Tallest Cross in San Diego County Placed by Helicopter on Rancho San Diego Hilltop

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Following last Thursday’s successful and visually stunning Chinook helicopter lift of the region’s tallest cross over otherwise inaccessible terrain in Rancho San Diego, the 36-foot, ten ton steel structure was raised by crane and bolted into place Friday afternoon. The large Chaldean Holy Cross, made possible by Samad and Evone Attisha and their family, is a memorial for persecuted Christians …

Winners of the D4 Supe ‘Closest to the Mark’ contest

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On November 7, special election day in the District 4 County Supervisor’s race, I asked several dozen local wonks if they’d like to take a guess before polling closed at 8 pm on the percentage of the vote Monica Montgomery Steppe and Amy Reichert would each receive, with those closest to the mark getting bragging rights. As it currently stands, …

As Breen leaves the Union-Tribune, some thoughts on political cartoons

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If you missed Steve Breen’s farewell cartoon in The San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday, it’s worth seeing, along with his departing message. I shared it on Facebook, resulting in a couple messages from those who apparently don’t always appreciate Breen’s politics. As a student of journalism and the history of journalism, I came to love the history of editorial cartoons in …

Junior Seau reference in LA Times is sad and irresponsible

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In an LA Times commentary on the flawed legacy of recently passed NFL great Jim Brown, longtime sportswriter Bill Dwyre tosses in something about Junior Seau that caused me to stop, sit up, and re-read it several times: “…Seau, age 43, tortured by the brain-damaged effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, had shot himself in the chest so his family would …

Mayor Bailey continues Everest adventure

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Following a week of illness and recovery, Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey continues his Everest summit quest. This was posted to his Facebook page today, Wednesday… We’re back 🏔️ After a week delay due to illness, I arrived back in base camp around 12 pm today. Within minutes of landing, the expedition leader said “pack your gear, you’re going up tonight.” …

Mayor Bailey scales Everest — Days 8 to 10

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Continued tracking of Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey’s ascent of Mount Everest, these latest updates both over the weekend on his Facebook page. Please note that on Tuesday, the mayor will take part in the Coronado City Council meeting via satellite, which is likely the highest altitude government meeting ever. Not to mention the highest elected official. Everest Day 8 and …

Mayor Richard Bailey takes on Everest

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Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey is in the midst of pursuing his lifetime dream to ascend Mount Everest. I will be tracking his progress, as he posts updates to his Facebook page every few days. His good friend, Brad Gerbel, is also keeping closely abreast of Bailey’s attempt to scale the summit. Brad writes on Tuesday of this week: “Bailey competed …

The house across the street

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There’s a house across the street from yours. You know for a fact the people living in it are spying on you. It’s been going on for at least the last two decades. It’s not just nosy neighbors, simply watching you from behind curtained windows, like Mrs. Kravitz. No, these people are using the most sophisticated cameras, listening devices, and …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom for well over 15 years on this night… And it came to pass in those days,that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, …

The next Republican card falls in SANDAG make up: McCann won’t represent Chula Vista

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A few days ago I posted an article noting that simply having a Republican mayor in a city doesn’t guarantee that person a seat on the San Diego Association of Governments board. Last week, Vista Mayor John Franklin nominated himself as the city’s representative to SANDAG, but his city council colleagues — a majority of them Democrats — denied him …

Is SANDAG’s majority changing? Not so fast.

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On election night, two area Republican mayors were excitedly congratulating themselves on some of the cities around the region electing new GOP mayors, most particularly John McCann in Chula Vista, Dane White in Escondido, and John Franklin in Vista. These two mayors’ shared view, at least in the flurry of election night, was that the majority hold by Democrats at …

The 2,000-year-old blog

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As is my custom on this night for over 15 years… And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, …

Sexually Violent Predator Douglas Badger placement now proposed at RB Golf Course

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A knock-down community fight earlier this year ended with a judge rejecting the State-proposed placement of sexually violent predator Douglas Badger in a Mt. Helix home. Now, the State of California in its wisdom is proposing Badger’s placement in Rancho Bernardo, by the Country Club and up the street from the Rancho Bernardo Inn. See the Sheriff’s Department notice, posted …

The one thing needed in your Afghanistan press release

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Among the mixed emotions of sadness and outrage resulting from the last two days, also comes the inevitable. The flurry of press releases and statements hitting my email and social media feed, pumped out by elected officials at every level, as well as the candidates trying to defeat them, and by local party organizations. Every one of them with the …

Elder sues to be on recall ballot: the legal pleadings

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Conservative talk show host Larry Elder is suing Secretary of State Shirley Weber in an effort to have his name added to the list of 41 candidates qualified for the September 14 recall election. Here is just one related article resulting from Elder’s press conference this morning, in U.S. News & World Report. For the true political or legal wonk, …

Larry Elder doesn’t qualify for recall. Or does he?

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Note: The below article was written Sunday, July 18, 2021, in the morning. See Sunday night updates at the end. The entry of conservative talk show célèbre Larry Elder in the California governor’s recall election last week gave many Republicans and conservatives a rallying figure in what they otherwise saw as a moribund field. The deadline to qualify for the …