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The Chargers are disdainful of their Qualcomm stadium, paid for by the taxpayers.  The team’s annual rent isn’t much. They CLAIM they pay $2.5 million a year, but — as the Voice of San Diego points out in its fact check article — that is “misleading,” to put it charitably.

Indeed, on a net outlay basis, the Chargers’ rent is usually less than ZERO.  Yes, for all intents and purposes, they play at Qualcomm stadium rent free.

California GOP Convention News: Log Cabin Club Chartered

Monday, March 2, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Some articles and reactions…

Katy Grimes in FlashReport: LGBT Republican Group Wins Charter in California Republican Party

BreitbartCA: Gay Activist Group Formally Recognized by California GOP

LA Times: State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party

SF Chronicle: After decade of struggle, Log Cabin Republicans win GOP recognition

from Capitol Resource Institute…

Log Cabin Inside the Tent

All Aboard?

Sunday, March 1, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

Another Metrolink train crash and derailment, this time in Oxnard, caused by a big rig that got stuck on the tracks in the early morning hours.

It could’ve been worse of course, but if your loved one is among the 30 or so injured, some critically, that’s not what you’re thinking about.

I think Cory Briggs’ enviromental lawsuits are bat*** crazy but the KPBS/inewsource “expose” is a fishing expedition because he’s challenging the Tourism Marketing District (TMD) tax.  The TMD is a crony capitalist weapon, aimed at stifling competition, in a market which sorely needs competition.

Cory Briggs is not someone I revere but smearing the man’s name, for anything other than being an enviro-wacko, is a cheap, tawdry, two-bit trick. There was a time when I thought that Republicans were better than this.   Today is not one of those times.

One thing that would help with public employees is to drastically reduce their number.  Do that by contracting out every possible government service.

Yeah, police probably have to be public employees, but most of the other jobs can be outsourced to private companies.  And often are around the country.

Many advantages:

1.  It can be done for less cost.  The evidence is overwhelming.

2.  Contracting out would gut the public employee labor union monopoly, which usually is the most powerful force in electing their city and county bosses!

Catholic students protest ‘morality clause’ on Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, February 19, 2015 — Ash Wednesday turned out to be more than a religious observance in San Francisco this year. Students and parents visiting Saint Mary’s Cathedral chose this day to protest the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco which oversees several Catholic Schools in the area. The controversy revolves around a “morality clause” recently proposed for teacher’s contracts, including an injunction to stand by the church’s position on homosexuality.

Here’s a recent survey of states, ranking them as to how bad it has been for the middle class though this recession. Sadly, California is ranked worst.

And not by a small amount. We are 17% worse than the 2nd worst state (Vermont).
http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/01/22/states-where-the-middle-class-is-dying/5/

Every year since 1992, California has had a net annual OUTFLOW of “domestic migration” (migration between states). EVERY year.

Cumulatively since 1992 we’ve lost an astonishing net 3.8 million people to other states. I say again — NET!

endstate: After ISIS

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Jordan, Egypt, and now Turkey have upped their activities against ISIS. We remember that Fox News rallied hard behind the King of Jordan. But the question remains, why didn’t they do more before? endstate asks: what are the Mideast powers goals?

For Westerners, military action based on a moral pretext or a clear enemy seems practical and desired. But in a region with multiple competing powers, a multipolar situation, a crisis like ISIS or the Syrian civil war (even the Iraq and Gulf Wars) creates an uncertain future for these powers. For governments tenuously holding on to power this is a scary situation.

Actors Equity wants to mandate minimum wages for stage actors — which will close most small theatres and nonprofit stage offerings in the Los Angeles area.  Such shoestring operations currently pay their actors $7 to $15 per performance, and zippo for rehearsals.

Most actors are leftists. I say they should have a $15 minimum wage for all their time spent at the theatre (no volunteering).  Or $30!!  Teach them economics with a 2″ x 4″.

Update from Covered CA … They’ll Trust You on This.

Monday, February 23, 2015
posted by Jerome Stocks

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

The old deadline of February 15, 2015 to enroll was too restrictive. So now, basically, if you pinky swear that you just didn’t know about the IRS penalties for not having a Qualified Health Plan you can sign up as late as April 30th and avoid the penalties. Gosh. What a sincerely caring, generous and forgiving government program we have here. My heart swells with pride…

Our Sheriff, Cafeteria Plans and Unintended Consequences

Monday, February 23, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that our Sheriff has settled out of court with a local gun store owner. The article states that Dimitri Karras, owner of Ares Armor in Oceanside, sued San Diego County after sheriff officials deleted his combative comments from the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page and then banned him from posting further. Karras claimed it was a violation of his First Amendment rights because the Facebook page was run by a government entity and therefore a public forum for all taxpayers. Both parties agreed to dismiss the lawsuit, with the county paying $23,000 to Mr. Karras for attorney fees. The county admitted no wrong doing in the settlement and has permanently removed the Department’s Facebook page.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer statement on meeting with Dean Spanos

Sunday, February 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

“Like thousands of San Diegans, I want the Chargers to stay in our city for generations to come. Today I met with Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos to discuss how we can both work together in good faith to keep the team in San Diego.

“If San Diego is going to be successful in finding a stadium solution for the Chargers, Aztecs, the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowl games, and the many other events that we host in San Diego, the team should work with us toward that solution.

Kim Fab-un pulls the Raiders card, declares nuclear war on San Diego

Friday, February 20, 2015
posted by Vito Andolini

A little weekend humor (or satire, for any attorneys finding offense)…

Thanks to Mark Robak.

LA Weekly: The Chargers-Raiders Scam

Friday, February 20, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

from LA Weekly…

“If you believe that the NFL’s Chargers and Raiders are coming to town in order to share a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, you might also be interested in our all-you-can-eat diet.

“In other words, it’s a scam. The NFL has long kept the L.A. market vacant as a way for teams to extract costly stadiums from taxpayers in their home towns.

Read it here.

Playoffs? Playoffs?! You kidding me?! I just hope we can even talk!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

In case you’ve somehow missed all the fun:

Mark Fabiani letter to Mayor Kevin Faulconer…

(click for larger images)

Faulconer letter to Dean Spanos…

(click for larger images)

U-T San Diego Editorial…

It’s your time to speak for the Chargers, Mr. Spanos

Stunning discovery:  When government stops paying people not to work, many then find jobs.  Who knew?

Turns out that a definitive study shows that a MAJOR factor in the nation’s 2014 jobs recovery is the dramatic cutback in unemployment benefits.  Here’s a short, readable article summarizing this insight, with links to the more detailed WALL ST JOURNAL article and the study itself.

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/16/job-growth-in-2014/ 
Common Sense with Paul Jacob

Job Growth in 2014

If only we could all work at those really cool HQ complexes of Apple and Google.  Sadly, we can’t.

Meantime more good paying, minority-friendly jobs are abandoning California for a more business friendly state.  Here’s a recent example — not even considered news any more in California.The Democrat Party — champion of the “little people” — runs California.  Yeah, like THAT’S going well for their claimed constituency.

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What Recovery? Farmers Brothers Taking 350 Jobs to Texas or Oklahoma—From Los Angeles
by Stephen Frank

Regulate This!

Friday, February 13, 2015

San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate appeared at February’s meeting of the Albondigas Political Society (San Diego edition) at Casa Machado Friday. Among all the usual ho-hum questions he was asked about the San Diego Chargers, a proposed infrastructure bond measure, and the like, Cate was asked something vitally important and a true reflection of his taste and character: his “go-to” favorite karaoke song.

Rostrafarians, for your Friday entertainment, here’s the original version of Cate’s choice: “Regulate,” Warren G featuring Nate Dogg. A fitting selection for an elected official, don’t you think?

How can you lose money running a golf course when the land is “free” and you pay zero property tax?  You’d think you’d charge enough to pay for the operational costs of such an endeavor. Not so, apparently — if you’re government.

Indeed, the City of San Diego’s annual $2 million municipal golf course operating deficit is understated, as the city doesn’t include the unfunded pension, disability and employee retirement liabilities in its budget or income statement. If the operations of these two golf courses were leased out like the OTHER seven city golf links, there would be no such unfunded liabilities — and no deficits.

Planning Follies

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
posted by B-Daddy

From the U-T:

The City Council voted 6-3 on Monday to reject plans to build three homes on the Jessop estate in Point Loma, adding to the single one built in 1926.
. . .
“When you have properties this big, you shouldn’t be putting the houses 12 feet apart,” said Council President Sherri Lightner, adding that the design would make firefighting difficult. “I have grave concerns about public safety.”
Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, whose district includes Point Loma, said she could support adding­ development to the site, but not this particular proposal for La Crescentia Drive because of the locations of the new homes.
Monday’s council vote was actually in favor of a res­ident’s appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the proposed subdivision last June.
. . .
The owner of the property, Carolyn Kutzke, has been trying for several years to develop it.

San Diego Republicans Endorse Senator Joel Anderson For San Diego County Supervisor, District 2

Monday, February 9, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release from the GOP

Overwhelming support among grassroots Republicans led to decision

SAN DIEGO – At its monthly meeting this evening, the Republican Party of San Diego County overwhelmingly endorsed Senator Joel Anderson for the office of San Diego County Supervisor, District 2. 
 
“Senator Anderson’s solid record of accomplishment and his steadfast advocacy for Republican principles earned him the endorsement tonight.  Our grassroots volunteers have taken notice of Senator Anderson’s leadership over several decades of engagement with the Party.  That’s why we will work extremely hard to elect him as the next Supervisor from District 2,” said Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric.

Tonight the San Diego Republican Party will vote on whether to endorse a candidate in the 2016 County Supervisor race between Dianne Jacob and Joel Anderson.

This weekend the UT San Diego ran a story neatly framed by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and her political handler Tom Shepard.

We all know where this is heading – just like previous votes the losing side will run to the liberal media decrying how the vote was “stacked” ahead of time and driven by extreme partisan agendas.

DeMaio Tweets about County Supervisor fray

Monday, February 9, 2015
posted by Steve Gramm

Note: Just after the below was posted, DeMaio went up with his own Rostra post on the subject. Read it here.

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Carl DeMaio is weighing in on Twitter this morning about tonight’s Republican Central Committee consideration of an endorsement in next year’s District 2 County Supervisor election, which is shaping up to be a possible matchup between longtime Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Senator Joel Anderson. A series of tweets from DeMaio…

“GIGO.”  Garbage in, garbage out.

The city of San Diego lifeguards are probably the highest compensated in the state — but America’s Finest City has a policy of not reporting the full cost of benefits.  Or even MOST of the costs.  ”Too much trouble,” apparently.

Looking at the highest CA lifeguard compensation figures in the article below, it appears to me that the only benefit cost my city includes is health insurance — nothing for pensions, 401k plan, disability insurance, life insurance, retiree health care, etc., etc.  And let’s not overlook the unfunded liability cost (seldom reported) for employee pensions, retiree health care, disability, etc.

The Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego voted to endorse the candidacy of State Senator Joel Anderson (Alpine) for District Two on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in the 2016 election.

The Second District covers most of East County. It extends to the Imperial County line in the east, encompassing the communities of Poway, Julian and Ramona to the north, includes the cities of Santee, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon, the inincorporated areas of Alpine, Lakeside and Spring Valley, and all land to the Mexican border (including the communities of Jamul, Dulzura, and Potrero). Geographically, it is the largest district in the county and serves more than 625,000 citizens. District Two is currently represented by decades-long incumbent Dianne Jacob.

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