Posts Tagged ‘City of Chula Vista’
Just 1,000 more votes countywide were tabulated at the Registrar of Voters today (Tuesday) but that’s enough to shake up results for Chula Vista council seat #2.
Aguilar added 56 votes to her total since yesterday, while the Galvez number rose 36 ballots. That puts them even at 6,554 votes. They are competing for a runoff spot against Larry Breitfelder, who is well ahead in 1st at 10,772 votes.
St. Anthony, patron of Lost Causes, is regarded by veteran observers as the moving factor whenever candidates stage miraculous comebacks.
Should the two candidates finish with identical numbers, the tie may be broken with a coin toss, cutting of cards, or other suitable method.
Following up on my post of Thursday about Chula Vista City Council candidate Larry Breitfelder’s surprising resignation as an Otay Water District trustee, he sent me this press release…
For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Breitfelder to Resign from Water Board Today
Larry Breitfelder, winner of the Chula Vista City Council primary, will resign today from the Otay Water District Board of Directors.
“I will focus on my city council race and have never appreciated the way some politicians run for office from the safety of another,” Breitfelder said.
by Ed Herrera
As municipal government and public agency budgets continue to feel the ripple effect of the nation-wide recession, we have begun to observe one of either or a combination of reforms, budget cuts, and increased scrutiny of wasteful spending, followed immediately by an action plan, or a simple refusal to make reforms and/or adopt aggressive economic development strategies opting for tax increases or fees to cope.
When was the last time a candidate for office voluntarily gave up an existing elected title in the middle of a campaign?
It’s happening in the Chula Vista City Council election. What’s more, it’s happening in a contested race, in a key business-labor battleground city, as the leading vote-getter in the June 8 primary is now seemingly dismissing the very ballot title that likely helped him qualify for the November run-off in the first place.
From the local Republican Party…
SAN DIEGO — Just when you thought you had seen it all, Lorena Gonzalez’ Labor Council hits a new low with a disgusting, race baiting ad on Spanish language television designed to scare voters into voting No on Proposition G in Chula Vista.
The ad claims that the Arizona law just passed will result in people getting arrested if they look like they’re from Mexico, and implies that Proposition G will bring that type of discrimination to Chula Vista, essentially tying the faulty assertion of the first with the equally faulty assertion of the other.
Well, Derrick Roach just pulled another one out of his hat. He was just at the Chula Vista City Council meeting where he skewered Mitch Thompson on a burning stick of proven corruption on Thompson’s part. Apparently Thompson purchased numerous properties while sitting on the CV Planning Commission – not illegal in a broad sense, however these properties were all within 500 feet of redevelopment zones in Chula Vista. Purchasing properties in these areas while serving on the Planning Commission is 1000% illegal. In addition, not only did he own these properties, but he voted on issues related to the very redevelopment zones where he owned property – making his pocket book a little fatter with the value of his property.
From Chula Vista Councilmember John McCann. Watch the video…
by John McCann
Prop G, the Fair and Open Competition Ordinance, guarantees that all qualified contractors and workers, both Union and Non-Union, have the opportunity to compete for public construction projects in Chula Vista.
Prop G will stimulate a quality Bayfront project, the completion of a four-year university, and state and federal projects in Chula Vista. Prop G will also benefit local Veterans by providing local job opportunities.
One of the few lists in town you DON’T want to see your name on was released this morning by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. It’s the list of “Golden Fleece” award finalists. The infamous Fleeces are “given to government programs/services that exemplify the wasteful, inefficient or downright absurd use of taxpayer dollars.” It’s a shame this creativity couldn’t be channelled into ways of SAVING money. There are always bright new ideas about how to waste our money by your government at all levels.
The full list is posted at the SDCTA website here
This morning, the Union-Tribune reported that current Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano has been accused of writing bad checks by Art Moreno, his partner in a security company. The law says Bejarano can’t operate this kind of company while police chief, but of course the Chula Vista City Attorney says it’s fine as long as he’s trying to get out of the company (more on Chula Vista later in this column). I’m not a legal scholar, but I seriously doubt that most City Attorney’s would apply this kind of subjective test… and I have owned a small business and I know it usually doesn’t take this long to get out (did I mention the article says Bejarano is still taking a paycheck… sort of defeats his interest in getting out right?). Please note for the record I’m agreeing with Councilman Steve Castaneda for the first time when he said: “There should have been a specific timeline in which he had to divest himself from that business.” Of course there should have been Steve, but remember you are in Chula Vista.
Last night, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association put out the word that the City of Chula Vista would attempt to pass a “crash tax” at its Tuesday afternoon meeting. To recap, these fees are imposed upon the responsible parties in vehicle accidents for a whole bevy of services, under the guise of “cost-recovery.” Umm, isn’t that what our TAXES are paying for?
Thanks to sounding the alarm, the Chula Vista City Council pulled the item off the agenda without discussion at the meeting. No reason was given.
First it was the North County Fire Protection District. Then the San Miguel Fire Protection District got a lot of heat, but did it too. Now it’s the City of Chula Vista that wants to hit taxpayers with a double-whammy “crash tax” to cover the costs of responding to vehicular accidents.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association was made wise to this item on Tuesday afternoon’s docket and quickly issued a statement denouncing the attempt. Others will no doubt add their voices to the opposition, but don’t be too surprised if the measure passes.
One of the most important functions of groups like the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) is educating the rest of us. Providing voters with ballot recommendations that satisfy its criteria for accountable, cost-effective and efficient government has got to top the list.
SDCTA has just completed its review of the June 2010 Primary Election state and local ballot measures and issued its ballot recommendations. A supermajority (60%) vote of the SDCTA Board of Directors is required for a position to be taken on any ballot measure. The recommendations are:
Any way you slice it Cheryl Cox’s mayorship has been a disaster. She lost the billion dollar Bayfront project by being a bystander when the unions tried to Greenmail Gaylord. She scared away the Chargers Stadium deal culminating with her very public war with Mark Fabiani that aired on TV for all of us to see (good for repeat viewing). She ran on being a fiscal conservative, then proposed and voted for every tax and fee increase, including taxing cell phone service and her failed 1% sales tax increase measure.
Regarding last night’s candidate forum ongoings in Chula Vista and the “booting” of emcee Roger Hedgecock, SD Rostra asked Ed Herrera, president and CEO of the Chula Vista Civic Association, if he might consider submitting his take on the evening. We are pleased that Mr. Herrera was able to respond so quickly with the following, as a SD Rostra guest commentary…
We should not condemn; we should welcome
by Ed Herrera
Chula Vistans will vote on the Fair and Open Competition Ordinance as part of the June 8, 2010 statewide primary election. For more on the ordinance, visit http://fairnessforchulavista.com/ The following was submitted to SD Rostra as a guest commentary…
by Hon. Larry Breitfelder
Fair and open competition is not a slogan or a political tactic. It is a core American value.
by Hon. Larry Breitfelder
Recently I shared with you two endorsements that are very special to me. Supervisor Ron Roberts for (among other things) his extraordinary accomplishments in governmental reform at the County and Former Chula Vista Police Chief Bill Winters for his legacy of personal integrity and always putting the public interest ahead of the selfish special interest agendas that are so influential today.
In addition, the endorsement of Congressman Brian Bilbray has a unique personal significance for me because he is why I became a Republican in the mid 90′s. I was brought up in a staunch Democrat household and until about the age of 30, I considered myself free market, strong defense JFK sort of Democrat. Over time that became a lonely and unpopular thing to be, but I guess I didn’t have the imagination to look further.