Cheryl James-Ward for San Diego County Board of Education District 5

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Cheryl James-Ward, a candidate for County Office of Education, sent over the media release further down in this post. We were intrigued, as she is opposing labor-backed incumbent Rick Shea, who was appointed to the District 5 seat in 2015, then beat out former State Senator Mark Wyland in a close 2016 contest. SD Rostra asked James-Ward to provide some …

Republican Party endorses Phil Graham for State Assembly

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Party taps businessman from six GOP candidates in open Rocky Chavez seat by Doug Sain On Monday night the San Diego County Republican Central Committee voted to endorse Phil Graham (pictured right) for State Assembly District 76, which includes 246,653 registered voters in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton. The Central Committee is the governing body of the Republican …

What’s wrong with politics in East County: The political parties ignore bad behavior

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Guest Commentary by Hon. Kristine Alessio “The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds – success.”   — Edmund Burke When after a lifetime of membership I left the Republican party, I was accused of doing it for political gain on this site and in other media. But that was nothing more than ad hominem, which did not address the …

Affordable Housing – Facts & Fiction

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Guest Commentary by Poway Mayor Steve Vaus At our last City Council meeting the topic of affordable housing came up. The conversation was specifically related to the possibility of a veterans project being considered at the Big Stone Lodge site on Old Pomerado Road near the VFW Hall. And, as is often the case when affordable housing is discussed, concerns …

Supervisor Jacob needs to stay in her swim lane or ante up some funds

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Guest Commentary by Lou Russo At a recent “coffee” at the Alpine Library, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob took it upon herself to comment on the ongoing lawsuit between Alpine Union School District (AUSD) and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). Jacob made the comment that while she wasn’t enthused about paying legal fees, in this instance her opinion was that …