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POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: AFTER THE ELECTION...

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

November 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Is it really over? I’ve lived with the 2012 Presidential campaign for so long that it’s become a fixture of my life, sort of like a piece of ugly furniture you never sit on anymore but you can’t bear to get rid of.

LOCAL CHEF OFFERS “PRESIDENTIAL PAIRINGS” FOR ELECTION WEEK—PLUS FREE DESSERTS TO VOTERS

October 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- As Americans head to the polls on November 6, a local chef is capturing the flavor of the elections — literally. In honor of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s races for the White House, Terra American Bistro chef/owner Jeff Rossman has created a Presidential Pairings Menu featuring recipes that capture the qualities of both candidates. The menu will be offered November 4-10.

“In our 14 years, Terra American Bistro has delighted in serving the best of New American cuisine to San Diegans,” Rossman said. “And, really, what is more American than the presidential elections?”

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

October 4, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

STATE                  

  • Voters weigh proposal on trafficking (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown veto seeks closer ties between California healthcare law and federal act (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown signs laws to provide free online college textbooks (Sacramento Bee)
  • New California law sets up framework for spending ‘cap and trade’ revenues (Sacramento Bee)
  • California bans gay “conversion” therapy for minors (Reuters)

LOCAL/REGIONAL

  • LMSV Board to Superintendent: Study “magnet” schools now (La Mesa Today)
  • Council approves “River Bend” project in Allied Gardens (KPBS)
  • Port Commission claims UT CEO threatened him;  CEO says not true (KPBS)
  • San Diego Democrats regain lead in registered voters (UT San Diego)
  • Criminal charge filed in Poway teen’s death (10 News)
  • Camp makes some money for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
  • Jeweler sues National City over gold-buying ban (UT San Diego)

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS “WELCOME” MITT ROMNEY TO SAN DIEGO

By Nadin Abbott

September 23, 2012 (Del Mar)-- Democrats gathered on the off ramp of Ted Williams Parkway at Carmel Country Road, waving protest signs as Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s motorcade passed by yesterday.

Among the crowd of about 50 people were veterans, senior citizens and workers, a cross-section of the “47 percent” slammed by Romney in remarks caught on video released last week. In the video, recorded secretly at a fundraiser with wealthy donors, Romney denigrated the 47 percent of Americans who receive some form of government assistance (including Social Security retirees, the military, disabled and poor Americans) as well as those who pay no taxes.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS “UNDER ASSAULT” IN CALIFORNIA, STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS WARN

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 22,2012 (San Diego’s East County)-- Statewide leaders of the Planning & Conservation League (PCL)warned of “unprecedented attacks” in the Legislature on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
 
The remarks came during an event honoring East County environmental champion Duncan McFetridge, president of Save Our Forest and Ranchlands and executive director of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.

 

SURPRISES EMERGE FROM FIRST “TOP TWO” PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN CALIFORNIA

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 7, 2012 (Sacramento) – The state’s new top-two primary election is shaking up California politics. In November, voters in 25 of the state’s 120 legislative districts will not have a choice between Republicans and Democrats on their ballots. 
 
The advantage appears to belong to Democrats, since in 11 districts, the run-off will be between two Democratic candidates. Another five districts have two Republicans squaring off in November. In addition, two districts have decline-to-state-party candidates in the run-off, according to the Secretary of State’s website. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
May 31, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna caught off coast of California (10 News)
  • A special Memorial Day delivery for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • Soccer unites refugee and immigrant kids (UT San Diego)
  • Fletcher campaign receives over $56,000 from donors outside of state (Reader)
  • Portion of Interstate 8 dedicated to fallen agent  Robert W. Rosas (Backcountry Messenger)
  • New library, updated school for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
STATE
  • CA Senate passes bill prohibiting schools and employers from asking for Facebook passwords (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Democrats bid for 2/3 control of state Senate (Sacramento Bee)
  • Mentally ill inmates on the rise (Sacramento Bee) 
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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 May 23, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:  
 
 
 
 
  
 
LOCAL
  • A Q&A on San Miguel’s situation
  • Tony Gwynn joins group seeking to buy Padres (10 News)
  • San Onofre future hinges on finding cause of abnormal tube wear (Sacramento Bee)
  • San Diego ranked least expensive city in state to do business (10 News)
  • La Mesa may welcome wineries and breweries (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa Village Development (La Mesa Today)
  • No option at all! (for condo/apartment residents with multiple smart meters) (KUSI Turko Files)
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market planned for La Mesa
  • Countywide water rates could rise nearly 10% (UT San Diego)
  • Grossmont baseball coach Jim Earley quits amid parent accusations (La Mesa Patch)
  • Wounded officer asked `Is this my time?’ (UT San Diego)
STATE
  • CA Senate passes bill for self-driving cars (Los Angeles Times)
  • CA Senate passes bill that limits salaries at CSU (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Democrats balk at deeper cuts for state’s poorest residents (Sacramento Bee)
  • Purple Super Pac launched to support registered Independents (Sacramento Bee)
  • U-T: State Plans Big Changes To Testing, Instruction
 
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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."

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: A LITANY OF EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL’S ACTIONS TAKEN AGAINST ITS CONSTITUENTS-VOTE “NO” ON PROP D CHARTER CITY INITIATIVE!

 
By Bonnie B. Price, PhD, and John Martes
 
April 24, 2012 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon is a city of 99,478, with 37,157 registered voters (4/6/12 SDROV).  Democrats number 12,453, Republicans 14,416, and No Party Preference (NPP) 8,294.  El Cajon is the poorest city in the county, with 30% of its population living at or below the poverty line.  It is a multi-ethnic, multicultural city having this composition: 57% white, 28% Hispanic, 4% Asian & Pacific Islander, 6% Black, and 5% other.  El Cajon’s population is 51% female and 49% male.  (All population data are from the 2010 Census available at SANDAG.org.)

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.” 

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.

 

CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER, SD MAYORAL CANDIDATE, TO SPEAK FEB. 1 IN LA MESA


January 25, 2012  (La Mesa) -- Congressman Bob Filner, the sole Democratic candidate for San Diego mayor, is the featured speaker at the Wednesday, February 1 general meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, in La Mesa.  Refreshments will be served t 6:30 p.m, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATS HOST “UNDER THE BIG BLUE SKY” EVENT, PLAN TO OPEN A CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS


January 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – East County has long been a conservative bastion.  But with changing demographics, party registration has shifted in some communities; La Mesa is now a majority Democratic and El Cajon has only a slight Republican edge. With reapportionment, La Mesa and much of El Cajon have shifted into districts represented by Democrat Susan Davis, raising visibility for the party.

DEMOCRATS’ JOBS PACKAGE ADVANCES IN STATE SENATE

 

May 9, 2010 (Sacramento) – “The Senate continues to make progress to restore California's economy and put people back to work,” Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced. In April, Senate committees passed several bills as part of “Agenda 2010”, Democrats’ plan that aspires to create 140,000 jobs without raising taxes or dismantling workplace and environmental protections.

GETTING READY TO RUN? : COUNTY DEMOCRATS OFFER CANDIDATE TRAINING JULY 11

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The County Democratic Party seeks community-minded Democrats to serve on city councils, school boards, water boards and other local boards and commissions. In its efforts to recruit candidates for 2010, the Party is holding a training event for local Democrats planning or considering running for office. The event will be held Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Miramar College.

A QUARTER CENTURY STRONG: LA MESA DEMOCRATS CELEBRATED 25th ANNIVERSARY; EMERALD STAFFER ADDRESSED COMMUNITY ISSUES

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April 10, 2009 (La Mesa) – La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a celebration last week that included cake, a potluck dinner, recognition of key members and presentation by Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s chief of staff, Xema Jacobson. Special honorees included the club’s founding members, Claude Cassirer, a Holocaust survivor, and his wife, Beverly (photo).

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