SD Rostra: The Virtual Gathering Place

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A new Democratic, left-leaning blog, Two Cathedrals, has entered the San Diego blog-o-fray in recent days. The website refers to itself as “an organization…” — sounds more robust than simply a weblog — “…committed to reasserting the role of progressive principles in San Diego’s communities and government,” and “as a centralized resource for analysis, research, organizing and communications outreach towards …

Fletcher Responds to Commutation Question

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A question was asked today on Twitter whether it was true that not one member of the legislature had criticized the sentence commutation of Esteban Nunez. I found that hard to believe and posed it to Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, he of Chelsea’s Law authorship.  I was pointed to a podcast of Fletcher discussing the matter with Chris Reed on KOGO …

SDDT: DeMaio Takes Big Step Towards Run for Mayor

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From the San Diego Daily Transcript… DeMaio files for mayoral run By ELIZABETH MALLOY, The Daily Transcript San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio has filed the paperwork to run for mayor in the 2012 election, but downplayed the move in a written statement. “Fixing the city’s pension and budget problems are my top priorities, and if running for mayor will …

Rostra Rocks!…at SD Press Club Awards

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San Diego Rostra took home first place as the Best Topic Based Blog at Tuesday night’s San Diego Press Club Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, with our own Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, the Libertarian Lass, raking in a number of awards. Here are the awards for SD Rostra, the Little Red Contraption… Websites Category Topic Based Blog — San Diego …

Breaking: Sweetwater Schools using public funds to promote Ricasa during re-election?

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In the midst of a re-election challenge, Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) President Arlie Ricasa is receiving significant positive name recognition from a taxpayer-funded public relations effort, paid by Sweetwater schools. Ironically, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) confirmed yesterday it would investigate a complaint filed on September 20, 2010, against Ricasa for alleged improprieties associated with using funds …

As big Rally takes place today in Oceanside, UT asks, “Who are San Diego’s Tea Party members?”

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From today’s SDUT… Activists gather today in Oceanside to advocate lower taxes, smaller government and other conservative causes A PRE-ELECTION TEA PARTY When: Today, noon to 4 p.m. Where: Oceanside Pier amphitheater, 200 N. The Strand, Oceanside Featuring: Speakers, music, contests Sponsors: Stop Taxing Us and Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition Tea Party activists from Southern California and beyond will …

Chelsea’s Law Signing by Arnold Thursday in San Diego

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From Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher: You can watch a live stream of the signing of Chelsea’s Law online Thursday at 9:45 AM… http://www.gov.ca.gov/ From the Governor: Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Schedule for September 9 Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Chelsea’s Law 9:45 a.m. Gov. Schwarzenegger will be joined by Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) and Brent and Kelly King to sign AB 1844 by Assemblymember Fletcher. …

November Candidates

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The candidate list is “up” at the Registrar of Voters.  Remember that if a name is listed, that doesn’t necessarily mean the person filed for the office by the Friday deadline.  See if the name is listed as “qualified,” meaning they actually finalized the qualification steps to run.  If an incumbent has not filed in a race, potential challengers have …

U-T’s America’s Finest Blog in limbo

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As changes at the Union-Trib continue with last week’s seventh round of staff layoffs, it appears no stone is being left unturned as management determines the future of the paper, including its online content.  Check out yesterday’s entry by Chris Reed on America’s Finest Blog… http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/americas-finest/2010/jun/22/whats-americas-finest/ Let’s hope the mucketies at the paper find continued value in pushing the blog …

Breitfelder Resignation Announcement

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Following up on my post of Thursday about Chula Vista City Council candidate Larry Breitfelder’s surprising resignation as an Otay Water District trustee, he sent me this press release… For Immediate Release:  Thursday, June 17, 2010 Breitfelder to Resign from Water Board Today Larry Breitfelder, winner of the Chula Vista City Council primary, will resign today from the Otay Water …

Larry Breitfelder, leading vote-getter for open Chula Vista seat, resigning as Otay Water District trustee

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When was the last time a candidate for office voluntarily gave up an existing elected title in the middle of a campaign? It’s happening in the Chula Vista City Council election.  What’s more, it’s happening in a contested race, in a key business-labor battleground city, as the leading vote-getter in the June 8 primary is now seemingly dismissing the very …

Valley News: Jeff Stone defeats Joel Anderson

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Tuesday night the Valley News in Riverside erroneously reported that County Supervisor Jeff Stone defeated Assemblyman Joel Anderson for the 36th Senate District seat, apparently because the reporter was only looking at the Riverside portion of the results. A new story has since been posted, without a trace of the incorrect report or a correction. Here is the first part …

Fleischman: Joel Anderson…a Heartfelt Testimonial

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The following commentary by Jon Fleischman is up on the FlashReport today. For many of the same reasons so eloquently noted by Jon, I support Joel Anderson for State Senate.  That should come as no surprise to anyone.  Joel and I have been friends for many years. Yet, I have many friends in politics that I would not necessarily endorse …

Vaus Endorsed by Republican Party in Poway City Council race

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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 …

Re-Print on Wal-Mart

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Reading Richard Rider’s post below, I can’t help but re-hash my FlashReport commentary of about 3-1/2 years ago, regarding — at the time — a proposed ordinance to regulate big box retailers… Big Boxes and Big Brother Proving they are more beholden to their union backers than they are their own constituents, a majority of the San Diego City Council …

Breaking News: Steve Vaus Launches Bid for Poway City Council in Recall Election

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Steve Vaus, who successfully coordinated the petition drive to place the recall of City Councilwoman Betty Rexford on the ballot, today announced that he will seek the Poway City Council seat to potentially be decided as part of the June 6 election. On his website, Vaus announces, “I launched the Recall Rexford campaign with one goal . . .to give …

Sheriff Watch: Politics of Ballot Designations Results in a Challenge to Duffy

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From today’s Sunday San Diego at the FlashReport… The first competitive San Diego County Sheriff’s race since 1994 enters its primary leg with three hopefuls to appear on the ballot. As well, a challenge has been filed over one candidate’s chosen ballot description. The pool of anticipated competitors narrowed from four on Friday, when perennial candidate Bruce Ruff dropped his bid in …