LATINO LEADERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS RALLY FOR SOLIDARITY IN DISTRICT 9: EMERALD URGES GREATER CIVIC PARTICIPATION
By Nadin Abbott
April 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The East County Democratic Club will have two speakers focused on El Cajon at its meeting at 7 p.m. on April 19 at Coco’s Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon.
Simon Mayeski, board member of Common Cause, a citizen's watchdog organization committed to holding government officials accountable, will discuss his perspective on El Cajon's city government and its lack of representation of the many resident ethnic groups and women. Ray Lutz, National Director and founder of Citizens Oversight Project Committee (COPS), which acts as a governmental watchdog and helps empower local citizens to make changes in their community, will report his observations of significant events at recent City Council meetings.
Some other "red tape" reduction items are approved; action is postponed on Resource Protection Ordinance
By Danielle Cook
April 2, 2012 (San Diego)--On Wednesday, The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected Red Tape Reduction Task Force recommendations that would eliminate or severely limit the scope of community planning groups. The recommendation was one of thirty designed to speed up the permitting process and deliver better “customer service” for developers.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS BUDGET TO SLASH TAXES FOR WEALTHY, RAISES MEDICARE COSTS FOR SENIORS AND STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES
By Miriam Raftery
April 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – House Republicans this week passed a budget that would give massive tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations, while weakening programs that benefit students, the middle class and senior citizens, including Medicare.
How are you registered? If you are a registered nonpartisan voter, you will not see any presidential candidates listed on your ballot for the June 5 Presidential Primary Election. County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler is encouraging voters to check their registered party preference and understand how it affects what they’ll see on their ballot.
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED
March 19, 2012 (Alpine) – Ronald K. Fuller, prominent Alpine resident, died March 10 at his home in Alpine. From 1983 until his retirement in 1996, Fuller served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric Company, overseeing legislative and regulatory activities at all levels of government. From the late 1970s he worked as a lobbyist for the company in Washington D.C.
In addition, he spent time in politics, playing prominent roles in Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and Ronald Reagan’s campaign for governor. He served as assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and as a policy staffer for the White House Domestic Council.
Legislature to weigh resolution calling for end to unlimited corporate political spending
March 17, 2012 (Sacramento) – On March 20, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing and vote on Assembly Joint Resolution 22. The resolution calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums to influence elections.
If the Legislature approves the measure, as expected, California would be among the first states to formally call for an amendment. The effort is part of a national movement taking place in more than 1,000 cities and towns across America.
“I strongly support this legislation; the fire tax is nothing more than political sleight of hand and clearly does not pass Constitutional or ethical muster,” said Assemblyman Brian Jones of the mislabeled “fee”, which was passed by the Legislature with a simple majority vote and signed by the Governor as part of the 2011-2012 Budget deal. “It wrongly labels a ‘tax’ as a ‘fee’ and also double-taxes residents by combining new ‘fees’ with current local fire district assessments. This will have a disproportionate and devastating financial impact on the residents of my district in East San Diego County.”
By Bill Crotty
March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Council approved Mayor Mark Lewis' motion to appoint a replacement for recently-resigned Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Hanson-Cox at yesterday's council meeting, despite numerous community members who asked to be considered for the slot.
The Mayor has indicated that he intends to choose a replacement, to be approved by Council, and will not accept applications from the public.
By Miriam Raftery
March 13, 2012 (San Diego) – “What if we can have food and water sustainability here? “ Congressman Bob Filner, also a candidate for Mayor, asked. Filner reiterated his plan to make San Diego a national model of sustainability for energy, water and food, the unveiled a new vision: “What if we had a food hub in San Diego?”
His plans provided abundant food for thought at the Forging a Sustainable Future Conference sponsored by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University earlier this month.
Filner envisions a food hub with a wholesale and resale market for locally grown healthy foods, similar to the world-famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. School systems could buy fresh foods for school lunches. Parents and other residents could shop for foods grown by local farmers, and much more.
An ECM exclusive interview by Miriam Raftery
March 13, 2012 (Santee) – Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced last week that he is running for reelection. In an exclusive interview, the conservative legislator shared highlights and frustrations from his first term in the Legislature, as well as his priorities for the future if reelected in November.
With reapportionment, Jones 77th district will become the 71st Assembly District. The district picks up some new areas including Pine Valley, Julian, Ramona, and Borrego Springs in San Diego County, as well as portions of Riverside County.
By Miriam Raftery
March 12, 2012 (El Cajon)—During Tuesday’s meeting at 3 p.m., the El Cajon Council will consider its options for filling the vacancy left by Jillian Hanson Cox’s resignation.
Council will determine whether to appoint someone to fill the vacancy between now and the November election, and if so, whether to accept applications and conduct interviews prior to selecting an appointee.
March 10, 2012 (San Diego) – In recognition of her leadership on animal protection issues and for receiving a perfect score on the 2011 Humane Scorecard, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was named a Humane Advocate by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF).
March 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Community leaders expressed shock and sadness today over the resignation of El Cajon Councilmember Jillian Hanson-Cox.
Saldaña wins endorsement after impassioned pledge to fight for women’s rights; Secor gains unanimous support
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – The largest Democratic Club in East County last night heard from candidates running for Congress, State Legislature, and local offices before holding endorsement votes.
Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña received overwhelming endorsement over ex-Council president Scott Peters by a 48-7 vote. Both are running in the new 52nd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray.
CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS FILES TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION IN NEW 53RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; POPADITCH TO OPPOSE
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (Sacramento) –An antiquated California law written before the Internet was invented restricts the running of public notices to only print newspapers. Today, with the majority of Americans seeking out news online, Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) has introduced legislation to update the law and allow online media outlets to publish public notices such as new business announcements.
“AB 1902 will provide residents greater access to legal notices, and will more appropriately fulfill the intent of the law to insure the public is adequately made aware of public notices,” a fact sheet on the bill provided by Jones’ office states. “Permitting online publications to sell and post public notices is a reasonable response to changing technology."