Newsom signs COVID-19 Related Bills for Workers’ Compensation and Employee Notification

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Today, the Governor signed SB 1159 (Hill) and AB 685 (Reyes). Below is a description of the bills. SB 1159 (Hill) codifies the Governor’s executive action stating if an employee before July 6 contracted COVID it would be presumed to have occurred at work. For situations after July 6 the bill narrows the Governor’s executive action to say for certain …

Enquirer: Lemon Grove kerfuffle doesn’t keep Arambula from endorsements

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The East County Enquirer is asking the following… “Lemon Grove Councilman David Arambula is proudly endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County and the San Diego County Democratic Party. “But wait…isn’t that the same David Arambula accused of drunken violence in a fist fight with an applicant he invited over to his house to discuss a proposal …

Weekend News Links

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Some Weekend Links… SDUT: San Diego tourism industry update: ‘We’re in a deep depression’ SDUT: Should San Diego have suspended parking violations for another month? SDUT: Gloria says city should investigate leaked, doctored document in NBC7’s retracted story VOSD: Special Emergency Podcast: Ash Street, Ash Street, a Story Goes Down SDUT: SANDAG takes no action on proposed political donation policy …

Moser claims $10m fine against him as politically motivated

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Below is the press release from Ken Moser. Yesterday, Jesse Marx of Voice of SD did a story on the matter, which may help provide some context. Voice story… Telemarketer Says Another GOP Campaign Was Behind Phil Graham Robocalls – A San Diego man who’s facing a nearly $10 million fine for spoofing political robocalls in 2018 says the family …

Rodriguez announces for Mayor of Oceanside

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From his Facebook page… I write to you with a heavy heart and deep convictions surrounding these uncertain times. COVID-19 has unleashed a level of economic uncertainty the City of Oceanside has never experienced. With record unemployment, hundreds of permanent business closures and evolving health orders that restricts the most basic of our constitutional freedoms in an effort to stop …

A potpourri of election voices

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A smattering of social media comments over the last couple of days from throughout the region (and elsewhere), in no particular order… Benjamin Katz, political software guru… “San Diego’s Golden Hall remains one of my favorite political traditions. Here in San Diego, on election night, everyone joins to together for a single unified celebration of democracy: Democrats, Republicans, journalists, and …

Politico: Issa defends himself from accusations of ‘gay-baiting’; calls for Krvaric’s resignation

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Carla Marinucci at Politico has a nice summary of the fallout over the last few days, including Darrell Issa saying he would demand that local GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric resign. LOS ANGELES — Former Rep. Darrell Issa is facing fierce backlash over a controversial new campaign ad that critics say is “gay-baiting” against his opponent in a competitive congressional primary. …

When even Daily Kos says your bill sucks

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Assembywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher has been digging her heels in so much in recent weeks, she’s now forming trenches. That’s why it’s hysterical to see even her most strident left-wing fellow travelers not sharing her bunker in defense of AB 5. Read Daily Kos… Clumsy Democratic attempts to fix Uber/Lyft problem is deadly to freelancers We have nothing to add. …

Batten opts out of District 5 City Council race

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A succinct message from Patrick Batten posted to Facebook… “After consulting with family, friends and supporters, I have decided not to run for San Diego City Council. At this stage in my life, it is more important to focus on my family and professional endeavors. I am grateful for the support that I have received and will remain engaged.‬” Republucan …

Who’s speaking up on SANDAG?

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A few days ago, SD Rostra writer Brian Brady posted this on Facebook, including a link to a KUSI story from a few weeks prior (screenshot below)… “I heard (Supervisor) Kristin Gaspar speak today and she was on fire. At present, she is the ONLY politician asking the hard questions about SANDAG. SANDAG is essentially a mafia-type agency, designed to …

CA Political Review: Rep. Katie Hill Sex Life Financed by Campaign Dollars, FEC Complaint Charges

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At CPR, Stephen Frank announced yesterday he filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against his Congressional representative… “I live in the 25th Congressional District.  While the District is close to Hollywood, our Congresswoman is acting like an out of control pleasure seeker—in drugs or sex. “The revelations of the past couple of weeks makes it clear about Congresswoman Katie Hills.” …

GOP opts to not endorse in Hunter seat; Anderson endorsed for County Supervisor

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After hearing from four candidates tonight — former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, Congressman Duncan Hunter, former Congressman Darrell Issa and State Senator Brian Jones — the Republican Party of San Diego County could not achieve a 2/3 vote of its members to endorse in the 50th Congressional District. All four Republicans will appear on the March 2020 ballot should …

Issa announcement tomorrow in El Cajon

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BTW, we don’t think that Dianne Jacob, Bill Wells, Sam Abed, Matt Rahn, and Larry Wilske being on hand with Issa tomorrow means they will all be announcing their support for Duncan Hunter. PRESS ADVISORY  8:30am tomorrow, Thursday, September 26th, Congressman Darrell Issa will host a press conference in El Cajon at Centennial Plaza in front of the Magnolia Theatre …

Jones makes it official for Hunter’s Congressional seat

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Although Michael Smolens teased it in the Union-Trib on Friday and Brian Jones all but directly said it himself (“thinking about it”) Sunday on KUSI, this morning the Senator made it official. On KUSI, Jones announced he will run in the 50th Congressional District, where a host of other Republicans are already in or “thinking about it” (that phrase again) …

Gloria reacts to Bry ad with “little boy of color” comment — Mixed reactions abound

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A Barbara Bry Instagram ad posted yesterday resulted in a Twitter reaction from Todd Gloria, which in turn is getting quite a response from a number of followers. Below are some screenshots of the Bry ad… Gloria reacted with the following Tweet… “Barbara Bry has hit yet another low. She’s making fun of the dreams of a little boy of …