Coast News publisher sued over alleged campaign violations

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Dang, Karma is a funny thing sometimes… By Ken Stone for the Seaside Courier Community Newspaper. The state’s election watchdog is suing the publisher of The Coast News in Encinitas over what it calls campaign-spending violations. The Fair Political Practices Commission, in a suit filed Jan. 23 in Vista Superior Court, seeks at least $30,000 in civil penalties against publisher …

ObamaCare

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Never in the history of people talking about Things They Know Nothing About have we had so many people saying so much about something of which they know so little. Of course we are talking Obama Care. The most astonishing thing to me and others in the Health Insurance business is that the people behind this plan clearly know little …

Puff Puff

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The City Council in Berkeley is hell-bent on taking the title of “Wackiest Elected Body.” They are heading toward proposing banning smoking cigarettes in your very own apartments, condos, and yes… even your single family home! I couldn’t make this up… http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Berkeley-s-next-smoking-ban-may-hit-home-4984302.php Mind you, this is in a city that professes to espouse a “do your own thing” mentality, and …

Obama and Obamacare: NO exception to the rule

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The big news today is that the President made a speech where he said the law Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would no longer require individual plans, previously issued to individuals, to be cancelled on December 31, 2013. Cancellation notices have been sent to hundreds of thousands of consumers, and by some estimates, up to a million in CA alone as …

Stuck on Stupid?

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Take the Encinitas Transit Survey!!! No doubt some fool consultant, or some clever consultant is promoting this survey and charging the city $$. The problems are that: A) It’s “Opt in” and therefore bereft of any semblance of scientific or statistical validity, and B) It doesn’t prevent anyone from taking it multiple times from the same computer (So I’m told) …

Rural/Metro files Chapter 11

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(Reuters) – Ambulance operator Rural/Metro Corp… filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the aim of cutting its debts after it missed an interest payment in July, according to court filings. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company also intends to renegotiate unprofitable contracts and free up capital for investments through the bankruptcy process, according to the filings. So, this is the same company who …

Maienschein made the Sacramento Bee!

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Freshman Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R, AD-77) appears to have quickly adopted the ways of Sacramento, at least according to a story in today’s Sacramento Bee. He got the Assembly gig, he got campaign contributions, and he got the girl, too! I am impressed. He’s only been in office about six months, has collected $10,000 in campaign contributions from the California …

Encinitas City Council or H.O.A.? You decide!

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The new Encinitas City Council majority will consider an agenda item Wednesday evening which may result in the City Council setting hours of operation for bars and restaurants in Encinitas, may limit said hours to 10PM or midnight, may impose a new and as yet undetermined fee upon all alcohol licensed businesses to pay for additional special police enforcement of …

Former Mayor Christy Guerin against “Prop A” in Encinitas

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This popped into my inbox recently and I thought I would share it with my fellow Rostrafarians. Mayor Christy Guerin is a friend of mine and she served eight years on the Encinitas City Council and then six years as district director for Congressman Brian Bilbray in the 50th District. Prop A would be devastating for the future of Encinitas …

ObamaCare / Covered California update

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This landed in my email inbox today: Covered California to release list of health plans, rates Sacramento Business Journal by Kathy Robertson – Monday, May 20, 2013: Covered California, the new state health benefit exchange, will release a tentative list of health plans and rates for the program at a board meeting in Sacramento Thursday. The meeting will be held …

Deeply flawed initiative up for a Special Election in Encinitas

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Some residents of Encinitas, working with a Carlsbad based activist/NIMBY group, have used the initiative process to force the City of Encinitas to spend at least $350,000 on a special election to be held in June of 2013. Nice. This ill-conceived measure: A) Won’t correct or address state mandated forced planning for additional housing units, B) Will actually replace steep-slope …

Out With the Old, in With the New

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Newly elected Encinitas City Councilman-elect, Tony Kranz, has indicated via email to the City that he is having “trouble” grasping the grading required for the Encinitas Community Park, a 43 acre $18 million dollar project, 12 years and countless public meetings as well as hearings and litigation, in the making. He seems to want a 3D model built for this …

U-T San Diego endorsement for Encinitas City Council

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It is an honor to once again receive the endorsement of our San Diego County daily newspapers. It reads in part as follows: “In the crowded and hotly contested race for three seats on the Encinitas City Council, we endorse incumbent Jerome Stocks, appointed incumbent Mark Muir and candidate Kevin Forrester. “This trio represents the best possibility for the city …

Taking Action Matters! — San Diego Job Creators

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Third District candidate for County Supervisor Steve Danon, the presumptive front runner, chose not to wait until being inaugurated to begin helping our fellow San Diego County residents! After a lunch meeting with the owner of a a newly opened Encinitas business and me, he realized that people needed a way to better navigate the bureaucracy inherent in each city …

From the “All Politics are Local” file

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Hi Rostrafarians, Do you miss the days of friendly, even cordial, political seasons in small town America? I contend they probably never existed. Check out below what landed in my inbox with an admonition “DO NOT FORWARD!” …and this is in bucolic and prosperous Encinitas where a recent citizen’s satisfaction survey says that an unbelievable 98 percent of the people …

The Steve Danon Race for Supervisor – Restoring The Public Trust

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During the past few years, public trust in government has deteriorated—and rightfully so. Leaders at all levels of government have thrown fiscal restraint out the window and prioritized their own political interests above the public good. And frankly it makes the job much harder for those of us who haven’t! Now, more than ever, we need candidates for office who …

The California Farm Bureau has endorsed Rocky Chavez

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As Joe Biden might say, this is a big “F@#%&in deal”! The California Farm Bureau has endorsed Rocky Chavez. Sept. 25, 2012 FARM BUREAU ENDORSES CHAVEZ FOR STATE ASSEMBLY A candidate with a history of service and a commitment to economic development, Rocky Chavez, has earned the endorsement of the state’s largest farming organization in his bid for the state …

Do Sun Glasses “Sit on your Face”?

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A recently placed, then fairly quickly removed, “SPY” sunglass company billboard in Encinitas caused some buzz this week. Some thought it was funny or clever, others not so much. The Outdoor Advertizing Company which owns the billboard claims to have received complaints, but my office did not. So, does this fall under the 1st Amendment, or is it prurient in …