Politics

HELIX WATER BOARD CANDIDATES CLASH IN LIVELY CANDIDATE FORUM

 

Listen now: click button above left to hear the candidate forum aired on KNSJ radio.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mark Gracyk,  Dan McMillan, Lou Tejeda and John Linden

October 5, 2016 (Lemon Grove)—Four contenders vying for two seats on the Helix Water District Board shared their goals at East County Magazine’s candidate forum  at the Lemon Grove Library on September 21st.  Incumbent John Linden defended repeated  rate hikes as necessary, while challengers  Mark Gracyk, Dan McMillan, and Louis Tejeda pledged to fight for holding the line against future rate hikes and/or trying to reduce water rates.

Candidates fielded questions from  the audience and from East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery on a wide range of issues including water quality, the future of Lake Jennings, the  land deal for sand mining El Monte Valley, their financial backgrounds and more.

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LINCOLN CLUB ENDORSES IN EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL RACE 2016

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this article

Photo: Council members Star Bales and Bob McClellan, Sept. 27, 2016

October 4, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Lincoln Club, a conservative San Diego pro-business lobbying group that favors small government and low taxes, according to its website, has endorsed three candidates in the El Cajon City Council race. They are six-term Councilmember Bob McClellan, a retired car dealer, Councilmember Star Bales, who formerly served on the city’s Planning Commission and the El Cajon Arts and Culture Commission, and former Planning Commissioner Paul Circo.

DISGRACED EX-JUDICIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2016 (El Cajon) – Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Cajon Valley Union School District board, according to the Registrar of Voters site. One of them, Jim P. Miller, ran for Superior Court Judge in 2016 and had his Lincoln Club endorsement revoked after it was exposed that he failed to disclose that he had been removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Superior Court.

TRUMP HAS ZERO NEWSPAPER ENDORSEMENTS FOR NOV. PRESIDENTIAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2016 (San Diego) — Republican presidential contender Donald Trump may be the first major party candidate in U.S. history to not be endorsed by a single newspaper for the general election. His rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, has been endorsed by dozens—including prominent newspapers that have never endorsed a Democrat before.

Far from making America great again, the editors across America agree that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for our nation.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO LET VOTERS UNABLE TO GO TO POLLS TO DESIGNATE ANOTHER PERSON TO RETURN BALLOT

 

Source: press release from Lorena Gonzalez

October 1, 2016 (San Diego) -- A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) allowing voters to designate a person of their own choosing to return a completed mail ballot to the proper drop-off location or post office was signed into law by the Governor last week.  It will take effect in 2017.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BLOCK MEASURE INCREASING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FROM INSURANCE SCAMS

 

Source: press release from Marty Block

October 1, 2016 (San Diego) -- Proposed consumer protections related to insurance coverage for natural disasters, insurance fees, contract language and other practices were approved this week by the governor.  The proposal, SB 488, by State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) would clarify provisions in the public adjuster laws and regulations that arose out of cases and complaints investigated by the California Department of Insurance.

MIXING AND MINGLING WITH LOCAL CANDIDATES AT POLITCS IN PARADISE PART 2

 

By Janis Russell

October 1, 2016 (Santee) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with other Chambers in East County, put on Politics in Paradise Part 2 at BNS Brewery in Santee 2 days ago. This was a continuation of Politics in Paradise in July. Again this year, the public got to mix and mingle with the local candidates. Near the end of the night, candidates gave a 15-30 second speech about why they were running.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE HOSTS POLITICAL DISCUSSSION SERIES

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -- With Election Day just around the corner, here’s an opportunity to get a historical perspective of voting in America.

The Cuyamaca College Department of History, Social and Behavioral Sciences will present “Politics: Past and Present Series 2016,” through the month of October to focus on a variety of political discussion topics, including voter suppression, gender, foreign policy, local propositions, and the role of persuasion in politics.  The free events, sponsored by Student Affairs and led by Cuyamaca College instructors, are open to the public. Refreshments, music and a voter registration drive will cap each discussion.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO ADD ALERTS FOR MISSING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

 

East County News Service

 

October 1, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Governor Brown has signed Senate Bill 1330 into law. The bill, which was sponsored by the United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930 (UDW) and authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), updates the “Be On the Lookout” bulletin to include individuals who are cognitively impaired or developmentally disabled.

COUNTY URGES VOTERS TO CHECK REGISTRATION AFTER MAILING SCAM EXPOSED

 

The Registrar of Voters is urging voters to double-check their registration status on its website after some residents got letters from an organization called the Voter Participation Center claiming the residents aren’t registered to vote.



The organization’s letters offer a pre-filled voter registration form that may include incorrect or outdated information or information for persons who don’t live at the address. The letters are causing some confusion because in many instances, the voter is properly registered to vote.

LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES SHARE DIVERSE VIEWS FOR CITY’S FUTURE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear full audio of the one-hour candidate forum by clicking the  orange link.

September 29,2016 (Lemon Grove)—At a candidate forum hosted by East County Magazine and the Lemon Grove Library on September 21st ,  three mayoral hopefuls shared their visions for the future of Lemon Grove. 

Council members George Gastil and Racquel Vasquez, along with former Chamber of Commerce President Teresa Rosiak, fielded questions from moderator Miriam Raftery, editor of ECM, ,as well  as audience questions.

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JOEL ANDERSON SPEAKS AT LAST CHAMBER BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR

 

By Liz Alper

September 28, 2016 (San Diego) - The last La Mesa Chamber breakfast of the year was held at Marie Callender's at Alvarado Road.  The speaker was Senator Joel Anderson.

The majority of Senator Anderson's speech was comprised of his reasons for opposing Senate Bill 654.  SB654 aims to increase parental leave for new parents by six weeks.  Senator Anderson, a Republican and former small businessman, believes this will harm small businesses by putting them out of business.  He understands the struggle that small businesses have already and does not want to add six more weeks of parental leave to that. 

SANTEE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 13

 

East County News Service



September 20, 2016  (Santee) – Santee will soon have a new mayor for the first time in 16 years, as well as an opportunity for new faces on the city council.  On Thursday,  October 13, a Santee candidate forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rio Seco School, 9545 Cuyamaca Street in Santee.

CANDIDATE FORUM SEPT. 21: HELIX WATER AND LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

 

 

 

September 16, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – East County Magazine invites you to attend a forum with candidates running for Helix Water District’s board and Lemon Grove Mayor.  The forum will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane).  You can meet and greet candidates from 5 to 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Come meet the candidates,  hear their goals for the future and responses to questions posed by East County Magazine’s editor, plus bring questions on issues that matter most to you!

CANDIDATES FORUM SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 5, 2016

 

East County News Service

September 19, 2016 (Poway) — The Poway Chamber of Commerce and the Green Valley Civic Association (GVCA) will host a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Painted Rock Elementary School multi-purpose room, 16711 Martincoit Road, Poway 92064. Candidates for both Poway City Council and the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education will be in attendance to answer a variety of questions on the issues facing the community. The event is free and open to the public.

FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SEPT. 26 WON’T INCLUDE GREEN OR LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES

 

East County News Service

September 19, 2016 (San Diego) -- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will face off on September 26th at 6 p.m.Pacific Standard Time in the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York. Lester Holt from NBC news will be the moderator.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: RUTH WEISS, ELECTION INTEGRITY PROJECT

 

East County News Service

September 18, 2016 (San Diego’s East County)—Recently we interviewed Ruth Weiss, San Diego coordinator for the Election Integrity Project. The all-volunteer, nonpartisan California organization’s mission is to restore fair and honest elections in our state. It’s motto is “Every lawfully cast ballot accurately counted.”

The Election Integrity Project seeks volunteers willing to be trained to help monitor elections and vote-counting.  “Whether a person can give 10 minutes or 10 hours on election day, they can make a difference. Our training is also available online at our website,” says Weiss.

Listen to our interview with Weiss by clicking the orange button above, and scroll down for more information about the organizations.

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POLITICS IN PARADISE, PART 2: CANDIDATES FROM ACROSS OUR REGION SEPT. 29 AT BNS BREWING & DISTILLING IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

September 16, 2016 (Santee) — The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, along with the East County Development Council, Santee, Lakeside and Alpine Mountain Empire Chambers invite you to Politics in Paradise part 2. 

Candidates for races across East County have been invited—including city council and mayoral contests as well as races ranging from school boards to the Grossmont Healthcare district. Here’s your chance to meet candidates up close and personal, hear their ideas, ask questions and network with movers and shakers from across our region.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: LA MESA COUNCILWOMAN KRISTINE ALESSIO

 

By  Miriam Raftery

East County Magazine sat down with Councilwoman Kristine Alessio, who is seeking reelection to the La Mesa City Council.  Alessio, an attorney specializing in land use issues, was born and raised in La Mesa and previously served on the  Planning Commission.  “I have a very good understanding of the city,” she says. 

You can hear her interview, originally aired on KNSJ radio,  by clicking the orange button above, or click “read more” and scroll down to read highlights.

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CA SENATORS JOIN RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ALL AMERICANS TO HAVE PUBLIC HEALTHCARE OPTION

 

East County News Service



September 17, 2016 (San Diego) – California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are among 27 Democratic Senators introducing a Senate resolution calling for every American to have the choice of a public health insurance option.  A broad coalition including labor and progressive groups are also calling for the public, Medicare-like option that would guarantee healthcare as a right for all Americans.

LA MESA COUNCIL CANDIDATES OFFER DIFFERING VIEWS ON HOMELESSNESS, HOUSING, TRANSIT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MORE

 

By Janis Russell

Hear audio of candidates' response on homelessness by clicking the orange link above

September 16, 2016 (La Mesa)-Last night, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for La Mesa City Council candidates at the La Mesa Community Center.  Councilmember Kristine Alessio and newcomer Colin Parent participated; Councilmember Ruth Sterling was unable to attend due to surgery on a broken arm.The candidates agreed on some issues, such as helping local businesses thrive, but offered divergent views on others, such as how to address homelessness and transit funding.

Mary England, President/CEO of the Chamber, welcomed attendees. Bill Hammett, a Chamber board member, was moderator for the forum.

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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: JOHN LINDEN, HELIX WATER BOARD DIRECTOR

 

You can listen now  to a podcast of our interview by clicking the orange button above, or click "read more" and scroll down for highlights.

By Miriam Raftery

Mark your calendars for our candidate forum with Helix Water Board candidates and Lemon Grove Mayoral candidates on Wednesday, September 21 at the Lemon Grove Library.Meet candidates at 5 p.m. with the forum starting at 5:30.

September 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – John Linden has served on the Helix Water District Board since 2000.  He’s proud of his service and of the Helix district’s long history since its establishment back in the 1880s.  He’s running for reelection in district 1, against three challengers. We sat down for an interview with Linden that originally aired on KNSJ radio.

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LA MESA CANDIDATES’ FORUM SEPT. 28 ALSO INCLUDES KEY INITIATIVES AND ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 16, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa First United Methodist Church will host a public forum for Mesa City Council candidates and important ballot initiatives.  The forum will be held on September 28th, with a candidates’ meet and greet at 6:30 and the forum beginning at 7 p.m.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM: SEPT. 15 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to a "Meet The Candidates" forum on Thursday, September 15 at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa).

All three candidates for the La Mesa City Councill will be present:  incumbents Ruth Sterling and Kristine Alessio, as well as challengerColin Parent.

This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates who wish to serve you. 

GOVERNOR SIGNS LANDMARK FARMWORKER OVERTIME BILL

 

AB 1066 will establish an 8-hour workday and 40-hour workweek standard for California farm workers

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to establish overtime standards for farm workers in line with other Californians was signed into law today by the Governor.

CLINTON STUMBLES LEAVING 911 MEMORIAL, DIAGNOSED WITH PNEUMONIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 11, 2016 (New York) – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton left a 911 memorial event in New York early and stumbled as she was helped into her limousine.  Her campaign initially reported she suffered heat exhaustion but later stated that she has been diagnosed with pneumonia. 

Her doctor has indicated she is being treated with antibiotics and is recovering, though he has advised curtailing her campaign schedule for a few days. Clinton was later filmed leaving her daughter,Chelsea's home,walking unassisted and waving.

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS ON REDISTRICTING MEASURE S IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2016 (El Cajon) - The city of El Cajon is offering three workshops on Measure S on Sept. 14 and 15, and again on Oct. 3.

If approved by voters, the measure would provide for district elections for city council seats, meanng each councilmember would represent a specific neighborhood, instead of city-wide elections for all seats.

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