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SAN DIEGO MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO DEBATE AT MAY 18 LUNCHEON

 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The City of San Diego’s four major mayoral candidates will square off in a debate on May 18 during Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon. Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and Councilmember Carl DeMaio are confirmed to participate.

MEDIA INSIDERS TO SPEAK AT EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB MAY 17

May 14, 2012 (El Cajon) –How can you help “take back the media” and help get messages on campaigns or other issues out to the public?  Two experienced media insiders, who are also political activists, will share their techniques at the East County Democratic Club on Wednesday, May 17.

 Mike Thaller is a former television and film director specializing in commercials and educational Films. He is currently director of media relations for the San Diego Democratic Party

 John Mattes is an attorney and investigative reporter.  Known as “The Investigative Guy”, he has worked as an investigator for Fox TV news as well as an investigative counsel  for U.S. Senator John Kerry, as well as holidng public office as a Supervisor in Wisconsin.

JOHN L BROOKS SEEKS TO OCCUPY 51ST DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
Vote your passion, not your fears.” -- John L. Brooks motto
 
May 14, 2012 (San Diego)—Updated May 17, 2012 --John Brooks has set his sights on the 51st Congressional seat held by Bob Filner. He is running against Denise Moreno Ducheny and Juan Vargas on the Democratic side. Why is he running? He was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and knew that the next step was to step to the plate and run for office.

STAHL BLASTS SAN DIEGO MEDIA

 
May 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Stahl for Congress Committee has called into question not only the journalistic intent, but also the community obligation of the local San Diego media.
 
The Stahl for Congress Committee is wondering why we are even having a primary if the local media wants to decide for the voters who should be in the debates and the general election without interviewing or vetting anyone but Saldana, Peters and Bilbray.  (Editor’s note:  East County Magazine HAS interviewed Stahl. View our profile here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/9523)

 

MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION ENDORSES LORI SALDAÑA FOR CONGRESS

 

Citing Saldaña’s record of standing up for the 99%, MoveOn commits to national online and on the ground efforts for San Diego candidate
 
May 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- In a year when many Americans are looking to elect leaders who will work to rebuild the middle class, MoveOn’s members in California’s new 52nd congressional district voted overwhelmingly to endorse Lori Saldaña for her years of community organizing and her track record in the California State Assembly.

 

LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS SAN DIEGO ENDORSES BOB FILNER FOR MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO

 
May 9, 2012 (San Diego)—The League of Conservation Voters San Diego has endorsed Congressman Bob Filner in the San Diego Mayoral election. 

LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS SAN DIEGO ENDORSES BOB FILNER FOR MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO

May 8, 2012 (San Diego)—The League of Conservation Voters San Diego has endorsed Congressman Bob Filner in the San Diego Mayoral election. 

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.

TOBACCO INDUSTRY SPENDS BIG TO OPPOSE PROP 29

By Miriam Raftery

The tobacco industry has thus far spent $38 million in its efforts to snuff out Proposition 29.  But supporters, including leading medical professionals and major newspapers statewide, say big tobacco is using a "smokescreen" of false statements and urge voters not to be deceived.

A quick fact check (see links below) prove the tobaco industry is continuing its long track record of making provably untrue statements to the detriment of public health.

SENATE CANDIDATE DAN HUGHES SHARES VIEWS AT RON PAUL RALLY

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
May 8, 2012 (San Diego) -- United States Senate Candidate Dan Hughes is hoping to take the number two spot in the June primary under California’s new “top two” primary system so that he can directly challenge U.S., Senator Dianne Feinstein in November.
 
A hospital chief executive officer and former factory owner, Hughes has the backing of numerous Tea Party groups statewide. So what are his policy stances?  ECM interviewed Hughes during the Ron Paul rally in San Diego at UCSD on Saturday to find out.

THOUSANDS, INCLUDING EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS, HEAR RON PAUL AT UCSD

 
" I can tell you that we are winning a tremendous battle ... for the hearts and minds of the American people who are sick and tired of what they are getting out of Washington, D.C."--Ron Paul
 
By Nadin Abbott
 
May 8, 2012 (La Jolla, California) -- Ron Paul may trail Mitt Romney in the delegate count 865-93 (after scoring the majority of delegates in the Maine and Nevada Republican conventions over the weekend).  But to his legions of loyal followers, the Libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate is still a winner.

 

DAVE ROBERTS CHARTS MODERATE COURSE IN QUEST TO WIN SEAT ON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

By E.A. Barrera
 
Candidacy blends elements of conservatism, liberalism and pragmatism
 
May 8, 2012 San Diego)--Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts likes to describe himself as a “passionate moderate” who is more interested in getting things done then towing a party line.

He is running for the third District Supervisorial seat currently held by 20-year incumbent Pam Slater-Price. Slater-Price decided not to seek reelection for what would have been a fifth term, thus breaking up a board of five members who have served together for 17 years.Roberts’ main opponent is Congressman Brian Bilbray’s Chief of Staff Steve Danon.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT PREGNANT WORKERS FROM DISCRIMINATION

May 8, 2012 (San Diego) – It’s hard to imagine that in the 21st Century , a woman could be fired from her job for addressing the needs of her pregnancy.  Yet a woman was fired for simply drinking water to stay hydrated—and the firing was legal under current the law.

Today, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the lead sponsor of the bill, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect expectant mothers from discrimination.

PETERS CLARIFIES STANCE ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2012 (San Diego) – In the hotly contested 52nd Congressional district race, Democrat Lori Saldaña has recently circulated a video  in which her rival, Democrat Scott Peters,  tells a KUSI reporter that he would support cuts to entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Today,  in an interview with ECM, Peters sought to set the record straight.   He now says by “cuts” he meant cuts to reduce cost of services to seniors-- not cuts in benefits. 

Both Peters and Saldaña have pledged to strengthen these programs--in sharp contrast to incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray, who has voted to slash funds and benefits and move toward privatization.

EL CAJON CHARTER CITY INITIATIVE SPARKS HEATED CONTROVERSY

By Miriam Raftery
 
“It’s going to save us a lot of money….By not having to pay prevailing wages, this gives us more control over our own destiny.” –Councilman Bill Wells
 
“I’m concerned about corruption…It is a power grab by a few individuals and the people must say no.” – David Secor, candidate for Congress
 
May 6, 2012 (El Cajon) – State Senator Joel Anderson hosted a fundraiser last week to raise money for proposition D, a measure that would turn El Cajon into a charter city. While supporters gathered inside praising the plan as a money-saver for the city, outside,  protesters carrying ”Stop corruption signs” claimed just the opposite –that Prop D could enable unfair bidding practices, suppress wages, and potentially cost more in the long run through sweetheart deals with developers  without public scrutiny.

DUCHENY BLASTS VARGAS FOR ‘WAR ON WOMEN’S HEALTH

 
May 6, 2012 (San Diego)—Congressional candidate Denise Moreno Ducheny has chastised her opponent, Senator Juan Vargas, for voting against a woman’s right to choose. Vargas voted in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 1338 (Kehoe) during last week’s Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. The final vote on the bill was 4-4 with one Senator not voting, effectively killing the bill in committee. 

DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY ENDORSES NATHAN FLETCHER

 

May 5, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County today announced they endorsed Nathan Fletcher for mayor citing his independent voice and ability to work with broad coalitions to keep the public safe.

 

FILNER DENOUNCES BRIDGEPOINT’S VETERANS EXPLOITATION

 
May 5, 2012 (San Diego) – Shortly before the start of the Chamber of Commerce and Bridgepoint Education Mayoral Forum at the “Sunroad” Building recently, U.S. Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner issued a statement denouncing predatory practices of Bridgepoint and its taxpayer-funded targeting of veterans and their G.I. Bill funds.  

DUCHENY CALLS ON OPPONENT TO PASS STRONG HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS

 

Ducheny Chastises Vargas for "Special Interest" Favors

May 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Congressional Candidate Denise Moreno Ducheny took issue with Senator Juan Vargas's recent voting record and called on the Senator to back a strong set of foreclosure protection bills being discussed in the Senate this week. "The recent voting record of my opponent is a disservice to the residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties," Ducheny said in a statement. "He should be spending more time focusing on the needs of his constituents, not just those special interest groups who write his campaign checks."

 

LABOR COUNCIL SAYS NO ON “A” “B” AND “D”

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
May 4, 2012 (La Mesa) Evan McLaughlin from the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, speaking Wednesday night at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, urged El Cajon residents to vote “no” on Prop D, the charter city proposal. He also asked San Diego residents to vote against Prop A and Prop B.

 

OPPONENTS HAMMER BILBRAY ON VOTES AGAINST WOMEN’S ISSUES

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) – In the hotly contested 52nd Congressional district, incumbent Brian Bilbray is weathering attacks from opponents on both sides of the political aisle for his votes on women’s issues.  With the Supreme Court just one vote away from overturning Roe vs. Wade (the decision legalizing abortion) and numerous bills assailing women's access to birth control and equal pay in Congress, women are expected to play a key role at the polls lin June.

Today, Democrat Lori Saldaña received endorsement from the National Organization for Women (NOW)--and assailed Bilbray's record.

ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT REPUBLICAN LEADER

 
Looks Forward to Working with Leadership Team in Sacramento

May 2, 2012 (Sacramento)--Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, today announced that Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, appointed him as Assistant Republican Leader on the Assembly Republican Leadership Team.

“I am eager to continue working with Republican Leader Conway to get Californians back to work. The most important issues facing our state are jobs and the economy – we have to remove the regulatory and tax burdens from California’s middle class and release our creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit. California can be the Golden State again.”

TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN JOHN STAHL ADDS MAVERICK ELEMENT TO 52ND CONGRESSIONAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) – The newly drawn 52nd Congressional district seat (formerly the 50th) currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray has attracted 10 candidates.  Among those is Tea Party stalwart John Stahl, who is challenging Rep. Bilbray’s ethics and conservative credentials. 

Host of the conservative talk show “Solutions for America” on KCBQ radio, Stahl has poured $300,000 of his own money into the race. A businessman with an MBA and a former Naval aviator, he pledges to offer “common sense solutions.” In an exclusive interview with ECM, Stahl shares his perspectives on a wide range of issues.

His views are not cookie-cutter political talking points—and some of his stances may surprise you.

ANDERSON BILL TO CAP STATE EMPLOYEE SALARIES DIES IN COMMITTEE


May 2, 2012 (Sacramento)--A measure by Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) to establish a landmark pay cap on the annual salary of state employees was defeated last week the Senate Government Organization Committee. Current law places no limit on state employee salaries; SB 1368 would have set the limit at no more than the Governor makes ($173, 987) annually.

DEMOCRATIC CONTENDERS BATTLE FOR 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SLOT

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2012 (San Diego)—Lori Saldaña and Scott Peters, two Democrats vying for Republican Brian Bilbray’s seat in Congress, picked up some key endorsements this week.

“Today, we are proud to endorse Lori Saldaña for Congress,” Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green, founders of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee stated, calling Saldaña a “bold progressive fighter” who will “stand up for middle class families."

POLL WORKERS STILL WANTED FOR SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS

Registrar Is Asking for Public’s Help

May 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Poll workers are still in demand for the June 5 Presidential Primary Election; especially those who are bilingual in Chinese, Filipino, Spanish and Vietnamese. The need is especially great in the neighborhoods listed below:    

LABOR COUNCIL LEADER LORENA GONZALEZ TO SPEAK MAY 2 IN LA MESA

April 28, 2012 (La Mesa) – Labor Council Leader, Lorena Gonzalez, will be speaking at the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club's May 2 General Meeting on labor's increasingly important role in the 2012 election. The program will be held at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

She will discuss how Citizen's United has pushed labor into an ever more important role in many races across the country. The Citizen's United ruling opened the floodgates for unfettered and unaccountable corporate campaign-giving. As a result, labor and working people have been required to raise funds to counter the influence of the enormous funds corporations raise.

RUN WOMEN RUN PRESENTS: RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP MAY 15

April 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Run Women Run is offering a Running for School Board workshop on May 15 from  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hera Hub Workspace for Women, 9710 Scranton Road, Suite 160, San Diego.  Many women begin political careers by running for a school board.  The workshop panelists will provide behind the scenes information about what it takes to run and win, the different types of school boards, the responsibilities and time commitment and the lessons they’ve learned.

REPS. DAVIS & HUNTER INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO ALLOW ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY TO REFINANCE

 

 April 27, 2012 (Washington D.C.)—Wednesday, U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Fairness for Military Homeowners Act, legislation allowing military 
homeowners to refinance mortgages on a principle residence while serving at a duty station that prevents them from occupying the home.  Currently, active duty military members cannot refinance if the home is not “owner-occupied.”  

 

MAYORAL CANDIDATE FILNER URGES PLANNING COMMISSION TO OPPOSE ILL-CONCEIVED SANTEE POWER PLANT

 

April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- U.S. Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner spoke in front of the San Diego Planning Commission today to oppose the “Quail Brush” Power Plant, slated for construction next to the San Diego Mission Trails Regional Park. The site is within the City of San Diego, but will have negative impacts in neighboring Santee. The Planning Commission was deliberating on the decision to re-zone the proposed location from “open space” to “industrial use.”

 

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