September 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) has introduced H.R, 2952, a measure requiring immigration officials to expedite deportation of undocumented immigrants.
POLITICAL WRANGLING: HOW LOW CAN THEY GO? NATIONAL & LOCAL CANDIDATES TAKE SCAPE-GOATING AND MUD-SLINGING TO NEW DEPTHS
By Buck Shott
September 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Top Republican presidential candidates this week seemed to be vying to show who was the most heartless. Ron Paul dissed disaster victims, calling for an end to federal aid to survivors of hurricanes and wildfires. Michelle Bachmann suggested lowering the minimum wage might lure corporations back from overseas. Rick Perry disavowed “compassionate conservatism” altogether. All seek to eliminate or slash Social Security.
But the most bloodthirsty of all was the Tea Party crowd at this week’s presidential debate. When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked whether a 30-year-old man without health insurance should just be allowed to die if he goes into a coma, Tea Party members shouted "Yeah," exhibiting all the zeal of ancient Roman spectators cheering on a a lion vs. gladiator fight.
Tax reforms including “plenty of loopholes to close” should be on the table, Hunter aide suggests
September 12, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) has issued a press release urging the “Super Committee” tackling debt reduction to reach a timely agreement in order to avoid a trigger clause that would spark massive cuts to U.S. national security.
ECM exclusive interview
By Miriam Raftery
Video by Jack Winemiller
September 11, 2011 (San Diego) – Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner spoke with ECM at last weekend's "Big Blue BBQ" for East County Democrats.
He outlined plans to create thousands of new, good-paying jobs for San Diego's region countywide through a revitalized maritime industry and through policies to make San Diego into the “alternative energy capital of the world.” He also shared his ideas for improving public education and resolving the public employee pension issue as we “turn San Diego towards the 21st century.”
By Billie Jo Jannen
September 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- A resolution introduced by District 40 State Senator Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) and passed in both houses Friday seeks to put the brakes on a high voltage trans-border power line slated to bring electricity in from the proposed 1250 MW La Rumorosa wind turbine project near Jacumba.
Vargas presented SJR 13 as a jobs protection measure for Californians who, Vargas says, would lose 15,000 green energy jobs if the turbine farm is built in Mexico instead of California.
September 11, 2011 (El Cajon)-- Assemblyman Brian Jones will be the featured speaker at this month's Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated meeting. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 a.m. at Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon.
September 11, 2011 (Washington DC) -- The House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the National Intelligence AUthorization Acts to combat roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
The amendment, introduced by Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, instructs the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense to establish a strategy to identify and counter network activity and operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan relating to development and use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
PRESIDENT URGES HOUSE TO RENEW TRANSPORTATION & FAA BILLS IN ORDER TO PROTECT JOBS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
By Miriam Raftery
“Ten years ago, our nation’s infrastructure was ranked 6th globally. Today, it’s 23rd. We invest half as much in our infrastructure as we did 50 years ago, with more than one and a half the number of people.” – President Barack Obama
September 4, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama issued a Labor Day weekend address urging the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to renew the transportation bill which is set to expire at the end of this month. The issue affects thousands of American workers, as well as millions of Americans who drive on our nation’s roads and bridges.
By Mike Copass
September 3, 2011 (City Heights)--Joining similar actions across 21 states, San Diego nurses stood with community residents in urban San Diego on September 1 to bring their message of jobs, living wages, health care, education and housing.
They proposed what the California Nurses Association calls a "Main Street Contract," an economic recovery program for America with a new funding mechanism: a simple financial transactions tax on Wall Street.
September 1, 2011 – Sen. Christine Kehoe’s (D-San Diego) legislation to allow renters to display political signs in their apartments and homes passed the Assembly today with bipartisan support and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.
“Renters deserve the right to participate in our democracy and express their views just as much as homeowners,” said Kehoe. “There is no reason to continue this ‘second class’ status for the 40 percent of Californians who are renters and wish to post signs supporting candidates.”
August 31, (San Diego) -- There will be a special meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2011. The meeting will be held to discuss the 2011 Supervisorial redistricting alternatives. The meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in room 310 of the County Administraton Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego.
August 24, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Local Democrats are rounding up voters, volunteers, elected officials, candidates and prospective candidates for local, state and federal offices for the Big Blue East County BBQ Roundup this Sunday, August 28.
The Baja Bugs (view video of performance) will perform live Beatles music at the event, which will be held from 12-4 p.m. at Sweetwater Regional Park Summit in the pavillion.
August 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego City Councilmember Marti Emerald will to run for a second term on the City Council, but will do so in the newly created Council District 9. Emerald has represented District 7 since 2008. The Councilmember recently sold her home in Tierrasanta and moved to the San Diego State University (SDSU) area, which was also in her 7th District. However, the San Diego Redistricting Commission has included the SDSU area in the city’s new 9th District.
By Miriam Raftery
August 25, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – The weather was sultry and the political discourse even hotter at Politics in Paradise last Friday night, hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce in the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.
Congressmembers Bob Filner and Duncan Hunter, Assemblyman Brian Jones and former Senator Denise Ducheny fielded questions on a broad range of issues, from jobs and healthcare to a new stadium for the Chargers. The evening yielded insights, humor, and surprises.
August 16, 2011 (San Diego –Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a Boot Camp for Job Seekers on August 30. Her office announced the event today, following a visit to her office by constituents concerned about jobs.
“I appreciate the efforts of those who visited my office today and made their voices heard. I welcome their suggestions for job creation,” Davis said. “I share the frustration that the current Congress has not done enough to address the real issue at the root of the deficit and the root of our stagnate economy – it’s the lack of jobs!"
August 25, 2011 (Washington) -- U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has reiterated his call to resist further cuts to defense spending in response to the Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military and security developments. An additional $600 billion in cuts could occur through a trigger scenario involving the “super committee” created under the Budget Control Act.
By Buck Shott
August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – How is all that political wrangling in Iowa impacting the presidential race? Which candidate has boots on the ground in San Diego’s East County? What are the latest actions and shenanigans by local politicians? Which Congressional members constituents are hosting an “empty chair” forum to substitute for a representative who isn’t coming home for town hall meetings? You’ve got questions, we’ve rustled up the answers!
By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated at county fairs and festivals. Outdoors and free to the public, Politifest 2011 recaptures that spirit. The event, set for Saturday September 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p..m. at Liberty Station in Pt. Loma, will include a mayoral debate, idea tournament, beer garden, civic booths, media celebrities and old-fashioned outdoor fun.
CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS DISCUSSES JOBS, HEALTHCARE, AND PROTECTING THE MIDDLE CLASS WITH CONSTITUENTS IN SPRING VALLEY
By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2011 (Spring Valley) – “What I’ve been working on is jobs and everything that I can do to strengthen the middle class,” Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) told constituents at a meeting of the Spring Valley Citizens Association Thursday evening.
The Congresswoman fielded questions from a audience members reflecting a broad spectrum of views and provided updates from Washington. She also discussed two upcoming events: a home mortgage clinic on August 27 and a boot camp for job seekers August 30. (Get event details.)
August 16, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) invites job-seekers to a Fall Job Fair on Friday August 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The event will be held at Cuyamaca College in the Student Center Room. Approximately 72 employers have committed to participate.
August 18, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will provide an update on what’s happening in Washington D.C. and take question from attendees at the Spring Valley Citizens Association Meeting tonight, August 18 from 7-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be at 2850 Via Orange Way in Spring Valley.
Final redistricting maps released this week show that Davis will soon be representing much of East County in the 53rd Congerssional District which will include La Mesa, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Bonita, San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, and portions of El Cajon as well as Grossmont College and San Diego State University, Otay, and portions of central and western San Diego.
Councilman Dave Allan announces he will not seek reelection
August 10, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s City Council by a 5-0 vote approved a revised biennial budget. Revisions included a state takeaway of $215,000 in vehicle licensing fees formerly allocated to La Mesa.
“It’s difficult to escape the conclusion that America’s credit rating was intentionally sabotaged by Congressional Republicans.” – Daniel Gross, economics editor, Yahoo! Finance
By Shannon Michael
August 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Around the world, financial publications and major newspapers are reacting to the debt ceiling deal reached by Congress last week—and to the subsequent announcement by Standard & Poors that it has reduced the U.S. credit rating. Stinging criticisms of U.S. policies are making headlines around the world, with even normally conservative business editors taking harshest aim at the tactics of Tea Party members in Congress.
“It’s official, the whole world thinks Republicans are dangerous maniacs,” screamed a headline in Business Insider. Similarly, The Economist in London accused Republicans of “trying to point a pistol at the American economy” and called the problem “entirely of the Republicans’ own making.”
Plus improv political satire by National Comedy Theatre
August 6, 2011 (El Cajon)--Each summer, the San Diego East County Chamber assembles a bipartisan panel of San Diego's elected representation from the Federal, State and County levels to update you on their priorities, mingle with guests, and field questions directly from you. This informative and powerful evening provides San Diego residents access to some of our region's most powerful political players in a lush outdoor setting.
This year's event has an expanded panel plus new entertainment: improvisational satire by National Comedy Theatre. The following speakers have confirmed that they will participate:
Follow-up motion could ‘undo the whole plan’ Supervisor says
By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine
August 4, 2011 (San Diego)--After 13 years of debate and the expenditure of about $18 million, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a comprehensive update of the county’s general plan at its Aug. 3 meeting – then promptly took another vote that could take it all back and cost county taxpayers millions more.
By T.J. Dunnivant
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
August 3, 2011 (El Cajon) -- For the second week in a row, voters staged a protest outside Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s 52nd Congressional District office to urge that their representative address needs of ordinary citizens over corporations and the wealthy.
August 2, 2011 (San Diego)—By a unanimous vote, San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors today decided to redraw supervisorial districts to include a South Bay district in which racial minorities comprise the majority of the population The five white Supervisors, all Republicans, originally had proposed a map with all-white majority districts.
But after the American Civil Liberties Union testified on June 28 that the proposed district lines violated the Voting Rights Act, Supervisors opted against risking costly litigation.
By Jeremy Los
August 2, 2011 (Sacramento)– California labor unions are waging war against a handful of potential ballot initiatives aimed at restricting the power of local unions. The California Labor Federation has issued a warning to voters to be on the lookout for these “deceptive” petitions that are making the rounds.
Backers of the initiative, in turn, have raised questions over tactics used by labor to dissuade people from signing petitions that unions claim would take away rights from workers.
August 2, 2011 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a redistricting plan today in a meeting at 2 p.m. at the county Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 310 in downtown San Diego.
Oppponents of the current plan are organizing to turn out in protest of what the contend are possible violations of the Voting Rights Act "that may dilute the voices of non-white voters" according to the Center on Policy Initiatives.
3 local representatives vote yes, 2 oppose
August 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) -- By a 269-161 vote, the compromise measure hammered out by President Barack Obama and bipartisan leaders of both houses passed the House of Representatives. It now advances to the Senate, which is expected to vote before tomorrow's deadline to raise the debt ceiling or face default on our national debt.
Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) voted no on the measure, citing concerns over defense spending cuts. Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted in favor, calling it the "best of no good alternatives." Both have issued statements explaining their positions in detail. (Scroll down for full text). San Diego Republican Congressmen Brian Bilbray and Darrell Issa voted for the measure, while Democrat Bob Filner voted against it.
In a moment of drama, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords returned to the House floor for the first time since being shot in the head, drawing bipartisan applause as she entered the chamber to vote for the bill.