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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…
1) I’ve heard from still more substantial leaders in our county expressing profound disappointment with this new law which will only elevate narrow special interests and unions.
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.
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:
2) Today the U-T weighed in and called the proposal “naive and doomed to fail”:
“…the rules are built on an assumption at odds with modern American history: that people who want to use their money to pay for political speech to advocate their interests won’t be able to find a way to do so.”
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
Sadly Ron Roberts, Greg Cox, and Dianne Jacob voted to empower narrow dark money groups which operate out of PO Boxes for a couple of months before an election and labor unions, at the expense of transparent, broad based, democratically elected political party organizations.
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.
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).
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.
We expect this from Democrats, but this thrust is coming from fellow Republicans, one that we helped and endorsed last year, and two who are up for re-election in 2016!
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.
Smart governing decisions saving taxpayer dollars and collaborative initiatives took top honors, while cavalier attitudes and lost opportunities were called out and shamed at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)’s 17th annual Goldens Awards Dinner, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley.
Remote controls were nowhere in sight as the evening’s theme “Taxpayer TV: We Can’t Make This $#!% Up!” entertained the appreciative audience who shared the details of the exclusive video parodies highlighting the program via social media. As in past programs, elected officials, members of the news media and other public figures willingly humiliated themselves in a good-natured send-up of the year in government news and achievements in San Diego.
The local San Diego great politico John Dadian is quoted as calling the Steve Danon campaign for the 3rd District Supervisorial seat “the steamroller,” but thus far there hasn’t been much to roll over since he had drawn no opponents and the incumbent has bowed out of the race.
Well folks, we’re in a new year and things have changed! In fact Del Mar City Councilman and Mayor Carl Hilliard and Solana Beach City Councilman and past Mayor Dave Roberts have both announced their intentions to take on Danon for the seat.
Just as redistricting made Escondido more important than ever, the City’s new mayor Sam Abed this week endorsed GOP challenger Steve Danon over incumbent Pam Slater-Price (also a Republican). The pending removal of both La Jolla and Pacific Beach (City of San Diego) from Slater-Price’s district gives Escondido a bigger voice in next June’s vital primary election. “We need new leadership for North County on the Board of Supervisors, so I’m pleased to announce my endorsement of Steve Danon,” Mayor Abed said in a prepared statement.
……….DOING THE DISTRICT 3 ELECTION MATH
With the mayor’s race sucking up all the oxygen, it’s hard to imagine there’s any other political news anywhere in San Diego County, but there is.
Tomorrow, San Diego County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee will present three proposals to redraw the supervisors’ seats.
All the maps propose lifting La Jolla out of Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s district and moving it to Supervisor Ron Roberts’ seat. Not a bad voting base for District Four to snag.
Though unsurprising given population shifts, the change could affect future potential candidates, such as former Assemblyman George Plescia. Also, it’s been rumored for years that Slater-Price’s chief of staff and long-time La Jollan, John Weil, had eyes for the Third District job.
Do I know what will drive Rostra reader traffic, or what?
While Mrs. Seal hasn’t technically made any direct comment, her admonition to contestants on her reality show “Project Runway” applies nicely. As in fashion, in politics one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.
In a few short days on June 5 when fundraising can begin, all our speculation will be verified as to who’s actually in the race and who’s out. Those of us with additional speculating to do need to get cracking.
From the Danon for Supervisor Campaign:
Escondido, CA – California State Senator Joel Anderson formally announced today his endorsement of Steve Danon for County Supervisor in 2012.
“We need good people to be strong advocates for creating an environment in our region for business to succeed. Steve will fight for creating a better business atmosphere throughout our county,” said Senator Anderson. “With 12 percent unemployment in our State, it is all hands on deck to assist in getting our economy moving again,” continued Senator Anderson.
Major League baseball has not had a Triple Crown winner since 1967, but latest State figures show State Senator Denise Ducheny reached a similar feat while Senate Budget Committee Chair. Ducheny was #1 in total office budget ($1,274,117), … #1 in total Staff salaries & benefits ($1,108,429) …. and tied for first in the famous Per Diem payments ($38,042). All those #1 scores may be hard to explain if, as expected by many observers, she challenges County Supervisor Greg Cox (R-Chula Vista) in next year’s election.
by Hon. Scott Barnett and Dr. Richard Parker
Like anything in life, there’s no use doing something quickly if it’s not going to be done right. The adage couldn’t be more relevant to the current effort to update San Diego County’s General Plan. The Board of Supervisors will soon meet again on the plan, and after years of hard work, dozens of meetings and an abundance of feedback from the community, there is an apparent rush to suddenly, unfortunately, and haphazardly complete the effort, despite very significant flaws that threaten the long-term economic viability of the unincorporated areas of our County. Rather than proceeding forward in the face of significant resident opposition and well-considered questions about the Plan, the Board of Supervisors should direct staff to get it right before it is ultimately approved.
I’m not exactly the most devoted GOP meeting attendee. But I’ll be there tonight to hear the recap of the wildly dead-on pollster John Nienstedt and Nov. 2 success-story consultant John Hoy.
I had the honor of working with both men on Proposition A – which crossed the finish line easily with more than 70 percent of the vote. Conversely on the difficulty scale, Hoy also consulted the hard-won race for Councilwoman-Elect Lorie Zapf.
Last month, I heard Nienstedt give some quick, off-the-cuff predictions that were eerily correct virtually across the board from the governor race on down to Proposition D.
With Election Day two weeks away, I was intrigued by a North County Times article yesterday by Mark Walker on the changing campaign strategies used due to early and mail-in voting.
The article reads:
“Fully one-half of voters in San Diego County vote by mail while the number is near 40 percent in Riverside County.
The shift is reshaping how campaigns are waged.
Not too often that you see a local proposition garner national media attention, but that’s just what the Yes on A camp snagged last week following a feisty debate on KPBS’s “These Days.”
For starters, Construction for Fair Employment in Construction’s Eric Christen went toe-to-toe with Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer / CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council on last week’s “These Days,” which drew 18 lengthy comments online. A poll on KPBS’s site today showed the proposition getting 65 percent of the yes vote compared to 34 percent.
The quarterback gives the play in the huddle. Just after the snap, the defenders push to the center and the quarterback gets plowed from the side. The reason: the line decided to go with another play.
In case you’re wondering, the public is the quarterback in this end run on the tax cap increase for the Centre City Development Corp. By passing the cap increase through a state bill, proponents avoided the slower, publicly-involved vetting.
Due process in government should occur in public with all the requisite scrutiny. The public is not a nuisance to be sidestepped.
Strong Key Support Backs Local Jobs for Local Workers
The list of endorsements continues to grow for Proposition A as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and North County Times editorial staff backed the ballot measure for local construction jobs.
The passage of Proposition A on November 2 would enact a charter amendment at the County of San Diego prohibiting Project Labor Agreements, or pre-hire agreements with unions that force nonunion workers to comply with union rules in order to work on public works projects.
San Diego County Supervisors supporting the measure include: Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price, Vice Chairman Bill Horn, and Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts.
This election season, all eyes have turned towards the re-election contest of County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who is facing off against challengers Stephen Whitburn, Shelia Jackson, Juan del Rio and Margaret Moody in the seemingly competitive 4th Supervisorial District. As of May 27, the County Registrar of Voters counted 127,658 Democrats, 67,528 Republicans, and 66,554 Decline to State voters in Robert’s district, which stretches from the UTC area to Paradise Hills. Though the 4th District voted 67.7 percent in favor of Barack Obama in 2008, and Republican voters only comprise 24.6 percent of the district electorate, my voter data analysis shows that Roberts is still heavily favored to win outright this Election Day.
Native San Diegan. Graduate of Mission Bay High School and San Diego State (where he joined pro-Civil Rights protests in the 1960s).
Post-graduate studies with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, seeing plenty of combat against North Vietnamese regulars and eventually became Captain Bill Horn.
When Vietnamese refugees crowded Camp Pendleton in the mid-1970s, former Marine Bill Horn became the “sponsor” of half-a-dozen families, helping them find jobs and housing, and their place in America. They never forgot his unselfish assistance.
“Tough Guy” Bill Horn has a big heart and has continued to serve the public.
Just when we thought the San Diego County Board of Supervisors was as blatant as it could get in spreading their “discretionary” taxpayer monies (slush funds, to be exact) around the community as a way to promote their names and curry favor, then we take a look next door.
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone has taken the use of taxpayer slush funds to benefit his name to a new level. San Diego County Supervisors can’t even begin to hold a candle to him.
See the guest column by Randy Lenac below…
It has been a nearly invisible process to most people in San Diego County, yet may ultimately have a tremendous impact on the right of the citizens to be safe in their knowledge that government can’t simply violate the basic tenet of private property rights. The decision will answer the question as to whether the County of San Diego is willing to completely ignore the will of the people in prior elections, or abide by that will.