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Just in time could be my life’s mantra. I am reminded by Thor’s Assistant that no Official Drinking Game has been devised for tonight’s epic 17th annual San Diego County Taxpayers Golden Fleece and Watchdog Awards.
Calling Ms. Tipit to the rescue.
DISCLAIMER: In this litigious, risk-averse society, we must pause here to admonish anyone reading this column that it is strictly for entertainment purposes ONLY. Please drink responsibly if at all. Please do not be a dunderhead and drink and tweet/post/drive, or you will be the next person we write about on Rostra and it won’t be pretty.
Politics & Media Mashup
My veterinarian asked me yesterday who I like in the mayor’s race. I turned the question around and asked her who she and her husband like.
They are registered Democrats. They’re not extremists but they are among the people who feel disillusioned by President Obama and his moderate positions, compromises and move to the middle.
“Filner can’t excite anyone,” she told me. “He doesn’t have any energy, any new ideas.”
I nodded in agreement and used a similar line yesterday afternoon on the radio with KOGO’s LaDona Harvey.
Politics & Media Mashup leads off with a look at some of the more interesting stories of the week and wraps up with links to some of the best stories about politics and media at the local, state and national levels.
The poll shows Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio in a virtual tie for the lead in the race to become San Diego’s next mayor followed by Nathan Fletcher, who linked to the note in Blair’s column on his Facebook page:
Five people who have a lot to do with the news you read, hear and see on a daily basis in San Diego got up early to talk about the role of news media organizations as advocates. What they had to say may surprise you… especially if you’re still living in the era of Walter Cronkite.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association hosted the panel in the first of its Breakfast Club Forums for 2012. Participants included Mike McKinnon, station manager of KUSI TV; J.W. August, managing editor for KGTV; Scott Lewis, CEO of Voice of San Diego; Jeff Light, editor in chief, U-T San Diego; and Deanna Mackey, station manager, KPBS FM/TV. The assignment moderating this forum was mine.
Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with “The 10 Most Tweeted San Diego Rostra Posts in 2011″ and includes stories and editorials from across the country about the death of redevelopment in California. Also included: pieces on local, state and national politics as well as social media.
You can hear Tony Manolatos talk politics and media with KOGO’s LaDona Harvey every Friday at 3:50 p.m. on AM 600 and FM 95.7.
These are not easy times for the people who remain at The San Diego Union-Tribune.
They know as much as we do about the newspaper’s new ownership, hotelier Doug Manchester and former local radio executive John Lynch, and their plans for a product that is a shell of what it used to be.
The smart money says Manchester is interested in the land more than the paper. He develops hotels – nice ones – and the paper sits in hotel happy Mission Valley just off Hotel Circle.
One of the great things about San Diego Rostra is its ability to attract a variety of voices with different political views.
Rostra is a center-right site, but local journalists and some well-known Democrats are regular readers and commentators. With monthly hits by unique visitors as high as 20,000, Rostra has become a must read for numerous San Diegans.
Where else can you find a site that blends colorful personalities like Mighty Thor and Thor’s Assistant with political stalwarts like Darrell Issa, Brian Bilbray, Nathan Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis?
As blog content naturally drops off during the weekend on an all-volunteer site like SD Rostra, we bring you the following political news and blog links as a “portal” for your ease of use during those droughts. If you’d like a link added, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The 2012 San Diego mayor’s race began like other love affairs – lots of hope and promise for the future. Then, the sparkle and shine of courtship faded quickly into the same old dull routine.
No more flowers. No more moonlight and love songs.
Seems I’m not the only one who noticed our romance is fading.
Even the candidates can’t muster the enthusiasm. Both Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis skipped a second, high-profile debate last week and the fall out has been notable.
Greetings Rostrafarians! Four seasons and three events later, and our socialist (and reporter, same thing?) friends still wanna hang with us over beers, bites and political banter.
The last event in the summer drew a nearly unmanageable crowd of about 100 – bringing out the likes of the Gonzalez siblings, San Diego CityBeat hipsters and our liberal blog counterparts at Two Cathedrals.
We should be slightly more subdued and relaxed for our fall gathering this Thursday at the South Park Abbey, 1946 Fern Street. Join us there at 5:30 p.m. to review the latest and greatest – from rumored Comprehensive Pension Reform signature counts to the new kid on the city ballot – the Project Labor Agreement ban.
Politics is sometimes known for its pungent smell. (Rostrafarian wits, I expect great things from the Comments section with this opening line).
For 16 years, April showers have brought much more than May flowers to San Diego – they bring the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Golden Fleece Awards. Yes, there are Golden Watchdogs and Media Watchdog Awards too. But seriously, all we really care about is who gets called out every year for their less than smooth moves with taxpayer dollars and public programs.
Honestly, I was there last time and I can’t say I remember the punch line to that joke.
But I can report this, Rostrafarians, it was fun. Big fun!
If you know what’s good for you, and I think you do, you’ll join us this week for the second tweet-up with our good frienemies over at that “other” local political blog, Two Cathedrals.
There will be lots of off-the-record fun, trash-talkin,’ and political swagger with a great group of likewise politically-aware folks up for a good time.
Since August of 2009, when SD Rostra launched, the site has been blessed with over 1,700 individual blog entries from our more than 50 contributors, covering a host of issues, opinions, rumors and breaking political news stories. At this writing, exactly 4,976 comments have been posted as a result … and that’s just the legit ones, mind you.
We don’t pretend to be huge, or to inflate our numbers based on commercially-ad-driven, seconds-long hits from visitors that will never return. We pride ourselves on being a go-to site for the San Diego-area politically motivated and those following local politics.
In just 18 months, SD Rostra has steadily grown in popularity and readership. We posted an all-time monthly high of over 11,000 unique visitors during October 2010, in the run-up to the 2010 elections. We thank our readers for their loyalty, and for passing along our name and links to your friends and associates.
Our site has a “meter’ that allows us to count the number of people who visit and read our content, and there are wide variations and ebbs and flows. Traffic dropped for a few months after the election, but zoomed to new Daily highs last week, driven in part by Vince Vasquez’s story on the proposed ‘Ronald Reagan Bridge’ story, and your humble servant’s study about the 39th senate district soon becoming competitive for Republicans again.
Here are some added info sources for SD Rostra fans. Batting lead-off is Matt Potter, the best investigative reporter in San Diego… and the best this town has seen since the immortal Harold Keen in the 1960s and 1970s on Channel 8 and San Diego magazine.
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THIS JUST IN (Jan 25, 9:30 p.m.): Lani Lutar and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association have kicked in a ticket to its annual “Golden Fleece Awards” dinner as the prize for the winner of this contest. We thank Lani and SDCTA for this generous donation! Value of the ticket is $150. This dinner is THE not-to-be-missed event of the year for politicos, poliwonks, pundits and fellow travelers. I bet you are feeling more motivated now!
Entry deadline is midnight on Monday, January 31.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post…
And sliding into the No. 1 spot of this distinguished list: San Diego’s own Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). Reason: He’s expected to head up the House Oversight Committee.
From the Beast story:
1. Rep Darrell Issa, California Republican
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.
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.
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.
Not that I wouldn’t get the biggest kick out of seeing some flashy pant suits – which she Hillary-iously referred to as a the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits” (haha, oh my sides).
I personally just can’t see her going through it all over again.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton faced off with Meet the Press host David Gregory recently looking thin enough for viewers to ask if he was in good health. Geez, guess I gotta get rid of that image of him feigning his Presidential jogs (into McDonald’s). And she’s, well, looking a bit exhausted these days.
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:
Soon after, I reported on polling which showed Juan Vargas leading Mary Salas outside SD County and would likely win the 40th senate Democratic primary.
Barry Jantz took flack from some in the local MSM, who demanded documentation and sourcing on these polls. Barry replied that many posters here are political professionals and, as such, “hear” breaking info which doesn’t reach traditional media, and which are told us on the basis of no attribution.
Due to technical difficulties beyond the control of simple Luddites like those of us at SD Rostra, the website was down this morning. We are also working to correct the slow downloading and posting issues many of you have noted over the last several days. We apologize for the problems.