Politics

DEMOCRATIC OFFICIALS & INSIDERS REFLECT ON WHAT OBAMA WIN MAY MEAN FOR STATE, CITY GOVERNMENT

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery and Leon Thompson

Marty Block

January 20, 2009 — At the Malcolm X Library inauguration viewing, East County Magazine asked elected officials and legislative insiders whether state and local governments are likely to see change as a result of the Barack Obama presidency.

THE CITY THAT WORKS: POWER, POLITICS AND CORRUPTION IN CHICAGO

EXCLUSIVE
TO EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE
 

By Dennis Moore

Steve Breen

The opinions expressed are the views and beliefs of the author only, and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of East County Magazine, its publisher or editor.

Author Dennis Moore has offered East County Magazine an exclusive
preview of his upcoming book, The City That Works: Power, Politics, And
Corruption In Chicago
.  Moore alleges that he felt fearful for his
life after refusing to go along with a corrupt political system. The book provides
an insider’s glimpse into Chicago’s formidable political machine - with revealing
insights into Chicago's top political figures including President-elect Barack
Obama, Mayor Richard Daley and Governor Rod Blagojevich, now facing impeachment
proceedings for attempting to sell Obama’s former Senate seat.

MORE INAUGURATION PARTIES LOCALLY

January 16, 2009 (San Diego's East County) — Several progressive organizations
are planning dozens of local inaugural bashes on January 20th besides those
previously posted on our site. Below are links to find Inauguration Day events
in your neighborhood hosted by local members of Democracy for America (DFA)
or by MoveOn.org. Members of the public are welcome regardless of party affiliation.

democracyforamerica.com/event_types/45-inauguration-watch-party/search
pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?rc=tm&action_id=158

MANY MORE INAUGURATION PARTIES PLANNED IN EAST COUNTY

In addition to private parties that are planned all over the county several national organiztions are mobilizing supporters to open their homes for viewing parties. To find out if there is a party in your neighborhood click on the following links.

Moveon.org is planning many local house parties as well as some events in local restaurants: http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=158&rc=homepage

The Presidential Inauguration Committee is also organizing neighborhood viewing parties in our area http://www.pic2009.org/content/home/

STATE OF THE STATE: "CALIFORNIA FACES INSOLVENCY WITHIN WEEKS," GOVERNOR WARNS

January 15, 2009 (Sacramento)--Governor Arnold chwarzenegger refused to deliver a traditional state-of-the-state address today "because the reality is that our state is incapacitated until we resolve the budget crisis," he said during today's address in Sacramento. (Video of speech: http://msmedia.dot.ca.gov/governor/20090115_state.asf;
text of speech: http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/018621.html)

CA REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR RON NEHRING SHARES GOP STRATEGY IN SAN DIEGO ADDRESS

January 13, 2009 (San Diego) - Ron Nehring, Chair of the California Republican Party, gave an update on the GOP’s priorities nationally and statewide during a San Diego County Republican Party Central Committee meeting January 12. Nehring reported that during the Obama administration, the Republican National Committee’s priorities will include limiting the scope of government, opposing higher taxes and maintaining a strong national defense, according to the conservative blog site, Red County.

SENIORS INAUGURATION CHARTERTRIP OFFERED

January 12, 2008 (San Diego) — If you're 55 or older and want to be
part of history, you can join a charter trip to attend the inauguration of Barack
Obama in Washington D.C. on January 20th.

"The charter is for between 20 to 40 people, and it is just catching
on," said Mona  Robinson of San Diego, coordinator of the trip.

A
chartered Greyhound bus will depart on January 17th, arriving in Washington
D.C. the next night.Guests will depart Washington on the 21st
and return to California on the 23rd.

OBAMA CALLS FOR NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE FROM ALL AMERICANS

To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2009, President-elect Obama has created a national day of service and is calling on all Americans to renew America together.

This call to service is extended to every American across the country, regardless of political party affiliation, to reignite our national spirit of volunteerism and community service not only on a single day - January 19, 2009 - but continuing commitment to our local communities throughout the year.    Renew America Together is not just about stepping up to serve for a single day, but about a continued commitment to our communities.

INAUGURATION CELEBRATION AND COMMUNITY BALL-- PUBLIC WELCOME

Story
and photo by Miriam Raftery
San
Diego (January 12, 2009) —
Malcolm X Library will host an all day Community
Inaugural Celebration
to mark the momentous occasion of the Inaugural
of President-Elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States on
Tuesday, January 20th. The Library envisions San Diego residents from all
walks of life attending the many events, fostering fellowship and sharing dialogue. The
day begins with viewing the swearing-in ceremony on live TV at 9 a.m., followed
by hour-by-hour community celebrations and reflections from noon to 7 p.m.

OBÃMANOS! TRAVELS THROUGH AZTLAN WITH RITA AND RICHARD

Obamanos
Richard and Rita with Enrique Morones at a joint Latino
African American press conference on the day they left for the battleground
states. Enrique is the director of Border Angeles, an immigrant rights
group in San Diego that provides water and food to immigrants in the desert.

Kensington residents Richard Griswold and Rita Sanchez are among thousands
of ordinary - or should we say extraordinary - citizens who felt inspired to pull
up stakes and travel to distant states campaigning for Barack Obama.
What’s it like to hit the road and talk to strangers all over the U.S. on behalf
of a presidential candidate? Below is Griswold’s chronicle of this remarkable
saga detailing the memorable places and colorful characters that he and Sanchez
encountered in their journey through the heart of America.

CALIFORNIA BUDGET IMPASSE CAUSES PARTISAN DIVIDE:


Governor refuses to sign measure with tax/fee increases to avoid deep cuts in
education

Republicans, Democrats trade sharp criticisms

Senate leader seeks help from federal government to fund public
works projects and jump start California economy

By Miriam Raftery

December 23, 2008 (San Diego's East County)--Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez
(D-Shafter) has written to Henry Paulson, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
Department, urging him to use the Treasury's investment strength to jump
start planned public works projects in California that would provide the
state with an economic stimulus.

RECESSION IN CALIFORNIA:  SENATOR BOXER RELEASES REPORT

1 in 18 San Diego households face foreclosure; food bank demand up
50%

December
23, 2008 (Washington, D.C.) —
California Senator Barbara Boxer has prepared
a report detailing impacts of the nation's recession on California counties
and cities.  The report, based on interviews conducted with officials
in 20 cities and all 58 counties, paints a stark picture of the economic strains
felt across California.  The analysis includes unemployment figures, home
foreclosure rates, budget deficits, and first-hand accounts.

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS 2008 SCORECARD: A TO F FOR SAN DIEGO'S LEGISLATORS

Environmental voting records for east San Diego County state legislators and Governor Schwarzenegger

By Sylvia Hampton

December 9, 2008 San Diego) — Environmental protection is very important to San Diego County voters. Every year the League of Conservation Voters publishes a "scorecard" on the voting records of all state level representatives: www.ecovote.org/scorecard_2008.pdf. Among Assembly members representing East County and San Diego's eastern region,  environmental protection scores ranged from a low score of 5% (Anderson, Gerrick and Walters) to a high of 95% (Salas).  Among our state Senators, scores ranged from a low of 6% (Hollingsworth) to a high of 100% (Kehoe), while Governor Schwarzenegger received a 60% rating.

LOOK WHO'S BACK - RECALLED PLANNER GORDON HAMMERS WINS ELECTION, RECLAIMS SEAT ON POTRERO PLANNING GROUP

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2008 — Less than a year after being recalled
by a two-to-one margin, former Potrero Planning Group Chairman Gordon Hammers
has been re-elected to the board.  Hammers' victory, though surprising to many, appears to
signify a healing in this small rural community split first by controversy
over Blackwater and later by the Harris Wildfire that devastated the region.

Do you believe an Obama victory will help our national economy and local business community?

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SDG&E PLAN TO CUT POWER GETS FROSTY RECEPTION AT PUC HEARING; BACK COUNTRY RESIDENTS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS VOICE OBJECTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

November  2008
(San Diego) — Public officials and backcountry residents leveled
harsh criticism at SG&E during a public meeting of the California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) convened in San Diego on October 14 to discuss
causes of the 2007 wildfires and how to prevent future conflagrations.  Speaker
after speaker blasted SDG&E’s proposal to cut power to 45,000 homes
during high fire risk conditions and urged commissioners to take action to
prevent future fires.  (Citizens with information for the CPUC may send
an e-mail to sd2007fires@cpuc.ca.gov.)

HOPE PREVAILS:  OBAMA VICTORY HAS LONG COATTAILS LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

Democrats gathered at House of Blues await word on Presidential
race

On the night when most of America turned blue, Democrats gathered to celebrate
at the aptly-named House of Blues in San Diego.  Cheers greeted the historic
announcement that Barack Obama had just been declared the winner, becoming
the first African-American president in U.S. history.   Kristy Mundt,
president of the East County Democratic Club, exchanged high-fives with fellow
Democrats, passing out Obama stickers. Hope filled the air and flowed outside
onto streets flocked with revelers, where strangers embraced and even homeless
people grinned, offering thumbs-up signs.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY TURNS BLUE:  MORE REGISTERED DEMOCRATS THAN REPUBLICANS, REGISTRAR REPORTS

Democratic voter registration volunteers cheer as Party
Chair Jess Durfee announces San Diego County now has more registered Democrats
than Republicans.

NOVEMBER
2, 2008 (San Diego) —
“We have, after 24 years, returned San Diego
County to the blue column,” San Diego County Democratic Party Chairman
Jess Durfee announced at a press conference today.

REMEMBER TO VOTE! ELECTION DAY TUESDAY NOV. 4TH

TIPS FOR VOTERS:

  1. Forgot to mail your absentee ballot? Do NOT put it in the
    mail! Ballots received late will NOT be counted. Instead, take it to any
    polling place or to the Registrar of Voters office.
  2. Have to work on Election Day? California law requires that
    your employer let you take time off from work to vote.
  3. Disabled and can’t stand in line?
    A new rule lets you bring a friend to request curbside voting at any polling
    place in San Diego County.
  4. If you’re
    in line before 8 p.m. you have an absolute right to vote.

See our “Politics” section for info on East County political races.

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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, CITIES & BOARDS TAKE STANDS ON PROP 8

Events planned this weekend by supporters and opponents of initiative
to overturn same-sex marriage

By Miriam Raftery

Art Madrid, La Mesa Mayor

November 1, 2008 (La Mesa) - La Mesa’s City Council voted unanimously
to take a neutral stance on Proposition 8, drawing applause from most of the
crowd assembled at council chambers last week.

“The city of La Mesa will not allow its council chambers to be the battleground
for conflicting social issues,” Mayor Art Madrid observed. 

A CONSERVATIVE AGAINST PROP. 8!

By the Rev. Michael C. Boblett

Editor’s Note: Proposition 8 seeks to overturn the legality of same-sex
marriages in California.

I
believe that Proposition 8 is a perfect example of an important fault line
dividing the conservative movement in America today.  On one side of this
line are people like me, fiscal conservatives who prefer a government
that does not seek to legislate private morality.  On the other side are
those who seek, whether they admit this or not, to turn this republic into
a theocracy. 

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES ADDRESS ECONOMY, WAR, WILDFIRE AND OTHER ISSUES IMPACTING EAST COUNTY

By Joseph Rocha

 

Duncan Hunter
Mike Lumpkin

October 28, 2008 (San Diego's East County) - For better or for worse, come November 4th, the 27-year stronghold on the 52nd Congressional seat will be released.  Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter is retiring.  Now, East County finds itself under siege in one of the hottest Congressional races of the season as two local military heroes step up to the podium,  each confident in their integrity and ability to lead--and battle for every vote.  As a veteran myself, I looked forward to interviewing, researching and attending a debate to learn more about two candidates with military experience vying to represent our region, as well as a third-party challenger.

 

View a video of the debate here:   http://www.copswiki.org/Common/M796

Scroll down for ECM's analysis of the debate...

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON? LEGACY OF DUNCAN HUNTER, SR. AT ISSUE IN CONGRESSIONAL RACE -- AND THE RECORD MAY SURPRISE YOU

By Miriam Raftery

October 28, 2008 (San Diego's East County) - Duncan
Duane Hunter seeks to capture the 52nd Congressional seat being vacated by
his father, 27-year Congressman Duncan Hunter.   He has voiced
support for his father’s voting record yet chided his principal opponent,
Michael Lumpkin, for claiming that the Hunter family seeks a monarchy-like
transfer of power.

The question of legacy, then, is a legitimate campaign issue.  Just how
closely would Hunter’s son follow in his father’s footsteps if
elected—and is that legacy a path that voters should support? 

MUTINY AT THE GOP?

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2008 (San Diego) - San Diego Republican Party Chair Tony Krvaric is alleged to have rigged endorsements including a mayoral race, violated state election law and party rules.  A complaint filed by a Central Committee member calls for Krvaric’s ouster.  Will the GOP Central Committee make its chairman, who has previously been implicated in piracy, walk the plank?

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