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A huge victory was won for liberty in the San Diego City Council Chamber two days ago — the rent seekers lost the battle to keep competition down.  The San Diego City Council voted to lift the artificial “cap” on city licensing of taxicabs.

You might ask, “Why the hell is the City licensing driving?  Doesn’t the State do that?”– that would be a fair question.  For decades, a small number of businesses have leveraged government to restrict competition in the taxicab industry.  The City charges an excessive licensing fees and then creates an artificial market by capping the number of licenses issued.   The restricted market is so inefficient that the “medallions” trade for as much as fifty times purchase value in a secondary market.

A moratorium on everything

Sunday, January 19, 2014
posted by Greg Larkin

Read below the letter from a constituent to his council members, then consider the ramifications.

Linkage fees are already in play. Next, let’s also “throttle back on construction permits” to address the water crisis.

In fact, let’s do all we can to ensure owners can’t use their property and businesses can’t expand. That will save water, moreso as businesses locate elsewhere.

What’s more, why not a government moratorium on anyone moving to the state until water resources are no longer a problem?


Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2014

Subject: The Drought Emergency

Jobs Tax Increase — Call to Action from Taxpayers Association

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
posted by Thor's Assistant

From San Diego County Taxpayers Association


Jobs tax increase defeated in 2011 coming back to City Council

Next Monday (November 4th) the City Council will be hearing a proposal to increase the Jobs Tax by as much as 900%!

In July 2011 a proposal was brought forward to the San Diego City Council to increase the so called “linkage fee” from its current rate. The linkage fee is a fee charged to new commercial and industrial construction, i.e. job creators, on a per square foot basis.

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Polling Polling Polling

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
posted by North Pole

There are so many polls going on in San Diego this week I have no idea where to start.

First the Fletcher “poll” that is mentioned earlier in this blog. I say “poll” like that because I just got off the phone with a pollster friend and he pretty much confirmed what I thought: this isn’t a ‘real’ poll. It all but pushes a vote for Fletcher, and does not address his problems except the weakest way possible. To quote the pollster, “this ‘poll’ is pretty much designed to show Fletcher with a huge lead so that he can scare other Democrats out of the race.”

Leaked: Nathan Fletcher Internal Campaign Poll

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
posted by Eliot Ness

Last night the Nathan Fletcher campaign was doing polling in San Diego. The entire set of questions was leaked. Another stumble out of the gate for this supposed team of professionals. The first one of course was the leak of his candidacy the morning of Mayor Filner’s resignation. Oops, cancel the planned big announcement!

The poll reveals much about the thinking in the Fletcher campaign which is rumored to have dumped Tom Shepard in favor of a pure union consultant firm. Hey, when you go union you have to go ALL IN. Well, they seem to have their work cut out for them. as I’ve never seen a more vapid,  manufactured candidate in my life.

Nathan Fletcher: Gross AND Opportunistic

Saturday, August 24, 2013
posted by Scaramanga

Even for former pro-life, pro-gun conservative Republican Nathan Fletcher and his sycophant supporters, the events of the last few weeks are jaw-dropping.

First, in the wake of the tragic passing of Fletcher-booster and biotech leader Duane Roth, Christine Forrester sent an email in the name of the “Draft Nathan Fletcher” “movement” (no doubt organized by Nathan and/or his wife Mindy), using the death to further Nathan’s candidacy for mayor.  Even Fletcher supporters found it pretty gross and a disservice to Roth, whether his family okayed it or not.  Let’s face it, it’s just gross.

Why Would Filner Resign?, Polling, Labor Dynamics

Friday, August 9, 2013
posted by North Pole

It’s been a couple weeks since my last post so I thought I’d play some catch up.

#1 I don’t believe Bob Filner will resign unless he has to negotiate away his office to avoid prison time for the other financial scandals that are roiling him. So what that all the Democratic officials in town are calling for him to step down. Filner must know what we all know: they didn’t want him to run in the first place, never liked him, and see this as an opportunity to replace him with someone they like (or some are afraid they’ll lose the seat to a Republican).

Hello, Nathan? Marti? Sherri?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
posted by Scaramanga

Still wondering how it is possible that the three dwarfs have yet to call on Filner to resign?  Whatever you think of due process, do you really need more info than the three women who’ve stepped forward with detailed accounts to feel some moral obligation to at least call on him to resign and save our city from this international embarrassment?

I wonder if Marti Emerald still thinks he’s courageous?  I guess it does take some level of courage to be so brazen in your unwanted sexual advances.

Color Us Surprised — Pension Board Veto Update…

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
posted by Thor's Assistant

In reference to Mayor Bob Filner’s veto of his own appointments to the City of San Diego pension board and the question of whether the City Council had six votes for an override:

From Rostra, Monday…

We can guess where Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald will stand on that issue when it is discussed today during the City Council meeting. Whatever Bob says.

How David Alvarez and Sherri Lightner view it may shed some light on whether the City Council has enough votes to no longer stomach the mayor’s crass shenanigans.


In case anyone was wondering if San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would be taking a hands-on governing approach in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations (and now lawsuit) against him, the following may be telling.

Herb Morgan, president of the San Diego City Employee Retirement System, received official notice yesterday that Filner vetoed his recent re-appointment to the board, as well as the appointments of two others.

It’s just that the mayor is the one that re-appointment Morgan and the other members.

Enabler Watch

Monday, July 15, 2013
posted by Scaramanga

Another day in the unfolding Filner saga.

It’s been 6 days since the Enabling Trio called for Mayor Filner’s resignation.  It’s been 5 days since Marti Emerald called the Mayor “courageous.”

While there’s a growing consensus among Democrats and Republicans that Filner should resign, let’s see the Democrat scorecard on those calling for the resignation:


Congresswoman Susan Davis

Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins

Assembywoman Lorena Gonzalez

Council President Todd Gloria

Councilmember David Alvarez

Don’t Resign

Congressman Scott Peters

Congressman Juan Vargas

Senator Marty Block

Senator Ben Hueso

Last one standing?

Friday, July 12, 2013
posted by Thor's Assistant

Now that powerhouses Lorena Gonzalez and Todd Gloria have joined the clamoring din of those urging Bob Filner to resign, who will be the last holdout? Will anyone of prominence end up not joining in?

Make your selection and tell us why…

Marti Emerald

Sherri Lightner

Myrtle Cole

What about Scott Peters?


Slight recrafting of Marti Emerald statement on Filner

Friday, July 12, 2013
posted by Greg Larkin

Imagine Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s statement on the mayor in a different light…

“I commend (insert name of any Republican) for the courage to admit he has made mistakes and for his commitment to change his behavior. I hope the people of San Diego will support (insert same name) in his effort to make a change and continue to make a positive difference in our city.”

Wouldn’t happen. Ever.

I don’t have to say there’s a word for that.

VOSD Breaks New Filner Extortion Scheme

Monday, July 1, 2013
posted by Scaramanga

Credit where credit is due: VOSD broke an important story on Filner trading political favor in exchange for a 6-figure payment.  The project, known as Centrepoint, was plagued by Filner’s refusals to grant necessary permits and chatter about the hold-ups was well-known in City Hall circles.  Seems Mayor Filner (and co-extortionist Marti Emerald) found himself much more amenable to the project once the the contractor in question coughed up $150,000.

Make no mistake, this is extortion.  But whether its Sunroad or this contractor, Carmel Partners, they are just as guilty of the crime as Filner.  By giving into his extortion, they are effectively endorsing it.  This is the kind of downtown insider pay-to-play stuff that sickens taxpayers and creates a corrupt environment at City Hall.

Filner Unplugged

Monday, July 1, 2013
posted by Aynd Rand

Mayor Bob Filner’s Friday press conference should be studied in political science classes for years to come. It was excellent political theater and probably could have gone another 2 hours if his staff hadn’t cut it off. More important than the presser however is what happens next in each of these Mayoral melodramas he’s created. Let’s take each in turn.

Sunroad Controversy Deux

The fiction of majority vote

Monday, June 25, 2012
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Fred Schnaubelt

Who Speaks For You? – Who Speaks For The American People?

The “American people” want compromise says the New York Times. The “American people” want a balanced budget say the Republicans.  The “American people” want free medical care, free college tuitions, free contraceptives, free food stamps, free mass transit, free immigration, and free or partly free housing say the Democrats (and Democrats want Republicans to go along to get along).  Everyone with an agenda claims to speak for the “American people” — or is it the “American peepul?’

Fletcher Wins Race For Most Klout

Saturday, June 2, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup

I wrote a post six months ago comparing the Klout scores of San Diego mayoral candidates, council members and a few others who know their way around Facebook and Twitter. It generated a little buzz.

Tony Krvaric, Todd Gloria and others compared their scores on Twitter. Former U-T San Diego columnist Tom Blair mentioned the post in one of his columns and it was the subject of a short 10News story.

Klout is not without problems, so I took a little ribbing.

With public opinion tilting against public employee unions, the California Republican Party says D7 council candidate Mat Kostrinsky (D) does not want voters to know of his career interlude with the influential local SEIU chapter.  And a check of the Biography Page at Kostrinsky’s campaign website  does not mention the SEIU.  SEIU press releases or agendas from Local 221 identify Kostrinsky as an SEIU official here in 2010 and again here in 2007 .

The California Republican Party sent this mailer in support of District 7 native  Scott  Sherman, the endorsed  D7  city council candidate.  District 7 is  ”open” since incumbent Marti Emerald  fled relocated to the new 9th District  drawn by the   Kangaroo Court    Redistricting Commission in 2011.   Patrick Henry High School  football veteran Scott Sherman is a successful local businessman.  And yes, Sports Fans, where you went to High School  still matters in District 7 !     Sherman is also endorsed by former D7 Councilwoman  Judy McCarty (1985-2000), Kevin Faulconer, Lorie Zapf, Jerry Sanders, Nathan Fletcher and State legislators Joel Anderson and Brian Jones.


Gonzalez punishes Gloria and Lightner

Saturday, April 28, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos
Lorena Gonzalez

Politics & Media Mashup

There was a short but very telling story in Friday’s U-T San Diego. On the surface, “Labor gives ‘F’ grade to five on S.D. council” does not look like much more than a few inches on B2, but the story highlights how cutthroat politics can be at City Hall.

The piece, written by Jen Lebron Kuhney, says only two council members, Democrats Marti Emerald and David Alvarez, received passing grades. Each received a B.

Council candidate says DeMaio pressured him to drop out

Monday, March 12, 2012
posted by David Ogul

San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio tried to pressure 7th District City Council candidate Rik Hauptfeld into ditching his campaign in an apparent effort at improving fellow Republican Scott Sherman’s chances of winning the seat, Hauptfeld said today in an exclusive interview with San Diego Rostra.

DeMaio’s campaign manager, Ryan Clumpner, issued a statement denying the allegation.

“He met with Rik once, and was very clear that he was not asking him to drop out of the race,” Clumpner said.

Judy McCarty, who spoke for District 7 at  the SD City Council from  1985  to 2000, is endorsing GOP busiessman Scott Sherman for the same Council job.  It is fair to say Judy McCarty’s blessing is the single best  any D7 candidate can receive:  a decade after leaving office, she still commands affection and respect in the older neighborhoods like San Carlos, Allied Gardens and Del Cerro, where memories are  long  and loyalties run  Deep.   A major coup here for candidate Scott Sherman.   [Councilwoman-in-Exile  Marti Emerald recently  fled the redrawn District 7 in order to seek a new term elsewhere].


2012 shapes up as the most-important SD Council election year since the 1990s, and GOP hopefuls Scott Sherman  and Ray Ellis are out of the starting gate at a gallup.  Scott Sherman is the favorite in District 7  (from which Marti  Emerald has fled)  and tallied  over $55,000 in support  by the Dec. 31st  cutoff date.    Fellow businessman Ray Ellis  (opposing the incumbent Sherri Lightner in D1) floored eveyone, reporting beter than $150,000  collected!   Victories by Ellis, Sherman and Mark Kersey in nearby District 5, would give Republicans a 5-4 majority next year.


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