State of the City: Winners and Losers

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So Mayor Sanders gave his final State of the City address last night, and there were certainly some winners and some losers. First the winners. The three Republican Mayoral candidates were all present and all got shout outs for being there. Good for them. Mayor Sanders, for delivering a solid speech, highlighting success, and handling some outbursts with comedy. The …

DeClercq to Hiram Johnson and Citizens: Go Pound Sand

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For Rostra readers who aren’t on Twitter or closely following the debate surrounding the gathering of signatures for San Diego’s pension reform ballot measure, this might come as a shock. Frank DeClercq, head of San Diego’s Fire Fighters Union, thinks that the citizens of California should not have the right to petition their government by initiative, leaving the politicians in  …

Dumanis The Democrat?

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Early yesterday Dumanis announced  her campaign manager, Kevin Klein. The hiring of Klein means Dumanis’ campaign is run completely by Democrats and democrat campaigners, which begs the question, what exactly about Dumanis is Republican other than a check mark on a registration form? With a consultant whose clients include the Firefighters union and the failed Howard Wayne, a fundraiser whose …

How You Know You Are Failing

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How do you know your campaign is imploding? Below is an easy to follow checklist for all candidates. Are you the only Republican who isn’t supporting comprehensive reform? Did you only raise $138,000 while your opponents raised over $300,000 and $270,000 plus matching funds? Are you a Republican with a Democrat consultant and a Democrat fundraiser? Did you just let …

Faucett out. Hansen in.

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San Diego City Hall will soon welcome Katie Hansen, of Restaurant Association fame, as City Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s new Chief of Staff. Hansen, who earns a best actress for her role in the overwhelming defeat of Proposition D as well as best supporting actress for her parts in the David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf victories, will be replacing Faulconer’s outgoing …