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What? You haven’t seen Star Wars?!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

In response to the weekend admission by San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez that he’s never seen Star Wars, we ran a little caption contest for his tweeted photo, resulting in some creative selections.

Yet, the best response wasn’t a caption, it was a reaction, from an anonymous sender…

Third claim filed involving Supervisor Dave Roberts

Monday, June 8, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

PRESS RELEASE

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP is Proud to Represent the Third Employee to File a Claim Against the County of San Diego Due to County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Conduct

Click here for the ZHE website statement.

Here is the complaint.

Rostra caption contest with David Alvarez

Monday, June 8, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

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San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez tweeted this over the weekend. Please come up with your chosen caption…

Ready, willing and Abed

Monday, June 8, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

I’ll admit. I’ve wanted to use that headline for some time.

That is all.

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Abed may announce supervisor bid

Saturday, June 6, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From KPBS…

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed is expected to announce Monday that he’ll run next year for San Diego County SupervisorDave Roberts’ seat.

Here’s the KPBS story.

San Diego-based Gina Loudon, a conservative talk show host, asked this yesterday via Facebook:

What votes would it take for the GOP to beat Hillary? Why?
A. Independent/ moderates
B. Women & minority vote
C. Youth vote
D. Motivate conservatives & libertarians

This is a thoughtful question.  My answer is simple; “E– Democrats”.  Let me explain:  I’m not interested in a Republican winning the White House as much as I’m interested in restoring the principles of a free society in these United States.  That won’t happen with a divided electorate.

Why would anyone in CA want to buy a grocery store? Ask Lorena.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

from CalWatchdog…

Assembly passes grocery employment mandate

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s AB359 places a number of mandates on the purchaser of a grocery store that is larger than 15,000 square feet:

  • The new owner must employ the store’s workers for at least 90 days after the purchase.
  • If the new owner does not require as many employees, the workers must be retained based on seniority.
  • None of the retained employees can be fired “without cause.”

Best. Highest. Smallest.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
posted by Randy Voepel

In announcing his endorsement of Mayor Randy Voepel for the 71st Assembly District, Santee Councilmember Rob McNelis cited released data showing that Santee leads the region when it comes to fiscally responsible policies.

Specifically, the data show that Santee boasts the best business environment, highest citizen-to-employee ratio, and smallest pension liabilities in the region.

Monday morning spin

Monday, June 1, 2015
posted by Barry Jantz

Here’s how a spin doctor does it, albeit very, very badly…

Headline: Carly Fiorina breaks top 10 of 2016 GOP candidates in latest national poll

Keep in mind there are 11 candidates or so in the race and she’s tied for 10th in the cited poll.

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From the SDUT…

Campaign consultant drops Dave Roberts
Tom Shepard bows out of 2016 bid by supervisor, who faces accusations from former aides

SAN DIEGO — Tom Shepard, the political consultant who has worked with some of the biggest names in local politics, has dumped Supervisor Dave Roberts as a client.

Read it all at the Union-Tribune.

inewsource: Briggs-associated nonprofits flout state, federal laws

Thursday, May 28, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

An excerpt…

Briggs and his law firm have sued on behalf of more than 30 charitable nonprofits, almost all of which he and his family helped create.  An inewsource review of public records found state and federal governments have suspended more than half of the groups, including the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition (which was later reinstated), for failing to file legally required documents showing finances, mission statements and board structures.

You’re gonna LOVE this.  As you know, the Los Angeles city politicians voted almost unanimously to establish a $15 minimum wage.  They did so at the behest of the labor unions.  Now the labor union bosses want an exemption for unionized workers!

As union boss Rusty Hicks so eloquently put it, “With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them,” Hicks said in a statement. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”

Poll: Lots of Americans support repealing the right to be really, really mean

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

from a National Review article…

It’s important to note here that “stir up hatred against” does not mean “instruct a crowd to kill” or “explicitly incite violence against.” Both of those things are already illegal under the Supreme Court’s 1969 Brandenburg standard. Rather, it is a fancy way of saying “be really mean to.”

Read more.

U-T: Abed eying Roberts’ seat?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

by the SDUT’s Logan Jenkins

Sam Abed, Escondido’s mayor, has not announced his candidacy for Dave Roberts’ supervisor seat.

Abed’s just making calls, prospecting for endorsements among fellow electeds. But last week, the texts were flying. You heard about Sam?

Read it here.

Lots of funny captions provided by readers for this U-T cartoon. But my wife made an interesting observation: Reverse the roles — make it two MEN with the big gun — and an empty pair of smoking WOMEN’s shoes.

I suspect that would NOT be deemed funny, or even offered up for caption-adding to the public. If it were published, letters would pour into the paper from people “deeply offended.”

Such is the double standard of today’s (selectively) sensitive society.

A few good bike paths

Friday, May 22, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From last night’s San Diego County Taxpayers Association dinner…

Revisionist History: Iraq, WMDs and Intelligence

Friday, May 22, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2015 — On the heals of Jeb Bush’s adjusted answer following Megyn Kelly’s Fox News interview in which she asked if he would have invaded Iraq, knowing what we know today, other potential Republican 2016 candidates are falling into step with their own answers to the question.

The answer, seemingly obvious, is “No, since we have now established that our intelligence was erroneous and Iraq had no WMD’s, there was no point for the war.”

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate celebrates Red Nose Day

Thursday, May 21, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


U-T: Dave Roberts hires political crisis expert

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

SAN DIEGO — County Supervisor Dave Roberts has hired a crisis communication specialist to help his political career weather accusations from former staff members.

Roberts has brought on board political consultant Gary Gartner, a personal friend and strategist for his supervisorial campaign.

Read it here.

I’d like to see the actual Chargers stadium proposal, but based on the task force’s official write-up which I presume is accurate, appears to be a $467 million taxpayer giveaway to keep the Chargers here — ignoring cost overruns and “surprises.” And apparently that’s not counting the 60 acres of land valued at $180 million (not sure how land ownership is handled).  Again, I caution that my interpretation of the proposal may not be completely accurate.

CSAG Releases Stadium Plan, Faulconer’s reaction, Goldsmith weighs in

Monday, May 18, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

PRESS RELEASE

CSAG Lays out a Clear, Workable Path to New Multi-Use Stadium with No New Taxes

‘This financing plan is an important milestone and creates the framework needed to begin negotiations’ 

SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2015)—Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) released its “Site Selection and Financing Plan for New Multi-Use Stadium in San Diego” today. It lays out a clear and workable path to a new multi-use stadium that is fair for everyone, including taxpayers.

Former staffer Diane Porter’s legal claim against Supervisor Dave Roberts says three things:

1- Dave Roberts had an “inappropriate” relationship with staffer Harold Meza.
2- Harold Meza was given favorable treatment and rewards for being Roberts’ paramour.
3- Roberts misused county funds to reward Meza for that relationship and to cover up the existence of that relationship.

Supervisor Roberts offered that there were “inaccuracies” in the claim.  Maybe that’s just cautious talk for a full denial so I’ll assume (for this argument) that Dave Roberts completely denies all points of the claim against him.

Dave Roberts Cannot Be Forced Out

Monday, May 18, 2015
posted by Erica Holloway

Dave Roberts cannot be forced out of office, not easily anyway. A San Diego County supervisor must vacate a seat one of three ways: willingly or due to untimely demise, for which a replacement process exists, take their chances come election time, or possibly face a recall effort.

Alarm bells sounded from District 3 as eight staffers fled his office just since January. If voters and political watchers believe the chatter, Roberts seems prime for a role in the “Horrible Bosses” movie franchise.

Head of Filner recall calls on Roberts to resign

Friday, May 15, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

The head of the 2013 effort to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is calling on County Supervisor Dave Roberts to resign from office, in the wake of several allegations of impropriety against him by former staff members.

Michael Pallamary, who started the effort to remove Filner from office prior to the then-Mayor ultimately resigning in August 2013, today sent the following letter to Supervisor Roberts:

Michael J. Pallamary,
Former Chairman
Recall Filner Committee

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