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DE MAIO AND FILNER GEAR UP FOR PARTISAN FIGHT IN SAN DIEGO MAYORAL RACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Nadin Abbott, Tom Abbott and Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Two feisty and fiercely competitive politicians, polar opposites in the partisan divide, will square off in the San Diego Mayoral run-off race in November. 

Carl Demaio, a conservative Republican and former councilmember, in his victory speech at the U.S. Grant Hotel , said that “Citizens have shifted the city into drive and put their foot on the gas.”  He pledged to “finish the job of fiscal reform”  by implementing Propositions A and B, as well as fixing “roads that are falling apart.”

Congressman Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat and former Deputy Mayor of San Diego, faulted DeMaio for focusing on “a pothole somewhere” while lacking a positive message for voters.  “I want to talk about a vision of the future of what can be a really great city,” Filner told media at Election Central. 


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SOCIAL MEDIA WARS: NEW LOCAL PAC TARGETS PRO-CORPORATE CANDIDATES IN SAN DIEGO

By Miriam Raftery

Taking a page from the independent expenditure playbook that torpedoed John Kerry’s presidential campaign, a San Diego-based PAC, Much Better Choices, is taking aim at  corporate-backed candidates in a series of online video ads. Lacking the funding of corporate-backed campaigns, Much Better Choices has launched its scathing assault ads via social networking sites—swiftly going viral with efforts to “Swiftboat” local corporatist candidates.

The site offers online activists “instant –access technological arsenals” to send out videos such as one with pigs feeding at a trough, targeting “lobbyist turned Congressman Brian Bilbray."


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FLETCHER PLEDGES “INDEPENDENT VOICE” IN MAYORAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) –In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher laid out his vision for our region’s future. His priorities are to “make San Diego a leader in 21st century jobs” by rebuilding the economy base,” improve public education, and rebuild infrastructure to create more walkable and livable communities,  Fletcher told ECM.    

A retired Marine and decorated Iraq war veteran who has worked in counter-intelligence, Fletcher has also laid out plans to help returning veterans on issues ranging from homelessness to jobs.

 “I believe it’s important to have open and transparent government,” says Fletcher, who recently made headlines by announcing that he’s left the Republican party to run as an independent, shortly after the GOP endorsed Carl DeMaio for mayor. 


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DANON SEEKS TO SHAKE UP A STAGNANT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

By E.A. Barrera

May 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- Steve Danon has been active in Republican politics since his days as College Republican president at San Diego State University. He has worked for Republicans ranging from Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts to Congressman Brian Bilbray.

He is one of a new generation of youthful conservative leaders emerging in San Diego that include Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and City Councilman Kevin Faulconer (both of whom have endorsed Danon).


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
May 17, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:     
 
 
 
 
  
LOCAL 
  • Mother Goose Parade celebrity bookings probed (UT San Diego)
  • Shedding light on UT San Diego: Editor’s partisan comments to Nathan Fletcher open daily paper to scrutiny (CityBeat)
  • County budget to decrease by 2% (La Mesa Patch)
  • Construction expected soon at Sempra’s Baja wind farm (San Diego Business Journal)
  • How to prepare for the big eclipse on May 20 (UT San Diego)
     
STATE 
  • Gov. Jerry Brown: State budget now $16 billion (Sacramento Bee)
  • Human trafficking measure qualifies for ballot (Sacramento Bee) 
 
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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
May 9, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
  
LOCAL 
  • Nathan Fletcher replaced on committee deciding tax bill (Sacramento Bee)
  • Body found in Anza-Borrego desert believed to be missing UCSD student (Santee Patch)
  • Special meeting on Ramona solar farm project May 24 (Ramona Patch)
  • Planning group votes unanimously against solar project on Warnock Drive (Ramona Patch)
  • Local human rights advocate’s credibility questioned (10 News)
  • Parents, teachers speak out against Sweetwater Board (10 News)
  • Man guilty of trying to blow up wife with pipe bomb (UT San Diego)
STATE
  • Settlement may bring electric vehicle infrastructure to state (Los Angeles Times)
  • Tobacco firms chip in another $15 million against Prop 29 (Sacramento Bee)
  • California’s fourth year of teacher layoffs spur concern (Sacramento Bee)
 
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PROP A WOULD BE “FINANCIAL DISASTER” FOR SAN DIEGO, STATE CONTROLLER WARNS

 

May 9, 2012 (San Diego) – It’s not often that labor groups and the conservative San Diego Taxpayers Association's former president agree on much of anything.  But both are opposed to Proposition A on the June ballot for San Diego residents. 

Now the State’s top financial officer, Controller John Chiang, has sent a letter to San Diego voters warning that if voters ban Project Labor Agreements by passing Prop A, San Diego will automatically lose massive state funding.

“Last year alone, San Diego received $158 million in construction projects, but this funding would be completely eliminated under Prop A,” Chiang warned.


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4 MAJOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO DEBATE ON FRIDAY


January 10, 2012 (San Diego) – For the first time, all four of the leading contenders running for San Diego Mayor will debate this Friday, January 13 at 4 p.m.  Bob Filner, Bonnie Dumanis, Nathan Fletcher, and Carl DeMaio have all agreed to participate. 

The event will be held at the U.S. Grant Hotel. In the public interest will jointly sponsor this debate by The City Club, Lincoln Club, Independent Voter Network (IVN.US), and the U-T San Diego.


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NATHAN FLETCHER GREETED IN PENASQUITOS BY PROTEST OVER HIS EDUCATION VOTES

October 22, 2011 (Rancho Penasquitos) – Assemblyman and Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) stopped by Rancho Penasquitos as part of an “education listening tour” on Friday.

 


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MAYORAL CANDIDATE NATHAN FLETCHER AIMS TO REBUILD CITY, REFORM PENSIONS

 

An East County Magazine exclusive interview

 

By Jeremy Los

 


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AT MAYORAL DEBATE, CANDIDATES OFFER DIFFERING VIEWS ON SAN DIEGO'S ECONOMY, JOBS, & MORE

By Jeremy Los

Video by Jack Winemiller

 

Sept. 20, 2011- Congressman Bob Filner and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher headlined the first mayoral debate of the 2012 election on Saturday.

 

The two major candidates who participated differed sharply on policies, goals, and visions for San Diego during the lively debate during Politifest, sponsored by Voice of San Diego in Liberty Station on Saturday.


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POLITICAL WRANGLING: HOW LOW CAN THEY GO? NATIONAL & LOCAL CANDIDATES TAKE SCAPE-GOATING AND MUD-SLINGING TO NEW DEPTHS


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CHEERS! NEW LAW HELPS LOCAL BEER BREWERIES


August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – A bill making it easier for breweries to open tasting rooms has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1014, authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) is expected to boost business for California’s growing craft brewing industry.

 


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MAYORAL DEBATE & “IDEA TOURNAMENT” SEPT. 17 AT POLITIFEST


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CRIME VICTIMS UNITED PRESENT LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD TO SAN DIEGO’S MARTY BLOCK AND NATHAN FLETCHER

April 13, 2011 (San Diego)—Assemblymembers Marty Block (D-AD78) and Nathan Fletcher (R-AD 75) were honored with Legislator of the Year awards from Crime Victims United of California during an annual march on the State Capitol last week. The event draws victims from all over the state to join together and remind legislators that they will not be forgotten.


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BLOCK BILL REQUIRES GOVERNOR TO NOTIFY CRIME VICTIMS & FAMILIES BEFORE COMMUTING SENTENCE

 

Commutation Transparency Legislationl Sponsored by San Diego County District Attorney

 

February 17, 2011 (San Diego)--Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) today joined with San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (AD-75) to announce legislation that would provide notification to victims and their families when the Governor considers an application for commutation of a sentence.

 

In December, outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provoked outrage locally when he commuted the sentence of Esteban Nunez, son of a former Assembly Speaker. Nunez pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the near-fatal stabbing of Louis Don Santos, 22, near San Diego State University.


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DRIVER SENTENCED IN FATAL CRASH THAT KILLED RAMONA MOTHER BRIDGETTE HALE


MADD JOINS FAMILY'S EFFORT TO CHANGE LAW, REQUIRE DRUG-TESTING IN FATALITY ACCIDENTS

November 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – John Holsheimer has been sentenced to a maximum of 300 days in jail, five years probation, and 320 hours of community service for killing Bridgette Hale, mother of an infant son, in a head-on collision January 24th on Highway 67. Holsheimer must also undergo 90 days of drug rehab at his own expense, pay $4,700 in restitution costs to the court, and is prohibited from coming within 100 feet of a casino for the rest of his life.


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GOVERNOR, IN SAN DIEGO, SIGNS CHELSEA’S LAW

 

September 9, 2010 (San Diego) -- At a ceremony today in Balboa Park, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1844 into law. The bill, named for slain Poway high school student Chelsea King, provides life-without-parole sentences for California’s most dangerous sex offenders, including first-time offenders. It also lengthens parole terms for those who commit crimes against children under age 14, restricts sex offenders from entering public parks, and provides other  protections.


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SENATE PASSES CHELSEA’S LAW


 

August 24, 2010 (Sacramento)-- Assembly Bill 1844, Chelsea's Law, passed the California State Senate today by unanimous vote. The measure, carried through the Senate by Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, (R-Murrieta) was authored by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego). The bill aims to strengthen protections for California children from violent sexual predators.


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CHELSEA’S LAW PASSES ASSEMBLY

June 3, 2010 (Sacramento) By a unanimous 65-0 vote, the state Assembly today passed Chelsea’s Law, AB 1844.  Named for murdered Poway High School student Chelsea King, the measure toughens penalties on child predators and creates a one-strike law for the most serious offenders.


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ASSEMBLYMAN FLETCHER CALLS FOR LEGAL REFORMS IN WAKE OF CHELSEA KING CASE

March 9, 2010 (Poway) – Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) is working with the parents of slain teen Chelsea King to enact legal reforms aimed at protecting children from violent sexual predators. Fletcher’s district includes Poway and Escondido, homes of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, murdered teens whose bodies were both found in the past week.


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LOCAL LEGISLATORS MAKE CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOC. HONOR ROLL


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HOW DID YOUR LEGISLATOR VOTE ON CONSUMER ISSUES? HOLLINGSWORTH RANKS 2ND WORST IN LEGISLATURE; SALDANA RANKS 100%


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