Some weekend reads…worth reading

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RNC scheme to block candidates from debate should be repealed

When someone asks me to name the seven dwarves invariably I fall short. Let’s see, there’s Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey….Darn it, there are a couple more.

That’s kind of how it is when I try to actually write out a list of the 16, 17 (or is it 18?) legitimate Republican candidates running for the Republican nomination for president.

Read it all, by Jon Fleischman in Breitbart


Proposition 13, Lady Godiva and historical tax facts

For crying out loud, not again! Proposition 13 tax limits may be irrevocably changed by an amendment to the state Constitution in a bill introduced by Democrat senators in their insatiable hunger for ever more taxes.

Former Councilman Fred Schnaubelt, in The San Diego Daily Transcript


Understanding Short Term Rentals in San Diego – a panel discussion

For the better part of the last year I’ve found myself involved – mostly through Airbnb – in the City of San Diego’s short term rental issue.  First as a host, then a guest, and most recently as an attorney representing clients on all sides of the issue, I have come to know the ins and outs of the dynamic well.  A local political group, the Point Loma Democratic Club, has asked me to moderate a panel on Sunday July 26, 2015, and I wanted to add some information to inform that discussion. You can read specific background about some of the legal issues specific to the City of San Diego here, which is a personal food and travel blog I keep as a hobby. In preparation for the Sunday panel discussion, though, I wanted to offer a few specific notes to help frame the conversation about this relatively new phenomenon.

Omar Passons lays out much of the issue on his local blog


What Hillary Doesn’t Know (Or Want To Understand) About The Bush Tax Cuts

Predictably, Hillary – I want to topple the top 1% – Clinton has started her campaign attacking George Bush’s tax cuts. It’s no surprise that Hillary is making “tax the rich” a central theme of her campaign. While I don’t expect Hillary to understand the why of economics – it would be nice if a candidate did – at a minimum, she should know the facts.

by Tom Del Beccaro, writing for Forbes


The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad

The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Congressional Research Service, and various independent air-power analysts: The F-35 program is a mess; it is unaffordable and will not be able to fulfill its mission.

Local writer Mike Fredenburg, taking on the issue in National Review


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  1. Thanks for sharing this. Given that the City published its draft rule changes last week, I did another post translating them into English and including some policy considerations. Same website.

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