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Wyoming Native and San Diego Treasure Pete Kanelos Returns Home

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
posted by Ryan Purdy

The first time I met Pete Kanelos was a few years back at a political function. Within the first several seconds of meeting him I was at first startled, then cracking up, and quickly thereafter thinking to myself, “This guy is a real breath of fresh air.” Everything with Pete is vivid, so it’s fitting I remember our first encounter clearly.

Me: Hi, I am Ryan Purdy.

Pete: What? You’re a real person?

Me (startled): Um, yeah, I’m a real person.

Pete: You’re that guy who writes for Rostra.

Me (smile emerging): Yeah, I am.


Gaspar rolling in endorsements — Faulconer, Chavez, Zapf, Sherman, Kersey, Cate

Friday, October 9, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Just the last few days…

Wednesday, from Kristin Gaspar:

“Assemblyman Rocky Chavez made it official with an endorsement of my campaign for Supervisor.

“I am so honored to have Rocky’s support. His commitment to public service, distinguishing himself in the Marine Corps and then recommitting himself to public service as an elected official is truly commendable, and I look forward to working with him as a member of the Board of Supervisors.”


Mayor Kevin Faulconer Endorses Kristin Gaspar for Supervisor

(Encinitas, Calif.) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has announced his endorsement of Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar for County Board of Supervisors.


Short Term Rentals and the Zapf Proposal

Saturday, April 11, 2015
posted by B-Daddy

Single family housing that are used for short-term vacation rentals through web services such as Airbnb or VRBO have gotten negative attention here in San Diego of late.  Even though the complainants point to specific behaviors they dislike, the underlying tone of the discussion is that they don’t like the sort of people who come to America’s Finest City to vacation.

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Thank you for your support

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
posted by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf

After a long and very personal campaign, I am so happy and humbled to have been elected to the District 2 seat on the City Council.

Thank you for your support, and a special thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped out on the campaign. We knew it would be difficult to win in June with four people on the ballot, and each and every one of you helped make last night’s victory possible.

I will miss serving the people of District 6, but I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities of representing the “Beach and Bay” district when I am sworn in this December.


Zapf Raises Over $485,000 For Re-Election to District 2

Thursday, May 22, 2014
posted by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf


Today San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf announced she has raised $485,231 for her re-election bid to City Council District 2.

Based on the most recent fundraising disclosures due today to the City Clerk, Zapf raised an impressive $159,135 over the two-month period of March 18, 2014 – May 17, 2014. This exceeds the total amount raised by Zapf’s opponent, Sarah Boot, through March 17, 2014.

Zapf has more than $175,000 cash-on-hand going in to the last two weeks before the June 3rd election. Zapf’s campaign is supported by 1,344 unique contributors. City law limits campaign contributions at $550 per person for City Council elections.


Unions Fund Libertarian

Friday, May 16, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

. . . Campaign Flyer.  Who’d a thunk it?  This flyer showed up at my house.

Unions are getting involved in the San Diego City Council District 2 race and spending money to help the Libertarian candidate, Mark Schwartz. Let’s be clear, Schwartz has no chance of being elected.

If you read the fine print at the bottom, you will see that the San Diego – Imperial Counties Labor Council sponsored this flyer, along with the city Municipal Employees Association.  When I saw this show up, I was immediately suspicious.  I was a libertarian for a long time, and slick campaign flyers were almost always outside of the budget wherewithal of our candidates.


Sarah Boot – Progressive?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
posted by B-Daddy

Oh yeah, and by progressive, that means a person of the left as opposed to a person of pallor.

Sarah Boot is running against quasi-incumbent Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council in District 2.  For full disclosure, recent redistricting moved my home from District 6 to District 2, like Zapf. I am very interested in this race. San Diego City Beat has this to say about Boot:

In 2010, she was selected as a fellow for the San Diego chapter of the New Leaders Council, which aims to train “progressive political entrepreneurs” for leadership roles, elected office among them. She’s also a founding member of Run Women Run, a local organization focused on getting politically progressive women in office. [emphasis mine.]


New City of San Diego Sales Tax Coming?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
posted by Owen Kellogg

Sounds like it if the new Council President Todd Gloria gets his way. The North County Times reports:

New SD Council President Pitches Tax Increase

Neither new mayor nor council offer immediate reaction to $900 millon proposal

The new president of the San Diego City Council — rising Democratic star Todd Gloria — said he wants to put before city voters a proposed tax hike that would address a nearly $900 million backlog of infrastructure projects.

Gloria announced his idea during Monday’s inauguration speech for his second term. Hours later, his council colleagues unanimously elected him president — a key position at City Hall that allows him to set the panel’s agenda.


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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Faulconer pushes to bring City technology into 21st century

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
posted by Matt Awbrey

Faulconer calls for approval of Mayor Sanders' IT reform plan

Are you reading this using a computer system from the 1980’s? You’re probably not firing up a Commodore 64 each morning, yet much of the City’s information technology network still uses decades-old systems.

This morning Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilmember Lorie Zapf to unveil the potential savings from two competitively bid IT services contracts. He called on the City Council to approve the agreements, which will help bring City of San Diego operations into the 21st century while creating millions of dollars in efficiencies and savings.


WWFD? What Would Fletcher Do?

Friday, March 9, 2012
posted by James Behan

In the back and forth over Assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher’s post Let’s be honest. Let’s be truthful. And let’s be direct., Rostrafarian Steve Rider posted an honest, truthful and direct question about this “leading by example” business.

This brings up an interesting question. One can only assume that on the off chance CPR is defeated either in the ballots or courts, DeMaio will turn down a pension as mayor as he did as a Councilmember. I know for a fact that Ray Ellis and Scott Sherman have also pledged to not accept a pension. If a pension were available to you (Fletcher) as the mayor, would you accept it?




One hundred fifteen thousand nine hundred ninety one. That’s how many San Diegans signed the petition to qualify Comprehensive Pension Reform for the June 2012 ballot, the City Clerk confirmed today. The initiative’s authors — Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Carl DeMaio — joined the Lincoln Club, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Councilmember Lorie Zapf and many more to announce this latest victory on the road to permanent pension reform. They also reaffirmed their commitment to running an aggressive campaign to establish fair and sustainable employee benefits and ensure local government’s focus on community services — not employee pensions — is restored.


Faulconer, Young and Zapf seek "Regulatory Relief" for San Diego businesses

Time is money.” It’s an all-American saying that every small business in San Diego lives by.

Today, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined Council President Tony Young, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Building Industry Association of San Diego to committ to helping businesses spend less time navigating the City bureaucracy so they can focus on generating more money – for their families, for our local economy, and for job creation.

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Acceptance is the First Step

Thursday, July 14, 2011
posted by Councilwoman Lorie Zapf

The first seven months of my term has been an incredible learning experience. Many of you are aware that I never intended to be a politician; I am a business owner. But I ran for City Council because I was fed up with how the mismanagement of taxpayer dollars was dramatically affecting my quality of life. I believe that, while government isn’t a business, making financial decisions based on business principals is the way to getting San Diego back in the black.


The San Diego County Taxpayers calls upon San Diegans to voice their opposition to a proposal by the San Diego City Council to double the so called “linkage fee” charged to construction projects in the City of San Diego. This fee is yet another short-sighted job killer and SDCTA is strongly opposed to this increase.

The Council will also consider setting this fee on “auto-increase” going forward, a sneaky little maneuver which no longer requires a vote of your elected officials to increase this job-killing tax. This action may be taken despite a historic recession and without regard for the concerns voiced by business leaders that this would further hurt jobs creation and economic recovery in San Diego.


Kevin Faulconer set the tone last night, telling a crowd of civic leaders, “This is not about Republicans and Democrats.  This is about what is good for San Diego neighborhoods.”  Faulconer gestured to a chart showing that, if left unchanged, local residents will one day pay $500 million-a-year for a “defined benefit” pension system. “If we act now, we can save $1 to $2 Billion in the next 25 years, and that will go instead to libraries, parks  & recreation, repairing roads and public safety.”   Carl DeMaio pinpointed a 65% rise in local water rates since 2007, and said “Pension Costs are fully charged into those stunning increases.”  Noting harassment of reform petitioners at local shopping centers, Mayor Jerry Sanders got laughs saying,  “I’m actually ‘proud’  of the people doing that because it means they’ve finally gotten off their #$%*&+#* and done something.”  (A helicopter passed overhead at this moment, and I could not make out just what the word  #$%*&+#* was.)  The Lincoln Club’s  T.J. Zane emphasized polling shows 70%  public support to end abuses like “pension spiking”.


Let’s put aside for the moment the well-debated controversies over the partisan backgrounds of some of those holding the reins of the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission.

After all, it still comes down to the maps the Commission is to consider, whether pulled out of their hats, drawn by a consultant, proposed by the community, or some combination thereof. Even if labor interests in San Diego are behind a Commission stacking effort, are those commissioners and their rookie executive capable of a corresponding map-drawing operation without some coordinated effort from allies in the community?


Zapf, Sanders and a Shiny New City Hall

Monday, January 17, 2011
posted by B-Daddy

Last Friday, I received an email in response to my question about the a City Hall from Job Nelson, identifying himself as Lorie Zapf’s Chief of Staff. (None of her staffers names are yet up on the City Council Web Site for the District 6.) I must say that I am still not impressed that the council member’s staff took this long to respond (from December 27), did not issue a public statement (as far as I can tell) and is not actually responding to my inquiry “Please address the rumors published in the U-T that you might support building a new city hall without a vote of the people.” Read the response for yourself and decide.


Faucett out. Hansen in.

Monday, December 27, 2010
posted by Sunshine

San Diego City Hall will soon welcome Katie Hansen, of Restaurant Association fame, as City Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s new Chief of Staff.

Hansen, who earns a best actress for her role in the overwhelming defeat of Proposition D as well as best supporting actress for her parts in the David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf victories, will be replacing Faulconer’s outgoing Chief of Staff Aimee Faucett. Faucett is vacating the position to accept a position as Mayor Sanders’ Deputy Chief of Staff in the recent “City Hall shuffle.”


Three Types of Lies

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pollster John Nienstedt’s discussion on polling and the reasons polls fail to accurately gauge voter behavior (and what polls can and CANNOT do) has been a hit on the post-election poliwonk social circuit. Among the topics on tap, Nienstedt has provided his insight on the variance in results among the polls conducted over the past few months on Prop D, the recently defeated sales tax initiative.

John generously provided his slide on Prop D so we could share it with Rostra readers. Who says number crunchers are dull?

Competitive Edge Prop D Slide

Prop D Polls - "What, Me Worry?"


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.


Glass House Dweller Throws Stones at Castle

Thursday, October 21, 2010
posted by Sunshine

When campaigns and committees drop mail sometimes the content becomes a point of controversy. How accurate is that statement? What is the context of that quote? Did that bill really do that? Is that still true? On and on. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on, everyone calls “b#ll$h*t” on a poorly cited or quoted mail piece once in a while.

Content aside, the design and graphics on mailers also tends to stir people up. How bad is too bad when you’re using a picture of your opponent? How far can you take altering (for mail, not for a satirical blog post)?


Does Lorie Zapf Hate Cats?

Monday, October 18, 2010
posted by Diana Palacios

Well, according to the most bizarre political mailer I have ever encountered, the answer to that question is unknown.

The 6” x 11” mailer (which was obtained from a registered Democrat) features a black and white  photograph of Zapf with an elongated nose

“Vote No on Zapf!” exclaims the header.

Below it is a paragraph that is so poorly written, it made me question the authenticity of the piece.


‘Tis the Season for Political Mailers, Again

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
posted by Diana Palacios

Every day since June 8 – the date of the California primary – I have been disappointed.

Not for the obvious reasons, such as the fact that Recovery Summer failed to produce a recovery and/or a summer in San Diego, but because of something trivial that someone who is not a political junkie would not understand.

I stopped receiving those glossy two-sided pieces of entertainment known as campaign mailers.

As some Rostrafarians may recall, my mailbox was literally overflowing with these things just a few months ago. By the end of the primary season, I had received over 70 items of mail – with the largest percentage coming from the Lorie Zapf campaign and the Lincoln Club (Zapf supporters).


Last week I wrote a column about SD Rostra’s success in correctly predicting Upset victories in June by Juan Vargas and Lorie Zapf.

Not very controversial, right?

But a writer for a SD liberal publication attacked, saying (A) Zapf’s victory was no surprise, and (B) no one said she would miss the runoff and (C) we Rostrafarians were “Morons”.

As Jack Benny used to say, “Well !”

But was the Last Angry Man right in his basic complaint? We did some fact-checking to see and found these quotes of note:


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