County,” said Abed. “On the issues that matter most, Jerry has more knowledge than practically any elected official, and I know he’ll do wonders for this district in the Assembly.”
The Koch Brothers are funding a pretty smart voter outreach initiative and it has Democrats in an uproar. Public policy, backed by the Democratic Party platform, has eliminated two generations of traditionally Democratic voters. In response, President Obama is attempting to create a whole new host of clients for the Democratic Party through a legally dubious Executive Action.
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.
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).
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.
The U-T recently ran a guest op-ed touting all the benefits to society of mandated prevailing wage contracts — which jack up the price of public works projects 15%-30% (not counting the inefficiencies of union work rules). But it was fraudulently presented.
This piece was authored by some flunky from the “Middle Class Taxpayers Association.” It’s a bogus outfit (though well funded).
Any cursory check reveals this is a front group completely funded by the local labor unions and liberal foundations. The U-T fails to disclose this. And therein lies the fraud.
Dave Roberts won’t be a County Supervisor in 2017. Underneath the smiling, affable exterior is an elitist’s heart, as Roberts is confident he knows how to run your life better than you do. I knew this when I watched him on the Solana Beach City Council and his voting record as Supervisor confirms it.
The San Diego City Council already voted to approve the One Paseo project in Carmel Valley. But signatures have been gathered to put One Paseo to a Referendum. Opposition anchors its argument that the new shopping area will increase traffic on El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Road. Most of this traffic growth is a result of the mixed used (living and shopping) that is planned for the site. You know, the condensed living that the left wants everyone to live in. The same plan that is supposed to reduce traffic and pollution.
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.
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:
by Steve Hunyar
As a born and raised Southern Californian, I have lived through droughts, floods, horrible wildfires, earthquakes, traffic, killer bees, Med flies, and more droughts. Did I say I lived through a few droughts?
Droughts are a way of life here, and the only difference from one to the next is their intensity and duration. There is no question our current drought is particularly dire, given the low levels of the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada range this year.
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.
Michael Zucchet, president of the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, said . . . restoring those [past city worker] cuts will require hiring new workers, which he described as a struggle because many city positions have salaries below market rate based on pay freezes and some pay cuts in 2010.
“Funding the positions is only half the battle,” Zucchet said. “It’s just not clear the city is going to be able to hire those people at the current compensation.”
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:
Half Percent Sales Tax Rollback in El Cajon
EL CAJON, Calif. – April 15, 2015 – The ‘Rollback Tax Event’, hosted by the East County Chamber of Commerce, the City of El Cajon, Parkway Plaza, and Valley of Cars, commemorated the one-half percent sales tax decrease in the City of El Cajon. With the sun setting of Proposition O, the sales tax decreased from 9.0% to 8.5% in El Cajon. Taxpayers will save approximately $8.6 million a year, an average of $245 per household.
Here’s a San Diego city firefighter hiring reform we need. Four, actually.
1. Do what EVERY OTHER CITY IN THE COUNTY DOES — hire already qualified firefighters who graduate from accredited firefighter academies — primarily our community college programs. Let the students pay for their firefighter education. No need to start from scratch with a new recruit — putting him (occasionally her) though the city’s own firefighter academy totally at city taxpayer expense. If the city wants to do additional training on top of that, fine — use OJT or hold a short academy for new hires. That’s what other cities do.
(SANTEE) – Assemblyman Brian Jones has announced his support for Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, who is running for the 71st Assembly District in 2016.
Jones, who currently represents the 71st District, cited Voepel’s strong record as a conservative at the local level.
by Jason Jackson
Last week the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego recognized Assemblyman Brian Jones with its highest honor, the Thomas Paine Liberty Torchbearer award. The RLC is a conservative group that works within the Republican Party to promote the ideals of limited government, low taxes, and free markets. The group recognizes candidates and office holders that best govern according to those principles.
Today, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is planning to announce his candidacy for President of the United States. While former Florida Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry are likely candidates, there is no doubt that the influence of the grass-roots tea party movement is being felt this year.
To date, there are four announced candidates for President:
Single family housing that are used for short-term vacation rentals through web services such as Airbnb or VRBO have gotten negative attention here in San Diego of late. Even though the complainants point to specific behaviors they dislike, the underlying tone of the discussion is that they don’t like the sort of people who come to America’s Finest City to vacation.
Nearly eight years ago, with your help, I went to City Hall to make a difference for our community. It has been an honor to serve as your Councilmember, Council President and Interim Mayor of San Diego.
My time in public service has included some of the toughest challenges we’ve faced as a City. From dealing with one of the deepest recessions in this country’s history to cleaning up after a scandal that rocked the very foundation of City government, it has not always been easy.
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.