City Reveals $180M Deficit – DeMaio To Convene Series of Town Halls

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Today the City disclosed a budget deficit of $180 million — confirming concerns that the city’s financial problems are worsening. Councilmember DeMaio believes it is imperative that we educate and engage the public on the city’s financial problems — and seek their ideas on solutions. That’s why he’s convening an eight-week long series of “Town Halls on City Finances.” (See …

No Surprises in Chula Vista

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Well, there were no great surprises in Chula Vista Tuesday night as the most liberal members of the Council voted to place Mitch Thompson into John McCann’s seat during his longterm absence as he serves our country in Iraq. The vote was 3-1, with Cox as the only vote against filling the seat at all. My only curiosity is why …

Today’s Discussion: UT Story on Joel Anderson

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Interesting to note that today’s UT “Watchdog Report” on Assemblyman Joel Anderson doesn’t note that as Elections Chairman for the Assembly GOP, he is responsible for getting money to central committees around the state where it is needed for competitive legislative contests.  Also, no mention of how many similar financial transactions take place with others’ campaign coffers.  Nary a mention …

Amato’s Take on the Sheriff’s Race

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KCBQ AM-1170 and Washington Times Radio Talk Show Host Rick Amato recently weighed in on a sheriff’s candidate debate held September 12 in El Cajon…. On Saturday, I had the opportunity to sponsor and co-moderate a debate among the San Diego County Sheriff candidates.  It followed the East County TEA Party, where an estimated 1500 people attended. Questions were made available …

Issa Hits It Right On the Mark

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An article was circulating today where Republican Congressman Darrell Issa pointed out that it was the grassroots, rather than the ‘leaders’ of the GOP driving the Party right now. Kudos to him for observing this. Some parts worth reading “The twin successes (ACORN and Jones) highlight the biggest differences between today’s GOP and that of a few years ago when …

I’m Back!

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Like many people I was irritated when Red County changed it’s format to a system that was impossible to use, and unfriendly to the only place I cared about: San Diego. THANKS to Mighty Thor and Barry Jantz for SDRostra.com. Anyway, there is soooo much to discuss about north county – it’s been several months since my last post on …

Men are Ready to elect a Republican Governor in 2010 … But Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner have not yet sold Women

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In reading the crosstabs of a professional poll, you expect to see some differences among ethnic,  economic and gender groupings. But the poll released this week by “Rasmussen Reports” reveals a STUNNING difference when Men and Women voters are asked    about the race for Governor. When matched against likely Democrat nominee Jerry Brown, Republican Insurance Commissioner   Steve Poizner leads Mr. Moonbeam among …

Issa Confronts Towns on Countrywide VIP – Challenges Him to Hold Vote to Issue Subpoena

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At a hearing today of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) challenged Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) to hold a committee vote to issue a subpoena to Bank of America for all information related to the Countrywide VIP Program, which was used to curry favor through sweetheart mortgage deals with Federal Government officials and Members of Congress who held responsibilities related to housing policy. In June, Bank of America expressed their readiness to cooperate with such a request but that amid legal restrictions they could only do so “if a Committee issues a valid subpoena for information, Bank of America would have a valid basis to produce information.”

“Parsky” Commission Weighs In; Reactions Swift

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Source: http://totalbuzz.freedomblogging.com/2009/09/29/tax-commission-makes-recommendations-but-will-it-amount-to-anything/22555/ State tax commission makes recommendations BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced this morning that he will be calling a special session of the state Legislature to review recommendations for updating the tax code, which were released today. The Commission on the 21st Century Economy, a 14-member, bipartisan committee appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, has …

Watkins Madness

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Since I wrote on September 20 about the travails of Bob Watkins, the misunderstood and mystified (his word, that second one) Airport Authority chairman has met with Mayor Jerry Sanders and admitted his failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest.  A Sanders’ blessing followed, with the understanding that Watkins would amend his financial reports and clean up his act. Yet, …

Labor Council Endorsements

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Source: http://www.sandiegopolitico.com/2009/09/labor-council-endorsements.html Labor Council endorses Howard Wayne in City Council race and Jim Duffy for Sheriff. Rep. Susan Davis, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Assembly Candidate Toni Atkins also endorsed SAN DIEGO – (September 24, 2009) – The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council announced today its endorsements of San Diego City Council District 6 candidate Howard Wayne and Sheriff …

Why I’m Writing

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By way of backgroud, I follow local, state, and national politics fairly closely. I’m a California Republican Party member, and served on the San Diego Central Committee. I’m active in various political campaigns when they interest me. I consider myself a principled conservative. I’ve been to a Tea Party rally, and I thought Palin was a valuable addition to the …

Big Stakes Poker Game at the San Diego Ethics Commission

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Not for nothing do they call him the “Mighty Thor”. The Mighty one forwards the attached letter, attributed to Marti Emerald’s legal counsel, effectively asking the City Ethics Commission to get off the Councilwoman’s political back.  (Click on the red link below to read the text). The last elected official to take that tack with the Commission was former school …

Treasury IG Agrees to Request by Issa and Collins to Conduct a Review of ACORN

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Treasury Department Inspector General, J. Russell George agreed to comply with a request submitted by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) to conduct a review of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and of the IRS’s oversight of nonprofit organizations.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Thanks San Diego Director Cameron Durckel for Dedicated Service

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From the Gov’s Office on 9/22, since some readers have been asking… Governor Announces Appointment of Charlene Zettel as San Diego Director Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today extended his sincere gratitude to Cameron Durckel for his devoted service to the people of San Diego and all Californians. Following his resignation, the Governor has appointed Charlene Zettel as director of the San …

Chula Vista Stalls

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So, it appears that the unmistakably flawed appointment process in Chula Vista has been temporarily halted. Sources say that an angry group of citizens have threatened to file a lawsuit to stop a temporary appointment to John McCann’s seat (while he serves active duty in Iraq for a year). Certainly the City should have seen this one coming – Bensoussan …

Issa Calls on Towns, Conyers to Hold ACORN Hearings

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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent letters today to Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) calling on theme to immediately convene hearings on the activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform NOW (ACORN) that includes key ACORN officials such as ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, Wade Rathke (ACORN Founder) and Dale Rathke, Elizabeth Kingsley (Counsel to ACORN) and Steve Bachmann (CCI General Counsel) among others.

Meg-a Vu All Over Again

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Again, yesterday, Meg Whitman announced, again, she is running for Governor.  The FlashReport’s Jon Fleishman has an amusing take on the re-announcement… I don’t blame Meg for “announcing” again — But I blame the MSM for making it a story