Politics

HUNTER OPPOSES SPENDING BILL, BUT VOICES CONCERNS OVER EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 
 
East County News Service
 
February 19, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) voted against last week’s spending bill that forestalls another federal shutdown due to lack of funding for a border wall sought by President Donald Trump.  But he also voices concerns over the President declaring a national emergency to build the border wall that the majority of Congress declined to fund.

LOCAL CONSERVATIVES SEEK LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT FOR CONVENTION OF STATES TO AMEND U.S. CONSTITUTION

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Assemblyman Randy Voepel, center, gives a thumb up to a Convention of States during meeting with local supporters

February 19, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Constitution grants states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the federal constitution. To do so would require that 34 states agree to call a convention, though it would take 38 states to ratify any proposed amendments.

A national movement has begun among conservatives seeking to convene such a convention, with Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) the latest to voice support for the idea.

TRUMP SIGNS BUDGET BILL, DECLARES EMERGENCY TO FUND WALL, BUT NOW FACES LEGAL CHALLENGES

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2019 (Washington D.C.) –President Donald Trump has signed a compromise bill to keep the government from shutting down again, but issued an emergency declaration Friday to build a border wall in defiance of Congressional wishes.  Both the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled House previously refused to allocate $5 billion requested by Trump for the border wall.

The compromise bill signed by Trump does include $1.3 billion for border security, including 55 miles of new barriers. But under Trump’s executive order he would take even more money than he previously sought – over $7 billion that he hopes to divert from military construction projects, combatting narcotics smuggling, and asset forfeitures.

The latter, money seized from criminals, is currently used to fund police and sheriff operations including substantial local funding in San Diego County. Fom 2004 to mid-2014,San Diego's Sheriff and District Attorney kept 80% of federal assets seized, or about $1.5 million a year, according to a records request by ECM, as we reported in October 2014.

CHAIRWOMAN JACOB DELIVERS 2019 STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

 

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by Michael Russo

February 14, 2019 (San Diego) - Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob delivered the annual State of the County address from the County Administration Center Wednesday. Jacob announced several initiatives and goals to address housing and homelessness, wildfire protection, mental health, substance abuse, energy and the challenges facing seniors.

FIVE WAYS GAVIN NEWSOM MADE IT CLEAR HE'S NOT JERRY BROWN

 

 

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALMatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

February 13, 2019 (Sacramento) - A month after being inaugurated, Gov. Gavin Newsom used his State of the State speech Tuesday to make his strongest showing yet that Jerry Brown is no longer in charge.

He proposed scaling back two of Brown’s legacy projects—a high-speed train and a pair of tunnels to move water from north to south. He rescinded Brown’s deployment of California National Guard troops to the Mexican border. He voiced support for education and housing policies that Brown stayed away from.

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER DUMPING ASYLUM SEEKERS LOCALLY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 13, 2019 (San Diego) — San Diego’s County Supervisors voted 4-1 in closed session on Tuesday to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its treatment of families seeking asylum in the U.S. The federal government has been dumping migrants including parents with children on the streets of San Diego with no resources to help them while they await asylum hearings to which they are entitled under international law.

EL CAJON MAYOR BILL WELLS’ TOWN HALL ADDRESSES COMMUNITY CONCERNS ON HOMELESS PROBLEM

 

 

Mayor promises more community forums; mandates City Council members to reach out to constituents with similar community forums

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

Audio: tinyurl.com/ECM-012019BillWellsTownHall

 

February 12, 2019 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Mayor Bill Well faced a mostly friendly crowd of some 250 people at a community town hall meeting on January 20th in the Sports Plex facility at Cajon Valley High School. While the Mayor touched on various topics during the two-hour meeting, El Cajon’s chronic homeless problem and crimes perpetrated by homeless individuals took center stage.

BILL WOULD MAKE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS POST CAMPAIGN FINANCE RECORDS ONLINE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 10, 2019 (Sacramento) – How much money are candidates in your city or county getting in campaign contributions—and from whom?  A new bill could soon require local governments to post this information online, instead of requiring members of the public to travel to a governmental office and look up hard copies—an option often not available to people who work full-time.  

SANTEE WWII VETERAN HONORED AT PRESIDENT'S STATE OF UNION ADDRESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 6, 2019 (Santee) -- During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump spoke on issues ranging from the economy to immigration, also honoring the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Joseph Reilly of Santee, a D-Day paratrooper, was among three World War II veterans whom Trump praised as “incredible heroes.”

Trump took credit for an improving economy and urged “unity” to avoid a future shutdown. He called for an end to “foolish wars” and what he called “partisan investigations” of his administration amid the special prosecutor’s investigation. 

Despite calls for unity, his speech repeatedly argued for funding for a border wall. He cited San Diego, calling for a ““smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall.” The president has threatened to invoke a national emergency to build the border wall in order to keep out migrant caravans of immigrants seeking asylum.

RUSSIA RETALIATES AGAINST U.S. BY PULLING OUT OF NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 5, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty negotiated by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and  Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev may soon be history. Last week, President Donald Trump accused Russia of violating the treaty for years and announced that the U.S. would no longer honor its commitments under the treaty unless Russia complies within six months. Russia claimed it is not in violation and retaliated Friday by announcing it is pulling out of the landmark pact.

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS READYING CONTROVERSIAL BILL TO LIMIT POLICE USE OF DEADLY FORCE

 

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) carrying legislation

By Laurel Rosenhall | CALmatters

CALmatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics.

February 3, 2019 (Sacramento) -- Jamilia Land walked out of a meeting in the state Capitol feeling optimistic that 2019 may be the year California changes the law to try to reduce the number of people killed by police.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE MIGRANT SHELTER THROUGH DECEMBER

 

 

East County Supervisors Jacob and Desmond split on vote

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Courthouse building, courtesy of San Diego County

January 30, 2019 (San Diego) -- A temporary shelter for migrants will be set up in downtown San Diego at the old county courthouse slated for demolition – not at Camp Barrett, a former youth detention center in East County that was among several sites considered.

By a four to one vote, Supervisors voted to allow Jewish Family Services to lease the courthouse building for one dollar through December 31st.  The nonprofit group will reimburse the county for costs to open the migrant shelter and maintain the property near Balba Park on Sixth Avenue, and advised Supervisors that it has already secured funds.

HUNTER BILL WOULD ALLOW CITIZENS TO REFUSE TO ANSWER SOME CENSUS QUESTIONS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
January 25, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — 50th Congressional District representative Duncan D.  Hunter (R-Alpine) has announced plans to introduce a series of bills during the first 100 days of the new Congress.
 
Hunter calls his measures “common sense reforms” and calls on the new Democratic house majority to give his bills full consideration. The first measure he introduced is titled the “Authorizing Moderated Enumeration Responses Including Citizenship Acquisition (AMERICA) Act, which will limit the penalty imposed on U.S. citizens refusing or neglecting to answer one or more questions in connection with the 2020 census.  

HUNTER BILL WOULD STRIP FEDERAL FUNDS FROM “SANCTUARY CAMPUSES;” CSU AND UC SYSTEMS COULD BE IMPACTED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
January 25, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) has introduced H.R. 483, the “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act.” More than 200 colleges and universities stand to lose major funding if the bill were enacted, likely including the University of California system and California State University campuses such as San Diego State University.
 

DID TRUMP COLLUDE WITH RUSSIA?

 

Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, by Seth Abramson (Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2018, 448 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for promise of future business and covert election assistance.

January 25, 2019 (San Diego) - Coming at a time when President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is scheduled to testify publicly in Congress on February 7, 2019, Seth Abramson has written a provocative and timely book; Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America.

 

Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circles.


TRUMP, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS REACH DEAL TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT, BUT ONLY FOR 3 WEEKS

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2019 ( Washington D.C.) – The longest federal government shutdown in history is slated to end tonight, after President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to enact a temporary bill to fund agencies through February 15th.  That bill does not include any funding for a border wall. 

The Senate passed the short-term funding bill today, one day after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to reject two measures that would have reopened the government long-term. One was a Trump proposal with wall funding and a temporary extension of protection for young immigrants or Dreamers.  The other was a funding bill with no money for the wall passed by the Democratic-controlled House.

During the next three weeks, Congress will convene a bipartisan conference committee on a Homeland Security Department funding bill and attempt to strike a compromise on border security.

HIGHER DENSITY CONDO PROJECT PRODUCES HAND WRINGING IN SANTEE

Santee Drive-In Theatre is one possible site for low-income housing

Council also approves feasibility study on community choice energy option, with two other cities

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By Mike Allen

January 24, 2019 (Santee) --Believe it not, Santee needs new housing, particularly affordable type, and more rental stock to handle demand from folks who cannot afford to buy houses.

But where to put housing geared to low income earners, and how that construction will impact other properties are not easy subjects, as was revealed at the latest City Council meeting Jan. 23.

The agenda item that prompted much frustration and hand wringing was a proposed residential condo development on a parcel owned by the county. City Ventures, a large Irvine-based developer, recently obtained the 22-acre parcel which is now in escrow. The company wants to build 365 new units at the site, which is just east of Town Center Community Park, behind the YMCA.

LA MESA COUNCIL HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING FOR COMMUNITY JAN. 29

 
 
East County News Service
 
January 24, 2019 (La Mesa) — The city of La Mesa will host a town hall meeting with city councilmembers and the community to discuss La Mesa and its future. 
 
The special meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at La Mesa Dale Elementary School, 4370 Parks Avenue in La Mesa.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS ANNOUNCES SUBCOMMITTEE SELECTIONS FOR HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) - Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has been appointed to serve on the Military Personnel Subcommittee and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Davis returns to Military Personnel as a member. She was Chair of Personnel from 2007 to 2011 and served as Ranking Member from 2011 to 2017. Davis will be the second highest ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT ON MLK DAY

 

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Kamala Harris answers questions from the media on Harbor Island. Photo by Chris Jennewein

January 21, 2019 (Oakland) - Senator Kamala Harris made her candidacy for President in 2020 official on Monday, symbolically choosing the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday for the announcement.

TRUMP LEAK OF LAWMAKERS’ DELEGATION TO AFGHANISTAN PUT LIVES AT RISK, SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT AND REP. SUSAN DAVIS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: Speaker Pelosi in Afghanistan on a prior visit.
 
January 20, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have ratcheted up the battle over the government shutdown.
 
Last week, Pelosi sent a letter to the President asking him to delay his State of the Union speech to Congress or submit it in writing. "Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29," Pelosi wrote.

DEMOCRATS HOLD ASSEMBLY DELEGATE ELECTIONS: ALL PARTY MEMBERS INVITED TO VOTE

 

 

 

East County News Service

Election for East County’s Assembly District 79 delegates is January 26

January 18, 2019 (San Diego) -- Every two years, Democratic voters in California elect Assembly delegates to the state Democratic Party.  In the past, these elections have not been widely attended or promoted, but local progressive activists and organizers have been working to change that.

COTTONWOOD SAND MINE ON AGENDA FEB. 12 FOR JAMUL-DULZURA PLANNING GROUP

 
 
By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2019 (Jamul) – EnviroMine, the developer of a proposed sand mine at the Cottonwood Golf Course site in Rancho San Diego, is slated to make a presentation to the Jamul-Dulzura Community Plannning Group. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m. at Jamul Primary School's Auditorium at 14567 Lyons Valley Road (at the corner of Lyons Valley Road and Skyline Truck Trail).

Note: This location has changed from the usual venue to accommodate a large anticipated crowd.

TRUMP SIGNS BILL GRANTING BACK PAY TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES—BUT NOT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS—AFTER SHUTDOWN ENDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump today signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act into law, which passed Congress with bipartisan support.  It provides that furloughed and exempted federal employees will receive back pay whenever this shutdown ends.

But it does not grant any back pay to federal contractors, many of who are struggling without pay.

FEBRUARY CALFRESH BENEFITS TO BE ISSUED EARLY

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit via Pixabay
 
January 15, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents who receive CalFresh food nutrition assistance will receive their February benefits early because of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, San Diego County officials announced today.

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET AIMS TO LOWER PREMIUMS, EXPAND MEDI-CAL

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo:  Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his $209 billion budget proposal in Sacramento on Thursday. (Flickr)

January 12, 2019 (Sacramento) - The State of California would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve access to healthcare and health insurance under Gov. Gavin Newsom's first budget, released on Thursday. 

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DOCKLESS VEHICLE REGULATIONS

 

Council also discussed revising code governing citizens’ conduct during public comments and reaffirmed fine against landlord over illegal dispensary

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

January 11, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new regulations regarding the increasingly popular use of dockless vehicles (scooters, bicycles, skateboards) on city streets and an “expanded Civic Center area” including City Hall, East County Regional Center, East County Performing Arts Center, Library, Community Center, and Fire Facility Headquarters Complex.

LA MESA HEARS MAYOR’S STATE OF CITY ADDRESS; CITY MOVES CLOSER TO FORMING COMMITTEE ON HOMELESSNESS

 

Council also approves changes to traffic-calming procedures, making it harder for neighobrhoods to approve speed humps



By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2019 (La Mesa) – Heeding the urging of citizens for form a task force with citizens’ involvement to address homelessness,  La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis at Tuesday’s City Council agreed to take action—taking the first steps toward forming a committee to address the issues.

“It’s beyond just setting up ways to work with faith-based centers,” the Mayor said, referencing local churches helping to feed and provide temporary shelter to homeless people. He said the city also needs to look at “how to help people not become homeless.”

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