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PROTEST PLANNED MONDAY IN SAN DIEGO TO URGE PRESIDENTIAL VETO ON BILL ALLOWING INDEFINITE DETENTION OF U.S. CITIZENS

 

December 18, 2011 (San Diego) --San Diegans to Save the Bill of Rights, a coalition of local activists from progressive  groups, plan a sit-in at San Diego County Democratic Party offices beginning Monday, December 19.

CONGRESS AVERTS GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN, BUT BATTLE LOOMS OVER PAYROLL TAX CUT, UNEMPLOYMENT, AND OTHER KEY ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Final votes are expected today in both houses on a compromise funding measure to avoid a government shut-down--just in time for the holiday adjounrment. 

The deal came after Democrats conceded to Republican demands to remove extensions on a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, which will be voted on separately. 

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES CHALLENGE HUNTER ON HIS RECORD

By Jeremy Los
 
Dec. 13, 2011- The “failed” leadership of Congressman Duncan Hunter was the topic of discussion Wednesday night at the Ramona Forum.  Candidates in both the Democratic and Republican party vying to unseat the incumbent Congressman in the newly created 50th district introduced themselves to the voting public—and took shots at Hunter’s record.  
  
 

RACQUEL VASQUEZ SEEKS TO REVITALIZE LEMON GROVE

 

Click here to view  ECM’s video interview with Racquel Vasquez,Lemon Grove City Council candidate

Story by Miriam Raftery, video by Jack Winemiller

December 13, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Racquel Vasquez clearly loves Lemon Grove. “I think it has great character, great appeal, and really great people,” she said in an exclusive video interview with East County Magazine. 

Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2010, she also has a strong track record of public service with the cities of Lemon Grove and San Diego as well as the U.S. Navy. Her platform includes three goals: improving public safety for residents and businesses by creating a safe and walkable community, creating quality neighborhoods, and fostering economic development to help businesses thrive. 

HUNTER NAMED TO HOUSE-SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT


December 11, 2011 (Washington, DC) --
U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has been named to the congressional conference committee that will negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. 

COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUPS FUTURE AT RISK; COUNTY TO HEAR RECOMMENDATIONS WEDNESDAY TO GUT OR ELIMINATE RURAL BOARDS

 

Proposals aim to sharply reduce communities’ input on major development projects

By Jeremy Los

Update Dec. 8, 2011 --After hearing a proposal yesterday to streamline the regulatory process for developers, Supervisors postponed a decision until Feb. 29, 2012.

Dec. 6, 2011- Local elected planning groups fear that their days are numbered, as the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will hear recommendations from the Red Tape Reduction Task Force on Wednesday.

Recommendations by the task force could greatly diminish community driven input on major developments in East County communities.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA FROM GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN

 
Editor’s note:  When Governor Jerry Brown spoke at San Diego State University last year, he pledged to support public education and fight to restore funding. Now he seeks support from voters for a ballot initiative to raise funds to restore deep cuts made in funding for public schools including grades K-12, colleges, and universities in California.


December 7, 2011 (Sacramento)--When I became Governor again -- 28 years after my last term ended in 1983 -- California was facing a $26.6 billion budget deficit. It was the result of years of failing to match spending with tax revenues as budget gimmicks instead of honest budgeting became the norm.
 

MEET CANDIDATES RUNNING AGAINST REP. DUNCAN HUNTER IN TOWNHALL FORUM TONIGHT IN RAMONA


December 7, 2011 (Ramona)-- East County residents will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of three candidates running against Congressman Duncan Hunter at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Ramona Library, 1275 Main Street in Ramona . The three candidates are David Secor (D), Terri Linnell (R), and Connie Frankowiak (D).
 

LUTZ FILES CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST BUILDING MANAGER OVER ARREST WHILE REGISTERING VOTERS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

 

Goldman Sachs is majority owner of property management firm headed by Senator Feinstein’s husband

Story by Miriam Raftery, photos by Ron Logan

November 30, 2011 (San Diego) –Startling ironies came to light today in the case of Ray Lutz, an East County political activist and former Democratic Congressional candidate arrested yesterday for refusing to move a voter registration table out of the Civic Center Plaza.

LEGAL EXPERTS BLAST SAN DIEGO FOR ARREST OF RAY LUTZ, FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, OVER VOTER REGISTRATIONS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA


“This is what they do in banana republics and undemocratic societies.”—former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre, calling arrest a violation of the Civil Rights Act and the First Amendment


By Miriam Raftery and Ron Logan

November 29, 2011 (San Diego) Updated November 30, 2011—Attorneys, civil rights activists and community leaders tonight are expressing outrage at the arrest tonight of Ray Lutz, former Democratic Congressional candidate who ran against Duncan Hunter in 2010 seeking to represent East County.

San Diego Police arrested Lutz late today for refusing to remove a voter registration table at the Civic Center Plaza downtown (dubbed "Freedom Plaza" by Occupy San Diego protesters). View arrest video.

SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON TO HOST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 7

November 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Senator Joel Anderson is inviting the local community to a holiday open house, Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8 pm. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.


The holiday season is a time to reflect on the experiences of the past year and this open house will provide legislative updates. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided (Paid For With Private Funds, Not Tax Dollars). RSVPs are requested to ensure there are enough hors d’oeuvres and refreshment.

SUPER COMMITTEE FAILURE TRIGGERS STEEP CUTS IN DEFENSE, MEDICARE, VETERANS' BENEFITS AND MORE

By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The Congressional budtet “super committee” charged with reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years failed to reach a deal by Monday's deadline. This sets in motion triggers forcing automatic deep cuts starting January 2013 in Defense spending and social programs including Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and food stamps.

The six Republicans on the 12-member committee demanded spending cuts in domestic programs listed above and sought to extend Bush tax cuts. Democrats wanted to raise taxes on millionaires, minimize cuts to social programs and add stimulus spending aimed at creating jobs while off-setting costs with savings from ending the Iraq War.

DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN SMOKING IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS

November 15, 2011 (San Diego) – As a way to protect the federal workforce and visitors to federal facilities from secondhand smoke, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation Friday to ban all smoking in federal buildings across the nation. 

“WORKING MAN” ENTERS RACE FOR CONGRESS: DAVID SECOR CHALLENGES HUNTER ON JOBS, SOCIAL SECURITY, EAST COUNTY POVERTY AND MORE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – “I’ve been a working man for 40 years,” says David Secor, a military veteran and resident of Crest who has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for the Congressional seat held currently by Republican Duncan D. Hunter.

“I am running to support the working men and women of this district…to be the representative of all the people in the district and to restore the American dream for all of our citizens.” (View a video of Secor speaking on addressing joblessness: http://www.davidsecorforcongress.com/jobvid.html)

HUNTER PROTESTS SENTENCE FOR BORDER PATROL AGENT CONVICTED OF ASSAULT

 

 
November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder objecting to a two-year prison sentence given to U.S. Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz for restraining a drug smuggler caught entering the U.S. illegally.  
 
Testimony by other agents indicated that the suspect had already been handcuffed and was laying on his stomach, not resisting, when Diaz arrived. "It was Diaz's fellow Border Patrol Agents on the scene who testified they witnessed his misconduct, which they found shocking, and complained about it to their supervisor," the U.S. Attorney's office statement read.

READER’S EDITORIAL: EL CAJON COUNCIL'S CRAZINESS IS HURTING OUR COMMUNITY

Approving a 90% sewer rate hike, killing a commission that helps the elderly, and pushing for broad powers under charter city status were just some of the controversial actions taken

By Karen Marie Otter

November 9, 2011 (El Cajon)--It was fortuitous that I had the opportunity to attend the meeting of the El Cajon City Council last night. All I can say is, "Wow, what just happened?"

BUDGET “SUPER COMMITTEE” IN CONGRESS DEADLOCKS AS DEADLINE LOOMS

 

Members seek deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare, refuse to consider new revenue options

By Jeremy Los

 

November 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.– Deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are all on the table as the newly minted “budget super committee” in Congress works to slash trillions of dollars from the nation’s soaring debt.

COUNTY FINDS NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR ALPINE PLANNER OVER POWERLINK


November 4, 2011 (Alpine) – Alpine Community Planning Group member George Barnett did not violate the County’s conflict of interest rules in voting on issues related to SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink, according to a letter sent by Jarrett Ramaiya, Planning Manager at the Department of Planning and Land Use. That’s because DPLU has now determined that “the ACPG, including any of their subcommittees, does not have the authority to vote on the Sunrise Powerlink project, or any related action of SDG&E.”

 

“It looks like my purgatory is over,” Barnett wrote in a letter to ECM after learning the news.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT In REGULATING WALL STREET? LEGAL GROUPS HOST FORUM NOV. 9

 November 1, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Lawyer Chapter and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present: The Financial Crisis: “What is the Role of Government in Regulating Wall Street?”


The event will take place on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. at the San Diego County Bar Association, 1333 7th Avenue, San Diego.
 

JULIAN ACTIVIST MAKES THIRD RUN FOR CONGRESS

 
Oct. 31, 2011 (San Diego's East County)  – Local community activist Connie Frankowiak will once again make a run for Congressman Duncan Hunter’s (R-Alpine) seat in the United States Congress in 2012. In June, she will face off against fellow Democrat David Secor, Tea Party activist Terri Linnell, and Congressman Hunter in the new “top two” open primary. As the name states, only the top two vote getters will move on to the general election in November.

EL CAJON TO ASK VOTERS FOR CHARTER CITY STATUS; COUNCIL SEEKS TO “FAST-TRACK” APPROVAL


By Jonathan Goetz

 

October 27, 2011 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon may become another in a string of cities to remove itself from the safeguards of state law and give “supreme authority” in municipal affairs to the city council. The measure is touted as a cost-savings step. But in some areas, charter city status has led to abuse and even fleecing of taxpayers—notably in Bell, California.

POLITICAL WRANGLING: WITH THE WAR OVER, NOW CAN WE CREATE JOBS?

By Buck Shott

October 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—While the President announced the end of the Iraq War (bringing all troops home for the holidays—permanently) and rolled out a jobs bill to put Americans back to work, Republican candidates announced plans to cut off student aid, deregulate Wall Street robber barons, and jack up taxes on the poor and middle class. No, I’m not making this up.

OCCUPY SAN DIEGO PLANS MARCH TO SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY; L.A. PROTESTERS TO JOIN EFFORT

October 24, 2011 (San Diego) – Several East County participants have informed ECM that Occupy San Diego supporters will march to San Diego City Council’s meeting tomorrow morning, Tuesday October 25, to present a resolution supporting the protests. Afterwards, a protest at a Federal Reserve banker’s roundtable meeting in San Diego is planned.

 

The public can sign a petition asking Council members to support peaceful demonstrations by Occupy San Diego. The movement is protesting big banks and corporate influence on government that supporters believe are hurting the interests of "99 percent" of Americans. A similar resolution has been adopted by the Los Angeles City Council in support of Occupy Los Angeles.

NATHAN FLETCHER GREETED IN PENASQUITOS BY PROTEST OVER HIS EDUCATION VOTES

October 22, 2011 (Rancho Penasquitos) – Assemblyman and Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) stopped by Rancho Penasquitos as part of an “education listening tour” on Friday.

 

But advocates for public education staged a protest outside the school, passing out flyers faulting Fletcher for repeatedly voting against measures that would have prevented painful cuts to schools in an era when California K-12 schools have fallen from among the top-ranked  to nearly last in the nation. 

COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIR JESS DURFEE TO SPEAK ON NEW VOTING DISTRICTS NOV. 2 IN LA MESA

 

Other topics include new “top two” primary system and Twitter ID thefts by GOP leader

 

October 20, 2011 (La Mesa)--How will final redistricting boundaries affect races in East County?  What does the "top two" primary system really mean?

 

Find out from a Democratic perspective on Wednesday, November 2, when Jess Durfee, Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party will be guest speaker at Foothills-La Mesa Democratic Club. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW HOSPITALS TO REFUSE ABORTION EVEN WHEN MOTHER’S LIFE IS AT STAKE

 

Local Republican Congressmen vote to deny emergency care to save mothers’ lives
 

By Shannon Michael
 

October 15, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The Republican-controlled House this week passed a restrictive measure that would let hospitals refuse to provide an abortion even if urgently needed to save a woman’s life.

 

“The misnamed Protect Life Act is about allowing women to die if they need an emergency abortion,” said Meghan Rhoad at Human Rights Watch. “It is a vicious attack on women’s rights and on the most basic right to life.”

 

Local Republicans Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray, and Darrell Issa voted for the bill, H.R. 358, while San Diegio Democrats Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted against it.

REP. SUSAN DAVIS ANNOUNCES $790,000 TO HELP FATHERS SUCCEED AS PARENTS AND PROVIDERS



October 15, 2011 (San Diego) --
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced a $790,000 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services awarded to SAY San Diego for its work with low-income fathers to help them be better dads and husbands.  Entitled “Project COMPASS” (Creating Options for Men to Participate Actively, Safely and Supportively), this program serves both civilian and military dads, including the more than 46,000 military personnel in San Diego who are fathers with children. The grant has an option to renew for an additional two years.

 

PASSAGES: SARAH LOWERY, DEMOCRATIC LEADER

October 15, 2011 (Santee) – Born in San Diego on the 4th of July in 1925, Democratic leader Sarah Lowery passed away on October 5, 2011 of congestive heart failure. Active in politics at the local, state and national levels, the Santee resident was known for her passionate advocacy of civil rights and equality for all individuals.  In 2001, the San Diego Democratic Party honored Lowery with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

“She was a great patriot who believed so strongly in democracy that she wanted everyone to participate,” Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) reflected.

CHICKENS CAN COME HOME TO ROOST IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2011 (Santee)—Without a squawk of opposition from the audience, the Santee City Council voted 3-2 to let city residents keep chickens. Roosters, however, are still banned, since only hens for egg production are allowed.

LA MESA COUNCIL OPTS AGAINST “FAIR TRADE” CITY DESIGNATION

October 12, 2011 (La Mesa) –“We’re astounded,” Nancy Ryan, a La Mesa resident who asked the Council to adopt a resolution that would have declared the community a free-trade city, upon hearing that Council voted down the resolution 3-2 last night.

 

Mayor Art Madrid and Council member David Allan voted for the measure, while Council members Ruth Sterling, Mark Arapostathis and Ernest Ewin voted against it.

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