Sheriff’s Race Dwindles to Three

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Unless Bruce Ruff plans on walking into the Registrar of Voters, paying his filing fee, taking out his nomination form, and returning with 20 signatures in the next half-hour, he’s out. Let’s put it this way.  He’s out. For a guy whose campaign kept promising information that would blow the top off the race, Ruff’s campaign ends rather quietly. It …

Shelia Jackson to Run Against Ron Roberts for County Supe

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In the wake of San Diego Councilmember Donna Frye’s announcement earlier in the week that she will not run against 4th District County Supervisor Ron Roberts, San Diego Unified School Board President Shelia Jackson is now opting to enter the race. Jackson started the nomination paperwork with the County Registrar of Voters office today. Jackson had previously considered running, but …

KCBQ Radio Tonight

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I will be guest hosting the Rick Amato Show tonite, 9-11 pm, KCBQ AM-1170 (sitting in for usual Thursday guest Steve Baldwin). You can also listen on the web at www.kcbq.com Please call in with a question: 1-888-344-1170 My guests and topics: Scott Crosby of San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors on the local battle over Competition …

Anderson Makes it Official in SD 36

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From today’s column at the FlashReport… Coming as no surprise to many political watchers, while ending months of speculation for others, Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-77) today made it official that he is seeking the San Diego-Riverside area Senate seat currently held by a term-limited Dennis Hollingsworth. “I’m running for Senate because my work in the legislature is not done,” Anderson …

County Assessor Announces Campaign…uhhh, using County Email System

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From last night’s column at the FlashReport… The speculation has lasted for several months whether appointed incumbent San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk David Butler would seek election in his own right. Appointed by the Board of Supervisors last year after 25-year office holder Greg Smith resigned in late 2008, Butler offficially announced today he will run for the seat.  Very officially.  …

Arkan Somo on the Race for the 77th Assembly District

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In a prior post regarding the 77th Assembly District, a commenter recently asked about the candidacy of local businessman Arkan Somo, long considered a potential contestant for the seat.   Mr. Somo shared his answer with me, and is glad to have it published exclusively here on SD Rostra… Guest Column by Arkan Somo The rumor of me considering jumping in …

A Tepid 77th?

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For a primer on my lamentation, here are all the below-referenced posts and candidate guest columns on the 77th AD: http://sdrostra.com/?tag=77th-state-assembly Sigh.  Maybe it was that the various commentaries by the four potential Republican candidates in the 77th Assembly District were all published late last week, as folks in general were readying for a three-day weekend.  Perhaps that’s the crux …

Breaking News: Poway Recall of Betty Rexford Qualifies for Ballot

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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 …

Supes: “Well, you did put term limits on the ballot, didn’t you?”

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Okay, I made the quote in the headline up.  The County Supervisors didn’t really say that to SEIU when taking today’s action on a June ballot measure to ban PLAs.  Not publicly, at any rate. From the Del Mar Times… http://www.delmartimes.net/news/265750-supervisors-consider-measure-to-ban-labor-agreements Supervisors consider measure to ban labor agreements The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to consider putting a measure on …

Money “Trail” in Open Joel Anderson AD 77 Seat

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From my post at FlashReport… Although I might put it a tad more tactfully then “Criticus” did (below) on San Diego Rostra this morning (see Campaign Money in Assembly 77 Race), the overall message is similar for those vying in the open Joel Anderson State Assembly seat: Uhhhh, you’d better step it up.  That is, if you want to be taken …

Felony Stupid

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Please  raise your hands, everyone who plans on standing up for these punk kids, claiming they are somehow misunderstood or that they are simply being targeted because they are conservative activists… http://apnews.excite.com/article/20100128/D9DGVRK00.html No hands? Gee, might it be that the ACORN scandal went a little too much to someone’s head, leaving him wanting more attention and resulting in thinking he …

The Garrick Question…Some Simple Advice

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My last Sunday San Diego column at the FlashReport… As Jon Fleischman hi-lited on the main FR page Saturday, the Union-Trib editorialized on the selection of Martin Garrick as the new Assembly minority leader, praising the decision, while asking a question in the headline: Will he be the latest GOP leader to cave on taxes? Clearly, the UT gets it, …

Danon’s Early Efforts for Supe Sets Tone for Real Race

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The following is from my post of yesterday at the FlashReport.   It was subsequently pointed out to me that Pam Slater-Price has close to $375,000 banked and hasn’t yet started fundraising for 2012, as if to ask why I would even write about a challenger. Yes, as I indicated in the piece, Pam is no slouch, not by any stretch.  …

Trivia Question: Bruce Henderson is Half the Answer

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Our little Friday impromptu trivia contest resulted in a few decent guesses.  The question: Who was the last City of San Diego councilmember (not mayor) that was voted out of office during a regular primary or general re-election campaign after serving only one four-year (elected) term of office? First to answer wins. The guesses received as of last night: Linda Bernardt, …

The Oceanside Results

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From my Sunday San Diego column at the FlashReport… Last Tuesday’s failed recall election against Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern was a clear repudiation of an attempt by labor to wrest control of the city council in one of San Diego County’s largest municipalities. Fellow SD FlashReport blogger Duane Dichiara wrote about the results on Wednesday, in A Crushing Defeat for …

Assessor Race Heats Up with GOP Endorsement of Olson

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The San Diego County Assessor’s race may not have the pure wallop as the already buzzing contest for Sheriff.  Yet, the winner in both campaigns next year will be among the few locally elected officials that represent the entire County of San Diego (along with the DA and Treasurer/Tax Collector).  Even the County Supervisors each have “only” one-fifth of the area’s …

Guest Hosting Amato Talk Tonight (Monday): 9-11 PM

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I’ll be guest hosting for Rick Amato tonight, KCBQ AM-1170, from 9-11 p.m.  Listen on the radio or at www.kcbq.com. My guests the first hour will be Steve Vaus, the organizer of the recall effort against Poway Councilmember Betty Rexford, and SD Rostra’s own Vince Vasquez, discussing his post here of yesterday on medical mary-jane, as well as the ongoing …

FlashReport: Massive Budget Deficit Presents Opportunity

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From Jon Fleischman at www.flashreport.org… There is a saying goes something like, “Adversity Breeds Opportunity.” This came to mind as I was reading stories in the SDUT, on the website of the Voice of San Diego, as well as a great column from FR friend Vince Vasquez on the up and coming SDRostra website — stories all about the massive …

Hiding the Funding in Oceanside

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Some folks are ashamed of how they make their money.  To each his or her own…a living is a living. Not acceptable, however, are campaigns that hide the source of their funds.  The ability to follow the money is an issue of public concern, especially if it ultimately impacts how an elected official conducts oneself. A few days ago I …

Politics and Giving Do Mix

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In more than one on-line source today I noted various individuals and entities soliciting contributions for Toys for Tots and other similar organizations.  Among them, Councilman Carl DeMaio, the San Diego Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, and a couple of area chambers of commerce.  There are undoubtedly many others as well, but that’s just those I noted today in passing.  It reminded …