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VERDICTS ARE IN ON JUDICIAL RACES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2014 (San Diego)—Voters have rendered their verdicts in five contested Superior Court Judicial races, with all precincts counted but absentee and provisional ballots remaining. 

Career prosecutor Brad Weinreb leads with over 38% of the vote in one of the most contentious judicial races. At Election Central, Weinreb said he was pleased to into the run-off on top , vying against Hagan—or so he thought. Overnight however, the results flipped  to show Ken Gosselin narrowly edging out Miichele Hagan to vie in November’s run-off race against Weinreb.  Gosselin drew controversy after a court required him to change his ballot statement due to inflated education and experience claims.  Hagan, who has prosecution experience as well as advocating for consumers on legal issues, had been critical of the County Bar rating system.

DEMOCRATS WIN MOST LOCAL EDUCATION SEATS

 

Two Democrats to vie in run-off in State Superintendent of Public Instruction race

 

Photo: Michael McQuary (right) , with supporter (left) is the new face on San Diego Unified's school board

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2014 (San Diego) – Candidates endorsed by the County Democratic Party scored strong wins in local education races during the June primary election.  Though school board races officially are nonpartisan, political parties weighed in with slate mailers advising voters on the parties’ preferences.

Incumbent Kevin Beiser trounced challenger Amy Redding 68% to 32% in San Diego Unified School District seat B. In addition, Michael McQuary, PhD, a retired teacher, won the District C seat unopposed.

EAST COUNTY LEGISLATORS AHEAD BY COMFORTABLE MARGINS

 

Democrats regain supermajority in Congress

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Statewide, Democrats won a supermajority of two-thirds in both houses of the state Legislature, meaning enough to pass budgets and override a Governor’s veto on legislation. But it’s not as liberal a group as in the past, the Sacramento Bee reports, due to business interests backing more moderate Democrats over liberal-leaning opponents.

Locally, incumbent state legislators representing East County cruised to easy victories in the June primary, with 100% of precincts counted and only absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be tallied.  With the new top-two primary system, some races in November will leave voters with a choice only among two candidates in the same party.

DUMANIS WINS OUTRIGHT; D.A. WON’T HAVE TO STAND IN RUN-OFF IN NOVEMBER

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2013 (San Diego) – District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has defeated two challengers to win reelection outright, since in San Diego County races with three or more contenders, if one candidates receives 50% or more of votes, there is no run-off in November.

As of midnight, Dumanis has a solid win with 55% of the vote. Bill Brewer, a criminal defense lawyer who has also represented Sempra Energy, has around 35%, while deputy district attorney Terry Wyatt trails with 10%.

The campaign has been rocked with controversies, including questions over campaign contributions from a foreign national to a group supporting Dumanis and the role of Brewer in halting  a federal probe into Sempra bribery allegations in Mexico.

PROP H, HOSPITAL MEASURE PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY

 

Statewide ballot initiatives also win approval

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2014 (La Mesa) – Voters have overwhelmingly approved Prop H by an 87-13% margin. With 85% of precincts counted. The measure continues Grossmont Healtcare District’s lease with Sharp Healthcare for Grossmont Hospital.

 “The returns indicate that Prop H will strongly pass. The Grossmont Healthcare District Board placed the measure on the ballot so the voters could decide an important issue to the East Region, whether the partnership with Sharp HealthCare should continue,” Barry Jantz, CEO of the Grossmont Healthcare District told ECM. We will work hard to ensure we continue working with Sharp to continue the hospital improvements underway and provide the best patient care for our community."

KASHKARI TO FACE BROWN IN RUN-OFF FOR GOVERNOR; DEMS TOP REPS IN KEY STATEWIDE RACES

 

By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2014 (San Diego) – Governor Jerry Brown (D) appears likely to square off in November against Republican Neel Kashkari, the former U.S. Assistant Treasury Secetary.  Kashkari, son of immigrants from India, placed second in field of contenders in the gubernatorial primary, including Minute Man founder Tim Donnelly. With over 58% of precincts counted statewide, Brown has over 55%, Kashkari 18%, and Donnelly 14.7%. (For full gubernatorial results, see http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/governor/).

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom , a Democrat, currently has a solid lead with just over 50% of the vote at midnight Tuesday after 62% of precincts have been counted.  In second place with 23% and likely to face Newsom in November with Ron Nehring, former chair of the San Diego Republican Party and the state GOP in the eight-person race.

TUNE IN TODAY FOR OUR INTERVIEW WITH D.A. BONNIE DUMANIS AND MORE ELECTION SPECIAL EDITION COVERAGE

 

Hear a podcast of today’s full show including D.A. Bonnie Dumanis interview here: http://kiwi6.com/file/b2ohmz2jt7

Listen live from 5-6 p.m. today online at http://knsj.org/knsjpopup.html or on the air at KNSJ 89.1 FM

June 2, 2014 (San Diego)—Our special guest on the East County Magazine radio show today is District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, talking about crime issues in our region and her candidacy to win reelection in tomorrow’s primary election. Dumanis squares off against attorney Bob Brewer, who did not respond to our interview requests, and Terri Wyatt ( who was previously  interviewed here: http://kiwi6.com/file/f1epluf93r)

 Today’s show also includes coverage and analysis of the 50th and 53rd  Congressional races, where incumbents Duncan Hunter and Susan Davis face off against multiple challengers.  Also learn more about the Insurance Commissioner race, which pits an incumbent championing consumer issues against insurance companies against an insurance broker and a third candidate who wants to eliminate insurance companies altogether and see a single payer healthcare system enacted.

DUELING VETERANS CLASH ON HEALTHCARE, VETERANS ISSUES AND MORE

 

 

 

By Jessica Richmond and Miriam Raftery

 

 

Duncan Hunter and James Kimber do battle for Reps and Dems; Libertarian Michael Benoit also in  race

 

June 1, 2014 (San  Diego)-- Congressman Duncan D. Hunter(R) will face off against two other opponents, Democrat James Kimber, a  Navy veteran and retired Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman/ current neurosurgery physician assistant, as well as Libertarian Michael Benoit,  a retired business owner.

Due to the California Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, the top-two-vote-getters  in the California 50th Congressional District will then square-off  in an all-out battle in November.  This Tuesday’s Primary election represents the opportunity for voters to decide whether to back fiscal austerity on domestic programs and a big military budget with the Republican candidate, the  Libertarian candidate who aims to shrink government, or the Democrat, who wants to make healthcare, veterans’ issues and immigration reforms his top priorities.

REPUBLICAN REGISTRATION FALLS STATEWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2014 (Sacramento)--California is becoming bluer – leaving Republicans singing the blues.

According to the Secretary of State, the number of registered Republicans in California has plummeted, while Democratic registrations have held steady.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JONES RUNS ON RECORD OF PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM INSURERS, VS. CHALLENGER GAINES, AN INSURANCE BROKER

 

Third candidate wants universal healthcare and elimination of insurance companies

By Stevon Marshall

May 31, 2014 (Sacramento)--All three candidates in the running to become California’s next insurance commissioner in the June 3rd primary election call themselves consumer crusaders. Yet where do the similarities end and where does the actuality of their plans begin? The three candidates are incumbent Dave Jones, Ted Gaines, and Nathalie Hrizi.

The race pits the incument, with a track record of battling insurance companies on behalf of consumers, against an insurance broker seeking to reduce regulation of the insurance industry and a socialist who wants to eliminate insurance companies altogether and get universal healthcare for all Californians.

HOWARD KATZ RUNS AS DEMOCRATIC WRITE-IN CANDIDATE AGAINST ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – After learning that the Democratic Party didn’t have a candidate on the ballot in the 71st Assembly District that includes most of San Diego County’s inland regions as well as south Riverside County, Howard Katz obtained signatures to qualify as a write-in candidate.

Chairman of the Riverside Democratic Party,  Katz wants to roll back tuitions for public colleges and universities statewide, push for a healthcare-for-all Californians plan (which failed by two votes previously in the State Legislature), and support modest tax increases if needed to fund these initiatives.  Hear our radio interview podcast with Katz here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/oj62bcco0x

Katz previously ran for Congress against Darrell Issa.  In addition to Katz and Jones, a conservative Republican, moderate Republican Tony Teora, an engineer and science fiction author, is also in the race.

THREE CANDIDATES VIE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY SEAT IN CONTENTIOUS RACE

 

 

 

 

By Jaden Jimenez

Jessica Richmond and Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

May 29,2014 (San Diego)- Updated June 2, 2014 - This year if the current District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, would like to keep her job, she will need to defeat two opponents who have stepped up to the plate to take swings at the incumbent.  Bob Brewer, ex-Sempra Energy lawyer and Terri Wyatt, 26-year Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County, are both challenging Dumanis in the June 3rd primary.  The top two vote getters will then square off in November—unless one candidate  receives over 50% of the votes in June to win outright.

The race has shaped up to be very intriguing due to allegations flying among two of the candidates, Dumanis and Brewer. (Wyatt seems to be free of scandal.)  Accusations in the race include corruption, illegal campaign contributions,  federal probes,  a corporate cover-up and a good old April fool’s joke, just to name a few.  In an election for the role of the top prosecutor in San Diego, you might ask, shouldn’t candidates vying for the DA seat uphold the letter of the law,  not appear to break it?

This is the first time in 12 years that someone has challenged Dumanis, giving her a lot of time to build up her portfolio as DA.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS SET TO TAKE ON A PACK OF CHALLENGERS IN PRIMARY ELECTION JUNE 3RD

 

 

By Trevor Hill

Photo (left to right): Jim Stieringer, Susan Davis, Joel Marchese, Wayne True, and Larry Wilske

       

May 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The race for California’s 53rd Congressional district will be narrowed down from eight candidates to the top two vote-getters this Tuesday, June 3. Incumbent Democrat Susan Davis will be on the June ballot, along with five Republican and two independent challengers.

HEAR DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE TERRI WYATT MAKE HER CASE TO VOTERS

 

Missed the show? Listen to podcast now posted here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/f1epluf93r

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2014 (San Diego) – Terri Wyatt has been a Deputy District Attorney for 26 years. Now she’s running  for the top slot: District Attorney. 

Wyatt believes incumbent Bonnie Dumanis has politicized the office. She  also fears that the third candidate in the race, attorney Bob Brewer, would be unsuited for the job because he has made his living defending corporate clients such as SDG&E and defending high-profile criminals” such as Nancy Hoover, who was convicted in the J. David Dominelli Ponzi scheme.  Wyatt asks why Brewer has made friends with his convicted client and even taken campaign money from Hoover.

For more on her candidacy, visit http://www.terriwyattforda.com/2014/

ECM has also invited Dumanis and Brewer to be interviewed.

POLL WORKERS NEEDED FOR JUNE 3 PRIMARY

 

May 28, 2014 (San Diego)--The Gubernatorial Primary Election is Tuesday, June 3 and the Registrar of Voters still needs 150 poll workers throughout the County.

LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT IS TUESDAY MAY 27

 

May 27, 2014 (San Diego)--Tuesday, May 27th is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 3rd election.  You can download an application from the Registrar of Voters site and e-mail or fax it in.  Your request must include your name, registered address and date of the election, the address where your ballot should be mailed, and your signature.  You can email your request to ROVmail@sdcounty.ca.gov.

PLANNING COMMISSIONER AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER TO HEADLINE LA MESA DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING JUNE 6

 

“How we can affect our environment” is topic of session

May 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--San Diego Planning Commissioner Anthony Wagner will headline the June 4th meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.  Wagner, an area native, also heads up the Allied Gardens Town Council and was recently Chair of Navajo Community Planners.  He’ll discuss the results of the June 3rd primary election, as well as the importance of the updated Grantville Community Plan.  As a board member of the San Diego River Park Foundation, Anthony will discuss the balance planners must reach in protecting our open spaces and valuable natural resources with the plans proposed for high-density development of the Grantville area.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS VISIT AFGHANISTAN, URGES SUPPORT FOR RIGHTS OF AFGHAN WOMEN AFTER TROOPS WITHDRAW

 

May 25, 2014 (San Diego)--While many legislators spent time with family on Mother’s Day, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San  Diego) went to Afghanistan. Davis, whose district includes much of East County, led a bipartisan group of women Congressional members to visit with U.S. service members and with groups of Afghan women—as she has done each Mother’s Day since 2009.

GOSSELIN ACCUSED OF MISLEADING PUBLIC ON SIGNS IN JUDICIAL RACE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 25, 2014 (San Diego) Campaign signs posted by Ken Gosselin’s judicial campaign  are raising ethical questions In large letters, the words Judge Gosselin are displayed.  Nearly invisible to motorists and passersby, the word “for” in small italics is also present on the signs.

Gosselin, a candidate for Superior Court Judge seat 25, has previously worked as a temporary judge pro tem handling traffic and small claims court cases. He is currently not listed on the Superior Court’s roster of judges pro tem and has stated he is on leave due to the campaign. However, judicial candidates by law are not allowed to call themselves judges, even if  the candidate is currently serving as a judge pro tem.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS WITH COUNTY ASSESSOR/RECORDER/CLERK ERNEST DRONENBURG & CHALLENGER SUSAN GUINN

 

Listen now:  

Ernest Dronenburg interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/pru583v53x

Susan Guinn interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/b0ugg55jps

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County’s Assessor/Recorder/Clerk is responsible for deciding whether or not you can reassess your property to lower your taxes.   The job also includes marrying couples and providing public records such as marriage, birth and death certificates.  This week, East County Magazine interviewed incumbent Ernest Dronenburg and challenger Susan Guinn , a consumer advocate/attorney, during our show on KNSJ.

Dronenberg, former Chairman of the state Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board, defends his record and says his office has high customer satisfaction ratings.

Guinn contends San Diego County has among the worst rates in the state for unresolved property tax assessment appeals.  She also faults Dronenburg for filing a challenge seeking to avoid conducting gay marriages after Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional. 

MODERATE REPUBLICAN TONY TEORA CHALLENGES ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES

Hear East County Magazine’s interview with  Tony Teora: http://kiwi6.com/file/xtdo52vum0 (new link)

By Trevor Hill and Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- - In the 71st Assembly District encompassing most of East County,  Republican Tony Teora is running against Republican incumbent Brian Jones.

There is no Democrat on the ballot (though Democrat Howard Katz has launched a write-in campaign). While Jones takes far-right conservative stances across the board, Teora takes a moderate position on fiscal issues and voices progressive views on social issues and climate change, providing a clear choice for voters.

CAUCUS WANTS MORE FUNDING FOR MOMS AND KIDS

 

By Lori Abbott, California News Service

May 22, 2014 (Sacramento) -- Budget negotiations will begin soon, and many of California's female lawmakers want to make sure the state's spending plan does a better job of helping women and children.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES SPEAK AT REPUBLICAN/TEA PARTY EVENT IN LAKESIDE

 

By Nadin Abbott

May 19, 2012 (Lakeside)—The East County Cailfornia Republican Assembly  and the Lakeside Tea Party sponsored a joint event tonight at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post in Lakeside. The event had three Congressional candidates for three different districts, the 50th, 52nd, and 53rd.

TEA PARTY, GOP HOST CANDIDATE FORUM IN LAKESIDE MAY 19

 

 

May 17, 2014 (Lakeside) – The East County California Republican Assembly and the Lakeside Tea Party announce a forum with candidates running to represent East County. The forum, titled “How Conservatives  Counter the  Bigotry on the Left” will be held on Monday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in the VFW Hall Post $5867, 12650 Lindo Lane in Lakeside. 

Candidates confirmed include:

LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

 

May 14, 2014 (La Mesa) - Applications are now being accepted for positions on the City’s boards, commissions, and committees. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the City Clerk’s office at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue. Applications may be obtained at City Hall or by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com.

JUDGMENT CALLS? CONTROVERSY CONTINUES AS BILLBOARDS COME DOWN IN KEEHN VS. SCHALL JUDICIAL RACE

Judge Schall speaks out, defends her record (photo, left)

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2014 (San Diego) –Last week, we reported on a Superior Court candidate, Carla Keehn, who put up billboards drawing attention to judicial admonishments and a conviction for alcohol-related reckless driving (later expunged)  involving her opponent, Superior Court Judge Lisa Schall.

Judge Schall has issued a statement defending her record.  In addition, Clear Channel has removed the billboards, stirring up new controversies over its actions as well as free speech issues in judicial elections.

ELECTED OR APPOINTED CITY CLERK IN LA MESA?

East County News Service

Update May 15, 2014:  by a 4 to 1 vote, with Mayor Art Madrid opposed, Council voted to move forward with this proposal, with voters having the ultimate decision on a future ballot measure to make the City Clerk an appointed position.

May 12, 2014 (La Mesa) -- On Thursday, May 13 the La Mesa City Council will discuss whether to place an item on the November election ballot to change the City Clerk position from one that is elected to a staff position that would be appointed.

Citing the increasing complexity of the position, Council Members Ernie Ewin and Ruth Sterling wrote, “City Clerk responsibilities require professional skills and expertise in areas such as election law, records management and conflict of interest regulations.”

Among other things, the Clerks Office must have a thorough knowledge of election procedures and the public notification requirements of the Brown Act.

LT. GOVERNOR'S RACE PITS GAVIN NEWSOM AGAINST RON NEHRING AND 6 OTHERS

 

Photos: Ron Nehring (L) and Gavin Newsom (R)

By Miriam Raftery

May 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Seven challengers are running against Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.   The most prominent challenger is Ron Nehring, a familiar name to many San Diegans.  Both leading contenders have long political careers on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum—and both have been lightning rods for controversy.

TONI ATKINS NAMED SPEAKER OF ASSEMBLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 11, 2014 (San Diego) - There’s a new Speaker of the Assembly in California-- and she’s from San Diego.Former Sam Diego Councilwoman Toni Atkins was sworn in Monday in Sacramento.

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