September 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Baffled over ballot propositions? Not sure who’s running for what? Or maybe you need deadlines for registering to vote or requesting a vote-by-mail ballot. The San Diego League of Women Voters has published a guide for new and busy voters with all of this information and more. You can also log onto the LWV’s Smart Voter website to access the complete ballot for your area, including information on candidates running for local, state and national races. Read more for details provided by the LWV:
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AND NATIONAL LCV ACTION FUND ENDORSE SCOTT PETERS FOR CONGRESS
September 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- The national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) together announced their endorsement of Scott Peters for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 52nd district. In backing his congressional bid, LCV Action Fund and CLCV cited Peters’ long and accomplished record of public service in the San Diego community, leading initiatives to strengthen public health standards, protect the environment, and grow the economy by creating thousands of new local jobs. Peters, a Democrat, will face long-time incumbent Rep. Brian Bilbray in the general election.
By Miriam Raftery
September 11, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Lily Schorm, a teacher, learned some lessons while attending El Cajon City Council meetings. Now she’s among seven candidates running for three Council seats in November.
“It’s illegal to have chickens in El Cajon,” says Schworm, in an exclusive interview with ECM. She has been working to persuade the City Council to legalize chicken ownership. During that process, she saw Council approve expenditures that she considered wasteful.
GOVERNOR SIGNS BLOCK BILLS TO AID IN FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ASSIST STATE UNIVERSITY RULE MAKING
AB 2212 gives law enforcement new tool; AB 2126 streamlines campus administration
September 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) today announced that Gov. Jerry Brown signed his measure to give law enforcement a new tool to shut down human trafficking, AB 2212, and another bill, AB 2126, which helps the California State University (CSU) system streamline its regulation process.
September 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber is hosting a lunch with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter on September 25 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at www.alpinechamber.com/membership/payments.html.
September 9, 2012 (Alpine) -- California State Assemblyman Brian Jones will host a 2nd Amendment Awareness Event to celebrate “Constitution Week” on September 22 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club, 16232 Sequan Truck Trail, Alpine.
September 8, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—A meet-and-greet with Lemon Grove City Council candidate Lou Melendez wll be held on Sunday, September 16 from 2-4:30 pm.
A 15-year resident of Lemon Grove, Melendez has worked as an engineer with CalTrans for 21 years with experience in infrastructure issues. He says he is committed to community development, local history and youth.
“Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever know.” – President Barack Obama
“We believe that `we’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than `you’re on your own.’” --ex-President Bill Clinton, contrasting Democratic and Republican parties
By Miriam Raftery
September 6, 2012 (Charlotte, North Carolina) -- President Barack Obama, accepting his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention tonight, said voters have “the clearest choice in a generation…It will be a choice between two different paths for America.”
A nominating speech by former President Bill Clinton laid out arguments for reelecting Obama. Since 1991, Republicans have held the White House for 28 years, Democrats 24 years, yet Democrats have provided more jobs, he noted.
By Nadin Abbott
September 6, 2012 (San Diego)-- Mayoral candidates Carl DeMaio and Congressman Bob Filner met at the Photographic Museum in Balboa Park in a lively debate hosted by Innovation Alliance, moderated by Erik Anderson of KPBS this week.
The candidates sparred over innovation, the arts and education issues, offering clear choices for voters.
EMMA TURNER PLEDGES SHE IS ‘COMPETENT, CARING, AND COMMITTED’ TO HELPING LA MESA SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
"Right now, it’s all about finances. It should be our kids’ education." -- Emma Turner
By Janis Mork
Incumbent Emma Turner is up for re-election this November for her spot as a board member in the La Mesa Spring Valley District. The district includes La Mesa, Spring Valley, and El Cajon. View a map of the district.
September 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)-Two seats are open in the LMSV. Emma Turner hopes that she will get re-elected for the board to continue serving the needs of students. She also needs the seat in order to run for Vice President of the California School Board Association later this year. She’s ready to win, insisting she has “all my endorsements ready” for her spot as VP. Other candidates include incumbent William ‘Bill’ Baber, President of the board, and challenger Jay Steiger.
“I don’t think we have a taxing problem; I think we have a spending problem.”—Bill Baber
By Janis Mork
Incumbent La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board President William ‘Bill’ Baber is up for re-election this November, running against Emma Turner and Jay Steiger for two spots on the school board. The LMSV district includes El Cajon, Spring Valley, and La Mesa. View a map of the district.
September 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)-Since being in office since 2004 as president of the board, William Baber believes major achievement has been “the fiscal stability of the district with very prudent financial management.”
Three incumbents and four challengers are vying for three seats on the El Cajon City Council. ECM has requested interviews with each. Below is the first in our series of in-depth candidate profiles.
By Miriam Raftery
September 6, 2012 (El Cajon)—Earlier this year, when a vacancy opened on the El Cajon Council due to a resignation, the Councilmembers refused to accept applications from the public – including an Iraqi Chaldean immigrant and an African-American woman who wanted the job. Instead, they appointed an insider like themselves--a white male, who served on Planning Commission.
To Ben Kalasho, that action exemplifies what’s wrong in El Cajon –and why the Council needs people from diverse backgrounds.
September 6, 2012 (Lemon Grove)--Council Member George Gastil and City Council candidate Racquel Vasquez will host a weekly meet and greet at the Lemon Grove Starbucks, 7801 Broadway, starting Saturday, September 8 at 9 a.m.
Each one-hour event will provide residents with the opportunity to meet the two San Diego Democratic Party endorsed candidates, ask questions about their individual campaign platforms, and enjoy a free cup of coffee.
September 6, 2012 (Alpine) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) will be the featured guest at the Alpine Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, September 25 from 12-2 p.m. Rep. Hunter will inform Chamber members and guests about current issues in Congress.
August 31, 2012 (El Cajon)--California State Ballot Propositions 30 through 40 will be discussed at the East County Democratic Club Meeting on at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
The main speaker will be Eric Banks, immediate past-president of SEIU Local 221, who will be addressing issues embedded in Proposition 32, focusing on the questionable issue of "paycheck protection" and sharing information about his public employee union. Diane Cates, a new member of the SEIU Executive Board will be in attendance and adding her insights. ECDC President John Martes and his wife Gloria will be presenting information about the other propositions. Also local Propositions C,D,G,and V, which are bond issues for public education, will be addressed.
September 1, 2012 (San Diego) – Yesterday, entrenched incumbent Brian Bilbray, who has refused several debate requests, challenged Scott Peters to debates that Peters' campaign says they agreed to weeks ago.
“Mr. Bilbray has issued a challenge to debates we agreed to weeks ago,” said Peters’ Communications Director MaryAnne Pintar. “We’re just pleased he’s finally stepped up.” Pintar noted that Bilbray's campaign issued similar challenges early in the primary, and that Bilbray did not show at all of the debates.
AB 1731 would require $3 test to save lives, anguish, medical expenses
September 1, 2012 (Sacramento) —Legislation by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) to ensure early detection of life-threatening congenital heart disease in newborns left the Assembly today on a 59-16 vote. It is co-sponsored by the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.
“AB 1731gives babies a fighting chance to beat the ticking time bomb of congenital heart disease,” Block said. “With a simple, inexpensive, non-invasive test we can save lives and ensure the healthy development of our newborns.” The test, called the pulse oximetry screening, measures oxygen levels in an infant’s blood. Probes are attached to the baby’s hand and foot, and the readings are noted on a device a little larger than a bedside radio.
September 1, 2012 (Sacramento)--Senator Joel Anderson’s (R-Alpine) Senate Concurrent Resolution 90, which commemorates the service and sacrifice of the Tuskegee Airmen, gained final legislative approval August 29 when the Senate voted 34-0 in support. SCR 90 had previously been approved by the Assembly on a 78-0 vote.
The measure designates a section of I-15 between Miramar Road and Mercy Road near Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) as the “Tuskegee Airmen Highway.”
August 31, 2012 (Santee) -- The League of Women Voters will be moderating a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, September 18 at the Santee City Hall, Room 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with refreshments served after the forum.
It will be held in the City's Event Hall, Building 7 of the City Complex at 10601 N. Magnolia in Santee.
By Nadin Abbott
August 30, 2012 (Rancho Bernardo)-- At a gathering today in Rancho Bernardo outside the Republican party’s county headquarters, members of labor and the Democratic Party reacted to the Romney\Ryan ticket.
Lorena Gonzales, Secretary-Treasurer CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued a statement which read: “In President Obama's first term, we've seen 4.5 million new private sector jobs, more than one million jobs saved in the auto industry alone, and tax cuts for 95% of working families. And tonight, we'll listen to Mitt Romney accept his party's nomination as the standard bearer for a plan to dismantle Medicare, destroy Social Security, and hand out more tax breaks to corporations and millionaires.”
Ryan speech draws media criticism for factual errors
By Miriam Raftery
August 30, 2012 (Tampa) -- "I am running for president to help create a better future,” Mitt Romney declared, accepting his party’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention. (View speech: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7419730n&tag=mg;mostpopvideo )
Delayed a day by Hurricane Isaac, the convention concluded with Romney assailing President Barack Obama on everything from the economy to global warming policy, then pledging to focus on jobs and family if elected.
BILL TO HELP OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY SPOUSES CONTINUE CAREERS HEADS TO GOVERNOR; PART OF WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE
August 30, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, that requires the California Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite professional licensure for the spouses and domestic partners of active duty military service members, tonight passed the Assembly Floor on a 78-0 vote.
“The spouses and partners of our military families make great sacrifices – relocating frequently and interrupting their own career paths and earning power,” Block said. “Helping spouses re-establish their careers aids our military families financially and has the added benefit of putting talented and licensed individuals to work in our state.”
SUPERVISORS' CLOSED-DOOR VOTE TO PICK NEW CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER DRAWS NEW BROWN ACT VIOLATION ALLEGATIONS
By Miriam Raftery
August 24, 2012 (San Diego) – Last week, San Diegans for Open Government sued San Diego’s Supervisors for apparent Brown Act violations at a June 26 meeting.
Now, the group has sent a letter requesting a cure for yet another alleged Brown Act violation--this time at the August 8 meeting, when Supervisors announced resignation of Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard and went into a closed session to choose an appointment with no public notice or input.
By Miriam Raftery
August 27, 2012 (San Diego)—Democrat Scott Peters’ Congressional campaign has issued a press release blasting his opponent, Republican Brian Bilbray, for a record on women’s rights and choice that “closely mirrors Mr. Akin’s,” Peters’ communications director MaryAnn Pintar said.
Governor , who wants to “crush” opponents of big energy projects, called CEQA reform “Lord’s work”
“Governor Brown is dangerous to the financial and environmental health of California, and I am extremely disappointed in his short-sightedness.”--Laura Cyphert, Cedar Fire Survivor and cofounder of the East County Community Action Coalition
By Miriam Raftery
August 23, 2012 (Sacramento)—In a stealth effort that shocked enviornmentalists, business groups succeeded in gutting a bill in the State Assembly and inserted language to essentially repeal the California Enviornmental Quality Act (CEQA) . The measure passed the Assembly yesterday and advanced to the State Senate. But today, State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and the bill’s author, Michael Rubio, held a press conference to announce that the measure will not be taken up before the end of the legislative session next week.
Sierra Club California director Kathryn Phillips voiced relief, calling SB 317 “one of the worst attacks on environmental protections that we’ve seen in the 40-year life of the law.”
By Miriam Raftery
August 22, 2012 (San Diego)—Some people just don’t learn. Back in January, San Diego Supervisors got sued for hiding information from the public about a developer-backed scheme to eliminate community planning groups. The Board backed down to avoid a trial, vacated votes and held a hearing with proper public notice and open—though heated--public testimony.
Now history has repeated itself. San Diegans for Open Government has filed a lawsuit alleging that Supervisors once more violated the Ralph M. Brown Act. According to the suit, this time the County failed to post an agenda for Supevisors' June 26, 2012 agenda on the County website for the 72-hours required by state law. Supevisors further failed to postpone the meeting, took action on agenda items and refused to allow members of the public to address Supervisors on a key agenda item.