Posts Tagged ‘Recall’
Some Republicans have privately told me that they are sitting out the effort to recall Mayor Filner, saying it makes little difference to governing San Diego and that the GOP might be better off if Filner drags down Democrats. I wholeheartedly disagree. Exhibit A is the July 30 ordinance requiring a “prevailing wage” for city contracts for public works and maintenance efforts.
Recall time, anyone?
Well, no. Not yet. Legally and politically, it’s premature to start the effort to remove the screwball we’ve elected mayor of San Diego.
That being said, 2014 seems a reasonable year to look forward to. IF Filner continues to alienate folks with his bizarre behavior and awesome arrogance without bounds, HE will be the one making the case for his own removal.
Will his hubris override his political acumen? Frankly, I’m not convinced. Yet. But I can hope.
Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood may have suffered a minor stroke just over two weeks ago, while on a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with federal officials. I wish him well. I sincerely hope he returns to good health soon, and is able to fully execute his duties as mayor.
I also hope he drops his ghoulish political opportunism. I wish he would confront ideological and policy differences with councilmembers in a forthright matter.
From the North County Times:
Initial tests in Washington showed that his blood pressure was unusually high. The mayor said he thinks his disagreements with a new council majority of Jerry Kern, Jack Feller and Gary Felien could be partly to blame.
Steve Vaus, the leader behind a full-fledged effort to recall Betty Rexford from the Poway City Council, last night overwhelmingly earned the support of the Republican Party of San Diego County in his own campaign for the seat.
“Even in a non-partisan race it’s a great honor to be endorsed by the Republican Party,” said Vaus. “My allegiance is foremost to the people of Poway regardless of their political affiliation, yet given my conservative values and Poway’s demographics this endorsement is a tremendous boost for my candidacy.”
I’ve respected Bob Emery (Retired Poway City Councilmember) for years, but that has now changed. First, take a look at a past blog of mine regarding the candidates… http://sdrostra.com/?p=4387
In this week’s “Poway Chieftain”, in his column/editorial “My Town” (http://pomeradonews.com/article/Editorial/Editorial/My_Town_Pete_Babich_is_best_choice_for_City_Council/32923), Bob endorsed Pete Babich for Poway City Council. I find it interesting since Pete’s the only candidate that mentions he’s a Democrat on his website and Bob’s a Democrat (well, I must add that Bob was a registered Republican for years. When he was questioned on that, he replied that a Democrat couldn’t get elected in Poway…What a hypocrite!!).
First of all, let me lay my biases on the table. I’m an idealist. That can be good or bad. I hold politicians to a higher standard. I expect more from them. I’m also supporting Chuck Cross for Poway City Council which I will describe why later. I’m also Poway Councilmember Merrilee Boyack’s appointee to the City’s Park and Recreation Citizen Advisory Committee. We (My wife, our kids and collies) have lived in Poway since 1991 and have been very active in our community (Sounds like the usual statement of a person running for office, doesn’t it??). And, thanks to Barry Jantz, I was the Republican nominee for the 79th State Assembly seat way back in 1990 (Isn’t it amazing how many people Barry has pushed into politics??).
From my post at FlashReport…
The long, sad saga of Poway Councilwoman Betty Rexford reached what may be its final stage this morning. The FlashReport just confirmed that the San Diego County Registrar of Voters completed its sampling of petitions submitted by recall proponents, certifying that more than the required 5,657 needed signatures were submitted. Over 6,300 valid signatures were previously turned in.
This qualifies the election for June 8, with both the Rexford recall and an “if she is recalled, who replaces her” question to appear on the ballot, sure to start a scramble by potential candidates.
I guess I’m an idealist. I hold politicians to a higher standard (Which seems like an oxymoron). I’ve been a Rexford supporter and tried to swallow through everything that has been going on regarding her and the recall efforts. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was her website. Betty apparently believes that even though she promised a press conference to answer all of the claims against her (Which I have told her constantly that she has to do), that there is no longer any need to have one because of this website. Betty might be innocent, but her constant refusal to have the promised media conference, and walking out of a Council meeting when speakers are speaking against her, has turned me from a supporter, to supporting the recall. Betty, please resign. Your actions lead credence that politicians think they are just above the rest of us. Instead of Poway being the “City in the Country”, it is becoming the “Joke of the Country”.
This morning I received an email from a supporter (Yes, they still exist, and I was one up until several weeks ago. What convinced me to join the recall effort was the email between Betty and the City Manager) of Betty Rexford. The email wanted people to recall all of the good that Betty has done for Poway. Well, yes, I will admit that she has, but what got me was how this letter reminded me of former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. Cunningham, in my view, was a good Congressman, prior to joining the ranks of politicians who couldn’t resist the joys of power (In other words, the fringe benefits of knowing lobbyists too well AND getting caught). He did lots of good for his District and the nation. But all of his good works doesn’t make up for becoming a corrupt politician. As I stated earlier, Betty did a lot for Poway, but she has now overstepped her authority as a Councilmember, which is uncalled for. None of her good works will ever make up for the tarnished name that she has given to Poway. BTW, I’m STILL waiting for Betty’s press conference in which, hopefully, will be before the recall effort turns in their petition. I mean, with all the “dirt” that is hitting her, if I was her, I would have had that press conference a LONG time ago.