The Steve Danon Race for Supervisor – Restoring The Public Trust

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During the past few years, public trust in government has deteriorated—and rightfully so. Leaders at all levels of government have thrown fiscal restraint out the window and prioritized their own political interests above the public good. And frankly it makes the job much harder for those of us who haven’t! Now, more than ever, we need candidates for office who …

At Least the Fleece Awards Were Cute: SDCTA Hands Out 2012 Goldens

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Smart governing decisions saving taxpayer dollars and collaborative initiatives took top honors, while cavalier attitudes and lost opportunities were called out and shamed at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)’s 17th annual Goldens Awards Dinner, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley. Remote controls were nowhere in sight as the evening’s theme “Taxpayer …

Fair and Open Competition Initiative Qualifies for the City of San Diego 2012 Ballot

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Backers of an initiative that would prohibit project labor agreements (PLAs) on City of San Diego construction projects were notified by San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland that the signatures submitted are sufficient to qualify the measure for the next citywide ballot. (The required minimum was 62,057). So it seems voters in the City of San Diego will have the …

Mayor of major District 3 city, Sam Abed of Escondido, endorses Steve Danon over incumbent Supervisor Pam Slater-Price

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Just as redistricting made Escondido more important than ever, the City’s new mayor Sam Abed this week  endorsed GOP challenger Steve Danon over  incumbent Pam Slater-Price (also a Republican). The pending removal of both  La Jolla and Pacific Beach (City of San Diego) from Slater-Price’s district gives Escondido a bigger voice in next June’s  vital primary election. “We need new …

La Jolla’s Out, Rancho Santa Fe’s In

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With the mayor’s race sucking up all the oxygen, it’s hard to imagine there’s any other political news anywhere in San Diego County, but there is. Tomorrow, San Diego County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee will present three proposals to redraw the supervisors’ seats. All the maps propose lifting La Jolla out of Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s district and moving it to Supervisor …

Assemblyman Steiner? Good News from the Third Floor

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When a good friend calls you on his first Father’s Day, you think of one two things: it was an accident or he’s about to tell you something big (and you hope it’s good). So, imagine my surprise when Supervisor Bill Horn’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dustin Steiner, declared he’s considering a run for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s seat. NOTE: If …

San Diego County General Plan Update is Fatally Flawed

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Guest Commentary by Hon. Scott Barnett and Dr. Richard Parker Like anything in life, there’s no use doing something quickly if it’s not going to be done right. The adage couldn’t be more relevant to the current effort to update San Diego County’s General Plan. The Board of Supervisors will soon meet again on the plan, and after years of …

Is That A Sheep I Smell? It Must Be Time for Golden Fleece Nominations!

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s annual Golden Fleece and Golden Watchdog Awards recognizing the best and worst of local government decision-making has become the poliwonk equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show for techies, Lollapalooza for arty hipsters, or Comic-Con for… you get the idea. But the Association can’t throw a party and produce those infamous parody videos featuring your …

Gettin’ Hot in the 2012 Kitchen

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So, it’s only January 2011 and already, we’re seeing some folks filing papers to run for office. Good thing, ’cause some of us just can’t stand a breather. [See full list of candidates who have filed so far at the County Registrar of Voters for 2012] Of course, tongues were wagging last week when Republican San Diego City Councilman Carl …

TONIGHT: Post-Election Analysis with Consultant Hoy, Pollster Nienstedt

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I’m not exactly the most devoted GOP meeting attendee. But I’ll be there tonight to hear the recap of the wildly dead-on pollster John Nienstedt and Nov. 2 success-story consultant John Hoy. I had the honor of working with both men on Proposition A – which crossed the finish line easily with more than 70 percent of the vote. Conversely …

Vote! It Feels Good

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With Election Day two weeks away, I was intrigued by a North County Times article yesterday by Mark Walker on the changing campaign strategies used due to early and mail-in voting. The article reads: “Fully one-half of voters in San Diego County vote by mail while the number is near 40 percent in Riverside County. The shift is reshaping how …

Yes on A Gets Local, National Attention

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Not too often that you see a local proposition garner national media attention, but that’s just what the Yes on A camp snagged last week following a feisty debate on KPBS’s “These Days.”

End Run, Touchdown!

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The quarterback gives the play in the huddle. Just after the snap, the defenders push to the center and the quarterback gets plowed from the side. The reason: the line decided to go with another play. In case you’re wondering, the public is the quarterback in this end run on the tax cap increase for the Centre City Development Corp. …

Yes on Prop A Endorsements Piling Up

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Strong Key Support Backs Local Jobs for Local Workers The list of endorsements continues to grow for Proposition A as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and North County Times editorial staff backed the ballot measure for local construction jobs. The passage of Proposition A on November 2 would enact a charter amendment at the County of San Diego prohibiting …

San Diego Chamber Endorses Yes on A

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San Diego Chamber Endorses Prop. A Regional Business Organization Supports Fair, Open Competition October 1st , 2010 San Diego — The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsed Proposition A, a ballot measure for fair and open competition for construction workers. The passage of Prop. A on November 2nd would amend the County of San Diego charter to prohibit the …

Taxpayers Association Issues Ballot Recommendations

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One of the most important functions of groups like the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) is educating the rest of us. Providing voters with ballot recommendations that satisfy its criteria for accountable, cost-effective and efficient government has got to top the list. SDCTA has just completed its review of the June 2010 Primary Election state and local ballot measures …

FRIDAY: Important decision on Private Property Rights… Please Speak Up!

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See the guest column by Randy Lenac below… Editor’s note… It has been a nearly invisible process to most people in San Diego County, yet may ultimately have a tremendous impact on the right of the citizens to be safe in their knowledge that government can’t simply violate the basic tenet of private property rights.  The decision will answer the …

San Diego County Taxpayers Association Opposes Three June Ballot Measures

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association announced its opposition to three ballot measures in the upcoming June primary election. The Association opposes Proposition B, the countywide measure calling for term limits on the Board of Supervisors.  Association President & CEO Lani Lutar says the board of directors believes the measure is a poor public policy approach, and could potentially create …

San Diego County Taxpayers Association Opposes Term Limits for County Supervisors

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From SDCTA…. Experience with term limits in Sacramento shows they aren’t a solution (San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors voted to oppose Proposition B, a measure limiting members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to serving two terms in office. The measure will come before voters on the June 8, 2010 primary …