Posts Tagged ‘El Cajon’
I rarely find myself at odds with my colleagues on the El Cajon City Council, but this week I was. The issue was on writing a letter of support for SB 151, a bill which would raise the legal age to smoke from 18 to 21. All of the members of my council are conservative in their ideology, but I felt they had missed the mark on this issue. I was the only vote against sending a letter.
Recently the SDUT published an article stating that El Cajon had not enacted pension reform. This article in today’s UT sets the record straight.
Last night the El Cajon City Council voted to set aside $2.5 Million to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center. The council has wrestled with the affordability of this project for several years now and has come to the conclusion that the good to the community outweighs the cost. Of course, we may not have to spend all of the money set aside and all efforts will be made to be as cost effective as is possible.
The money is being set aside from a onetime sale of property; specifically the old police building.
I wanted to follow up on my previous article about the controversy over the red light cameras. It was my contention that these cameras were hated by the public and that they constituted a real threat to civil liberties. I argued that the cost of these infractions were overly punitive (approximately $500 per infraction), and that they represented a line over which government should not cross.
Yesterday I asked the El Cajon City Council to allow me to explore the possibility of removing the Red Light Cameras from El Cajon. We currently have seven intersections with these cameras. I was surprised to see that it has become a controversial issue between me and my colleagues. I would very much like for you to read the U-T San Diego article linked below and give me your thoughts.
“Spice” and “Bath Salts” are names for synthetic drugs that can cause severe psychosis, brain damage and death. This was the drug at the heart of the “Miami Cannibal” case, which left one man dead and the other with most of his face “eaten off”. This week the El Cajon City Council imposed a $2500 fine for selling these substances or any synthetic drug. It was the fact that El Cajon is now a Charter City, which allowed such a stiff penalty. See the linked Fox 5 Clip for more information.
I am proud that the California Republican Assembly has chosen to endorse me for my El Cajon City Council race. The fact that the CRA is the conscience of the Republican Party does not escape me and I will continue to strive to be worthy of such recognition.
I am proud to announce my endorsement from the El Cajon Professional Fire Fighters Association. The fact that this organization has chosen to support my campaign is a welcome acknowledgement that the City of El Cajon is on the right course and that my re-election is an important element in continuing that progress.
Today the state Supreme Court ruled that charter cities don’t have to pay prevailing wage on locally funded public works contracts. This comes after a lawsuit was filed against the City of Vista by the AFL-CIO, shortly after Vista became a charter city. We at the city of El Cajon were closely watching this decision. The impact of this ruling could save our city millions of dollars in upcoming projects. Sometimes the system actually works.
I am using this forum to thank all of the people who helped us achieve the goal of becoming a Charter City, with the passage of Prop D. Specifically; I want to acknowledge John Hoy, John Gibson, Greg Brown, Darrin Mroz, and the Lincoln Club who did much of the heavy much of the heavy lifting in this campaign. Passing an initiative to make El Cajon a Charter City might seem dull in comparison to what is happening in in places like San Diego and Wisconsin, but there is no doubt that this is a real step forward in helping El Cajon reach its full potential.
I’ll be a guest on the Mark Larson Show tomorrow to discuss El Cajon’s Charter City initiative; Prop D. The interview is scheduled for 8:25 am on KCBQ 1170 AM.
I’ve had a lot of calls about the UT article regarding the “razing” of the ECPAC. I want to weigh in and say that to my mind, there is long ways to go before this was to happen. The current proposal is to build a hotel on the site, which would include a new performing arts center. I have to admit that a major hotel in Downtown El Cajon would be welcome, but I’m still not sure how it would be financed, or if that proposed site is a given. There is a lot of discussion that has yet to occur. Remember also, that the whole equation has changed since the state has disbanded the Redevelopment Agency. In light of this it is premature to think that ECPAC will be torn down.
Last night the El Cajon City Council voted to place a Charter City proposal on the June 5, 2012, ballot. Becoming a Charter City will allow El Cajon to establish greater autonomy from Sacramento and save millions of dollars in building costs. As a Charter City, El Cajon will be able to exempt itself, in certain situations, from paying prevailing wage. It also allows for the use of design build contracts. The vote was a unanimous 5-0 decision.
I will be interviewed tomorrow at 07:00 am on the Mike Slater Radio Show, 760 KFMB. We will be talking about the El Cajon Charter City initiative and the council vote next week to bring it to the June ballot.