Thursday, March 6, 2014
Today, City Council candidate Sarah Boot questioned the ethics of a recent Tweet by opponent Lorie Zapf in which Zapf claimed an endorsement for "reelection" in District 2. Zapf represents District 6 on the City Council, not District 2, so the idea of being "reelected" is not only misleading to voters but a downright falsehood. Until his election to the mayor's office, Kevin Faulconer represented District 2, not Zapf.
"Lorie Zapf has failed to take care of the needs of residents in District 6 - having done little to address the growing crime problem and the lack of funds to fix our neighborhoods' crumbling infrastructure. Now she 's hoping to fool new voters in district 2." Boot said.
Sarah Boot is a former United Sates Attorney, lawyer representing local technology companies, internet companies, and non-profits. She live in the Midway community with her husband and two rescue dogs.
SACRAMENTO – State Senator Marty Block, chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, today issued the following statement regarding Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s recent outrageous rant:
“Assemblyman Tim Donnelly owes an apology to the millions impacted by the Holocaust and to countless American heroes and their families who battled evil during World War II. His odious trivialization of Adolph Hitler’s brutalities mocks their sacrifice.”
Saturday, March 1, 2014
“We know that Carl DeMaio is desperate to avoid talking about his record, devastating Tea Party agenda, or any of the substance that real (not fictional) members of Congress have to deal with every day,” said Tyrone Gayle of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “So while Carl is playing with Photoshop, Scott Peters is working in Congress for middle-class San Diego families. It’s been said that the road to power is paved with hypocrisy and casualties. We don’t need more of either one from Carl.”
DeMaio Called The Tea Party The “Conscience” of Government Reform And Assured He Would “Owe” Them. In 2011, speaking at a gathering of Tea Party members, DeMaio called the Tea Party the “conscience of the accountable government movement” and assured that he would “owe [them] and our collective movement everything.” [San Diego Tea Party event, 12/14/11, 13:45]
Union-Tribune: DeMaio is “Too Polarizing” And Would “Leave Behind a Divisive Legacy.” In 2012, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that DeMaio was “too polarizing” and that his defeat in the mayoral election “means that DeMaio will leave behind a divisive legacy.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/08/12]
Thursday, February 20, 2014
(Sacramento) Today the Governor and legislative leaders announced a package of measures designed to respond immediately to the impact of the worst drought faced by California in its recorded history. Majority Leader Atkins issued the following statement in response to these proposals:
“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our state. The emergency drought relief legislation will assist parched communities affected by severe water shortages by helping them to secure drinking water as well as providing assistance to those forced into unemployment by the drought. In addition, the legislation provides incentives for improved water conservation and delivery technologies. This approach reaffirms the work done by the San Diego County Water Authority and local residents and businesses by emphasizing water conservation, funding improvements to our infrastructure that improve local water supply, water quality and storage capacity. Both urban and rural areas of our state will benefit from this legislation.
While the Legislature and the Governor prioritize immediate measures to alleviate the crisis, every Californian must also do their part by heeding the Governor’s call for a 20% reduction in their water use. We must also continue with long-term plans to increase our storage and delivery capacity as well as pursuing alternative approaches to generating fresh water such as desalination.”
Key elements of the emergency drought relief package include:
- Increased infrastructure investments by expediting funding for water supply and recycling, groundwater clean-up grants to disadvantaged communities suffering from drinking water contamination, and multi-benefit flood projects;
- Enhanced enforcement authority for the State Water Resources Control Board to address water rights violations such as diverting or stealing water;
- Help for those economically impacted by the drought, including food assistance, rent subsidies, and work force training;
- Funding for new water efficiency and conservation activities, including California Conservation Corps water reduction and fire safety projects that will also provide employment opportunities for veterans and unemployed youth.
CHULA VISTA - The Chula Vista Firefighters Association today announced its official endorsement of Steve Padilla for Chula Vista City Council in the June 2014 election.
"Steve Padilla has a proven record of working hand in hand with public safety officials and first responders to improve the safety and security of Chula Vista,” said John Hess, President of the Chula Vista Firefighters Association. “We are proud to stand with Steve because we know he will work to fully fund public safety, give first responders the resources they need and work to improve response times in every community. Chula Vista’s firefighters agree that Steve Padilla is the right choice to continue the work of many for safer, more secure neighborhoods.”
The endorsement from Chula Vista Firefighters comes on the heels of Padilla’s endorsement from Chula Vista Police Officers last week, making Padilla the unanimous choice of law enforcement and public safety in the campaign for City Council. A former police officer, Padilla was well known during his pervious terms in office for taking a hands-on approach to public safety, participating in regular ride-alongs with rank and file officers and meeting regularly with the City’s Police and Fire Chiefs.
“I have tremendous respect for our firefighters who put their lives on the line for residents and work to make our City safe and secure,” said Steve Padilla. “I believe we need to not only hold the line, but increase funding and resources for public safety so our first responders have the resources they need to protect and serve our communities. It is an honor to have the support of Chula Vista’s bravest – our dedicated, courageous Firefighters.”
In recent weeks, the Padilla campaign has announced a growing list of major endorsements, including the Democratic Party and the Chula Vista Employees Association. In addition, official campaign finance reports showed Padilla had raised five times more contributions for his campaign than his closest opponent.
Steve Padilla is a small business owner, environmental advocate and lifelong Chula Vistan. He is a former police officer who previously served on the Chula Vista City Council, as Chula Vista Mayor and Port Commissioner. He lives in the Otay Ranch section of Chula Vista.
MAJORITY LEADER ATKINS JOINS ADVOCATES TO ASSESS PREGNANT PRISONER SHACKLING ONE YEAR AFTER PROHIBITION
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins joined advocates for pregnant women who are incarcerated in releasing a report on compliance with Atkins’ legislation prohibiting the most dangerous forms of shackling. The report states that while 21 of California’s 58 counties have fully complied with the law, the remaining counties have either not fully complied, not complied at all, or did not respond to inquiries.
“I am proud to be the author of legislation that protects both public safety and the health and welfare of pregnant prisoners and their newborns. I applaud the counties that have fully complied with this new law,” says Atkins. “Having said that, in almost two-thirds of our state’s counties, pregnant prisoners are still being put at risk. It is my hope that in the very near future that will no longer be the case.”
AB 2530 became law in January 2013. It prohibits the use of behind-the-back handcuffs, belly chains, and leg irons on pregnant prisoners. These practices endanger the health of the woman and the outcome of her pregnancy. A little more than one year later, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), one of the sponsors of Atkins’ 2012 legislation, contacted each county to determine the extent of compliance with the new law.
Thirty-two counties continue to have written policies that do not comply with the law, either because they permit the prohibited restraints, do not acknowledge that a woman’s doctor has authority to order the restraints removed, or do not inform prisoners of their rights. Two counties have not complied at all with the new law and three counties failed to respond to inquiries. LSPC will continue to work with state and county officials to bring all facilities into compliance.
Shackling makes pregnant women unsteady on their feet. They also make it extremely difficult to treat a woman in a medical emergency. Women in correctional facilities are more likely to experience miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, pre-term birth, and low birth weight than other pregnant women.
The Majority Leader and LSPC were also joined at the news conference by a physician representing the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, which also sponsored AB 2530, and a representative of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners
California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins was joined by Jesse Stout, Policy Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, at a news conference to discuss compliance with Atkins’ legislation to prohibit shackling of pregnant prisoners.
- The report “No More Shackles” is attached.
- Audio clips from the news conference may be accessed at the following links:
Opening remarks from Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins. (2:55)
Assemblymember Atkins says its clear shackles are dangerous for pregnant women. (:16)
Assemblymember Atkins says many California counties are already complying with AB 2530. (:18)
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s VOTE Act Proposes Postage-Paid Mail Ballots for Mail-Only Special Elections
AB 1873 Would Increase Participation, Save Taxpayer Money in Traditionally Low-Turnout Contests
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, February 19, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced the VOTE Act today in an effort to boost voter participation and curb the taxpayer costs of special elections.
Assembly Bill 1873, known as the “Voting Ought To be Easy Act,” would allow California’s counties and cities to conduct special elections for legislative and municipal offices entirely by mail ballot, but would require them to provide full postage for all returned ballots if they choose to exercise the mail-only option.
Gonzalez said elections that don’t coincide with major statewide elections – like June primaries and November general elections – result in low voter participation and high costs for county election offices, which spend upwards of millions of dollars to set up polling locations and staff Election Day when local contests aren’t consolidated with a statewide election.
“Voters are more likely to participate in special elections if we give them several weeks to cast their ballots as opposed to a matter of hours on Election Day,” Gonzalez said. “By paying for the postage to return their completed ballot and providing voters an extended amount of time, the VOTE Act innovates our democracy in a way that will result in better access and participation – and that’s a good thing for California.”
Since the Presidential Election in November 2012, several special elections have taken place throughout California. Some legislative special elections failed to produce 10 percent participation rate. Even in the municipal elections that experienced higher turnout, voters who cast ballots at traditional polling place locations on Election Day made up just a fraction of all ballots cast in those contests as voters who mailed in a ballot represented the vast majority of those who participated at all.
“The special elections held in the last year show that a majority of voters choose to cast ballots in the four weeks leading up to Election Day by mail rather than at a polling place on Election Day itself. And for the large numbers who don’t cast ballots at all – whether it’s because they have a busy work schedule, family commitments or just plain forgot – it’s time California and their county elections office try cutting them some slack by giving them a larger window of time to exercise Democracy,” Gonzalez said.
Even by paying for the postage of every voter’s returned mail ballot, setting up Election Day drop-off locations for last minute voters, and allowing for in-person voting before Election Day, the VOTE Act is projected to save taxpayers money when special elections are needed. For example, the cost of every poll voter who cast a ballot in the 40th Senate District special election last March cost $221.43, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. For every mail ballot counted in that race, the taxpayer cost was only $8.73.
For more information on the VOTE Act or to interview Assemblywoman Gonzalez, please contact Evan McLaughlin at (619) 850-2790 or (916) 319-2080.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents the 80th Assembly District, which includes Chula Vista, National City and the San Diego neighborhoods of City Heights, Barrio Logan, Paradise Hills, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. For more information on Assemblywoman Gonzalez, visit http://asmdc.org/members/a80/.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on the San Diego Special Election Results
Over the past several months, Democrats in San Diego and throughout California have been working day and night to elect a Democratic mayor of San Diego. Last night, Democrats’ efforts fell short but it was not for lack of effort or for lack of commitment on our coalition’s part.
David Alvarez ran a campaign all Democrats can be proud of and the vision he outlined for his city will serve as a progressive marker for candidates and officials who continue to work toward a better, more inclusive San Diego.
Throughout the campaign, our activists alone, led by the CDP’ Chicano-Latino Caucus, made more than 25,000 calls using our online phone bank. Democrats everywhere pitched in where they could and it was impressive to see San Diego Democrats, County Committees, Caucuses and Clubs from across the state working together in a great, unified effort to elect the first Latino mayor of San Diego since 1849.
I have no doubt that David Alvarez and the coalition that supported his campaign will remain a viable force not only in San Diego, but in California Democratic politics for some time to come.
Monday, February 10, 2014
The special election for San Diego Mayor is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11.
The campaign mail, phone calls, and television ads are coming to an end. Now all that matters is you.
Democrats need your help to elect DAVID ALVAREZ as Mayor of San Diego.
David is endorsed by President Obama and Governor Jerry Brown. He has a climate action plan, a cross-border economic plan to create middle-class jobs along with a commitment to protect the interests of neighborhoods over special interests.
He'll be there for us – and now we have to be there for him.
On Tuesday, February 11, please make sure your voice is heard. Vote for DAVID ALVAREZ for Mayor.
You can find your polling place at www.sddemocrats.org/polls.
If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, please drop it off at any polling place in the city on Election Day.
For assistance in voting, call (858) 277-3367.
Remember, vote DAVID ALVAREZ for Mayor.
Peace and friendship,
California Democratic Party
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Today President Barack Obama endorsed David Alvarez to be the next Mayor of San Diego, applauding his focus on creating jobs and ensuring every child has access to a high-quality education
President Obama said, “As a native San Diegan, David Alvarez has been a fierce advocate for his city, and on the Council, has led efforts to build a strong middle class, put neighborhoods first and expand opportunities for kids in and out of school. Today, with the city’s economy and neighborhoods poised to make progress there is no question that David is the right choice to be San Diego’s next mayor and I am excited to support him.”
“It is truly an honor to receive President Obama’s endorsement," said Councilmember David Alvarez. "In my years of public service, I have championed many of the same priorities that the President addressed at the State of the Union. I look forward to working with him to achieve our shared agenda and priorities. Together, we can make San Diego a city that expands opportunity for all.”
(San Diego) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins today introduced legislation that is intended to encourage survivors of domestic violence to seek assistance by ensuring the confidentiality of all personal information they may reveal to staff at domestic violence assistance centers.
“Sometimes, it is critical that victims of abuse share personal, private information with the people who are trying to help them. They may have other problems in their lives that bear on the abuse and it is important for service providers to have a full picture,” says Atkins. “The most important first step in addressing abuse is to get the victim, and any children involved, into a safe and healthy situation. If a victim fears that they themselves might get in trouble by trying to escape an abusive environment, they are not likely to seek help.”
Family Justice Centers are integrated one-stop multi-agency resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They improve services to victims by preventing them from having to travel to multiple service agencies and tell their traumatic story to several different service providers. Typically, Family Justice Centers include law enforcement.
AB 1623 is based upon a recent study of the Family Justice Center model in California that was called for by 2011 legislation authored by San Diego Senator Christine Kehoe. The study, conducted by Dr. Carrie Petrucci of EMT Associates, Inc., identified best practices and also made recommendations for reducing barriers to service. One of the recommendations was to establish a bright line of separation between law enforcement and other services so that confidential information provided by victims would be protected. In some cases, there may have been some criminal activity in the home or possibly a substance abuse issue. Many survivors are worried about losing their children. Others may be undocumented and fear their families will be torn apart if they seek help. Protecting victims’ privacy will encourage them to come forward and seek help. AB 1623 establishes the confidentiality requirement for all multi-agency domestic violence centers in the state where law enforcement is a partner agency.
"This legislation will set high standards for every Family Justice Center in California and provide confidentiality protections to victims and their children coming forward for help in the midst of life threatening domestic violence,” says Casey Gwinn, co-founder of the first Family Justice Center in the country. “Many victims want to come one place for all their services so they don’t have to go from agency to agency, telling their story over and over again. Too often when victims have to go many places, they give up and go back to their abusers."
“The San Diego Family Justice Center is a true partnership that provides services to combat domestic violence and has proven to be a model of success,” says San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne. “I am proud to support this new bill which defines the family justice centers and ensures the life-saving collaborative work between all involved will continue.”
AB 1623 is expected to be scheduled for a legislative hearing in an Assembly policy committee some time next month.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Sunday night/Monday morning a candidate you can usually expect to see on a ballot in most elections seems might not be ready for another ballot so soon.
After a night of alcohol, Dwayne Crenshaw was caught sleeping behind his parked car's steering wheel by law enforcement. When he was awaken by them, Crenshaw was allowed by police to call for a car service to be picked up. After he and the police left, then it seems Crenshaw doubles back attempting to drive his car. Oh, but not so fast Crenshaw. Law enforcement saw his car, pulled him over, and took him into custody. They tested him showing a result above the legal 0.08 alcohol level. No charges have yet been leveled, but awaiting a decision from our esteemed city attorney.
Interesting, Crenshaw is working to help his college buddy San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer for mayor, as we have seen and read in local papers and Facebook postings. Many question whether Faulconer will distance himself from Crenshaw. At this point Crenshaw is still featured on Faulconer's campaign social media. In addition, Crenshaw was rumored to be seeking to challenge San Diego City Councilmember Myrtle Cole in her re-election this June. Crenshaw had been a good solider for many of the Republican establishment in Faulconer's campaign and hoped they would again invest in his next election endeavor. It was suspected his lawsuit against Cole was part of his plan in challenging her and would be used in his campaign materials to attack her.
Now it seems with this arrest, Crenshaw and his new Republican allies will need to re-think his election bid and they will need to look for another pawn of the Lincoln Club and the downtown establishment. We can still expect Crenshaw to seek an elected office in the not so near future.
To read more about the arrest click here: http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/07/dwayne-crenshaw-dui-arrest/