San Diego’s Mayor Race Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

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Originally posted on the Flash Report. 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 …

Pension Signature Drive Spent $1 Million?!?

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Pushers of the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative breathed a big, expensive sigh of relief today. The proponents turned in 145,000 signatures today to the City Clerk’s Office, according to Craig Gustafson at the San Diego-Union Tribune, for a needed 94,346. What’s in Gustafson’s story that made my eyes pop and in a related estimate from Voice of San Diego’s Liam …

Bride of a Socialist, a Fascist and a Reporter…

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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 …

Presidential Hopeful Gov. Perry Making San Diego Stop

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From the Republican Party of San Diego County GOVERNOR PERRY WILL BE DOING A “MEET & GREET” OPEN TO ALL SAN DIEGO REPUBLICANS ON WED, SEPT. 7th AT 9 PM Republican Party of San Diego County provides unique opportunity for San Diego Republicans to hear from Governor Perry in person. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th CONTACT: TONY KRVARIC (858) …

Say What?!?

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I once read William Carlos Williams’ The Red Wheelbarrow over and over in an English interpretation class for three hours deciphering the deeper meaning of an 8-line poem. That pales to my enchantment with this San Diego Union-Tribune editorial on the San Diego mayoral race. First, it begins with a self-aware candidate assessment: “The early conventional wisdom about the race …

San Diego Mayoral Candidates: Debate This

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As originally posted on The Flash Report. A debate’s raging in San Diego. A debate over debates. It’s a curious thing. The moment San Diego mayoral candidate Councilman Carl DeMaio turned down a Voice of San Diego hosted candidates debate, among others already accepted by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Bob Filner, suddenly he was the target of much speculation …

The Private Lives of Navy SEALs

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As a Navy wife, my life’s faced some tough roads. In 11 years, my beloved spent nearly 5 years away from San Diego, away from me and our friends, away from everyday life as an American. He missed Sept. 11 and the madness in the days, weeks, months following. He missed holidays, birthdays, anniversaries. He missed buying Christmas trees, family …

An Accomplished Fraud

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Today kicks off the hugely popular BlogHer ’11 conference in San Diego, a woman blogger-centric arena where the stronger sex gathers to share tips of the trade, network and even discuss some heavy topics. In Southern California, fewer hot buttons exists above immigration. This border town’s seen it’s share of debate on the subject that if polled would yield varying …

Young Guns Take Aim

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As cross-posted on FlashReport. Seems the young guns got it going on. In just 25 days of the first reporting period for the 2012 San Diego mayor’s race, two young Republican candidates blew doors on the established competition with more than $300,000 cash on hand. Early predictors felt sure the mayoral primary would be a $1 million race. At this …

Dumanis Steadies the Wheels

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News just weeks into San Diego mayoral race from candidate District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis really got folks talking about her race. It wasn’t big donor dollar numbers (which we’ve yet to see), but that she had already fired her campaign manager, Republican consultant Tom Mitchell. The rumor mill ran amok with folks saying she looked vulnerable. Today, her camp released …

The Strange Bedfellows of Pension Reform

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The woes of public pensions seems a universal problem. Governments around the globe grapple with these unsustainable money pits in the hopes of avoiding more trouble down the road. San Diego’s not unique. But just a year out from the 2012 June primary, we’re seeing lots of hubbub about the pension reform ballot measure out trying to beat the clock …

TODAY! Son of a… Howard Dean

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Oh my, the shenanigans continues. It’s a darn good thing that it does for those of us who like to share airspace with other poliwonks, politicos and press-pass junkies. In a bi-partisan, put down your swords, have a beer for goodness sake and sign a peace treaty effort, our little gatherings between Rostrafarians, our liberal darling blogger friends at Two …

Happy Campaign Reporting Day!

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It’s Christmas Day! OK- maybe not Christmas, but it’s still deadline day for the much-anticipated first campaign fundraising reporting period and all eyes are on the 2012 San Diego mayoral race. With less than a month at the old grindstone, politicos wait with breath that is baited to see who made it rain. The “ask” ain’t easy. Most candidates say …

La Jolla’s Out, Rancho Santa Fe’s In

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With the mayor’s race sucking up all the oxygen, it’s hard to imagine there’s any other political news anywhere in San Diego County, but there is. Tomorrow, San Diego County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee will present three proposals to redraw the supervisors’ seats. All the maps propose lifting La Jolla out of Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s district and moving it to Supervisor …

Assemblyman Steiner? Good News from the Third Floor

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When a good friend calls you on his first Father’s Day, you think of one two things: it was an accident or he’s about to tell you something big (and you hope it’s good). So, imagine my surprise when Supervisor Bill Horn’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dustin Steiner, declared he’s considering a run for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s seat. NOTE: If …

My Mayor Website’s Better Than Yours

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As I mentioned in my recent Rostra blog on the mayor’s race, the three Republican candidates gotta spring from the gates to grab support and money. They need to do that by distinguishing themselves as to who they are in the race, which they can define not only by what they do on the trail but who supports them. So, …

The Root of All Money

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Ayn Rand once asked: “So you think money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?” Candidates now seek out that answer for the next 12 months in the hopes of being San Diego’s next mayor. Primary races boil down to two very basic survival needs: money and endorsements. In truth, …

Fun Police Take Away Firecrackers, Lollipops are Next!

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Ooooooh! Aaaaaah! Oh, would ya’ look at the pretty firecrackers. Uh-oh. The Fun Police just arrived. I’m sorry, kids. Gonna have to take your happiness. I’ll be back later for your lollipops and American flags. And while the fireworks debate goes national, as the San Diego Union-Tribune notes so (melo)dramatically, my hometown of Flint made the FBI’s list for most …

Farewell, Mr. Davies

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It’s rare to see a life so fully lived as Mr. John Davies. He was a dear man with a good sense of humor that served him well in tough crowds. John was a development advocate with a vision to revitalize downtown, and served on dozens of boards and commissions statewide proving to be a leadership giant. He lived big, …

Mayor’s Race: Booorrring

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WARNING: This blog contains a large dose of snark. 2012 Mayor’s Race: Booorrring. Ya, I said it. And I meant it. All the hype around early races kills the enthusiasm with saturation. In this case, it’s been just sheer overload. In December, I traded calls with all the muckety mucks, reviewed all the uber early, virtually meaningless polls, gobbled up …