Fundraising totals in former Rep. Duncan Hunter’s seat

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The below is straight from the Federal Election Commission, showing campaign finance activity thru 12/31/19 in the 50th Congressional District. Keep in mind, Darrell Issa’s numbers have not yet been processed by the FEC, but according to Carl DeMaio’s press release posted earlier today on SD Rostra, Issa has raised about $818,000. UPDATE 11 p.m. — Issa’s subsequently posted press …

PTAs need to add unions to the abbreviation

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Addressing its significant budget challenges in December, the Sweetwater Union High School District put in a letter, “We have dedicated considerable time and effort to finding solutions by working with as many of our stakeholders as possible including our labor partners, staff, parents and students.” We find the order of the listed stakeholders a bit odd. Students and parents last, …

The Hunter fallout: El Cajon Councilman Kalasho not happy with Supervisor Jacob

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Dianne Jacob’s SDUT comments yesterday in reference to Congressman Duncan Hunter also included her tweeting remarks about State Senator Joel Anderson and El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho. She tweeted that all three “have embarrassed themselves and failed those they were elected to serve.” Ben Kalasho presented his reaction in the form of the following Facebook post and photo. It appears that East County is …

Filner or Fellner? Ohhh, never mind.

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This morning, The San Diego Union-Tribune published a Michael Smolens column, “John Cox’s peculiar relationship with Bob Filner,” which describes Gubernatorial candidate Cox as “…one of the rare people in public life who acknowledges being in contact with disgraced ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.” The piece goes on to note how unusual a Cox-Filner relationship is, given Cox’s $10,000 contribution …

Does KOGO need to let Carl DeMaio go?

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Voice of San Diego posed the obvious question when KOGO radio show host Carl DeMaio pulled papers to run for the 50th Congressional District: State Senator Joel Anderson weighs in to us: “It would be inappropriate for KOGO to continue Carl’s radio show without offering equal time to the other candidates.” DeMaio responded: “I am not a candidate at this time …

DeMaio’s dilemma

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Carl DeMaio is a man with a significant dilemma. In recent years, DeMaio has gone from City Council GOP standard-bearer, to 2012 mayoral contender, to runner-up in that race, to a 2013 powers-that-be second choice to replace a melting down Bob Filner, to 2014 runner-up for Congress at the hands of false accusations, to conservative talk radio darling, to once-again …

In harassment case ruling, judge rejects El Cajon Councilman Kalasho’s counter lawsuit against beauty queen

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Update: Friday, December 22, 2017… Today the judge affirmed yesterday’s tentative ruling reported below. The ruling is now official. San Diego Superior Judge Timothy Taylor yesterday tentatively ruled against Councilman Ben Kalasho, rejecting the lawsuit the El Cajon official filed in response to a beauty pageant winner and others suing him for harassment and defamation. The ruling is linked here. …

Lemon Grove City Council scraps Planning Commission … Uhhh, never mind.

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Well, actually, the Lemon Grove Planning Commission was scrapped in 2015. But…now, it’s back! Photo graphic from The East County Enquirer On a new Facebook site, The East County Enquirer, the three Democrats on the City Council are being excoriated for resurrecting the planning body, just a couple of years after the prior council majority axed the commission to reduce …

Alleged affair exposed between current and former Assembly GOP leaders

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“California Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) engaged in an extramarital affair with Kristin Olsen, the former leader of the Republican Assembly caucus, and current member of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors,” writes GOP activist Joseph Turner in an exclusive on his website, American Children First. At the heart of the blockbuster story is a copy of a …

Because the Filner headlock was so inclusive and provided so much opportunity

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Mayor Bob Filner’s “vision would transform San Diego into a more inclusive city that would provide greater opportunity for every neighborhood.” From Amazon.com… “Bob Filner spent considerable time in Congress trying to work a progressive agenda into national legislation. He helped organize the Progressive Caucus in the House during his first term, to gather like-minded progressives into a cohesive force. …

Can a Santee candidate win if they oppose rent control?

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This isn’t click bait, it’s a serious question. In the same vein… Can we assume an endorsement from the group below means meeting a litmus test of supporting mobile home rent control? Is it possible to be a credible candidate in Santee without supporting rent control? What about a credible Republican candidate? Are any candidates opposed to rent control of …

“It is what it is”

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KUSI News – San Diego, CA “But when homeowners turn to the county for help, they get nothing…” This quote is a really good summary of the attitude that Dianne Jacob has about the people she “represents.” Watch the news report from KUSI. It perfectly captures the problem we in East County face. A public drainage system under a home …

Seriously, Sam?

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In today’s SDUT story, Sam Abed using city website for his campaign, the Escondido Mayor says, “The link (from the city website to his campaign site) was cleared by the City Attorney for compliance, State Law and City Policies before it was created.” There’s the legal and then there’s the ethical. There’s also common sense. If you don’t want headlines, …

Neighborhood Market Association members sue organization and CEO Mark Arabo

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Citing illegal compensation and a breach of fiduciary duty, members of the politically active Neighborhood Market Association (NMA), including one of its founders, are suing the organization and CEO/President Mark Arabo, alleging a lack of transparency and a “failure to provide financial documents.” The complaint seeks information regarding an alleged real estate transaction in which the NMA is said to …

Mayor Faulconer requesting City Council allocate $2.1 million for expedited stadium EIR

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One word: Huh? Read the Independent Budget Analyst Report. The report is dated today. The San Diego City Council vote is tomorrow. This would start the ball moving on an Environmental Impact Report the next day. Not exactly a lot of time for public digestion and reaction. Yet, the stakes have been set, apparently. The report ends with: …the decision …

DeMaio Tweets about County Supervisor fray

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Note: Just after the below was posted, DeMaio went up with his own Rostra post on the subject. Read it here. ***** Carl DeMaio is weighing in on Twitter this morning about tonight’s Republican Central Committee consideration of an endorsement in next year’s District 2 County Supervisor election, which is shaping up to be a possible matchup between longtime Supervisor …

A conversation between two consultants

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Consultant Jones: “Hey, got this kid in the 56th Congressional. He worked for Clarkson before the primary — got canned at some point, I think before June. Maybe for cause. But, he’s trying to float this pretty seedy story…says Clarkson solicited him and worse…in the campaign office…exposed himself…” Consultant Smith: “Clarkson?” CJ: “Yeah, he says Clarkson did, hit on him …