Politics

WHITE SUPREMACIST TOM METZGER RUNS FOR CONGRESS--AGAIN



By Miriam Raftery



March 30, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Tom Metzger, a white supremacist and former Fallbrook resident who previously ran for Congress in San Diego County, is now running again—this time as an Republican write-in candidate in Warsaw, Indiana.  Metzer is a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Metzger shocked local Democrats in 1980, when he won a three-way Democratic primary. Democratic party leaders condemned the racist views of Metzger and endorsed Republican Claire Burgener. Burgener won with an unprecedented 86% of the vote. Metzger later ran for U.S. Senate as an independent and has since joined the Republican Party.

ISSA INTRODUCES BILL TO LIMIT LAWSUITS OVER PATENT INFRINGEMENT

 

March 29, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has joined with Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) to introduce legislation aimed at stopping frivolous patent litigation related to the marking of products.

BLOCK BILL TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR COMPANIES OFFSHORING ASSETS PASSED ASSEMBLY; REVENUES WOULD HELP COLLEGE STUDENTS PAY FOR TEXT BOOKS

 

 

March 27, 2010 (Sacramento) Assembly Bill 1178, also known as the “Cayman Islands Tax Loophole” bill, recently passed the Assembly and will next be considerate by the Senate. The measure authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) passed the Assembly with a 42-28 vote.

SALAS NAMED NEW CO-CHAIR OF ASSEMBLY LEGISLATIVE ETHICS COMMITTEE

 

March 26, 2010 – Assemblymember Mary Salas (D-San Diego) announces her new committee assignments for the 2010 Legislative Session, which include Co-Chair of the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee.

 

“Legislative Ethics has been a priority of mine since I served on the Chula Vista City Council; I am honored to be serving as Co-Chair of the Legislative Ethics Committee. Being a watchdog for the people is a position I will take very seriously,” stated Salas.
 

 

She will also serve as Chair of the Select Committee on Insurance Accountability and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee. In addition, Ms. Salas has been assigned to the Assembly Insurance Committee. She remains a member of the Assembly Health, Jobs Economic Development and the Economy and Water Parks and Wildlife Committees.

EDITORIAL: POWERLINK SHOCKER: FEINSTEIN TELLS FOREST SERVICE CHIEF SHE SUPPORTS POWERLINK, SEES “NO OPPOSITION” OTHER THAN “NIMBY GROUPS FULLY CONSIDERED & DISMISSED”

 

ECM URGES FEINSTEIN:  COME TO A PUBLIC MEETING IN EAST COUNTY ON POWERLINK

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

March 26, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has pressured the head of the U.S. Forest Service in an appropriations hearing last week to fast-track approval of SDG&E’s request to run Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest, the Union-Tribune reports today. Claiming to be unaware of major opposition, she later said she may reconsider her support if she hears of major concerns from the community.

CAPITOL REPORT: HOW THEY VOTED - MARCH 2010

 

March 26, 2010 (Washington and Sacramento) – Do you know how your Congressional and State Legislative representatives voted on important recent bills? Find out here!
For more information on these and other bills, visit www.vote-smart.org, www.govtrack.us, www.opencongress.org and www.aroundthecapitol.com.

PRESIDENT SIGNS HEALTHCARE REFORM INTO LAW; EAST COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL CONTENDERS VOICE VIEWS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

March 23, 2010 – President Barack Obama today signed into law historic healthcare reform legislation. Locally, the measure drew sharp criticism from Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) but praise from Hunter’s Democratic opponent, Raymond Lutz.

 

EAST COUNTY’S CONGRESSIONAL & STATE LEGISLATIVE RACES: WHO’S RUNNING

 

 

March 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The majority of Congressional and state legislative seats in San Diego County have districts that include areas east of I-15. Here’s the rundown on who’s filed with the San Diego County Registrar to run for the top local spots, along with our thumbnail assessment of the hot races to watch.  Look for interviews and profiles of contenders coming up in future issues. 

CALIFORNIA WOMEN CANDIDATES FORUM THURS. MARCH 18

 

 

 

San Diego, CA - March 16, 2010 - Run Women Run and CALIFORNIA LIST will host a landmark Candidate Forum spotlighting California's leading women candidates for state office on Thursday, March 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. in San Diego.

March is women's history month.  Meet California women who are making history. Confirmed participants and their races are:

JERRY’S BACK: BROWN ENTERS GOVERNOR’S RACE

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2010 (Sacramento) – Former governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown announced yesterday that he is running for the state’s highest office. “We need someone with insider’s knowledge, but an outsider’s mind, a leader who can pull people together—Republicans and Democrats, oil companies and environmentalists, unions and businesses. We need to work together as California first, and at this stage in my life, I’m prepared to focus on nothing else but fixing this state I love.”

LAKESIDE CITIZENS LAUNCH RECALL AGAINST 2 FIRE BOARD MEMBERS

 

 
 

February 25, 2010 (Lakeside) – Lakeside residents who say they feel “burned” by several elected fire board directors who terminated Fire Chief Mark Baker have launched a recall election to oust two of those members.

FILNER INTRODUCES BILL TO SUPPORT WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS

 

 

February 23, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) recently introduced H.R. 4488, the National Wildfire Infrastructure Improvement & Cost Containment Act.

 

“It is about time that we properly recognize our brave federal wildland firefighters and make sure they are on par with other federal firefighters,” Filner said in a newsletter to constituents. “Congress must provide American citizens with the strongest, most cost-effective, and efficient federal wildfire response possible to meet the challenges and complexities of wildfires in the 21st Century.”

HELIX WATER DISTRICT ENDORSES WATER BOND FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

 

 

February 22, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- At its February 17, 2010 meeting, the Helix Water District Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting the $11.14 billion water bond set for the November 2010 ballot.

 

View a video of the full meeting, recorded by www.CitizensOversight.org  here:  blip.tv/file/3260117

CANDIDATES & ELECTED OFFICIALS ADDRESS TEA PARTY RALLY IN EL CAJON



FACT CHECK SITES REVEAL CORPORATE FUNDING BEHIND TEA PARTIES; 

POLLS SUGGEST MOST FOLLOWERS ARE UNAWARE OF ACTUAL TAX RATE CHANGES

 

 

February 20, 2010 (El Cajon) – T.E.A. (“Taxed Enough Already”) Party protesters rallied in an El Cajon park yesterday, turning out despite drizzly weather. “We were happy with our big turnout considering the weather conditions,” organizer Barry Willis told East County Magazine. Just how big that crowd was, however, has become a point of contention.

 

 

UTILITY-BACKED BALLOT INITIATIVE DRAWS CRITICISM FROM LOCAL LEADERS

 

Should cities and counties be barred from starting up public power entitities to compete against utility giants such as SDG&E--and offer clean energy options to residents?  Voters to decide.
 

February 17, 2010 (San Diego) – A June ballot initiative seeks to change California’s constitution to make it harder for cities and counties to give residents alternatives to buying power from utility companies. The measure is funded by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). It would require a super-majority (two-thirds) vote for local governments to create new forms of public power entities through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).

POLITICAL WRANGLING: A ROUND-UP OF THE LATEST NATIONAL, STATE AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY ELECTORAL NEWS

political wranglingBy Buck Shott

February 12, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - Politics and rodeos have a lot in common. Both are tough and gritty—and unwary competitors are apt to wind up in the dirt. Here’s the rundown on the latest colorful political wrangling in races impacting our region.

MAYOR MADRID’S PERSPECTIVES: THE PAST YEAR, THE NEW YEAR, AND THE FUTURE OF LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 2, 2010 (La Mesa)--In an exclusive interview, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid offered his perspectives on the past year and the coming one. Despite challenging economic times for communities across America, La Mesa has weathered the storm in better shape than many.  Mayor Madrid provides insights into the city’s successes, future challenges, and new initiatives on the horizon—including consolidating some services with neighboring communities, revitalizing the downtown village, starting a community garden, and gearing up for the city’s centennial celebration in 2012.

PRESIDENT PLEDGES TO MAKE JOBS, SMALL BUSINESSES PRIORITIES IN 2010; VOWS INVESTMENT IN “SKILLS AND EDUCATION OF OUR PEOPLE"

LAKESIDE FIRE BOARD TAKES HEAT FROM IRATE CITIZENRY


Citizens oversight group forms, will consider recall of board members

January 27, 2010 (Lakeside) – Residents of Lakeside directed heated criticism at the Lakeside Fire Protection District board. In a meeting last night, citizens charged that the Board failed to provide adequate explanation for the firing of Chief Mark Baker.

“You guys are in serious trouble, and you’re accountable for your actions,” Dennis Richardson, a lifetime Lakeside resident, told the board. “You guys need to be taken to the woodshed, because you did not listen to Lakeside.”

EL CAJON POSTPONES MEETING ON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER UNTIL WED. JAN. 27

 

 

January 21, 2009 (El Cajon) - A community meeting on the future of the East County Performing Arts Center has been postponed until Wed. Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. due to tonight's stormy weather.  For details, see our previous story at http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/2603.

LAKESIDE FIRE BOARD VOTES TO OUST FIRE CHIEF

Move ignites anger among many community members; residents convene meeting Friday to discuss recall of Board members

 

January 20, 2010 (Lakeside) – By a 3-2 vote, Lakeside’s Fire Protection District on Saturday voted to oust Fire Chief Mark Baker, despite testimony from 18 members of the public who all spoke in favor of renewing Baker’s contract.

CAUSE AN ACCIDENT? SAN MIGUEL FIRE WANTS YOU TO PAY FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Miguel Fire Protection District voted Thursday to charge drivers who cause accidents for the costs of emergency services. Proposed fees range from $390 to $2,100. The plan has sparked heated debate among community members.

Chief August Ghio says similar measures have been imposed in other communities around the U.S., including North County Fire District locally. Fire districts in Lakeside and Chula Vista are considering similar moves, he added.

POWERLINK REVELATIONS SPARK HEATED DEBATE IN ALPINE

By Diana Barreto and Miriam Raftery

 

“Who is going to move to Alpine and put their kids in a school 40 or 50 feet from a high-voltage line?” – Michelle Steinbuck, mother and Alpine resident


"We have done everything we can to make sure everyone here, and everyone else who is not here, gets to know exactly what is being ramrodded down our throats." -- Milt Cyphert, co-founder, East County Community Action Coalition

January 17, 2010 (Alpine) San Diego Gas and Electric’s current proposal for Sunrise Powerlink, including undergrounding high-voltage power lines along Alpine Boulevard, was not well received by 400-plus people at a meeting on January 14th. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob convened the meeting to show the community information left out of the latest report submitted by SDG&E to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in Sacramento.

 

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