Posts Tagged ‘2012 Election’
It’s a time-honored New Year’s tradition to review all the new laws taking effect starting on January 1. So I thought I’d get a look at new laws affected Rostrafarians in California. I nearly choked on my breakfast when I looked at the number. There are 837 new laws taking effect as of today. Seriously? Our state was so far askew we needed over 800 pieces of legislation passed to patch us up? Holy moly.
For The First Time, Absentee Voters Will Dominate San Diego City Mayoral Election
SAN DIEGO - In the past three San Diego mayoral elections, the majority of votes in the general election were cast on Election Day. However, a new analysis by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) projects a historic change this year, as mailed ballots will, for the first time, comprise the majority of votes cast in the race. Using data from the Registrar of Voters office and GIS mapping software, NUSIPR evaluated a number of recent voter trends that will have an impact in Tuesday’s contest.
In the mid-1960s, as the they continued riding a wave of popularity, The Beatles released the classic album Revolver, which opened with the song “Taxman.”
If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street … If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat … If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat … If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.
The lyrics are not only timeless, but also dead on for those of us constantly enduring the taxman’s wrath today.
The race to become mayor of the City of San Diego has narrowed down to two finalists. In this policy brief the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) analyzed newly released electoral data from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters’ office using GIS software.
San Diego’s vote on Proposition B is reverberating across California and the country, creating national headlines. Kevin Faulconer, co-author of the Comprehensive Pension Reform citizens initiative, took to the airwaves to talk about the overwhelming approval of the measure, and how San Diego is setting a blueprint for reform for local governments throughout the nation. Watch the clip here.
Politics & Media Mashup
I worked on a campaign with local pollster John Nienstedt a couple years ago and after he explained in a group email – a few days before the election – that we were going to win someone sent a reply all message that said: “The Oracle has spoken.”
I thought of that Friday at a luncheon as I listened to Nienstedt break down Tuesday’s election.
“San Diegans expect results. We must implement Prop B without delay.”
That was the message City leaders delivered today following the landslide approval of Proposition B at the ballot box Tuesday. More than 66 percent of voters endorsed the measure, otherwise known as Comprehensive Pension Reform, to eliminate traditional pensions for new employees and replace them with a 401(k)-style plan, similar to the private sector. The measure also ends pension spiking and directs the Mayor to seek a 5-year cap on pensionable compensation.
Excited to be live blogging today’s SOLD OUT (Wow and congrats!) Mayoral debate at the Town and Country. According to the wonderful daily updates from the registrar, 30% to 35% of votes have already been cast as of SATURDAY. Not sure we will hit the magic 50% number for mail in ballots but it is going to be close.
May 2012 Contact: Tony Manolatos
16-for-16: In the 2010 election cycle, The Lincoln Club of San Diego County invested over $425,000 in local races and was successful in all (16) races in which it invested $1,000 or more.
- Bill Gore – Sheriff, County of San Diego
- Cheryl Cox – Mayor, City of Chula Vista
- Glen Googins – City Attorney, City of Chula Vista
By Ryan Trabuco
I must first preface this post by saying I have come to know Farrah Douglas through my volunteer efforts within the local Republican Party over the last few years. I respect Farrah. She’s an accomplished woman, and I believe she’s done an admirable job on the Carlsbad City Council.
However, when a legitimate issue is raised about a candidate’s vote, an action, or in this instance — voter registration — some would argue it’s fair game. It is for me. For as many times as I’ve been called a RINO (yeah, it hurts), I can proudly say: I’ve been a registered Republican since October 21, 2003 – the day I turned 18.
Ten years ago Apple was worth $10 billion dollars. Today, the world’s most valuable company boasts a worth of $600 billion. This kind of incredible growth in such a short period of time can only happen in America. In addition, these numbers speak nothing of the revolutionary advances Apple has made to the way we do business and the improvement to the quality of life for people all over the world. Lucky for us, Apple just happens to be headquartered in California – a fact that may be fleeting. Apple will soon build a $304 million facility and add 3,600 jobs in Austin, Texas.
Elizabeth Emken, U.S. Senate
Darrell Issa, 49th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
Duncan Hunter, 50th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
Brian Bilbray, 52nd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
George Plescia, 39th District State Senate
Brian Jones, 71st District State Assembly
Diane Harkey, 73rd District State Assembly
Marie Waldron, 75th District State Assembly
Brian Maienschein, 77th District State Assembly
Mary England, 79th District State Assembly
Greg Cox, County Board of Supervisors, District 1
Politics & Media Mashup is on break for the next few weeks so we can bring you exclusive Q & As with San Diego Mayoral candidates Nathan Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis.
We kick off this series with Fletcher. We determined the order based on when the responses to our questions were received — first in, first up. Despite repeated attempts, no one from Bob Filner’s campaign would answer our questions, even though a staffer there said, “We read Rostra all the time.”
There has been much jockeying by the Democratic hopefuls for AD 79, including a Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-Independent who has now decided not to run. The biggest question, though, is why Rudy Ramirez is putting his name in this race? He has never lived East of the 805 and last I checked the new 79th basically ends at the edge of the 805 and goes East. Rudy lives way down in Southwest Chula Vista right between the 5 and 805 – he has lived there for many years.
The 2012 San Diego mayor’s race began like other love affairs – lots of hope and promise for the future. Then, the sparkle and shine of courtship faded quickly into the same old dull routine.
No more flowers. No more moonlight and love songs.
Seems I’m not the only one who noticed our romance is fading.
Even the candidates can’t muster the enthusiasm. Both Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis skipped a second, high-profile debate last week and the fall out has been notable.
According to a new Survey USA poll, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’s proposed public subsidy for a new Chargers stadium is a tough sell to the public.
In the October 13th poll that surveyed 500 adults in the City of San Diego, 70% of respondents opposed an annual $38 million taxpayer subsidy to fund a new football stadium for 30 years. Among those strongly opposed are Independents (80%), conservatives (77%), Caucasians (75%), and women (75%).
The poll references the “rough estimate” recently floated by Mayor Jerry Sanders as the public’s contribution towards the cost of an $800 million stadium in East Village. The annual amount would cover bond debt payments, and would not require higher or new taxes.
Report: New SD City Council Districts Will Spur More Competitive Elections, Shape Future Policy Debates
SAN DIEGO – New Council District lines drawn for the City of San Diego will likely create more competitive elections and shift the balance of power at City Hall. Those are the major findings of a new study published today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR).
On August 25, 2011, the seven members of the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission adopted new boundary lines for City Council Districts, while also adding a ninth Council seat. NUSIPR used GIS and database software to analyze voter data available from county, state and federal government agencies.
North County’s senior state legislator, Sen. Mark Wyland, has endorsed Escondido City Councilwoman Marie Waldron for the open 75th State Assembly seat. Redistricting and term limits place Escondido, Fallbrook, San Marcos , Valley Center (and Riverside County’s Temecula) in a newly-numbered district with no incumbent.
Councilwoman Waldron is the only announced GOP candidate to date. “I’ve known Marie for fifteen years,” said Senator Wyland in a prepared statement . “She has a proven track record as a true conservative – I trust her to go to Sacramento to fight against the tax and spend culture in Sacramento and to promote real job creating policies.”
From the Maienschein campaign…
Dear Fellow Republican:
If you agree that we need more Republicans in Sacramento who will fight to eliminate the regulations and tax policies that are driving businesses and jobs out of California, please join us in endorsing Brian Maienschein for State Assembly in the 77th District.
As a City Councilman, Brian Maienschein worked closely with the business community, earning a 100% voting score from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and personally helping to grow local businesses and attract new ones. He stood up for open competition on construction projects to reduce taxpayer costs.
From the Republican Party of San Diego County
GOVERNOR PERRY WILL BE DOING A
“MEET & GREET” OPEN TO ALL SAN DIEGO
REPUBLICANS ON WED, SEPT. 7th AT 9 PM
Republican Party of San Diego County provides unique opportunity
for San Diego Republicans to hear from Governor Perry in person.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th CONTACT: TONY KRVARIC
SAN DIEGO — The Republican Party of San Diego County will be hosting a “Meet & Greet” with Governor Rick Perry on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 7th, following his participation in the Republican Presidential Candidates debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.
I once read William Carlos Williams’ The Red Wheelbarrow over and over in an English interpretation class for three hours deciphering the deeper meaning of an 8-line poem. That pales to my enchantment with this San Diego Union-Tribune editorial on the San Diego mayoral race.
First, it begins with a self-aware candidate assessment: “The early conventional wisdom about the race for mayor of San Diego goes something like this: Nathan Fletcher is the fresh young face; Carl DeMaio is the hardline fiscal reformer; Bob Filner is the unabashed liberal; and Bonnie Dumanis is the moderate favorite of ‘the establishment.’ ”
This morning I announced my full support for the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative which will appear on the June ballot next year. I was pleased to sign the petition to place the initiative on the ballot, and I encourage every voter in the City of San Diego to do the same.
I’m very proud to stand with Mayor Sanders, City Councilman Kevin Faulconer and many others in support of this initiative. They worked very hard, along with the Lincoln Club and the Taxpayers Association to hammer out these reforms. It’s a testament to their vision and their ability to build consensus that pension reform is on its way to the voters for their approval.