Approving a 90% sewer rate hike, killing a commission that helps the elderly, and pushing for broad powers under charter city status were just some of the controversial actions taken
By Karen Marie Otter
November 9, 2011 (El Cajon)--It was fortuitous that I had the opportunity to attend the meeting of the El Cajon City Council last night. All I can say is, "Wow, what just happened?"
Members seek deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare, refuse to consider new revenue options
By Jeremy Los
November 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.– Deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are all on the table as the newly minted “budget super committee” in Congress works to slash trillions of dollars from the nation’s soaring debt.
November 4, 2011 (Alpine) – Alpine Community Planning Group member George Barnett did not violate the County’s conflict of interest rules in voting on issues related to SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink, according to a letter sent by Jarrett Ramaiya, Planning Manager at the Department of Planning and Land Use. That’s because DPLU has now determined that “the ACPG, including any of their subcommittees, does not have the authority to vote on the Sunrise Powerlink project, or any related action of SDG&E.”
“It looks like my purgatory is over,” Barnett wrote in a letter to ECM after learning the news.
November 1, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Lawyer Chapter and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present: The Financial Crisis: “What is the Role of Government in Regulating Wall Street?”
The event will take place on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. at the San Diego County Bar Association, 1333 7th Avenue, San Diego.
By Jonathan Goetz
October 27, 2011 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon may become another in a string of cities to remove itself from the safeguards of state law and give “supreme authority” in municipal affairs to the city council. The measure is touted as a cost-savings step. But in some areas, charter city status has led to abuse and even fleecing of taxpayers—notably in Bell, California.
By Buck Shott
October 24, 2011 (San Diego) – Several East County participants have informed ECM that Occupy San Diego supporters will march to San Diego City Council’s meeting tomorrow morning, Tuesday October 25, to present a resolution supporting the protests. Afterwards, a protest at a Federal Reserve banker’s roundtable meeting in San Diego is planned.
The public can sign a petition asking Council members to support peaceful demonstrations by Occupy San Diego. The movement is protesting big banks and corporate influence on government that supporters believe are hurting the interests of "99 percent" of Americans. A similar resolution has been adopted by the Los Angeles City Council in support of Occupy Los Angeles.
October 22, 2011 (Rancho Penasquitos) – Assemblyman and Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) stopped by Rancho Penasquitos as part of an “education listening tour” on Friday.
But advocates for public education staged a protest outside the school, passing out flyers faulting Fletcher for repeatedly voting against measures that would have prevented painful cuts to schools in an era when California K-12 schools have fallen from among the top-ranked to nearly last in the nation.
Other topics include new “top two” primary system and Twitter ID thefts by GOP leader
October 20, 2011 (La Mesa)--How will final redistricting boundaries affect races in East County? What does the "top two" primary system really mean?
Find out from a Democratic perspective on Wednesday, November 2, when Jess Durfee, Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party will be guest speaker at Foothills-La Mesa Democratic Club. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.
Local Republican Congressmen vote to deny emergency care to save mothers’ lives
By Shannon Michael
October 15, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The Republican-controlled House this week passed a restrictive measure that would let hospitals refuse to provide an abortion even if urgently needed to save a woman’s life.
“The misnamed Protect Life Act is about allowing women to die if they need an emergency abortion,” said Meghan Rhoad at Human Rights Watch. “It is a vicious attack on women’s rights and on the most basic right to life.”
Local Republicans Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray, and Darrell Issa voted for the bill, H.R. 358, while San Diegio Democrats Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted against it.
October 15, 2011 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced a $790,000 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services awarded to SAY San Diego for its work with low-income fathers to help them be better dads and husbands. Entitled “Project COMPASS” (Creating Options for Men to Participate Actively, Safely and Supportively), this program serves both civilian and military dads, including the more than 46,000 military personnel in San Diego who are fathers with children. The grant has an option to renew for an additional two years.
October 15, 2011 (Santee) – Born in San Diego on the 4th of July in 1925, Democratic leader Sarah Lowery passed away on October 5, 2011 of congestive heart failure. Active in politics at the local, state and national levels, the Santee resident was known for her passionate advocacy of civil rights and equality for all individuals. In 2001, the San Diego Democratic Party honored Lowery with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“She was a great patriot who believed so strongly in democracy that she wanted everyone to participate,” Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) reflected.
By Miriam Raftery
October 12, 2011 (Santee)—Without a squawk of opposition from the audience, the Santee City Council voted 3-2 to let city residents keep chickens. Roosters, however, are still banned, since only hens for egg production are allowed.
October 12, 2011 (La Mesa) –“We’re astounded,” Nancy Ryan, a La Mesa resident who asked the Council to adopt a resolution that would have declared the community a free-trade city, upon hearing that Council voted down the resolution 3-2 last night.
Mayor Art Madrid and Council member David Allan voted for the measure, while Council members Ruth Sterling, Mark Arapostathis and Ernest Ewin voted against it.
San Diego GOP Linked to Attempt to Impersonate Democrats
On October 6, the general counsel for the County Democratic Party contacted Twitter to protest four accounts that purported to represent candidates for the San Diego City Council -- @SherriLightner, @ToddPhilips, @MatKostrinsky, and @MartiEmerald -- in addition to one impersonating the County Democratic Party, @sddemocrats, and its chair, @JessDurfee.
October 9, 2011 (Alpine) – Alpine Community Planning Group member George Barnett will retain his seat after rescinding a prior resignation, Supervisor Dianne Jacob has indicated. Responding to a letter from another planning group member, Louis Russo, Supervisor Dianne Jacob states in a September 28 letter that “According to County Counsel, there is nothing in Board Policy I-1 that prohibits a planning or sponsor group member from changing their mind.”
COUNTYWIDE TEA PARTY RALLY DRAWS SMALL CROWD, BUT PARTICIPANTS REMAIN STEAMED OVER LOCAL AND NATIIONAL POLITICS
October 9, 2011- American Flags were prominent last Saturday, October 1, as a small but boisterous group of T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party members congregated at Kit Carson Park in Escondido for some “October Tea.” Compared to the thousands who turned out for this weekend’s Occupy San Diego demonstrations, the crowd size numbered only about 60 people. But participants were equally passionate about their dissatisfaction with the status quo in America.
Ramona Tea Party stalwart Terri Linnell coordinated the event. After her closing speech, ECM asked Linnell if she plans to again challenge Congressman Duncan Hunter for his seat in 2012. “Yes,” she replied with a smile, “I am running.”
Story by Miriam Raftery
Photos by Ron Logan
October 8, 2011 (San Diego) – “I went down there because I feel like America has changed in a bad way…It’s fallen apart and it seems like our Congress doesn’t care,” Dennis Richardson, a Lakeside businessman who participated in the Occupy San Diego march downtown last night, told ECM. He joined tens of thousands across the nation holding similar vigils to protest corporate bail-outs and benefits for the wealthy while ordinary Americans are hurting.
Bill would allow some court-martialed soldiers to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
October 7, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The words on the United States Supreme Court building read “Equal Justice Under Law.” Yet some service members are denied access to the nation’s highest court. To correct what they believe is an inequity in the military justice system, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to grant these service members access to the Supreme Court.
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense recommending that medals be reviewed to see if some should be upgraded to a Medal of Honor.
Rep. Hunter specifically cites four cases that “stand out” for consideration of a Medal of Honor:
By Bruce Sims
October 1, 2011 (Escondido)--In a workshop on September 28 regarding a proposed change from a general law city to a charter city, there were presentations made by various entities for and against the measure. Among some three dozen private citizens who spoke out, the voices were unanimously against the controversial proposal.
An East County Magazine exclusive interview
By Jeremy Los
Sept. 28, 2011 – Elected to the California State Assembly back in 2008, Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher has made a name for himself as a busy legislator, one willing cross over to the other side of the aisle to form bipartisan coalitions in order to get legislation passed. A married father of two and a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Fletcher insists that he brings a different style of leadership to the table, one that qualifies him to be the next mayor of San Diego.
MAYORAL CANDIDATE BOB FILNER DETAILS PLANS TO CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND MAKE SAN DIEGO “A MORE LIVABLE CITY”
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September 22, 2011 (San Diego) –Congressman Bob Filner laid out an ambitious plan for revitalizing San Diego in a speech Saturday at the County’s Democratic Convention. He wants to transform the port into a maritime center to employ thousands of people and replace good-paying jobs for skilled middle class workers that vanished when General Dynamics left San Diego. He aims to make San Diego the alternative energy capitol of America, bringing green jobs to our region. In addition, he seeks to create a more “livable city”, moving redevelopment out of downtown and into communities with greater needs.
Why does he believe he can succeed at leading such a major redevelopment effort? Because he already has. “I wrote the Gaslamp plan,” he says of his service on the City Council before his election to Congress.
Kinde Durkee is accused of stealing funds from dozens of Democratic candidates including Congresswoman Susan Davis, as well as many charitable organizations
September 24, 2011 (San Diego) – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has filed a lawsuit against First California Bank, claiming the bank “intentionally ignored dozens of red flags, ignored its duties and obligations under state and federal law, allowing campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee to allegedly steal funds from the campaign’s $5 million bank account. Feinstein is also suing Durkee’s accounting firm and business associates.
Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 by the FBI and charged with fraud. She is accused of robbing dozens of politicians, political committees, and nonprofit charities. She is free on bond. Meanwhile, bank accounts for those who lost money have been frozen, leaving those robbed feeling that they have been victimized twice.
3 local Congressional members vote to cut funds for disaster relief
Update: A stopgap measure has been approved to fund FEMA partially through Tuesday, but at lower levels than the agency says is needed.
September 23, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will run out of funds early next week, leaving victims of recent tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires without help unless Congress takes action. Republicans in the House refused to approve a stop-gap spending bill passed by the Senate and instead, voted on their own bill with sharply reduced funds for the cash-strapped emergency response agency.
San Diego Republicans Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray and Darrell Issa all voted for the measure, which failed by a narrow margin. If no measure is passed by both houses soon, the government faces a potential shut-down and disasater victims may be left to fend for themselves.
September 30, 2011 (Lakeside) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be at Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 12440 Woodside Avenue in Lakeside this morning at 8:30 to meet with constituents regarding community problems. Local residents are invited to stop by, voice concerns, and hear what Supervisor Jacob and other citizens have to say.
September 21, 2011 (Alpine) Assemblyman Brian Jones, Republican representing the 77th district, will host an event dedicated to “spreading awareness about the Second Amendment and firearm safety,” according to a release issued by his office. The event is slated for Friday, Sept. 23 from 1-5 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club, 16232 Sequan Truck Trail in Alpine.