** UPDATE ** Looks like RNC Chairman Steele Won’t Run Again

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I think we’ve all watched Chairman Michael Steele with some degree of head shaking over the last couple of years. Instead of doing the job of party chairman quietly, raising money and recruiting candidates, he worked overtime to make himself the ‘face’ of the GOP, often with embarrassing results. Finally, donors were so disquieted by Steele that they basically pulled …

What Has Been Going Through Emerald’s Head The Last Few Days

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Councilwoman Marti Emerald was shocked at the results of District 6 a week ago. The day of the election she was smilingly predicting a Wayne win, if not walk over.  What would a Wayne win have meant? With just two seats in GOP hands and another resounding labor victory, it would have meant a disheartened small business community that would …

Emerald Melt Down On KPBS

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It’s no secret that community leaders in the 7th Council District have been seriously discussing a recall of Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Recently, though, more serious ‘downtown’ types have also been overheard having similar discussions. A poll taken several months ago showed pretty conclusively that a funded recall would succeed. Apparently the buzzing is getting to Emerald, never known for stability. …

A Look At The Republican Central Committee

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From my quick look at the Republican Central Committee elections I think it is pretty safe to say Chairman Tony Krvaric will remain Chairman. I certainly don’t know everyone who won, or lost, but I recognize enough names to see that he almost certainly has a working 2/3. Some interesting notes: * The biggest loss to the committee is Doug …

David Bejarano Under Fire…

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This morning, the Union-Tribune reported that current Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano has been accused of writing bad checks by Art Moreno, his partner in a security company. The law says Bejarano can’t operate this kind of company while police chief, but of course the Chula Vista City Attorney says it’s fine as long as he’s trying to get …

The Meeting

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A meeting was held earlier today with several donors and community members within San Diego City Council District 7. The purpose of the gathering was to determine whether or not to move forward with a recall of the increasingly embarrassing Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Consensus was that she cannot survive a recall in a non-Obama tidal wave election. A larger group …

Dear Marti,

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Dear Marti, I read the following: (From San Diego Magazine) THE POKING NOSE: With San Diego still struggling to stem the riptide of red ink, the city is “desperately trying to ‘refinance’ its debt,” according to one City Hall wag. “In other words, some want to stretch payments out longer for short-term savings. Sounds familiar,” she says. “Very much like …

Does Marti REALLY Want the Public to See Her At Ethics Commission

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Recently Marti Emerald asked the Mayor’s office to televise her upcoming confrontation with the Ethics Commission, which he denied as it would conflict with the Planning Commission. For those of you who don’t track Emerald closely, she is in hot water with the Ethics Commission for various violations and doesn’t much like it that the “troubleshooter” role is someone else’s. …

Xema Out – Mullen In?

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I’ve also heard what ‘Sunshine’ heard – that Xema is out as Chief of Staff to Marti Emerald. Further, though, I heard that Emerald offered the position to another long time City Hall staffer liberal Democrat Don Mullen. Xema and Mullen had a very, very rocky relationship, and rumor has it he threatened to quit in the last couple days …

Want To Know If A Ship Is Sinking? Watch The Rats…

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I didn’t check my emails from Friday until this morning. Upon reading them, what did I find but an email from one of the previous “Crimmins Crowd” on the local GOP Committee – this one allegedly the contents of a back and forth email between a young, disturbed activist and a former San Diego County Republican Party Chairman, largely dealing …

Emerald Kicks the Can Down the Road

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Turns out “Troubleshooter” Marti Emerald is going to deal with her looming Ethics Commission judgement like a screaming, writhing child being led out of a crowded grocery market… she’s going to fight every step of the way. Delightful. This week, her lawyer argued that one of the three Commissioners (apparently now the Ethics Commission is so busy the Commissioners delegate …

A Rumor of War?

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According to three sources over the last couple of days, two of them at least mildly reliable, there was a poll in the field in San Diego City Council Districts 2, 6, and 7 last week. When I first heard the district numbers I thought that the person I was speaking to meant District 8, but I was corrected. All …

After A Humiliating Defeat, The Anti-Krvaric Faction Disintegrates

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Every war comes to an end, and the war over control of the Republican Central Committee that has heatedly flared, on and off for the past two years, is over. In the last four days, in a sweeping route, Republican Chairman Tony Krvaric’s ‘organization’ has emerged wholly victorious over what became an ever shrinking, and every more bizarre, collection of …

Crimmins Out Of San Diego GOP In 44 to 1 Vote

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Last night the San Diego Republican Party took the unusual (I’ve never seen it in 25 years) step of ousting a member: Michael Crimmins. I was not present for the event but I did get several reports. I can’t stress enough how unusual, again, it was to have such an ouster and as much a vote like 44 to 1 …

Emerald vs. Ethics Commission, “Anonymous” vs. San Diego Republican Party

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Emerald vs. Ethics Commission So the “Troubleshooter” doesn’t like it when the shoe is on the other foot. As investigations from the Ethics Commission move her closer and closer to a large fine for various violations, Emerald is going to have the gall at the next meeting to “openly challenge the ethics panel over an enforcement action” while at the …

One of the Public Information Requests on Emerald Activity Back?

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At breakfast Friday morning (Hob Nob Hill, of course) guess who I ran into? A few of our local ‘Emerald Investigators’ pouring over some of the copious material garnered from the public information request generated from this blog a few months ago. They showed me two interesting lines of investigation, totally unrelated, that I imagine will be worth reporting on.

BREAKING: EMERALD CAUGHT ON TAPE BETRAYING CAMPAIGN PLEDGE NOT TO SUPPORT RAISING TAXES!!!!

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I’m not exactly sure what would get me up in the morning if I didn’t think I’d have another move by Marti Emerald that put her one step closer to resignation (I’ll save the rumors on this for a later post) or recall. What did I awake to this morning? Half a dozen emails circulating around town which quote Emerald …