Posts Tagged ‘Escondido’
Vista, CA - The landmark ruling from the California Supreme Court agreeing with the City of Vista that prevailing wage decisions on municipal projects are “municipal affairs” governed by local ordinances, is a long-awaited victory for local control, reform and the California taxpayers. In essence, the court reaffirmed that for “municipal affairs,” charter cities are “supreme and beyond the reach of legislative enactment.” In a State like California, where the legislature is on a power grab, this constitutionally protected autonomy is a tremendous victory with long-reaching ramifications.
Escondido – Escondido Police and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested and removed 406 criminal illegal aliens in the first 10 months of a special program called “Operation Joint Effort”.
This is a model program and Escondido has been at the forefront of combating criminal aliens to keep the streets safe. Escondido has also housed ICE agents at the police department for several years, one of very few cities to do so.
Very effective at finding and removing dangerous aliens from the city, this program set a record last month of removing 69 dangerous criminal aliens that were captured by ICE.
North County -
Escondido, the only city in North County not to become a charter city is finally looking at the change. Considering the major projects that the city is looking at developing in the near future, including a Triple A ballpark for the Padres minor league team and a Marriott hotel on city land, the savings from eliminating prevailing wage in construction is enormous.
The North County Times article indicates that the initial hearing will be March 9th. However, Deputy Mayor Marie Waldron would like to try to get the charter to the ballot by the June election, if there is one, or on the next closest cycle.
This just in via the Los Angeles Times:
Escondido’s city-federal effort to oust illegal immigrants draws praise, criticism
Escondido police and ICE agents join to snag and deport people with deportation orders or criminal records. Federal ICE agents are housed at the Escondido police department with the support of a majority of the city council in a program called ‘Joint Effort’.
According to the article, The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have been stationed at the Police Department of this San Diego County city since May, responding to everything from traffic stops to gang sweeps in an aggressive effort to clear the community of illegal immigrants with deportation orders or criminal records.
Current Mayor of Escondido, Lori Holt Pfeiler has just filed papers at the deadline to run for city council. Lori, who announced last year she would not be seeking re-election as mayor has decided to stay with politics. She joins a crowded field of 7 candidates vying for 2 council seats. Current incumbent, Marie Waldron is seeking re-election to her own seat, and the vacant seat is currently occupied by Councilman Dick Daniels, who is running for Mayor.
More to come on this!
North County – The San Diego Union Tribune covered the recent Open Carry event in Escondido and not all city councilmembers were happy about it. The group of law abiding citizens who stand for the 2nd Amendment and the right of individuals to carry firearms gathered in Escondido to express their 1st Amendment rights about the 2nd Amendment.