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Bees and disease in Encinitas???

Monday, June 23, 2014
posted by Jerome Stocks

“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?

Taxpayers Association announces Leslie as new President/CEO

Friday, June 20, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

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!”

From the “What’s wrong with this image?” Department

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Hat tip, Michael Schwartz…

Uhhh, discuss?

Assemblyman Jones Denounces Democrat Budget Priorities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

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 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.

Survey has DeMaio leading

Sunday, June 15, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

From 10News…

SAN DIEGO – In an election for U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 52nd Congressional District, Republican challenger Carl DeMaio has a narrow advantage over 1st-term incumbent Democrat Scott Peters, according to a 10News/U-T San Diego poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

DeMaio 51%, Peters 44%. That’s the headline at this hour, 6 months till votes are counted, pointing to a possible Republican takeaway of this congressional seat.

Read it at 10News.

Minimum Wage Hard Truths – Who Should I Fire?

Thursday, June 12, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

My income is fixed but decent, so I choose to employ maids and gardeners.  My choice results in extra coin in the pocket of people whom I know are not near as well off as myself.  The hard truth about a minimum wage increase of the size being contemplated by the San Diego City Council is that I can’t really afford to continue to employ both.  So who should I fire, the maids or the gardeners?  This is the hard truth about the minimum wage.  My income is set by law, it’s not going to change, so those are my choices to deal with rising costs.  Those arguing for the minimum wage will tell me that I am not paying those people enough, but when someone loses that income, I’ll bet they would prefer that I still employed them.  Further, I won’t be the only one making such a choice; some people are going to lose their jobs with a minimum wage hike.

Red State: The Stupid Party

Thursday, June 12, 2014
posted by Thor's Assistant

Less than twenty-four hours after the shockwaves of Eric Cantor’s defeat, the House Republican Party has decided to ignore the results as a meaningless anomaly.

Read it here.

Thoughts, readers?

In the wake of low voter turnout in the June 2014 California primary which favored conservative / Republican candidates, is there any chance of a repeat on a bigger scale in November 2014?

John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, says November 2014 could be a real downer for California when it comes to voter turnout. As John notes in a new blog post for Competitive Edge, The June primary turnout was stunningly — unprecedentedly — bad, as only 23 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. This embarrassing record justifiably gets him thinking about whether the upcoming general election will sink to a record low as well.

BREAKING: CA52 “Leans Republican”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
posted by Carl DeMaio

Just in from The Nooner — CA-52′s rating changed from “Toss Up” to “Leans Republican”…

Dave Brat, economics professor, neophyte, and “underfunded” candidate has done the unbelievable — he decidedly defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Brat ran a campaign that attracted heavy tea party support, criticizing Cantor for his votes for the debt ceiling increase and his support for comprehensive immigration reform (italicized and emboldened intentionally).

Some observations:

An Open Letter to Todd Gloria on Minimum Wage

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Eric Andersen

Dear Council President Gloria,

Perhaps no man has had a bigger impact on classical liberal thinking than French political economist Frederic Bastiat (1801 -1850). Bastiat pinned his hopes for liberty on the United States because he saw no place where law was kept more within its proper domain: the protection of every person’s liberty and property. The result of using law defensively, as opposed to coercively, created more opportunity and prosperity for the poor than any civilization in 5,000 years of human history.

An Extra $10 Billion Slapped on California’s Businesses,
“Are You Kidding Me?”

SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) calls on Governor Brown and the majority party to solve the looming $10 billion tax bill slapped on the backs of California’s businesses. During the recession beginning in 2008, California and most other states borrowed heavily from the federal government to ensure unemployment benefits to those who had lost their job. California alone borrowed more than $10 billion of the federal debt.

Peters “Thanks” Obama Administration for Swapping 5 Terrorists and Votes to Transfer Detainees to Civilian Courts

 San Diego – Within the span of just one week, Rep. Scott Peters voted to transfer dangerous detainees from Guantanamo Bay and issued a statement congratulating the Obama Administration for its illegal move to release five known terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Berghdal.

“While we all share a commitment to bring our servicemembers home, Congressman Peters puts partisanship over principle when he refuses to join with Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in calling out the Administration for negotiating with terrorists and breaking the law,” Carl DeMaio said.

Here is an incredibly deceptive U-T story, topped only by the even more deceptive headline “WAGE PUSH GETS BUSINESS BACKING.” The story is about a handful of businesses that recently held a press conference advocating that the city of San Diego adopt a dramatically higher minimum wage ($13 is the one currently proposed by progressives for our city).

Thank you from Bill Horn

Friday, June 6, 2014
posted by Guest Column

From Bill Horn

Count of late absentee and provisional ballots confirm that I have been re-elected to represent the 5th District on the Board of Supervisors.

I wanted you to be among the first to know, and to thank you for your support. We could not have done it without you.

In spite of nearly a half-million dollars spent by the county’s biggest public employee union to defeat me, we prevailed because of our success in managing county government and our ability to get that message out as a result of your support. 

SDCTA/Chamber Study Shows Pitfalls of Minimum Wage Hike

Thursday, June 5, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

Comprehensive Analysis Uncovers Negative Impacts on Small Businesses and Ineffectiveness as Tool to Reduce Poverty

SAN DIEGO (June 5, 2014) – Increasing the minimum wage would hurt numerous small businesses, according to a study released today by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The study also found that a local proposal to raise the minimum wage would be an ineffective tool to reduce poverty, failing to reach many of the people who need the most help.

Why Scott Peters Had a REALLY Bad Night

Thursday, June 5, 2014
posted by Carl DeMaio

Election Analysis: Rep. Scott Peters Had a Really Bad Primary Night
Peters Posts Worst % Among CA Dems; LA Times Says “Most Likely to Flip”

San Diego – The Los Angeles Times ran a story noting Rep. Scott Peters seat is seen as the “most likely to flip” in the 2014 election and the dismal showing by Peters in Tuesday’s primary underscores why.

Thank you for your support

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
posted by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf

After a long and very personal campaign, I am so happy and humbled to have been elected to the District 2 seat on the City Council.

Thank you for your support, and a special thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped out on the campaign. We knew it would be difficult to win in June with four people on the ballot, and each and every one of you helped make last night’s victory possible.

Let’s Unite and Win Back the 52nd District

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
posted by Carl DeMaio

Last night I called both Kirk Jorgensen and Fred Simon to congratulate them on running their campaigns and offering solutions to our country’s pressing problems.

Now it is time for us to unite. Ronald Reagan said it best: If you and I disagree on 15% of things, you are not my 15% enemy, you are my 85% friend.

Republicans agree that our country must return to a respect of the Constitution. We believe government is taking too much of our hard-earned money and has wasted our money on bureaucracies that don’t deliver results.

How relevant are Second Amendment supporters in San Diego County elections?  In a county-wide election, it could mean as much as a 2-4% margin.  Let’s look at two unopposed, county-wide races. With 92% of the vote in:

  • Sheriff Bill Gore, running unopposed, had 100% of the vote with 240,394
  • County Treasurer Dan McAllister, running unopposed, had 100% of the vote with 246,890

June 2014 Election Eve Ballot Analysis

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
posted by Vince Vasquez

GOP Get-Out-The-Vote

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SAN DIEGO – Get-Out-The-Vote operations are crucial under any circumstances but even more so in low turnout elections – which is what’s widely expected for this June Primary.

The Republican Party of San Diego County has built a Get-Out-The-Vote operation to rival the unions and will be deploying parts of it from Mission Valley this afternoon at 3 PM, featuring remarks by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Carl DeMaio, Lorie Zapf, and Chris Cate.

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