Politics

“BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” FILM STARTING OCT. 24 IN SAN DIEGO ALLEGES MASSIVE SCHEME TO STEAL MINORITIES’ VOTES

 

Film by investigative reporter Greg Palast asserts GOP has 30-state computer program that can eliminate over 7 million minority voters

East County News Service

October 19, 2016 (San Diego) - Rolling Stone investigative reporter’s new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits” will be shown Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 Theatre (7037 Friars Rd.) 

A portion of proceeds will benefit KNSJ radio.

The movie features Ed Asner, Rosario Dawson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley and Willie Nelson.  Palast will be there along with special guests.  Reserve your Tickets.

TRUMP LAWYERS SEEK TO EXCLUDE SEX SCANDALS, CAMPAIGN VIDEOS FROM TRUMP UNIVERSITY CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego has turned down a request by Donald Trump’s lawyers who sought to dismiss a case alleging that Trump University defrauded students in its real estate seminars.  So the case is headed to trial—but not until after the election.

Trump’s attorneys have also asked the judge to bar statements from the presidential campaign about his personal conduct to be considered as evidence in the trial.   Judge Curiel will hear that request on November 10th.

MONDAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NOV. 8 ELECTION

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 22, 2016 (San Diego) -- If you want to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential general election, you must register by Monday, Oct. 24. Voters may register online until midnight.

If you’re not sure about your registration, check your status online at sdvote.com.

You will need to register if you:

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES SHARE VIEWS AT THIRD VOTERS FORUM

 

By Janis Russell

October 20, 2016 (La Mesa) - Topics ranging from crime rates to homelessness to business issues were discussed Tuesday, when La Mesa City Council incumbents Kristine Alessio and Ruth Sterling along with challenger Colin Parent participated in a forum held at the La Mesa Police Department community room.   The forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of San Diego and the American Association of University Women.

A LIVELY CANDIDATE FORUM IN LEMON GROVE FOR COUNCIL AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES

 

Jonathan Goetz

October 20, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- Housing,  homelessness,  business issues and marijuana were among the topics ata candidates’ forum Wednesday in Lemon Grove moderated by the League of Women Voters. Candidates present included Theresa Rosiak, George Gastil and Racquel Vasquez running for Mayor, along with City Council candidates Jerry Selby, David Arambula, Glenn Thornton Jr., Steve Browne and Charlene McAdory.

DUELING SLATES VIE FOR SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD: ALL 9 CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT AT HEATED CANDIDATE FORUM IN CREST

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 20, 2016 (Crest) – The stakes are high in the San Miguel Fire Board race. In July, the board majority voted to axe a contract that outsourced firefighting to Cal Fire, entered into back when property tax revenues had plummeted in the recession and the district had shut down a fire station.  Now four candidates want to undo the recent vote and keep the deal with Cal Fire, while four others are running to restore local control.  The ninth candidate says he hasn’t made up his mind.  There are four seats up for grabs.

All nine appeared at a candidate forum tonight in Crest, a town that burned in the 2003 fires and where residents pay a higher assessment for fire services than any other fire district locally.

MORE DEMOCRATIC BALLOTS IN EARLY MAIL-IN BALLOTS RECEIVED

 

East County News Service

October 19, 2016 (San Diego) — As of October 18th, just over three percent of the nearly 1 million mail-in ballots countywide have been returned to the San Diego Registrar of Voters.  Nearly 42% of those ballots cast and returned are Democrats, or almost 5 percent above the registration rate.  About 35 percent are from Republicans, running at 3.5 percent above registration rate.

TRANSCRIPT OF EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM: POLICE ISSUES, ECONOMY, MARIJUANA AND MORE SPARK HEATED CONVERSATIONS

 

Transcription by Jonathan Goetz

October 18, 2016 (El Cajon) - Seven candidates vying for three seats on the El Cajon City Council participated in a lively forum at Grossmont College on October 5th:  Stephanie Harper, Ben Kalasho, Hubert Cabrera, Steve Goble, George Glover, Joseph Fountain and Vikie Butcher.  Incumbents Bob McClellan and Star Bales, along with challenger Paul Circo, declined to participate citing travel and scheduling conflicts.

Topics included the police shooting, building a new animal shelter, reopening the performing arts center, sales tax in El Cajon, marijuana regulation, strengthening our community and improving police relations with minorities, poverty and unemployment.

Each candidate had one minute to respond to questions  from  moderators Miriam Raftery of the East County Magazine,  Karen Pearlman from the San Diego Union-Tribune, Albert Fulcher from the East County Californian, and  Marya Fani from  Mega Network, followed by audience questions.

TWITTER USERS RESPOND TO SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

 

By Amber M. Henry

Read full transcript of debate

October 18, 2016 (Washington University) -- Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump walked onto the stage from opposite sides as the town hall in Washington University erupted in applause at the second presidential debate on October 9th. Clinton smiled, nodded and called out “Hello!” to the audience. Trump walked in with his hands close to his sides, a guarded but friendly expression on his face.

SANTEE CANDIDATES AGREE TRAFFIC IS CITY’S BIGGEST ISSUE, DIFFER IN VIEWS ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

By Mike Allen

October 18, 2016 (Santee) -- A Santee candidates’ forum held Oct. 13 at Rio Seco School found common ground on some issues, but differences in how to solve problems and shape the city’s future.

The forum, attended by about 200 people, was one of only a few events where the Santee City Council and mayoral candidates for the Nov. 8 election appeared. It was sponsored by Santee Solutions and the Santee Mobilehome Owners Action Committee, and moderated by the San Diego League of Women Voters.

LA MESA CANDIDATES SHARE VIEWS ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY OPTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2016 (La Mesa) — Recently, La Mesa’s Planning Commission and Environmental Sustainability Commission held a public meeting on the potential for La Mesa to form its own community choice aggregation (CCA) energy program. The plan would enable the city to purchase power from renewable energy sources and sell it directly to residents, offering an alternative to SDG&E, which would continue to maintain power lines.

But where do the three candidates running for La Mesa’s City Council stand?  ECM contacted each candidate; their replies are below.

HEFTY DONATIONS FLOW TO LA MESA COUNCIL RACES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2016 (La Mesa) — Substantial campaign contributions are pouring into the La Mesa City Council race.  Topping the list is challenger Colin Parent, who has raised $63,668 as of the most recent campaign filing deadline.  Incumbent Council member/attorney Kristine Alessio has raised $16,000 of which nearly all, $15,000, is self-funded.  Council member Ruth Sterling’s campaign has raised $3,600, which is 100% self-funded.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS FOR NOV. 8 ELECTION

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 17, 2016 (San Diego) -- Voters interested in casting their ballots early for the Nov. 8 Presidential General Election can now do so at the County Registrar of Voters office located at 5600 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa. Early voting began Monday and will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day. The office will also be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov.6 for weekend voting.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD

 

East County News Service

October 17, 2016 (Crest) — The Crest Fire Safe Council invites you to meet candidates running for San Miguel Fire Board at the Crest Community Clubhouse (113 North Park Road in the Crest community of unincorporated El Cajon) on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES FILED AGAINST SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE KREEP

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 16,2016 (San Diego)—The state Commission on Judicial Performance has filed 11 counts of judicial misconduct against San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary G. Kreep,  following a preliminary investigation.   View the charges and notice of formal proceedings here.

 Judge Kreep has 20 days from the date of service (October 7, 2016) to file a written response to the charges,  which include conduct while serving as a judge as well as ethical violations during his campaign.  California’s constitution provides remedies that could include removal from the bench, censure, public or private admonishment.

LA MESA COUNCIL CANDIDATES SET FOR FORUM TUESDAY, OCT. 18

 

East County News Service

October 15, 2016 (La Mesa)—Three candidates vying for two seats on the  La Mesa City Council are slated to appear in a forum  on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.in the La Mesa Police Department’s community room.

This forum will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the  American Association of University Women.

Candidates are incumbents Ruth Sterling and Kristine Alessio,  as well as challenger Colin Parent.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS: ALL 6 CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD

 

Click links to hear our 4-part series of interview with GHD candidates

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Art Madrid,  Virginia Hall,  Bob Ayres,  Jimmy Parker, Michael Emerson, Priscilla Schreiber

October 15, 2016 (La Mesa) –In a series of interviews, we caught up with each of the six candidates running for the Grossmont Healthcare District Board, which oversees Grossmont Hospital.   The field is diverse, and each candidate brings their unique perspectives and priorities for the public’s health. 

Topics ranged from easing congestion in the hospital’s busy emergency room to oversight of new construction project,  from protecting patient privacy to preparing for the impacts of ballot measures such as an initiative that could legalize marijuana. 

Audio: 

LA MESA COUNCIL VOTES 3-1 TO MAKE IT HARDER TO GET ITEMS ON AGENDA: COUNCILWOMAN STERLING BLASTS DECISION

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 13, 2016 (La Mesa) – By a 3-1 vote, with Councilwoman Ruth Sterling opposed and Councilman Guy McWhirter absent, La Mesa’s City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a measure that requires signatures of two council members to place any measure on the ballot. 

Councilmember Ruth Sterling blasted the action in an e-mail to ECM. “They diminished the people’s right to know, the government’s transparency, “ she said of the Council majority.”This is the people’s government. That fact was ignored.”

Sterling said City Attorney Glenn Sabine  indicated there are conflicting writings on whether such action might violate the Brown Act,  making it a “gray area.”

HUNTER STANDS BY TRUMP DESPITE CLAIMS BY 6 WOMEN OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS; LIKENS TRUMP BOASTS OF GROPING AND FORCING SELF ON WOMEN TO TALK IN MILITARY

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – After the release of a videotape last week on which Republican nominee Donald Trump boasted in crude terms about grabbing women’s genitals and forcing kisses on them in the workplace,  Trump dismissed those claims “as locker room talk” in a presidential debate. When pressed by  CNN’s  Anderson Cooper on whether he did those things,  he claimed he didn’t.  Six women have since come forward to state  he did sexually assault them, including a journalist  and others. In addition, a hearing on alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl by Trump heads to court in December. Dozens of past coworkers of  Trump have also corroborated sexually demeaning remarks in the workplace that amount to sexual harassment.

Many top Republicans have yanked support of Trump as a result.  GOP Chair Rance Priebus ordered the Republican National  Party to cut off all cash to the Trump campaign.  House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he is done defending Trump.  Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State under Republican George W. Bush,  stated,”Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”  Former GOP nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney have said they will not support Trump’s candidacy.  Conservative commentator Glen Beck called opposing  Trump the “moral choice” even if Hillary Clinton is elected.

But Congressman Duncan Hunter, a Republican whose district includes  parts of San Diego and East County continues to support  Trump. “We’ve got to keep on fighting to the end,” he said, according to the Washington Post’s article titled “What it’s like to be on the shrinking island of Donald Trump backers.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM EL CAJON CANDIDATE DEBATE

 

October 13, 2016 (El Cajon )-- Mega Network has created a video montage with highlights from the recent El Cajon candidate forum at Grossmont College.  Seven candidates fielded questions from moderators and the audience on a wide range of issues, from the recent police shooting to reopeningthe East County Performing Arts Center to ideas for strengthening the community

Candidates participating were Stephanie Harper, Ben Kalasho,  Humbert Cabrera,  Steve Goble, George Glover,Joseph Fountain and Vickie Knight Butcher, all challengers. (Photos below) Incumbents Bob McClellan and Star Bales did not attend,nor did challenge Paul Circo.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER RESCINDS ENDORSEMENT OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY MEASURES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 13,2016 (Lemon Grove)—The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to rescind its prior endorsement of Measures U and V, which would legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Lemon Grove and La  Mesa.

The Chamber website states, “The Board considered additional information and supports both cities’ rights to ban marijuana dispensaries.”

GUN OWNERS PAC REVEALS LIST OF ENDORSED EAST COUNTY CANDIDATES

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has released its list of endorsed candidates vying for seats in East County city and school board election races in November.

TRUMP BOASTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, ON LIVE MICROPHONE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Warning: vulgar language

October 8,2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned in disgrace and was convicted of sexual harassment for forcibly kissing women and putting his hands on their buttocks.   Now , the Washington Post has released audio of presidential candidate Donald Trump making boasts in crude language of kissing women  and putting his hands on their genitals without permission---actions that constitute criminal sexual assault.

As an attractive woman approached, Trump described her as ”hot as shit” then said he needed ”Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them.  It’s like a magnet…I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.  Grab  them by the pussy.”

He also boasted of attempting unsuccessfully to have sex with a married woman shortly after his own wedding to his third wife, Melania. 

LA MESA COUNCIL TO VOTE ON PROPOSAL REQUIRING TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS TO PUT AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 11, 2016 (La Mesa) –  At today’s 4 p.m. meeting, La Mesa City Council will consider a proposal introduced by Council members Bill Baber and Kristine Alessio that would require signatures  of two  Council members to place any item on the agenda.  Under the proposal (item 10 on the agenda), all requests must also be made in writing, be relevant to the official business of the City, and submitted with any pertinent materials by the Wednesday prior to a Tuesday Council hearing.

Until now, any member could ask to add an item to the agenda and seek full discussion, sometimes at the request of a concerned citizen. 

“PROPOSITION SONG” MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED: A GUIDE TO ALL 17 MEASURES ON CALIFORNIA’S BALLOT

 

Song, online guide help Californians prepare to vote this November

October  10, 2016(Sacramento)---A new “Proposition Song” music video has been released by the California Voter Foundation (CVF) to give Californians a quick, informative, impartial and entertaining overview of all 17 measures on the November 8th ballot. The song and video can be accessed at http://www.calvoter.org or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yizO7L2J7LU .

Accompanying the new song, CVF also released its new California Online Voter Guide, providing voters with easy online access to information about all California state and federal contests.

7 EL CAJON COUNCIL CANDIDATES WILL BE AT TONIGHT'S JOURNALISM FORUM AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 5, 2016  (El Cajon) –El Cajon residents are invited to attend a Journalism  Forum featuring candidates running for the  El Cajon City Council.  The forum, co-moderated by journalists from four major media outlets, will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grossmont College at Griffin Gate in Griffin Center. (See map.)

Bring your questions, meet the candidates and hear their ideas and goals for El Cajon.

The moderators will be: Miriam Raftery,  editor of East County Magazine, Karen Pearlman, reporter for the San Diego-Union Tribune, Albert  Fulcher,  editor of the East County Californian, and Marya Fani, broadcast journalist at Mega Network. 

HELIX WATER BOARD CANDIDATES CLASH IN LIVELY CANDIDATE FORUM

 

Listen now: click button above left to hear the candidate forum aired on KNSJ radio.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mark Gracyk,  Dan McMillan, Lou Tejeda and John Linden

October 5, 2016 (Lemon Grove)—Four contenders vying for two seats on the Helix Water District Board shared their goals at East County Magazine’s candidate forum  at the Lemon Grove Library on September 21st.  Incumbent John Linden defended repeated  rate hikes as necessary, while challengers  Mark Gracyk, Dan McMillan, and Louis Tejeda pledged to fight for holding the line against future rate hikes and/or trying to reduce water rates.

Candidates fielded questions from  the audience and from East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery on a wide range of issues including water quality, the future of Lake Jennings, the  land deal for sand mining El Monte Valley, their financial backgrounds and more.

Audio: 

LINCOLN CLUB ENDORSES IN EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL RACE 2016

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this article

Photo: Council members Star Bales and Bob McClellan, Sept. 27, 2016

October 4, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Lincoln Club, a conservative San Diego pro-business lobbying group that favors small government and low taxes, according to its website, has endorsed three candidates in the El Cajon City Council race. They are six-term Councilmember Bob McClellan, a retired car dealer, Councilmember Star Bales, who formerly served on the city’s Planning Commission and the El Cajon Arts and Culture Commission, and former Planning Commissioner Paul Circo.

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