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Scott Peters in my ‘hood

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
posted by Elliot Schroeder

Living in CA-52, I posted before how Scott Peters was calling me, a registered Republican that votes in every election. Yesterday, they took it up a notch. I saw a Scott Peters flyer at my house and my wife (also registered Republican) said a precinct walker came to our house. It wasn’t a random door-to-door, they had our names and a clipboard and asked if we are voting for Peters. My wife said no, and they logged it on their sheet. Makes me wonder if they’re planning repercussions after the election!(/sarcasm)

You know things are tight in the CA-52 race when Scott Peters is trying to get my vote. I’ve been registered GOP since 18 and since I got off of active duty (too much overseas time) I know I voted in every election. Election campaigns usually focus on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts of their political base, so I know I can’t be showing up on Peters’ rolls. But the other night I get a call to be on a teleconference with Peters and got the email below. These actions may be indicators that Peters’ Democratic base can’t be relied on to carry the election. If he is going for a 100% show-up, registered GOP voter it’s easy to surmise that his campaign is unsure of the independent vote as well. So it looks like he’s reaching out to any voters he can.

Rural/Metro files Chapter 11

Monday, August 5, 2013
posted by Jerome Stocks

(Reuters) – Ambulance operator Rural/Metro Corp… filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the aim of cutting its debts after it missed an interest payment in July, according to court filings. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company also intends to renegotiate unprofitable contracts and free up capital for investments through the bankruptcy process, according to the filings.

Bill Horn Running for Sixth Term

Monday, March 18, 2013
posted by Erica Holloway

Bill Horn running for his sixth term as the Fifth District San Diego County supervisor is probably not a surprise. Some might even consider the news a bitter disappointment.

Yet after 19 lively years in office, the North County supervisor still seems to enjoy public life.

I recently bumped into Horn at the San Diego Albondigas lunch in Old Town. He worked the room with ease, tossing out the occasional jab or story with zesty swagger and a good-natured laugh.

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The Steve Danon Race for Supervisor – Restoring The Public Trust

Monday, October 1, 2012
posted by Jerome Stocks

During the past few years, public trust in government has deteriorated—and rightfully so. Leaders at all levels of government have thrown fiscal restraint out the window and prioritized their own political interests above the public good. And frankly it makes the job much harder for those of us who haven’t!

Now, more than ever, we need candidates for office who promise to restore public confidence in our elected officials.

Fortunately, the voters of the Third District in the race for County Board of Supervisors have the opportunity to vote for such a candidate this November.

The Taxman!

Sunday, September 30, 2012
posted by Steve Gramm

In the mid-1960s, as the they continued riding a wave of popularity, The Beatles released the classic album Revolverwhich 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.

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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.

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Backers of an initiative that would prohibit project labor agreements (PLAs) on City of San Diego construction projects were notified by San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland that the signatures submitted are sufficient to qualify the measure for the next citywide ballot. (The required minimum was 62,057). So it seems voters in the City of San Diego will have the opportunity to consider and vote upon a Fair and Open Competition initiative in 2012.

A bit of poliwonk trivia: the Fair and Open Competition measure is the first City of San Diego initiative to qualify for the ballot via citizen signatures since 1998.

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.


La Jolla’s Out, Rancho Santa Fe’s In

Monday, June 27, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

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.

Assemblyman Steiner? Good News from the Third Floor

Monday, June 20, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

When a good friend calls you on his first Father’s Day, you think of one two things: it was an accident or he’s about to tell you something big (and you hope it’s good).

So, imagine my surprise when Supervisor Bill Horn’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dustin Steiner, declared he’s considering a run for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s seat.

NOTE: If this was a secret at the County Administration Center’s Third Floor (which isn’t very likely), then there was just a collective gasp. Yes board floor staffers, we Rostrafarians know you read us. We see you…

San Diego County General Plan Update is Fatally Flawed

Monday, February 7, 2011
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
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.

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s annual Golden Fleece and Golden Watchdog Awards recognizing the best and worst of local government decision-making has become the poliwonk equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show for techies, Lollapalooza for arty hipsters, or Comic-Con for… you get the idea.

But the Association can’t throw a party and produce those infamous parody videos featuring your favorite elected officials with a dude dressed up as a sheep without your nominations.

Lucky for you, the deadline has been extended to March 1. Find the details and the nomination form here. Self-nominations ARE encouraged!

Award categories include:

Gettin’ Hot in the 2012 Kitchen

Monday, January 10, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

So, it’s only January 2011 and already, we’re seeing some folks filing papers to run for office. Good thing, ’cause some of us just can’t stand a breather.

[See full list of candidates who have filed so far at the County Registrar of Voters for 2012]

Of course, tongues were wagging last week when Republican San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio filed papers to run for termed-out Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders in 2012.

The SDUT announcement included a quote from Republican political consultant John Dadian, who said the early filing technically means little. But he also concluded that the “media hound” will continue building on his name ID.

TONIGHT: Post-Election Analysis with Consultant Hoy, Pollster Nienstedt

Monday, November 8, 2010
posted by Erica Holloway

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.

Vote! It Feels Good

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
posted by Erica Holloway

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.

Yes on A Gets Local, National Attention

Monday, October 18, 2010
posted by Erica Holloway

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.

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End Run, Touchdown!

Friday, October 8, 2010
posted by Erica Holloway

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.

Bad governance.

Due process in government should occur in public with all the requisite scrutiny. The public is not a nuisance to be sidestepped.

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Yes on Prop A Endorsements Piling Up

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
posted by Erica Holloway

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.

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San Diego Chamber Endorses Yes on A

Friday, October 1, 2010
posted by Erica Holloway

San Diego Chamber Endorses Prop. A
Regional Business Organization Supports Fair, Open Competition

October 1st , 2010

San Diego — The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsed Proposition A, a ballot measure for fair and open competition for construction workers.

The passage of Prop. A on November 2nd would amend the County of San Diego charter to prohibit the County from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) – collective bargaining agreements that favor unions and discourage non-labor union companies from competing for public construction contracts.

Fair and open competition increases the number of bidders for public jobs, which drives down costs, and increases taxpayer savings.

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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:


FRIDAY: Important decision on Private Property Rights… Please Speak Up!

Thursday, April 15, 2010
posted by Guest Column

See the guest column by Randy Lenac below…

Editor’s note…

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.

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association announced its opposition to three ballot measures in the upcoming June primary election.

The Association opposes Proposition B, the countywide measure calling for term limits on the Board of Supervisors.  Association President & CEO Lani Lutar says the board of directors believes the measure is a poor public policy approach, and could potentially create the same sort of chaos in San Diego seen in the state legislature in Sacramento.

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From SDCTA….

Experience with term limits in Sacramento shows they aren’t a solution

(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors voted to oppose Proposition B, a measure limiting members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to serving two terms in office. The measure will come before voters on the June 8, 2010 primary ballot.

Lani Lutar, President & CEO of the Association, said SDCTA’s board listed several concerns with the term limits measure:

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As originally posted on

Editor’s Note: This is a part of a collection of stories SDNN will publish throughout the month of March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Join us as we recognize Women’s History Month by checking SDNN every day for stories from other women in our region. Happy Women’s History Month!

San Diego: Margaret Chase Smith (Wikimedia Photo)

Long before Hillary Clinton, there was Margaret Chase Smith.

Though she may not immediately spring to mind, Margaret Chase Smith certainly reigns as one of the 100 most important women in history and one worth remembering during National Women’s History Month.

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