Posts Tagged ‘Board of Supervisors’
Former staffer Diane Porter’s legal claim against Supervisor Dave Roberts says three things:
1- Dave Roberts had an “inappropriate” relationship with staffer Harold Meza.
2- Harold Meza was given favorable treatment and rewards for being Roberts’ paramour.
3- Roberts misused county funds to reward Meza for that relationship and to cover up the existence of that relationship.
Supervisor Roberts offered that there were “inaccuracies” in the claim. Maybe that’s just cautious talk for a full denial so I’ll assume (for this argument) that Dave Roberts completely denies all points of the claim against him.
Dave Roberts cannot be forced out of office, not easily anyway. A San Diego County supervisor must vacate a seat one of three ways: willingly or due to untimely demise, for which a replacement process exists, take their chances come election time, or possibly face a recall effort.
Alarm bells sounded from District 3 as eight staffers fled his office just since January. If voters and political watchers believe the chatter, Roberts seems prime for a role in the “Horrible Bosses” movie franchise.
But is he guilty of anything more serious?
The head of the 2013 effort to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is calling on County Supervisor Dave Roberts to resign from office, in the wake of several allegations of impropriety against him by former staff members.
Michael Pallamary, who started the effort to remove Filner from office prior to the then-Mayor ultimately resigning in August 2013, today sent the following letter to Supervisor Roberts:
Michael J. Pallamary,
Recall Filner Committee
May 15, 2015
Supervisor Dave Roberts
County Board of Supervisors
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101
My team and I take great pride in providing outstanding service to all constituents of the Third District. In light of recent media coverage related to former personnel, I wish to assure the public that those matters have not impacted my accessibility or responsiveness, nor my determination to provide the best possible representation to the Third District. I have taken the actions necessary to strengthen my team, including hiring Mel Millstein as my Chief of Staff.
PRESS RELEASE – 5/14/15
Escondido, CA – Today, the Mayor of Escondido called on Supervisor Dave Roberts to publicly address the charges against him and if true, to immediately resign his office.
“Public office is a high trust and if the allegations against Supervisor Dave Roberts are true, he should immediately resign. The people put their faith in elected officials to uphold the highest standards of integrity and above all, to uphold and abide by the law.” Mayor Sam Abed went on to say, “No one is above the law and the only remedy for restoring the public’s confidence once violated, is to promptly resign.”
Yes, of course, innocent until determined otherwise. No question.
Yet, aside from the legal process, there’s also the point at which a scandal reaches the tipping point of no going back.
There’s also the point when a public official becomes such a distraction that his or her constituents can no longer be represented fairly.
The point when the government agency itself becomes embarrassed.
That’s the time for the other elected officials to have some resolve.
That time may be quickly approaching.
NBC7: A Look Inside Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Office Amid Turmoil
A former employee in San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ office says the supervisor refused to act on complaints from staffers as documents confirm there has been almost a complete turnover of staff at the District 3 office since January.
At least two of those former staffers claim Roberts created a “hostile workplace.” NBC 7 Investigates has also confirmed those former employees have both hired attorneys and are considering lawsuits against the county.
U-T’s Logan Jenkins: Slap of Roberts stuns insiders
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.