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PASSAGES: ALPINE RESIDENT RONALD K. FULLER, FORMER WHITE HOUSE STAFFER & SDG&E VICE PRESIDENT

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.

CA POISED TO SET PRECEDENT, DEMAND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED RULING

 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.

ASSEMBLYMAN JONES JOINS COLLEAGUES IN CALLING FOR REPEAL OF “ILLEGAL” FIRE TAX

 
Jones Cites Disproportionate Impact on San Diego County 
 
March 16, 2012 (Santee) -- Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) joined with his Republican colleagues in support of Assembly Bill 1506, legislation that will repeal the unconstitutional fire tax.

“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.”

 

EL CAJON COUNCIL VOTES TO FILL COUNCIL VACANCY BY APPOINTMENT WITH NO APPLICATIONS FROM PUBLIC

  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.

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE TO SPEAK TO REPUBLICAN GROUP IN EL CAJON MARCH 20

 

March 13, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated  will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 a.m. at The Pancake House restaurant, 1000 North Second Street. The guest speaker is Attorney Jim Miller a candidate for Superior Court Judge Seat 25. Mr. Miller is experienced in both civil and criminal law ,and has been certified as an arbitrator by the Better Business Bureau and the San Diego County Bar Association.

FILNER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CREATE A “FOOD HUB” FOR SAN DIEGO REGION

 

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.

ASSEMBLYMAN JONES REFLECTS ON FIRST TERM ACCOMPLISHMENTS, GOALS FOR FUTURE

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.

CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES PROTEST DEBATE SHUT-OUTS IN 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTIRCT

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
March 12, 2012 (San Diego) – What criteria should news outlets use in determining who should be included in political debates—and who should be left out?
 
Ten candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to seek the newly redrawn 52nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray.  But which ones receive a seat at debates to bring their messages to voters has become a key point of contention with some debate sponsors restricting the number of participants.

 

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO WEIGH FILLING VACANCY AT MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 13

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.

REP. DAVIS NAMED "HUMANE ADVOCATE" FOR LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING ANIMALS

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).

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DENISE MORENO DUCHENY HAS BIG PLANS FOR OUR REGION

 

By Mia Myklebust
 
March 8, 2012 (San Diego and East County) --“The reason I’ve run for office is because I’ve always cared about the areas I’ve lived in,” said Denise Moreno Ducheny, Congressional hopeful for California’s 51st district—an open seat, since Congressman Bob Filner is running for Mayor.
 
“This is my district now. It needs representation,” said Ducheny, a self-described Democrat “with a little Libertarian streak.” 

EL CAJON COUNCIL MEMBER JILLIAN HANSON-COX RESIGNS AMID FEDERAL PROBE

 

March 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Community leaders expressed shock and sadness today over the resignation of El Cajon Councilmember Jillian Hanson-Cox.

CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS ANNOUNCED BY LA MESA FOOTHILLS DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 

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

 

March 8, 2012 (San Diego)-- Upon filing the necessary paperwork with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Congresswoman Susan Davis qualified for the 2012 ballot making it official that she will be running for re-election in the newly drawn 53rd Congressional District.

 

JONES BILL WOULD GIVE CONSUMERS ACCESS TO PUBLIC NOTICES ONLINE

 

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."

HUNTER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO RECOGNIZE TRUE UNEMPLOYMENT

March 7, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) —In preparation for the release of new unemployment figures this month, Representative Duncan Hunter, joined by a group of House lawmakers, introduced the Real Unemployment Calculation Act on March 1.

The legislation requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to factor, as the primary measurement of unemployment by the federal government, individuals who give up looking for work—currently reflected in the U-5 calculation.

MEET THE CANDIDATES! – EASTLAKE-BONITA DEMOCRATIC CLUB MARCH 8

 

March 7, 2012 (Bonita) – The Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club will be meeting on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bonita Library Community Room, 4375 Bonita Road. Candidates will be there to earn your vote.

 

A DOZEN CANDIDATES IN LA MESA MARCH 7

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – Over a dozen Democratic candidates will be appearing at tonight’s meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. In addition, Scott Lewis, chief executive officer of the Voice of San Diego news outlet, will speak. 

 

ECONOMICS EXPERT TO SPEAK MARCH 15 AT EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 
March 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Dr. Alan Gin, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego, will be the guest speaker at the East County Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon. Dr. Gin, who is best known for developing and publishing the University of San Diego's, “Index of Leading Economic Indicators” for San Diego County, a monthly economic report, will present his economic forecast for 2012 for the local and national economy.

CONGRESSMAN FILNER AWARDED AMERICAN LEGION’S NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

 

March 5, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Congressman Bob Filner was awarded with the National Distinguished Public Service Award by the American Legion this week at the organization’s national conference in Washington, D.C.
 
“It is extremely humbling to receive an award like this because I am working for you all and you are all the heroes,” said Congressman Filner after receiving the award (full video below).

 

ELECTION INTEGRITY PROGRAM MARCH 10 IN ALPINE

 
March 4, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Election Integrity Program is a free public education project. Do you want elections to be conducted correctly? Americans for a Constitutional Republic invites you to learn all you wanted to know about voting and elections but were afraid to ask. Come attend this informative session.

 

MEET THE 50TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES MARCH 10 IN JULIAN

 

March 3, 2012 (Julian) -- On Saturday March 10, at 1 p.m. the Congressional candidates running for the 50th District (previously the 52nd District before redistricting) will participate in a town hall forum. The candidates invited are Congressman Duncan Hunter (R),Terri Linnell (R), David Secor(D), Connie Frankowiak (D), and Michael Benoit (I)(L). 

INGENUITY OF SAN DIEGANS CAN EASE GAS CRISIS, DR. SHIRLEY WEBER SAYS

 

Assembly Candidate says accelerating production of San Diego-made biofuels will ease pain at the pump and put hundreds back to work
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego) – As oil prices hit a nine-month high this week, Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for Assembly in San Diego’s southeastern 79th district, said that the ingenuity of San Diegans could have a hand in resolving the crisis.
 
“San Diego is home to groundbreaking research on biofuels, especially those developed from algae,” Dr. Weber said. “We need to accelerate the production being done here so that next time oil prices spike or a foreign regime tries to hold our economy hostage, we are in control of our own energy future. Accelerated biofuel production would not only ease pain at the pump, it would put hundreds of San Diegans back to work in good paying jobs in a growing sector.”

 

LOCAL LEGISLATORS CLASH ON ABORTION ACCESS BILL

February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Over half of California counties currently have no abortion provider.  To remedy the situation, Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced SB 1501, a bill which would allow trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide early-term abortions.

“SB 1501 will ensure that all women have access to providers they know and trust in the communities where they live,” Senator Kehoe said.

But the measure has drawn criticism from Brian Jones (R-Santee), who denounced the measure as a "moral failing."

FACT CHECK SHINES LIGHT ON 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE CLAIMS

 

By Nadin Abbott

February 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Four candidates running for the redrawn 52nd Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Brian Bilbray met Tuesday for a lively debate during a luncheon sponsored by the Conservative Order of Good Government Club in Rancho Bernardo. Participants included incumbent Brian Bilbray, Republican challenger John K. Stahl (a veteran and businessman), and two Democrats: former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña and former City Council president Scott Peters.

Issues discussed ranged from job creation to immigration to working across the aisle with the other party, as well as energy policy. While candidates clashed on views, an ECM fact-check on claims by all candidates reveals mostly—but not entirely—truthful statements.

TECHNOLOGIST DAVID LEVITT LAUNCHES CHALLENGE TO US SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
February 20, 2012 (San Diego)--2012 will prove to be an interesting electoral cycle, perhaps one for the history books. With the Occupy Movement, the Coffee Party, the Tea Party and now Be Your Government (http://beyourgovernment.org/) we are seeing a rise in a challenge to the Beltway Establishment. 

SENATOR FEINSTEIN “READY FOR THE CHALLENGE”

By Megan McGlamery

February 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Last weekend at the Democratic State Convention, Senator Dianne Feinstein discussed her agenda for Congress as well as her aspirations for the United States.  The Senator, who has served for 20 years, seeks reelction in November.

“First, there would be affordable access to healthcare,” she explained. “Second, prudent and strong regulation of financial institutions, so that American consumers get a fair trade when buying a home, investing hard earned money in a college fund or saving for retirement. Third, we need the protection of Medicare, social security and a social security net. We need to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

ANDERSON ASKS GOVERNOR AND ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CLEAN-UP CALTRANS

 
February 18, 2012 (Sacramento)--Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon)-  has sent letters to Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris raising concerns over Cal-Trans regarding what  he terms the “Bay Bridge phony inspection” scandal at Caltrans.

The Sacramento Bee and the Mercury News ran front page stories (“Caltrans worker 'unfired,' allowed to resign”, “Caltrans wants prosecution for forged tests”) about Caltrans re-hiring Duane Wiles, the safety inspector found to be falsifying bridge safety tests, as well as the Caltrans cover-up and efforts to avoid public scrutiny,” Anderson wrote in a newsletter to constituents. 

VARGAS AND STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO HOST TOWNHALL ON INSURANCE ISSUES FEB. 23

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas will join with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to co-host a town hall meeting Thursday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m.  Topics will include how to file complaints with the Dept. of Insurance, disaster preparedness and recovery, and senior issues such as annuities, Medicare advantage and supplements, scams, and long-term care insurance.

 

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