Politics

COLLEGE DISTRICT UNVEILS FACILITIES PLAN TO COMMUNITY

 
Input sought on possible bond proposal

July 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A new facilities master plan identifying unmet needs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges was presented at a community forum Thursday as the East County college district considers placing a bond measure on the November ballot.

CALAWARE LAUNCHES PETITION TO PROTECT OPEN GOVERNMENT, BROWN ACT REQUIREMENTS

 

 

July 25, 2012 (Sacramento) – As ECM has reported, the state has suspended Brown Act provisions  that previously required public boards to notify the public about agenda items at least 72 hours before meetings. 

Now Californians Aware, a watchdog group that protects citizens’ right to open government, has created an online petition with Change.org to “Free the Brown Act from Budget Suspense.” You can urge Assembly speaker to support a constitutional amendment that would restore open government rights for the people by signing the petition here.

KADERABEK WITHDRAWS NOMINATION; ALPINE PLANNING GROUP SEEKS NEW APPLICANTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2012 (Alpine)—The Alpine Community Planning Group is seeking new applicants to fill a vacancy for seat 14.  All interested applicants are encouraged to come to the ACPG meeting on July 26 at 6 p.m. on the Alpine Community Center.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT ASSEMBLYMAN JONES’ OFFICE JULY 26

 

July 15, 2012 (Santee)—Now you can meet your legislator and beat the heat—all at the same time.  Assemblyman Brian Jones, whose district includes most of East County, invites constituents to the second annual Ice Cream Social Open House at his Santee office on Thursday, July 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

GOVERNOR SIGNS HOMEOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS INTO LAW


July 11, 2012 -- Marking a major milestone for Californians and all Americans, the Homeowners Bill of Rights, a package of bills sponsored by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris that gives homeowners important new protections and places restrictions on how aggressively banks can foreclose, was signed into law today by Governor Brown.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ROLL BACK CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego’s Republican representatives Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray and Darrell issue joined the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in voting to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act—taking health benefits away from their constituents as well as eliminating the mandate for coverage.

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton sent an email blasting the vote.  “If ever anyone was looking for a reason to vote Congressional Republicans out of office in November, this has got to be it.”

DOES KADERABEK BELONG IN THE ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP?

By Nadin Abbott

Update July 17, 2012 - Kaderabek has withdrawn his name from nomination and the APCG is now seeking new applicants, who are encouraged to attend the July 26 meeting.

Updated July 13 with a response from Charles Kaderabek

 

July 10, 2012 (San Diego)--The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) has voted 11-1 to nominate Charles E. Kaderabek to fill an open seat.

But revelations about a string of delinquent taxes, hefty tax liens, and loss of Kaderabek's law license now raise serious qusetions about his fitness to represent taxpayers.

NEWSWEEK RAISES CONCERNS OVER VETERANS' CARE UNDER MITT ROMNEY

 

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary who resigned amid scandal is named co-chair of Romney’s advisory team on veterans' policies

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Award-winning Newsweek correspondent Jamie Reno, a founding member of East County Magazine’s editorial team, has published a report in Newsweek/Daily Beast that examines the track record of a top Mitt Romney advisor on veterans' affairs. He reveals a troubling history of failures to properly care for soldiers who served our nation honorably.

CAPITOL REPORT: HOW SAN DIEGO'S LEGISLATORS VOTED ON HOMEOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS

 

July 5, 2012 – The Homeowners Bill of Rights is one of the most significant consumer protection reforms this year. Find out how your representatives in San Diego County voted on this important legislation, which passed both houses in Sacramento and is expected to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Status: On Governor’s desk awaiting action

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SCOTT PETERS REFLECTS ON 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

 

July 3, 2012 (San Diego) – Yesterday, on the 48th Anniversary, of the Civil Rights Act, Scott Peters, candidate for the 52nd Congressional District, released the following statement:

“During this campaign, I’ve talked a lot about my dad, Harvey Peters. I’m thinking about him today as our nation celebrates the 48th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race and gender. It was an historic piece of legislation, but the work didn’t stop there; my dad helped continue the fight as a minister and civil rights leader who fought against housing desegregation in the Detroit suburbs in the late 1960s.

 

REPS. HUNTER, BILBRAY INTRODUCE "BUY AMERICAN" RESOLUTION FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 1, 2012 (Washington, D.C). —In 1960, manufacturing accounted for 28 percent of jobs in the United States. Today, manufacturing accounts for only 9 percent of jobs.  “
 
This dramatic decrease has limited job opportunities for all Americans. Worse yet, with the globalization of manufactured goods, the U.S. consumer has become desensitized to the “Made In America” label,” Congressman Duncan Hunter said. To bring attention to the declining manufacturing sector and promote U.S.-made goods, representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and Hunter (R-CA) have introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate the first week of July as “Buy American Week.”

GOVERNOR SIGNS STATE BUDGET

June 27, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Governor Brown has signed California's state budget, which aims to eliminate the state's deficit over the next three years.  The $16.2 budget relies on both spending cuts and projected revenues from the Governor's November ballot initiative. 

For details on the budget, and how it may impact you, see our previous article on the budget: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/10166.  

MAYORAL CANDIDATE FILNER ANNOUNCES OPEN GOVERNMENT PLAN FOR SAN DIEGO

June 27, 2012 (San Diego)--“Open government is the cornerstone of ensuring the public trust. The public has a right to know how their taxpayer dollars are being spent and should be able to rely upon the information they receive from city government,” said mayoral candidate Bob Filner, who today released the first part of his Open Government Plan. 

MUSE PROPOSED MUZZLING HELIX WATER BOARD MEMBERS FROM SPEAKING TO MEDIA

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2012 (La Mesa) –Helix Water Board director Chuck Muse sought to have the District prohibit fellow Board directors from speaking to  reporters, ECM has learned.  

Board President DeAna Verbeke stopped short of such drastic measures, but  did chastise directors to refrain from “negative personal comments” about board members or the District,” admonishing that during past rate hike considerations, “discussing the District’s business did not reflect well on the individual of the District.”

ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS APPLAUDS SENATE FOR PASSAGE OF HISTORIC FARM BILL

 
June 26, 2012 (Chicago) – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics praised the work of the United States Senate, in particular the Agriculture Committee, for passing the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S. 3240), also known as the 2012 Farm Bill, which will fund key nutrition programs that empower Americans to make healthy food choices.

GOVERNOR MUST ACT ON BUDGET BY JUNE 27

 

Budget aims to eliminate deficit, cuts key services

Deeper cuts ahead if Governor’s tax initiative on Nov. ballot is not approved by voters

By Miriam Raftery

June 25, 2012 (Sacramento) – California's Legislature has approved a budget bill, AB 1464, on time by the constitutional June 15 deadline.  The budget deal aims to eliminate the state’s $20 billion structural deficit and result in a balanced budget for each of the next several years, resulting in a $2 billion reserve by the 2015/16 fiscal year.

REP DAVIS DEFENDS OPPOSITION TO ‘OIL ONLY’ ENERGY BILL

 
Measure would charge citizens to protest drilling in their neighborhoods; Hunter and Issa supported measure
 
June 24, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- As the Republican majority continued its assault on environmental protections, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to oppose an energy bill that would reduce clean air protections, promote a drill anywhere policy, and would require Americans who want to challenge oil drilling to pay $5,000 to the federal government for voicing their opinions.

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD WIPE OUT ALL PROTECTIONS ON FEDERAL FORESTS AND RECREATIONAL LANDS OUR REGION

Bill also jeopardizes national parks along U.S.-Mexico and Canadian borders;

2 local Congressmen vote to kill environmental protections for all federal lands within 100 miles of borders--encompassing vast swaths in San Diego

 
By Miriam Raftery 
 
June 19, 2012 (Washington D.C) - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would give the Department of Homeland Security the power to override dozens of environmental laws on all federal lands that lie within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders--even though Homeland Security opposes the bill.
 
That would encompass virtually all federal lands in San Diego County, wiping out protections not only for Bureau of Land Management, Cleveland National Forest and military properties throughout San Diego County.

MEASURE TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT NEW TOOL TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEAVES SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 
June 21, 2012 (Sacramento)—On Wednesday, the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Assemblymember Marty Block’s (D-78th Assembly District) measure to allow law enforcement to prosecute human trafficking as a civil nuisance as well as a crime and direct recovered penalties to the victims of these crimes.
 
“Few crimes are more heinous than the enslavement of children and adults,” Block said. “Our law enforcement personnel need all the tools we can give them to battle these crimes and to assist victims.”

PASSAGE OF PROPS A AND B DEAL BLOWS TO LOCAL WORKERS

 
Unions head to court over Prop B Pension cuts
 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego)—Approval by voters of Proposition B, which eliminates guaranteed pensions for many city employees, has drawn praise from conservatives and sharp criticism from labor. So has Prop A, which eliminates Project Labor Agreements for construction projects on city property. 

STATE AND FEDERAL RUN-OFF MATCHUPS FOR NOVEMBER

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 15, 2012 (San Diego) –Who will be squaring off in the November run-off  to represent East County and San Diego in Congress and the State Legislature?

With all but 7,000 votes counted locally, according to the Registrar, here’s a rundown on these important race--including our assessment of the odds for those vying in the November run-off election:

EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS RE-ELECTED

No opposition for Bill Garrett, Mary Kay Rosinski
 
June 10, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, and Mary Kay Rosinski, board vice president, have been re-elected without opposition for another four-year term. Because they had no challengers, the names of Garrett and Rosinski were not on the June 5 ballot for East County voters. The college district operates Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, serving almost 30,000 students.

DUNCAN HUNTER ANNOUNCES "DEFENDING OUR DEFENDERS" SAN DIEGO EVENT JUNE 13

 
June 9, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52) announced that he will be joined by U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (VA-4) in hosting "Defending Our Defenders," at the Shiley Theatre at the University of San Diego on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m..
 
The town hall-style event will begin with an introduction from a Congressional delegation and feature a moderated "open mic" for attendees to express opinions and ask questions pertaining to defense budget cuts and the regional impact.
 

DAPHNE HEARN NAMED SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF SAN DIEGO DIVISION

 

 
June 9, 2012 (Sa Diego) -- Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Daphne Hearn special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s San Diego Division. Ms. Hearn most recently served as the SAC of the Administrative Division in Los Angeles.
 
Ms. Hearn began her career as a special agent with the FBI in December 1991. She first reported to the Buffalo Division, where she worked a variety of programs, including the initiation of an organized crime investigation into a large-scale, international illegal gambling operation with ties to La Cosa Nostra (LCN) families in several cities. In May 1998, she transferred to the Chicago Division, where she worked on the Organized Crime Task Force investigating the LCN’s long-term control over the town of Cicero, Illinois.

 

SURPRISES EMERGE FROM FIRST “TOP TWO” PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN CALIFORNIA

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 7, 2012 (Sacramento) – The state’s new top-two primary election is shaking up California politics. In November, voters in 25 of the state’s 120 legislative districts will not have a choice between Republicans and Democrats on their ballots. 
 
The advantage appears to belong to Democrats, since in 11 districts, the run-off will be between two Democratic candidates. Another five districts have two Republicans squaring off in November. In addition, two districts have decline-to-state-party candidates in the run-off, according to the Secretary of State’s website. 

TOBACCO INDUSTRY SNUFFS OUT CIGARETTE TAX INITIATIVE, BUT TERM LIMITS MEASURE PASSES

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2012 (San Diego)—Proposition 29 sought to add a $1 tax onto a pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund cancer research.  The measure appears headed for defeat,with the count currently showing 50.8% voting no.  (Some counties have not yet certified final results, which is not required until July 6.)

The tobacco industry spent a reported $65 million to defeat the measure--and appears to have got its money's worth with a spate of ads labeled as distortion by prominent newspapers statewide.

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