Marti “Firetruck” Emerald

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It seems after being publicly humiliated at a recent Council meeting Marti Emerald is taking steps to reach out to the community and push her message of, umm…well, I’ll try and get back to you when I find it. She has reinvented her monthly community newsletter although spelling seems to not be a concern. “Subject: We need to restore borwned-out …

Public Employees: Bell Tolls for Thee

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When the LA Times turns against you it might be time to reconsider your strategy. I’m not going to add much commentary to this, it essentially speaks for itself, but to summarize: Population: 37,000 Salaries: City Manager $790,000 (with a $95,000 increase per year) Police Chief $450,000 Assistant City Manager $375,000 Mayor $100,000 Councilman $100,000 Councilwoman $100,000 Councilman $100,000 Councilman …

San Diego 2010 or Mississippi 1964?

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Today marks a rare, outrageous, and somber day in the City of San Diego. Managed Competition will not appear on the November ballot. Some might celebrate this as a victory, but labor and business leaders agree, every signature should have been counted. The Union-Tribune features a detailed story here. In summary, the MC campaign had the legal democratic option of …

If Managed Comp Stands It Stands Alone

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Congratulations to City Councilwoman Marti Emerald who lives to tax another day! Today the three anti-business initiatives that were going to be placed on the November ballot by the union lackeys on the Council to confuse voters about which proposition to support were withdrawn. The initiatives spokesperson said they will “go to voters directly” if they want the initiatives placed …

Explosions, Sex, and Politics!

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Did that headline make you read this? Good, because this is boring yet so exciting! Unless you don’t neurotically check your twitter, don’t get breaking political news email pushed to your blackberry, or don’t regularly troll the City Clerk’s office (see: you’re normal), you are just now finding out that Carl DeMaio’s Fair and Open Contracting Ballot Measure, henceforth known …

Hamartia

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This week could be the beginning of the end for Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Today Councilman Carl DeMaio, joined by a coalition of businesses, community groups, and taxpayers, delivered over 135,000 signatures to the City Clerk to place an initiative on the November ballot that mandates voter approved managed competition and ensures it is implemented by the City Council. The labor …

The Greatest Story Ever Told, Almost

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This is a bit lengthy, but worth it… Let’s start with the biggest, and perhaps least exciting, races for the county (state races to follow tomorrow). In the 50th Dem Primary Francine Busby was selected as the Democrat nominee to lose to Brian Bilbray once more. I don’t think Busby was celebrating her victory, I searched for police reports and …

Jeff Stone for State Senate Campaign Confirms: Joel Anderson is the greatest freshman Republican from San Diego, ever.

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Early this week a mailer from the Joel Anderson for State Senate campaign came out and used a public quote from an on air interview in which radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock said of Anderson “Joel Anderson is the greatest freshman Republican from San Diego, ever”. Anderson never claimed an endorsement, most politicos know that Hedgecock rarely endorses, but …

Lorie Zapf Endorsed by San Diego Tax Fighters Lorie Zapf Endorsed by San Diego Tax Fighters

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At this point it might be easier to post who isn’t endorsing Lorie Zapf for City Council (Unions, Donna Frye, Kim Tran and Family, and Citybeat) From the campaign: Lorie Zapf Endorsed by San Diego Tax Fighters The Lorie Zapf for City Council campaign today announced the endorsement by the San Diego Tax Fighters. The San Diego Tax Fighters is …

Councilwoman Hindenburg

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I know blimps and balloons filled with less hot air than Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Last week Councilwoman Emerald proposed something shocking, but the shock will change as you read more about her proposal. When I first heard that she wanted to cap salaries for city employees at the Mayor’s salary of $100,500 I thought “Marti Emerald? San Diego City Councilwoman …

Hadley and Wayne: Liars!

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“I have rarely seen a more pathetic example of a candidate telling one audience what he thinks it wants to hear and telling another audience what he thinks it wants to hear.” Howard Wayne and Steve Hadley, two candidates for San Diego City Council in District 6, got a healthy dose of political reality this morning when they discovered that …

Emerald Fined 6%

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At the end of the 2008 election cycle everyone thought Marti Emerald had the least debt of all the city candidates. Turns out she had the most, and yesterday the City Ethics Commission ruled that her intentional or negligent non-disclosure of that debt would cost her $3,000. Emerald avoided the possible $10,000 fine, probably because of her cooperation (a point …

Emerald Ethics Hearing Day 1: Ottilie Puts Ethics Commission on Trial

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What a rough few weeks for City Councilwoman Marti Emerald. After having a rather public falling out with her former Chief of Staff, Xema Jacobson, Marti is facing rather serious ethics charges related to her campaign finances. The ethics hearing regarding that case was today, and after a full day of witnesses and questions it seems to have made little …

BREAKING: BYE BYE XEMA

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Multiple people from several departments within City Hall have informed me that Xema Jacobson’s run as City Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s Chief of Staff came to an emotional end today. Who will replace Xema is yet to be seen,  but I am sure there will be a flood of questions about Marti and the direction she wants to take, given her …

Toni Atkins, Developer. What?

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A few days ago I raised some questions about interesting ballot titles and over the past few days I have received some answers, some more hysterical than others. It looks like I do have my answer about Toni Atkins being a “small businesswoman”. She backs up her claim by listing herself as a Senior Principle at LeSar Development Consultants. My …

Ten Little Indians

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Well the filing deadline for office has come and gone and there were definitely quite a few interesting developments, some of which have been discussed here and some haven’t, and obviously everything is tentative before signatures are verified. The Sheriff race narrowed to three with Gore, Duffy, and LaSuer. The big question here is where do the Democrats and Independents …

The Ballad of Reading Hillcrest

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With all the anonymous emails being sent around these days I tend to just ignore them, but one in particular caught my attention. I was forwarded a very interesting email about some accusations being floated in a race that always seems to cause problems without offering solutions. The email in question involved C Mason Weaver, candidate for the Republican nomination …