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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.

Unstated in California Assemblywoman Toni Atkins’ proposed new annual $52 DMV driving “fee” for infrastructure is the bogus assumption that Californians pay too little taxes. False.

Consider:

* CA has by FAR the highest state income tax rate.

* The highest state capital gains tax rate (2nd highest combined capital gains rate in the WORLD).

* The highest state sales tax rate.

* Easily the highest gasoline and diesel taxes.

* The 10th highest homeowner property taxes.

Pension Abuse: Unions Are At It Again!

Thursday, February 5, 2015
posted by Carl DeMaio

They are at it again.

California’s government unions have already run up an astounding debt of $250 billion for unfunded retirements for state and local government employees. We have seen taxes hiked and services slashed to pump billions into these unsustainable pension systems. Now the unions want to take what little is left in government pension systems and use it for “shareholder activism.”

Is California “back,” as the liberal press and our governor so proudly proclaim? No. Not hardly.

In November, California was tied for the second highest/worst state unemployment rate.  In December, we’ve got second place all to ourselves at 7.0%.

The national unemployment rate was 5.6%.  Only “Deliverance” Mississippi was worse. The national unemployment rate not including CA is 5.4%, making the CA unemployment rate 29.4% higher than the average of the other 49 states.

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

GOP: County Supes’ Folly UPDATE!

Monday, February 2, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Latest from the County Republican Party…

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3rd at 9 AM three Republican (!!) County Supervisors will vote to drastically curtail the free speech rights of our Party, severely limiting our ability to elect Republicans in general and those in marginal districts in particular.

It saddens me to have to call out fellow Republicans Greg Cox, Ron Roberts, and Dianne Jacob but considering this assault I have no choice.

A couple of developments…

Here’s an interesting exercise in NFL economics. Some “sports economist” referenced in this otherwise excellent U-T article (Gee, I wonder who funds his academic chair?) has projected that a new San Diego stadium will mean $50 million more annually for the Chargers. Put aside for the moment the biased nature of this “study.”  Suppose it’s true.

RIDER QUESTIONS:

Where does the $50 million come from?

A. From increased stadium revenues that go to the Chargers.

The Need For Reasonable Limits On Political Party Candidate Donations

Saturday, January 31, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Supervisor Ron Roberts

Former state Republican Party chair Ron Nehring rightly states that “San Diego voters have a right to know who is trying to influence our local elections.” (Commentary, U-T San Diego, January 29, 2014).  But his prescription for accomplishing that – allowing unlimited political contributions to be funneled through political parties directly to local candidates – does not accomplish this objective.

U-T Weighs In On County Supes’ Folly and Grassroots Republicans React

Friday, January 30, 2015
posted by Guest Column

From the Republican Party of San Diego County…

A quick update on reactions to the County Supes’ decision to curtail our Party’s ability to elect Republicans…

1) Ron Nehring’s OpEd ran yesterday. It’s a must-read:

New Rules Unfairly Limit Contributions For Supervisor Races

2) Today the U-T weighed in and called the proposal “naive and doomed to fail”:

County Contribution Limits Won’t Achieve Goal

Short Term Rental Issue

Thursday, January 29, 2015
posted by B-Daddy

There is a petition on change.org asking the mayor and the City Council to ban short-term rentals in the city of San Diego. I’m not going to link to the petition because I don’t want you to sign it. A total ban would be ridiculous and an invitation for people to just flaunt the law. However, there are some issues that ought to be dealt with regarding short-term rentals.  Some negative comments about short term rentals from my neighbors on Next Door.

A Defense of Proposition 13 Property Tax Revenues
by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
 ***Updated 28 January, 2015***
www.RiderRants.BlogSpot.com

When it comes to gathering sufficient property taxes, Prop 13 is no problem at all – except for profligate spenders. Look at the history of my San Diego County – a history which pretty much reflects the history of property taxes in the urban/suburban counties that hold over 85% of California’s population.

T.J. Zane selected as local GOP’s new Executive Director

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

T. J. Zane, who over the last several years has been instrumental in building the Lincoln Club of San Diego into one of the most prominent political forces in the area, was announced today as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

Republican Liberty Caucus Recognizes Kathleen Hedberg

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Column
by Jason Jackson

The week before last the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) recognized Kathleen Hedberg of the Helix Water Disrict Board 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.

Et Tu, Cox, Jacob, and Roberts?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

From the Republican Party of San Diego County…

Today is a sad day.

The ONLY Supervisor who stood with us today was Supervisor Bill Horn. He cast the lone vote NOT to change the county campaign rules in the middle of the game and infringe on the free speech rights of political parties.

PLEASE CONTACT BILL RIGHT NOW TO THANK HIM FOR STANDING WITH US:

Supervisor Bill Horn
Tel: (619) 531-5555
Email: bill.horn@sdcounty.ca.gov

The County Board of Supervisors ruled against free speech today.  Let me amend that; every Supervisor, except Board Chairman Bill Horn, limited your right to support candidates through a political party.

Horn registered his expected pro-freedom response.  He started the conversation by saying that he opposes any limits to free speech.  After public testimony (from five speakers and 16 non-speakers, against the contribution limit proposal, and exactly NO people supporting it),  initiating Supervisor Ron Roberts amended his original proposal.  He increased the contribution limit stating that his original number was too low.

The Federalist Society’s recent Western Conference focused upon the innovative new “sharing” economy, and the looming regulatory threats.

The afternoon panel featured attorneys Katie Chen from Lyft and Andrea Lobato from Airbnb, who discussed the legal and regulatory challenges facing their services, as well as the opportunities they offer to consumers. Ride-sharing and room-sharing have grown tremendously popular overnight, and more traditional providers—such as taxi companies and hoteliers—are pushing back by lobbying government to crack down on these upstarts through tighter regulations.

Tom Shepard is up to his old shenanigans again. Shepard-backed Supervisor Ron Roberts is introducing a proposal to limit candidate donations from political parties in San Diego County. Guess why? To protect two of Shepard’s other clients, up for re-election in 2016: Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox. It also gives Shepard a chance to make MORE money by forming and/or consulting for “independent expenditure committees” (also known as attack ad slush funds).

Local GOP: Republican County Supervisors Attack Political Party Contributions!

Monday, January 26, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

From the Republican Party of San Diego…

THIS IS AN URGENT MESSAGE. PLEASE READ THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY!

County Supervisor Ron Roberts is attacking our Party and its ability to participate in the political process by making direct contributions to its endorsed county candidates.

From what I’ve been able to gather, both Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob are IN SUPPORT of this infringement on the Free Speech rights of political parties.

It’s an educational (and scary) exercise to consider what our property taxes would be if Prop 13 had NOT passed in 1978 — and no subsequent reforms in property taxes occurred (a fair assumption, given Democrat dominance of the state legislature since 1970).

Here’s how deceiving our unemployment figures can be:
1. The California unemployment rate in December dropped a dramatic .2% in one month — from 7.2% to 7.0%. That is an IMPRESSIVE improvement. Except . . .
2.Number of net jobs added in California that month — a state with over 38,800,000 people: 700. No, I didn’t leave out a zero or two — SEVEN HUNDRED.
Yes, a statistically insignificant 700 net jobs added, yet our state unemployment rate dropped a full two-tenths of a percent. How can this be?

You know the answer by now: Our lower unemployment rate for December is almost 100% due to people no longer looking for work, leaving the state, or retiring (a.k.a. the lower “labor force participation rate”) — even after counting the young adults entering the CA work force marketplace.

Assemblyman Jones Calls for Real Government Reforms

Thursday, January 22, 2015
posted by Assemblyman Brian Jones

SACRAMENTO, CA – In this week’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) calls for politicians to enact “real” government reform in the area of workers’ compensation. In a November 2014 survey conducted by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, California was ranked number one for the nation’s highest workers’ compensation costs, coming in at $3.48 per $100 of payroll on average – a mind-boggling 188% of the national median. “It’s time for politicians to stop hiding behind their phony reforms and get to work,” said Assemblyman Jones. “Join me in keeping Sacramento accountable so we can actually work at reducing costs.”

An Open Letter to CityBeat on Gun Show article

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
posted by Guest Column

From Michael Schwartz

To San Diego CityBeat’s Ryan Bradford,

I read your recent article on the Crossroads of the West gun show, held in Del Mar on December 14.

The way your half-drunken friends treat pistols makes them representative of gun owners as much as their alcohol abuse makes them sommeliers or enologists. I do commend them for unloading the pistol’s magazine before letting you handle it, which is far more like the safety precautions I am used to seeing from gun owners. (Note: a “clip” loads a magazine. A “magazine” holds ammunition. Your friend unloaded the pistol’s magazine.)

An App for Socialism?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Electronic Arts is out with a new app called SimCity BuildIt. Its a free game with some in-app purchases that you can play on your iphone, ipad, and android devices (and link to friends’ cities through facebook). SimCity is an old game, often reinvented, where you are the mayor that has to build a city. No city councils or elections get in your way. The gameplay of SimCity let’s you pick your residential areas. As the game goes you can relocate them at no cost and eminent domain without restraint! You also build the factories and stores that you want. Its a central planner socialist dream!

Revelations about the surveillance state are eroding trust in government and in law enforcement in particular.  Police officer involved deaths of civilians are also responsible. Setting the Ferguson incident aside, which details are murky; Eric Garner’s death in New York and the death of Tamir Rices in Cleveland, both captured on video, cast doubt on the fairness and integrity of those police departments and the justice system.

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