Politics

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST DEAN CALBREATH TO SPEAK MAY 5 IN LA MESA

April 20, 2010 (La Mesa) – Dean Calbreath, a business columnist/reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that exposed bribery by former Congressman Duke Cunningham. Calbreath will speak on Wednesday, May 5th at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club meeting.

MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS FARM; MOST FARMERS NOT INVITED

By Chris Morrow, freelance journalist/CNN iReporter
April 14, 2010 (City Heights) --Residents of City Heights who spend hours daily tending the garden Michelle Obama visited today wished they had been part of the moment.
Hundreds of guests attended to meet the First Lady as she toured the New Roots Community Farm, but only three of the community growers were invited as she walked through their garden.

Many of the growers watched in their homes across the street. It was a time of happiness to have the First Lady visit the farm and also a time of sadness to not be included.

POLITICAL WRANGLING : A ROUNDUP OF THE LATEST POLITICAL HAPPENINGS

"I call Joel [Anderson] `Maytag' because of his money-laundering skills." - La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, who announced his endorsement of Anderson's opponent, Jeff Stone, for State Senate

By Buck Shott
April 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Candidates for the 36th State Senate race are off and running—airing some dirty laundry as well as poiltical "spin."

DEMOCRATS TAKE AIM AT SUPERVISOR RON ROBERTS’ SEAT

April 14, 2010 (San Diego) – All five members of the San Diego Board of Supervisors are conservative Republicans, including Supervisor Ron Roberts, who has held office for nearly 20 years. Though incumbents’ seats are generally considered safe barring a scandal, Roberts may be vulnerable due to changing demographics in his district and a formidable pack of Democratic candidates running for his seat. In fact, the Fourth Supervisorial District now has a hefty majority of 127,000 registered Democrats and only 87,000 registered Republicans, as well as 67,000 who decline to state party affiliation.

Four Democrats say that Roberts has lost touch with his constituents and has failed to represent the needs of families, working people, the poor, and the middle class. Democrats vying to replace Roberts are Shelia Jackson, president of the San Diego Unified School Board, Juan del Rio, affordable housing advocate, journalist/community activist Steve Whitburn, and retired teacher Margaret Moody.

MARGARET MOODY, RETIRED TEACHER


Democratic candidate, 4th Supervisorial District
April 14, 2010 (San Diego)--A teacher for 24 years in the San Diego area, at 75 years of age Moody placed her name on the ballot because she feared Supervisor Ron Roberts would run unopposed after Assemblywoman Lori Saldana announced she was pulling out of the race due to a death in her family and Councilwoman Donna Frye also opted not to run. She now is urging voters to support any of the other three candidates in the race.

THREE REPUBLICANS BATTLE TO REPLACE JOEL ANDERSON FOR 77TH ASSEMBLY SEAT

April 15, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Incumbent Assemblyman Joel Anderson’s decision to run for the State Senate creates an open seat. Three local Republicans want the job –and they are facing off in the June primary. Two of the candidates, Brian Jones and Bill Wells, are elected council members in Santee and El Cajon. The third, Christine Rubin, is an educator and political communications strategist who has worked many campaigns including the McCain-Palin ticket. The winner in June’s primary will vie against Democrat Mark Hanson, an educator, business and nonprofit leader who formerly ran for State Senate, in the November election.

To learn more about the three Republican contenders, click on their photos below. Hanson, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, has not yet established a website or campaign materials. ECM will profile Hanson in a future issue.

SANTEE VICE MAYOR BRIAN JONES IS RUNNING FOR ASSEMBLY RACE


UPDATE:  Jones won the primary and will face off in November against Democrat Mark Hanson.

“The number one most important thing for East County right now is to create more jobs. The on ly way we can do that right now is to decrease the regulatory burden.” – Brian Jones

EL CAJON COUNCILMAN BILL WELLS SEEKS ASSEMBLY SEAT

 

"I believe that it is the duty of government to diminish itself to the point that the people are not burdened by taxes. It is the duty of elected officials to force the government to restrict itself to the functions of protecting the people and providing the necessary infrastructure for people to thrive. " -- Bill Wells

By Miriam Raftery

CONSUMER ADVOCATES CHARGE INSURANCE-BACKED PROPOSITION 17 IS DECEPTIVE

 

April 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Consumer advocates and major newspapers across the state are warning voters about deceptive arguments for a ballot measure, Proposition 17, backed by an insurance company. Mercury Corp. paid roughly $2.2 million for a professional signature gathering service to qualify the measure for the ballot and was responsible for 98% of funding for the “Yes on 17” campaign.

The Los Angeles Times observes that the initiative “would legalize practices Mercury has been fined for.” State regulators fined the insurer for violating Proposition 103, California’s landmark consumer protection law, by inappropriately cancelling policies and limiting access to preferable policies and rates.

FPPC FINES LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS PAC FOR LATE FILINGS; LARGE DONATIONS, GAPS IN RECORDS RAISE QUESTIONS

 

April 8, 2010 (Lakeside) -- The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) today announced it is issuing a $400 fine against the Lakeside Firefighters Political Action Committee (PAC) and John Hisaw, the committee’s treasurer, for failing to file two semi-annual campaign statements in a timely manner with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters in 2008 and 2009. Two filings appear to have never been turned in.

 

The amounts raised and funneled into campaigns to elect two union members, Jim Bingham and Nicholas Johnson, to the Lakeside Fire Board have raised eyebrows recently. Both members are now facing a recall election launched by Lakeside citizens angry at the pair for voting to fire Lakeside Fire Chief Mark Baker.

CITIZENS GROUP KICKS OFF RECALL PETITION CAMPAIGN: RESIDENTS TO RALLY AT LAKESIDE COMMUNITY CENTER

 

LAKESIDE, Ca. – Lakeside citizens who are concerned by the recent firing of their Fire Chief, Mark Baker are taking to the streets, Saturday, April 10, 2010 in their effort to get a recall election put on November’s ballot.

 

The citizens group, Lakeside First to Recall Director Nicholas Johnson and Director Jim Bingham, will hold a rally at 9 a.m. at the LakesideCommunity Center in Lindo Lake Park and will then walk precincts within the Lakeside Fire District in order to gather the 7,900 signatures required for the recall measure to pass.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS, LEGISLATURE & SCHOOL BOARD TO SPEAK IN LA MESA WED. APRIL 7

 

April 5, 2010 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club is hosting a free candidate forum on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. All Democratic candidates running for the 52nd Congressional District, 77th Assembly District, 36th State Senate District, and San Diego School Board Seat B have been invited to speak.

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.

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