MEMO: San Diegans won’t pay a dime for the new Chargers stadium – Really?

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August 9, 2016 What: Memo To: San Diego taxpayers From: “No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First” coalition Subject: Chargers Stadium Tax Measure If voters approve the Chargers billion-dollar-plus stadium tax in November San Diego taxpayers would pay for the new facility in a variety of ways. Do not believe Dean Spanos, Mark Fabiani and their surrogates. The cost …

Opposition to downtown stadium grows, reaction to Chamber support for the measure

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Coalition opposed to billion-dollar-plus stadium tax grows, now includes Councilmember Alvarez, others SAN DIEGO (July 28, 2016)—The “No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First” coalition has grown and now includes City Councilmember David Alvarez, Chicano Park muralist Mario Torero, the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects and other community leaders. “I oppose the Chargers ballot initiative …

Violence against those who wear the badge is violence against us all

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From Mayor Kevin Faulconer… Last night we lost one of San Diego’s finest. We grieve for our fallen officer and stand with his family during this very difficult time. We also pray for the second officer shot last night as he recovers from surgery. Violence against the men and women who wear the badge is violence against us all. I …

Local Gun Owners group to introduce coalition opposing new gun laws

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Press Release Gun Owners PAC to introduce coalition opposing Proposition 63 and recent new gun laws A coalition formed by the San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, will hold an outdoor press conference starting promptly at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 29, at the San Diego County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway, San …

Ed Harris Tells Lifeguards to Stop Saving Lives

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Press Release Kevin Faulconer for Mayor Union Boss Puts Union Benefits Ahead of Public Safety (San Diego, CA) Lifeguard Union Boss Ed Harris threatened to “discontinue” water rescues in an effort to gain leverage to extract more union benefits from the City. In a December 8, 2015 article, the Union-Tribune reported that Harris, Union Steward of Teamsters Local 911, boasted …

Poll shows Faulconer within striking distance of outright primary win

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Interesting methodology at play in this San Diego mayoral poll, targeting Facebook users and cross-referencing them with the voter file. The number of seniors included would seem to counter any push back IVN may get that older voters are less likely to be on Facebook, thus the results must be skewed in favor of younger and more left leaning voters. …

Taxpayers Association opposes attack on pension reform

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Press Release SDCTA urges Mayor Faulconer to reject request from unions seeking to overturn Proposition B SAN DIEGO (May 16, 2016)—Government employee unions have ramped up their attacks of voter-approved pension reform by seeking to overturn the law through a backroom deal. In a letter to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council, attorneys representing the unions asked the City to …

Businessman John Renison Picks Up Key Local Endorsements

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El Cajon Mayor, Coronado Councilman Support 39th Senate District Candidate SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (May 12, 2016) —- Businessman John Renison of Coronado today announced key local endorsements for his 39th Senate District run, including El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and Coronado City Councilman and Mayoral candidate Richard Bailey.  The Republican will square off against Democrat Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in …

Businessman John Renison Picks Up Key Senate Endorsements

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Senate Republican Leader Fuller, Eight Senators Support 39th Senate District Candidate SACRAMENTO (May 4, 2016) — Businessman John Renison of Coronado today announced several key endorsements for his 39th Senate District run, including Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller. The Republican will square off against Democrat Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in the 39th Senate District. The incumbent, Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), has …

Sanders, Boling and Lutar urge support for City Council candidates who will protect pension reform

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SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2016) – Jerry Sanders, April Boling, and Lani Lutar released the following joint-statement today: “June’s election could determine the fate of pension reform in San Diego. Four years ago, we campaigned for Proposition B – the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative that 66 percent of San Diego voters supported. “The measure is expected to save taxpayers $1 …

Gitsham Raises Five Times More than All Republican Candidates Combined

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PRESS RELEASE (San Diego, Calif.) – Today, first quarter FEC filings further solidified Denise Gitsham as the leading Republican congressional candidate in the 52nd District. Gitsham raised five times more than all other Republican candidates in this race, combined. “I’m humbled and grateful for the strong support of district residents, and our shared commitment to the priorities of our community,” …

Republican John Renison Announces 39th Senate District Run

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John Renison of Coronado today announced his candidacy for California state Senate. The Republican will square off against Democrat Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in the 39th Senate District. The incumbent, Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), has dropped out of the race. An entrepreneur and family man, the start-up whiz revolutionized shipping with Piggyback Technologies. Piggyback connects people to goods …

Ray Ellis Opposes Chargers Tax — and comments from others

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Update — Besides the release from Ellis below, others in the community are weighing in. See the comments below this post. Press Release ‘We must put the priorities of our 1.4 million residents ahead of the interests of billionaires seeking taxpayer subsidies’ SAN DIEGO (March 30, 2016)—San Diego City Council candidate Ray Ellis said today he continues to oppose any …

Ellis campaign: Lightner stole website, infringed copyright

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From: Taylor Bloom, Ray Ellis for San Diego Council 2016 To: Bruce Lightner VIA EMAIL AND FEDERAL EXPRESS Re: Unauthorized Exploitation of Intellectual Property and Copyright Infringement Dear Mr. Lightner: I represent Ray Ellis in his campaign for San Diego City Council, District 1. This letter concerns your misappropriation of my client’s intellectual property for use on your campaign website. …

Lincoln Club endorses Randy Voepel in AD71

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The following went out from the Lincoln Club in late February, prior to the AD 71 candidate line-up being in the midst of changing so dramatically the last few days. It still reflects the reasons the club is strongly supporting Randy Voepel for the seat… This week, the Lincoln Club of San Diego County voted to endorse Santee Mayor Randy …

Mayor Faulconer, Chairman Roberts Release Joint Statement on Chargers’ Announcement

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San Diego – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Chairman Ron Roberts of the County Board of Supervisors released the following joint statement after the Chargers announced today their intention to pursue a Downtown stadium with a public vote in November. “We want the Chargers to remain in San Diego. After consulting with numerous experts on stadium financing and conducting a …

Downtown San Diego Partnership endorses Jacob

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Press Release San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob today announced she has received an endorsement from the Downtown San Diego Partnership. “Dianne Jacob has been a leader in addressing issues facing the business community, and she has been a true champion for all San Diego communities,” said Kris Michell, President and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Michell continued, …

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Endorses Sen. Joel Anderson for Supervisor

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Press Release This morning, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) – California’s leading taxpayer advocacy group and chief defender of Proposition 13 – endorsed Senator Joel Anderson for San Diego County Supervisor District 2. “Senator Anderson is a proven champion for taxpayers,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal. “He has protected San Diego taxpayers from countless efforts to raise taxes in …

Jim Desmond gets a jump on 2018 Supervisor race

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San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond’s announcement yesterday, for the San Diego County Board seat of current Supervisor Bill Horn… Today I announced my candidacy for Supervisor District 5 in 2018. As Mayor of San Marcos, with balanced budgets, strong reserves, and solid infrastructure, our community has thrived. As a Board member of SANDAG and the San Diego Airport Authority I …

Sen. Ben Hueso and campaign treasurer facing additional charges for violations of the Political Reform Act

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Press Release From: Col. Richard Shigley USMC Ret. Ken Moser Sen. Ben Hueso was caught for the third time failing to properly disclose campaign expenditures. A PRA complaint for failing to disclose approximately $74,000 in expenditures was submitted late last year to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis (DA). A lawsuit for that complaint was …