Fletcher, the best politician in San Diego County

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By Michael Schwartz County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is, by far, the best politician in the county. He is in the minority on a five person board, he is rarely right, and he gets exactly what he wants any time he wants it. There is literally not a single Republican on any level who can match wits with him and there …

Observations on 2nd District Supervisor’s race

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Observations from a Retired Senator Downtown establishment shocked by results; Anderson’s victory expected by those who live in the district By Hon. Mark Wyland Primary Election Results: Primary election night left Joel Anderson leading by 5,000 votes over Steve Vaus in the 2nd District County Supervisorial contest and, unlike any other Republican on the ballot, his lead continued to surge …

COVID19 and Equal Treatment Under the Law

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Guest Commentary by El Cajon Deputy Mayor Phil Ortiz “You must always be willing to truly consider evidence that contradicts your beliefs, and admit the possibility that you may be wrong. Intelligence isn’t knowing everything. It’s the ability to challenge everything you know.” I am compelled to speak for those who are not being represented, or are underrepresented at this …

Why Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is the Worst Person to Lead our COVID-19 Response

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Guest Commentary by Scott Chipman Supervisor Fletcher has emerged as the leading figure in San Diego’s fight against the Wuhan virus and many people are beginning to realize that his serious lack of judgement and political ambitions should prevent him from ever having that much power. As this deadly virus emerged from Eastern China and began to spread across the globe, and …

AB 5 Aftermath: What true leadership looks like

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Guest Commentary by Hon. Laura Koval, Vice Mayor, City of Santee True Leaders understand the importance of admitting to mistakes. With this strength in your toolkit, you earn respect and trust, thus promoting a safe place for innovative thinking, initiative and a strong entrepreneurial culture. Instead of doubling down on AB 5 (a colossal mistake in my opinion), or writing …

Anatomy of consulting costs to a $1 million campaign

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The below is not about a San Diego race, but the 43rd Congressional District in L.A. County. It provides the sobering reality of consultant-driven campaign efforts. Candidates often face a dilemma: Go it alone without consultants, but gain little credibility and raise few dollars? Or use consultants to help establish a credible effort, while significant amounts of the resulting funds …

Are County Health officials right to release coronavirus patient home?

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Guest Commentary by Doug Sain Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the fast-spreading coronavirus is a global health emergency — a rare designation that helps the international agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak. There are now more than 12,100 suspected cases in China, on top of the 8,137 that have already been confirmed in the …

2nd Amendment Rally: A Message of Unity in Support of a Common Cause

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Guest Post by Sam Lichtman More than a thousand firearm owners and Second Amendment activists converged on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol on November 2nd in support of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. The Capitol dome served as a dramatic backdrop for the roster of more than two dozen speakers who took the …

Two years after a 9/11 remembrance, my heart breaks for our lack of unity

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Guest Commentary by Amanda Young Rigby, Vista City Councilmember At the San Diego Memorial Stair Climb, first responders from not only around our county but from across the globe gather to remember the first responders who were murdered in New York on September 11th, 2001, when our nation was attacked by Islamic terrorists.  I have attended this event multiple times …

AMERICA, the most beautiful sound this 4th of July

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AMERICA, the most beautiful sound this 4th of July (What unites us is far greater than what divides us) Guest Commentary by Hon. Fred Schnaubelt AMERICA. The most beautiful sound I ever heard. America, America, all the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word. On this July 4th AMERICA of mass immigration is fulfilling the dreams of those …

LAFCO’s Wilfull Disregard

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Guest Commentary: by Lou Russo The right of petition is expressly set out in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”— from the First Amendment The petition clause concludes the First Amendment’s ringing enumeration of expressive rights and, in many ways, …

Juvenile Rapists Cheer Governor Brown

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Warning: Story contains graphic content that may disturb readers By Michele Hanisee   We are compelled to write a follow-up to our blog “Legislature and Governor to Victims: Drop Dead” to specifically address how SB 1391 is a brutal slap in the face to victims of rape committed by 14- and 15-year-old juveniles. The number of juveniles who are tried as adults …

On 9/11, Still the Shining Beacon on the Hill

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The following was written by Vista City Councilmember Amanda Young Rigby a year ago. This year she shares it with SD Rostra. Guest Commentary by Amanda Young Rigby Yesterday, I joined first responders from around our county as well as from across the western region and even some international crews, to remember the first responders – firefighters and police officers …

A Way Forward for Social and Fiscal Conservatives

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Guest Commentary by John Horst One of the best things about running for office is making a whole raft of new friends… and having those friendships expand your horizons — confirming some things you believe and challenging others. Here are some thoughts about growing up with an Evangelical Christian outlook on politics — and then getting to see politics from …