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.
Update August 1: The House has passed the compromise measure 269-161 late today. Rep. Hunter voted no. His explanation may be found here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6852
August 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) has served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now he’s facing fire from both sides of the political aisle as tomorrow’s deadline draws near to approve a plan to raise the debt ceiling, or see the U.S. default on its debts.
Rep. Hunter has reportedly not yet made up his mind how he will vote on the high-stakes measure.
By Miriam Raftery
August 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders from both parties reached a last-minute deal last night aimed at forestalling the U.S. from defaulting on the national debt by tomorrow’s deadline. But the agreement hinges on getting both sides of Congress to pass it swiftly.
Who wins, who loses? The most detailed and impartial analysis we’ve seen, including an easy-to-read chart, is in the Washington Post article titled “Who Got What?” http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/who-got-what/2011/07/31/gIQAZDDUm...
A new direction—starting with Boehner debt reduction plan—is needed, says Hunter
July 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - Yesterday Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52) responded to release of the second quarter report on America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), calling the report one more example of why “the country needs a new direction.” The GDP report shows the economy grew at a rate of 1.3% from April through June, which, according to the Los Angeles Times, is a “sign that the recovery has faltered dramatically.”
WITH 1 WEEK LEFT TO STOP DEBT DEFAULT, OBAMA TAKES CASE TO PEOPLE: URGES VOTERS TO ASK REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE WEALTHY PAY THEIR “FAIR SHARE”
“Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment? And I think I know your answer.” – Ronald Reagan
Protests planned nationwide at Congressional offices over deficit issue
View video and read full text of President Obama’s speech and full text of President Obama’s speech
View full text of Republican Speaker John Boehmer’s response
July 26, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – In a special address to the nation last night, President Barack Obama invoked the words of Ronald Reagan and urged the American people to let their representatives know if they support a balanced approach to resolving the deficit that would include a combination of deep spending cuts but also ask “millionaires and billionaires” to make some sacrifices to avoid cuts that would hurt senior citizens, students and working people.
Thus far, Republicans have insisted on a cuts-only plan as a condition of raising the debt ceiling to prevent the nation from defaulting for the first time in history on its debts. Republican Speaker John Boehmer insists Congress and the nation must "live within their means" as small businesses and families must do.
July 22, 2011 (Tierrasanta) – San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald has issued the following statement in response to inquiries regarding her decision to sell her home Tierrasanta.
The move follows the death of her husband, Mike Klarfeld, in February, and has raised questions as to whether she intends to continue representing the district.
By Miriam Raftery
July 22, 2011 (San Diego) –Just how tough is it to balance the federal budget? While Congress wrestles with the issue on Capitol Hill, a roomful of ordinary citizens got the chance to find out on Tuesday, when Congresswoman Susan Davis’ office sponsored a workshop at San Diego State University to get constituents’ inputs on budgetary priorities.
I planned to go as a neutral observer. But since our table was short one participant, i found myself recruited for a lively and enlightening session. Creative minds proved adept at thinking outside the box—challenging conventional wisdoms, expanding the choices presented for cutting costs and raising revenues, plus citizens came up with some innovative ideas of their own.
CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ENERGY BILL THAT SHE SAYS WOULD HURT SAN DIEGO’S CLEANTECH INNOVATION
by Shannon Michael
July 21, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has issued a press release blasting an energy spending bill that seeks to gut funding for clean energy, including biomass and solar programs. The bill would hit San Diego hard, since it has a large concentration of clean technology companies, Davis indicated.
“San Diego has 767 clean technology companies and has become an innovation hub, especially in solar power, energy storage, and advanced biofuels,” said Davis. “If we’re going to remain competitive in the global economy, we must invest in clean energy innovation.” According to the San Diego Association of Governments, the algae energy section alone provides the region with 410 direct jobs and $108 million in economic activity each year.
July 21, 2011 (Washington D.C.) -- Washington D.C.—U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said yesterday that he will oppose any debt ceiling proposal that arbitrarily cuts spending—in particular, a “Gang of Six” agreement.
Hunter cited the military’s existing mission requirements, aging inventory and the cost of containing emerging threats and strengthening force projection.
July 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Helix Water District will hold an informational public meeting on the proposed water rate increase on July 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.
July 18, 2011 (Washington) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation, the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act (H.R. 2084), that would end restrictions many states impose on a person’s ability to vote by absentee ballot.
July, 16, 2011 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Bob Filner applauded the announcement of more than $1.4 million for San Diego area school-based health centers. The Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Department of Education, today. The announced awards went to Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. $500,000; La Maestra Family Clinic was awarded $406,733; and the National City based Operation Samahan, Inc. was awarded $493,885.
July 15, 2011 (East County) -- The Alpine and Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce invites you to join your elected representatives for a lively evening discussing important hot topics on Monday, July 18. Bring your questions, enjoy appetizers and the opportunity to meet your friends and neighbors at this informative event, which is cosponsored by Viejas and San Diego Gas & Electric Company.
July 14, 2011 (San Diego) – “The Middle Class in America is endangered. Every single day, we work hard and do our share in supporting ourselves, our families and our country. Yet, we see our incomes cut, our assets gambled, and our quality of life threatened,” reads the webpage for the newly-formed Middle Class Taxpayers Association (MCTA) in San Diego.
The group aims to represent middle class people and small business owners, who founders believe are “not served by big business-funded taxpayer groups.” Case in point: MTCA points out that most board members for the existing San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) work for major corporations including Wal-Mart, Sempra/SDG&E, Chevron, healthcare industry interests and big businesses.