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Where is the GOP’s Denmark?

Friday, November 6, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Bernie Sanders points to Denmark as where he wants to take America. Hillary of course “loves Denmark.” For the left, Denmark has become that real, tangible place to compare the US to and where they want to go. Does the GOP have that?

Denmark is easy to play. Few Americans have been there. For those that have, its easy to confuse visiting somewhere with trying to live there. But it is a real place that the the left has hyped up.

Eye Roll Time: Councilman’s prayer prompts public outburst

Thursday, November 5, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

from the SDUT…

CARLSBAD — A Carlsbad councilman’s ardent prayer sparked a public outburst and a 10-minute recess at the start of this week’s Carlsbad City Council meeting.

Councilman Mark Packard, a lay leader in the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was asked at the last minute Tuesday to give the meeting invocation when the guest scheduled to do it didn’t appear.

Read it all here. But pray about it first.

Here’s a breaking bizarre news story, the result of an Associated Press Investigation just released today (Thursday, 11/5/15).  Apparently CA Governor Jerry Brown sought and received extensive geological services from a government agency, mapping out the prospects for finding oil on his family’s land.  According to this write-up of the facts by Breitbart, these services are normally never available to private individuals.  Of course, Brown’s push to all but outlaw the use of fossil fuels makes this story even weirder.


On October 12, 2015, the Republican Party of San Diego County’s treasurer, Gary Felien, moved to suspend the endorsement rules and endorse the candidacy of Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern for 76th Assembly District (over businessman Phil Graham) and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed’s candidacy for County Supervisor (over Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar).  Felien suggested that because the two candidates attend party monthly meetings, they were worthy of early endorsement over the other two candidates.  The GOP Central Committee voted against that motion and rejected the early endorsements of Abed and Kern.

The moderators’ duty at SD Rostra

Friday, October 30, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

We received an email saying that the moderators’ “duty” is to monitor the blog only and keep our opinions to ourselves.

We’re very glad now to be informed of the rules for OUR blog.

We provide quite a bit of latitude and seldom refuse comments. The fact that we’ve needed to weigh in on the recent Poway Unified discussion moreso than for other threads speaks to the passion of those involved in the issue. We’ll continue to use our best judgement to do as we see fit.

RNC suspends debate partnership with NBC

Friday, October 30, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

Email sent from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to NBC News…

Mr. Andrew Lack
Chairman, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112

Dear Mr. Lack,

I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016. The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.

A year ago I understood the hesitancy on the part of elected officials in San Diego to do anything other than at least appear to pursue efforts to keep the Chargers here.

The tide has turned. The team led by Mark Fabiani has either purposely or thru complete PR incompetence forced the average citizen into saying “whatever.”

Paul Ryan Represents “Opportunity to Set a New Course”

Friday, October 30, 2015
posted by Darrell Issa

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released the following statement in response to the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House:

I first learned about Senator Ted Cruz on Facebook.  A lady I with whom I was connected, from the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, volunteered on Ted’s Texas Senate race.  Not long thereafter, the Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed Ted’s Senate Race as well as Senator Rand Paul and, the champion of the Constitution, Congressman Ron Paul.  In May, 2012, Ron and Rand traveled to Austin TX to campaign for Ted Cruz for Senate.

The annual Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association [California State] Legislative Report Card report is out.  The ratings are based on tax votes, with an emphasis regarding attacks on Prop 13.As one would expect, since most of our legislators are Democrats, the majority of our legislators rate an “F” ranking on taxes.  The table of information can be sorted interactively in each category (I’m easily entertained).

As an Assemblyman, would Harrison differ with Hunter on Export-Import Bank?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

EricI honestly like Mike Harrison and enjoy each opportunity we have to talk, but I need to know if his values are any different than those of his boss, Congressman Duncan Hunter. Mike has been a loyal staffer and in each of our discussions has always been faithful and supportive of him.

On Monday the Congressman voted “Yea” on H. Res 450, a resolution to consider the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Congressman Hunter was one of only two California Republicans to support more crony capitalism, a continuation of the Export-Import Bank and the transfer of more dollars from the tables of San Diego families to American corporations.

California columnist Joe Mathews raises a great issue in a U-T op-ed — California’s growing problem of increasingly paying more for less. It’s a major issue, especially with government services.

But then he fails miserably — not identifying the single biggest factor. In this case, he never addresses the principal reason why the cost of California government services are so high — and how that high cost impacts the quantity and quality of such services.

Why Benghazi Doesn’t Get Any Traction

Thursday, October 22, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

It’s been stumping the GOP why Benghazi doesn’t resonate with the public. GOP voters are certainly fired up about it, rightly so. But among the left and independents they just shrug it off, why?

It’s a hard question. Considering how it’s believed that American casualties in Vietnam hurt the war effort, it should mean something, right? Or the casualties in Mogadishu shown later in “Black Hawk Down” that made Clinton rethink the mission there. Or the casualties in Iraq seen as a large factor in the 2006 Democratic mid-term win and Rumsfeld’s departure. With Benghazi has Americans become desensitized to casualties after years of war?

Carl DeMaio Moves to Afternoon Drive and Sean Hannity Joins Mid-days

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 21, 2015 – News Radio 600 KOGO announced a new programming lineup with extended news programming, new timeslot for Carl DeMaio and the addition of top-rated, nationally syndicated talk radio host Sean Hannity, effective October 26, 2015.


On October 15, 2014, News Radio 600 KOGO launched its new programming with a revamped news emphasis in morning and afternoon drive to tremendous rating success.

Are you being served?

For that matter, are you being served by the members of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board?

Because one of them got served tonight.

In the midst of a cantankerous public hearing in East County, at which the College Board ultimately held off — for now — on imposing a union-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on $398 million in publicly-funded improvements, Trustee Edwin Hiel was served with a notice of recall.

In California, exceptionally high firefighter pay and benefits makes “firehouse” firefighter positions coveted slots, with few openings and huge applicant interest. Couple that with a strong desire by existing firefighters to get their offspring and relatives hired (a.k.a. nepotism), and it’s a scenario ripe for corruption.

Here’s one of the more amazing examples.  In 2007 the Oakland Fire Department unwisely had all the applicants show up on ONE day.  They started lining up 3 days ahead of time.

Santee Mayor Randy Voepel is calling on Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District trustees to live up to their prior commitment to fair and open competition on several million dollars of publicly-funded construction projects, in what is shaping up to be a Tuesday night Donnybrook for the usually quiet East County school board.

Many area residents have only learned in the last few days of the plan by Grossmont-Cuyamaca to approve a union-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for facility improvements funded by a $398 million bond measure approved by voters in 2012.

Good news!  California’s unemployment rate dropped significantly in September, from 6.1% to 5.9% — while the nation’s unemployment rate remained stable at 5.1%.  The bad news?  No increase in the number of CA jobs.

Okay, okay — I exaggerated a bit to make a point.  Actually the number of CA jobs DID increase in September — but by only 8,200 jobs.  That may sound like a lot of jobs — until you consider that we have a whopping 39,000,000 people in the Golden State. That’s FAR less job growth than the number needed to handle our modestly increasing state population.

Many East County residents have only learned in the last few days of the plan by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) to renege on its previous commitment to fair and open competition on millions of dollars in public funds being used for school facility improvements.

See Thursday’s press release from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and two mail pieces now landing in residents’ mailboxes, one from the Taxpayers group and another from the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction.

Another mail piece going out to East County residents regarding the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Board considering an “I take it back” on the promise for fair and open competition.

See the prior mail from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

This piece is from the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction. Below that is a message from Eric Christen of CFEC.



by Eric Christen

CAUTION:  The following commentary will trigger intense feelings of hatred (of me) among some firefighters.  My apologies in advance.

Firefighting has always been an honorable profession.  It’s a job that, from time to time, definitely can be more dangerous than most occupations.  But the “problem” for the California Fire Foundation (CFF) and other boosters of firefighters is that — these days — too few firefighters are dying on the job.

It’s not even an election year and we have some mail!

Following up on the post regarding the San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s revocation of its support for a 2012 Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District bond measure (see earlier press release), Rostra was sent the following mailer, which apparently will be in East County mailboxes soon…

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Press Release

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is calling on the board of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to honor its pledge of fair and open competition for contracts to build taxpayer-funded projects.

SDCTA says it will revoke its support for the GCCCD’s Proposition V bond measure if trustees vote on Oct. 20 to put in place a blanket project labor agreement for construction projects funded with proceeds from the 2012 measure.

Strike TWO on Poway Schools recall — notice invalidated again

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

The recall notice of Poway Unified School District Trustee Andy Patapow was invalidated today for the second time since Friday, again because some signers were not registered at the addresses listed.

The recall proponents, should they continue their efforts, would once again have to restart the process and serve notice to Patapow — for a third time.

If the difficulty in collecting ten or so valid signatures is any indication, how does this bode for collecting thousands?

FPPC tells Horn he can’t vote on Lilac Hills

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Fair Political Practices Commission Recommendation Regarding Lilac Hills Ranch Vote

by County Supervisor Bill Horn

Today I received a response from my request to the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding my Supervisorial vote as it relates to the Lilac Hills Ranch Project. They have concluded that I have a conflict of interest because “…the decisions will have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect on my real property interest.”

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