What’s wrong with politics in East County: The political parties ignore bad behavior

Guest Column Guest Column 17 Comments

Guest Commentary by Hon. Kristine Alessio “The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds – success.”   — Edmund Burke When after a lifetime of membership I left the Republican party, I was accused of doing it for political gain on this site and in other media. But that was nothing more than ad hominem, which did not address the …

La Mesa Unanimously Rejects SANDAG Sky Gondola Tax; Tax And Spend Republicans In Vista and El Cajon Betray Taxpayers

Brian Brady Brian Brady 2 Comments

Bravo to the taxpayer champions in La Mesa for unanimously rejecting the SANDAG Sky Gondola tax.  You may have seen Councilwoman Alessio and I debating on these pages about procedural points but, when push came to shove, she (and her colleagues) stood up to this horrific tax proposal.  Here’s Alessio: The vote in La Mesa was 5-0 against. All council …

San Diego County Gun Owners PAC Announces Two Changes in City Council Ratings

Tommy Knepper San Diego County Gun Owners 35 Comments

After announcing our launch on October 21, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC received numerous inquiries about our ratings from both concerned city councilmembers, wanting to change their rating, and concerned voters who wanted to know why their elected official received a positive or negative rating. After reviewing information provided to us about some of the local city council members, …

Ruth Sterling “Opts Out” Against Art Madrid

Greg Larkin Greg Larkin 10 Comments

After causing a bit of a buzz last week when she pulled papers to “consider” running against La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, Councilmember Ruth Sterling got what many knew she would from the beginning: Cold feet. Sterling did not file her candidacy paperwork by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline, leaving only realtor Laura Lothian in the race against Madrid.  Lothian has …

Breaking: Sterling to challenge Madrid in La Mesa

Greg Larkin Greg Larkin 5 Comments

City Councilmember Ruth Sterling has taken out intention papers to challenge incumbent Art Madrid for mayor in the City of La Mesa. Both are Republicans. The move is further evidence that Madrid may have no serious challenge in November.  Sterling has done little in the fundraising arena during her 18 years on the council, other than about $10,000 of her …