Measure SS – Conservatives should endorse

William Del Pilar William Del Pilar 10 Comments


A conservative Latino’s view on politics…

I’m speaking to my fellow Valley Center conservatives on Measure SS. Those touting the mantra “no more taxes” and yes, it has legitimacy. We’re tired of politicians campaigning on fewer taxes and then voting to increase them. However, Measure SS is a local issue. Let this conservative tell you something about serving on the Valley Center Community Planning Group.

Locally, political parties don’t impact our decisions. I’ve seen Republicans and Democrats come together because community comes first. However, we can keep our conservative beliefs and get the job done. It means researching the issue, not pushing the party line while refusing to debate.

Family doesn’t always agree with one another – if we did we’d be nothing more than sheep told what to do. Conservatives don’t do that. Republican leaders understand and recognize this. I have a great relationship with the San Diego County Republican Party, but they’re wrong on this issue.


From the 2012 Republican Party Platform:

“Taxes, by their very nature, reduce a citizen’s freedom. Their proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution, such as national security, and the care of those who cannot care for themselves. We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.”

That statement still holds true. Measure SS epitomizes that platform. There’s no redistribution of income. It funds a necessary program. It doesn’t foster crony corrupt capitalism.

Measure SS representatives are transparent and available to speak to anyone, anytime. Most important, they’re community members. They’ll show you the data, and I’ve never seen any politician this open. Don’t be like those we accuse of following the herd. Ask questions to make an informed decision.


When you compare Valley Center Fire Protection District to Deer Springs Fire Protection District as conservatives, you’ll find it impressive. Our fire department runs efficiently but like a startup, at times it needs investment dollars to grow. Let’s look at the numbers:

Deer Springs Fire Protection District – three fire stations, covers 20 square miles for a population of 12,000:

  • 2018-19 operating budget- $6.5 million.
  • 2018-19 Cal Fire contract – $5 million.

Valley Center Fire Protection District – two fire stations, covers 85 square miles for a population of 20,000.

  • 2018-19 operating budget – $2.9 million.
  • 2018-19 operating personnel budget – $1.3 million.

Valley Center with Measure SS Passing

  • Operating budget – $4.1 million
  • Operating personnel budget – $2.4 million

As a conservative or Republican, these numbers make a clear case for Measure SS and why we can’t just say, “no more taxes.” These numbers show we can save today and tomorrow.


  • These funds stay local – legally no other entity can use them.
  • If you live within 5 miles of the new station, you may save 30 percent on insurance.
  • We’ll have a new, “staffed” station that’ll lessen response times.
  • Low-income senior citizens are eligible for an exemption.
  • 401(k) plan versus state pension.

What sold me was the 401(k) plan versus state pension plans that are crushing us. If Measure SS doesn’t pass, odds increase our fire department will eventually fold, giving control to Cal Fire. When that happens, the hammer drops with increased costs.


There’s a “pass the buck” attitude that new developments should pay 100 percent of everything. When there’s a major fire, all units respond. You may have been here for 30 years, your home 50 years but that new fire station will still send its new hires, fire trucks and ambulances to save you. To think new homebuyers should foot the full bill is morally wrong. We can’t gouge families that are already struggling to find and afford a home.


Cal Fire has good men and women working for them who’ll risk their lives for us. The issue are state pensions crippling Californians. Taxpayers are struggling to survive continual tax increases designed to pay pensions. It’s forced millions to leave this beautiful state. Once resolved we can revisit Cal Fire and Valley Center but until then, and as the numbers bear out, conservatives need to go with Measure SS and local control.

My fellow conservatives and Republicans, voting for Measure SS is the right thing to do. Financially, the funds stay in Valley Center. They’re not part of the pension system. As conservatives, we demand transparency, accountability and a need for funding essential services. Measure SS gives this. Don’t hide behind the “no more taxes” chant, as that makes us no better than those we accuse of being sheep and sticking their heads in the sand.

This article originally appeared in Valley Roadrunner, Nov. 2, 2018.

William Del Pilar is politically active, currently sitting on the Valley Center Community Planning Group (VCCPG). As an entrepreneur, Del Pilar drove his fantasy sports company to set the standard for analysis and news distribution, helping to commercialize the industry from 1997-2008. Del Pilar sat on the boards of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and Fantasy Sports Ventures (now owned by Gannett Co., Inc.).


Comments 10

  1. I am a tea party conservative which means that I am “Taxed Enough Already”
    I am sorry that you chose a hard job but I am taxed enough already
    Figure it out, William with the resources you already take from me.

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    Brian, I’m not sorry I chose any job. I’m thrilled with the job. I did figure it out and why I support Measure SS and am asking others to support it. The community will vote on it and decide unlike SB1 where we didn’t have a choice. That’s what I love about Measure SS. It’s going straight to the people to decide.

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    I knew you would come back with that. Because there are exceptions to every rule. It’s what makes this country great!

  4. William,

    As you found out when you were a Democrat, partisans see everything in absolutes. Thank Brian for showing you that it no different on the right – Republican partisans also see no shades of gray.

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    Anecdotally speaking I’ve found LIbertarians to be more black and white with the issues than conservatives. I kind of expect it.

    However, Brian’s not like my other Libertarian friend who has Trump Derangement Syndrome so bad he’d rather see the economy go south than acknowledge his success.

    That said, every issue’s up for debate and I know Brian and I agree on more than disagree.

  6. “Anecdotally speaking I’ve found LIbertarians to be more black and white with the issues than conservatives. ”

    Gosh, I hope so. I’d like to think I have built a reputation for consistent clarity over the 6-7 years on this forum.

  7. Brian,

    I have clarity but I also realize there are exceptions to every rule and life is not black and white, it’s grey and each issue has to be looked at unto itself versus a blanket rule. I find many Libertarians don’t view that as I do.

    Some issues will fall under a black and white concept but there are different people from different walks of life making every situation potentially different in how we deal with it.

    In the end, I like most realize we’re Americans first. That’s where I don’t concede but wholeheartedly agree that concept is black and white. That’s my goal, to make sure that’s the most important message. How we get there, there are many paths.

  8. Brian,

    “… I’d like to think I have built a reputation for consistent clarity over the 6-7 years on this forum.”

    There is nothing scarier to me than a true believer who knows all there is to know and doesn’t need to learn anything else. I know that over any period of time, certainly less than 6-7 years, I have changed or at least refined my opinions on a multitude of issues. The fact that I can learn something new every day and grow and mature from that knowledge is what makes life worthwhile.


    It is good to know that you can respect and support someone who you “agree on more than disagree.” I wish this was the standard more people used rather than the ideological purity test we see too often on both sides of the aisle.

  9. Who said I had nothing to learn? Please don’t put words in my mouth because I hew to certain time-tested principles.

    I try to be consistent. I try to offer clarity about the limited government position. I try to be unafraid to challenge Republicans who scream “Taxed Enough Already” at rallies, then vote to put tax increases on the ballot as soon as they are elected to a commission in San Diego County.

    I don’t know everything but I DO know one thing; San Diegans are taxed enough already. Would that Republicans understood that one basic point, we might start winning elections

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