Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Robin Is Everywhere Campaign Comic Con 2014

 Dates of event:  July 23 - 27, 2014

   In and around Children’s Park, Downtown San Diego

Description:   The Robin Hood Tax can mean slightly less for the 1% at the top and lots more for the 99% below. In order to help spread this message The Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street USA will be maintaining a presence outside of Comic Con 2014.

Organizers bring fight for community services to your hands by asking that the crowd become a hero and support the campaign and show Wall Street that “Robin is everywhere!” This action is about turning a fantasy into a reality, by asking people to “be a hero” and support a Robin Hood Tax. Strategically located in-between Comic Con and the Gaslamp district in beautiful Children’s Park, we will be costumed and offering fun for all ages. Event page:
During the daytime, Robin Hood Tax USA volunteers will be set up in Children’s Park with an information booth Thursday 2p - 6p, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10a - 6p.
There, we will be handing out economic justice themed posters, offering a “Be A Hero” photo stand-in opportunity, a “Flush Wall Street” toilet themed dunk tank, chariot-led theater performances, and more. During the evenings, Overpass Light Brigade San Diego will be showing projections and holding lights. These nighttime events are between 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

About the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street:

The Robin Hood Tax is a tax on Wall Street that would go to support schools, hospitals, and job development. The Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street can be the game changer for a fairer, more democratic, humane, balanced, and moral American Tax System.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Applauds Gov. Brown’s Nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to State Supreme Court


SAN DIEGO – (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s nomination of Stanford Law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California State Supreme Court:

"I’m beyond excited to learn of Gov. Brown’s nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the State Supreme Court. Professor Cuéllar would be the first Latino immigrant to the State Supreme Court in modern California history. This is not just a nod to ethnic diversity, but it’s a recognition of the diversity of experiences in our state that makes California one of the most dynamic places in the world. Professor Cuéllar brings wide-ranging experience from an accomplished career to this important position and is well-qualified to serve, a forward thinker, and – most importantly – a Stanford Cardinal. I commend Governor Brown on his choice, and look forward to Professor Cuéllar's tenure on the Court."

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, and serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women and the Workplace. For more information, visit .

Gov. Brown Signs Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 2347 to Protect Seniors During Investment Process


AB 2347 requires annuity policies to be accompanied by a ‘know your rights’ disclosure to properly inform consumers of their option to seek a timely refund

SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) – California Governor Jerry Brown announced this week that he signed Assembly Bill  2347, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), to better protect seniors by improving disclosure rules for the purchase of annuities.

The bill's changes to current disclosure rules will take effect on January 1, 2015.

"After unanimous support in the Assembly and Senate, I'm proud that Governor Brown signed AB 2347, my bill to better protect seniors when purchasing annuities,” Gonzalez said. “Requiring a ‘know your rights’ disclosure on these policies represents important progress to make seniors more aware of their rights to a refund, safeguard their retirement security, and standardize the process for all parties for a smoother and more reliable system."

Currently, customers who purchase immediate annuities are often unaware of their right to revisit their decision to purchase an immediate annuity, according to the Department of Insurance. This scenario often arises once customers, who are typically senior citizens, discuss their purchase with their immediate family following the transaction and reconsider their decision.

Current law does not require disclosure language for immediate annuities free-look period. Additionally, the current disclosure language for life insurance and annuity products are inconsistent and confusing for senior citizens.

AB 2347 requires that immediate annuity disclosure language is made available on the cover page of these policies. Additionally, AB 2347 requires the policies correctly refer to modified guaranteed contracts as fixed annuities rather than variable, adding in brackets to allow the insurer to select only the applicable product type that was purchased, and adding other clean-up terminology.  These changes would not only simplify and clarify the disclosure for customers, but would also provide clarification to insurers about their disclosure obligations.

This bill will ensure that senior citizens have proper disclosure to avoid possible future financial hardship. 

AB 2347 was passed by the Senate on June 30, 2014 by a vote of 36-0, and passed by the Assembly on July 3, 2014 by a vote of 76-0. The bill was supported by the California Department of Insurance.

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, and serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women and the Workplace. For more information, visit .

Friday, July 18, 2014



San Diego, CA – July 18, 2014 – James Kimber, candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District will be treating homeless veterans at the Veterans Village of San Diego 27th Annual Stand Down on Friday, July 18, 2014.

There is a long history of Navy Medicine in Kimber’s family. His grandfather was a Navy surgeon stationed on the USS ARIZONA (BB 39) in 1939 and later with the 4th Marines in Shanghai. His father was a Navy surgeon stationed on the USS BELLEAU WOOD (CVL 24) during WWII. James Kimber served 20 years on active duty in the United States Navy and retired as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. Currently he is a Physician Assistant practicing Neurosurgery at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA. As the Senior Medical Officer aboard two combat warships (USS ELLIOT DD-967, USS REID FFG-30), Mr. Kimber is all too familiar with Emergency Medicine and treating those who have served.

Mr. Kimber is alarmed at how veteran’s needs are being neglected and feels we as a country owe them more. Mr. Kimber worked Stand Down last year as a provider and was shocked at some of the patients he treated. “I had to admit five people to a local hospital and three of the patients I saw needed emergency surgery. One veteran was walking around with a 104 degree temperature. Another veteran’s blood sugar was over 500. I say over 500 because that’s as high as the machine could read. Normal blood sugar is 70-100”.

Mr. Kimber is appalled at the recent problems within the VA system, but also knows they are not really recent, but only recently brought to the attention of the public. One of Mr. Kimber’s top issues as a candidate has always been for better care for our veterans by addressing the antiquated system used by the Veterans Administration, lack of mental health support, the lack of providers and facilities for veterans to seek treatment, the rising number of homeless veterans and violence against women in the military.

Kimber has 30 years of healthcare experience is on Medical Staff at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA.

For more information, please visit our website


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fresh Proof That DeMaio is Tea Party's Guy


Carl DeMaio once famously labeled the Tea Party the “conscience of the accountable government movement.” This week brought fresh proof that the affection is mutual and that DeMaio is the Tea Party’s guy.

DeMaio’s Tea Party fans and other far-right supporters are pouring money into the race for the CA-52 Congressional seat. Here is only a partial list of the radical-fringe groups investing in DeMaio’s campaign, according to fundraising reports released Monday:

 -- Koch Industries Inc. PAC, the political action committee of the Koch Brothers, who have spent decades advocating extremist positions such as abolishing Medicare and Social Security.

 -- Eye of the Tiger PAC, run by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Scalise also chairs the House Republican Study Committee, the group of right-wing firebrands infamous for “prizing ideological purity.

 -- Voice for Freedom PAC, run by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Price accused President Obama of a “Chicago-style shakedown” after the President pushed for BP to pay for the Gulf of Mexico clean-up stemming from its disastrous oil spill.

 -- The Support to Ensure Victory Everywhere PAC, run by Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, who in a Tea Party questionnaire once proposed “eliminate(ing) the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy and others to return to a constitutionally pure government.”

 -- Road to Freedom PAC, run by Rep. Ed Royce of California, a member of the Tea Party Caucus and an opponent of marriage equality.

 -- Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas, whose website boasts that he has been “TEA approved by the Texas Tea Party Alliance” and who has pushed for a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

 -- The Lynn Westmoreland for Congress PAC, run by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, a member of the Tea Party Caucus and co-sponsor of a 2013 Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“Clearly the Tea Party recognizes a kindred spirit in Carl DeMaio, which is why they’re investing so heavily in his candidacy,” said Alex Roth, communications director for the Scott Peters for Congress campaign. “The question is what these groups will expect in return if DeMaio is elected to Congress.”

The Koch Brothers have taken an especially keen interest in this race. Their Americans for Prosperity PAC has run more than $145,000 in TV ads against Rep. Peters since October 2013. In no other California Congressional race has this right-wing PAC spent money on TV ads this election cycle.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rep. Peters Votes to Prohibit Internet Access Taxation


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after helping to pass H.R. 3086, the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act,” which would make the current moratorium on state and local taxation of internet access permanent:

“Expanding access to the internet for every American must be a priority for Congress. Keeping government out of the way by permanently prohibiting taxation of internet access protects this vital tool for people across the country. The internet is the portal to learning, business, and information in both urban and rural communities, and it must be kept open for all.”

Rep. Peters is also a cosponsor of the legislation.

Congressman Peters serves the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego.  He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology.  He was named the fourth most independent Democrat by National Journal last year. The Congressman is a former environmental attorney, City Council President, and Port Commission Chairman.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rep. Peters Joins CA-52 Residents Testifying at House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing on PTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) temporarily joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee to hear the testimony of Dr. Howard and Jean Somers, Coronado residents, at its hearing “Service Should Not Lead to Suicide: Access to VA’s Mental Health Care.” The Somers’ son Daniel suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and tragically committed suicide in June, 2013. Since their son’s death, the Somers have been tireless advocates for the need to fix the VA system, preparing a twenty-five page report with recommendations based on their experience and research.

“I want to thank Howard and Jean Somers—not only for their participation in today’s hearing, but for their continued leadership and advocacy on behalf of our veterans and their families,” Rep. Peters said. “Their work in the face of such a tragedy is an inspiration to all of us. I have never met any veterans’ advocates more dedicated to sharing their unique perspective, raising awareness for the invisible wounds our servicemembers suffer, and committed to making a major impact on the way we care for our veterans.

“The Somers’ experience highlights the unacceptable, systemic problems with the way the VA delivers care. As a country, we have failed these men and women, and their families, who sacrificed so much to serve. I look forward to continuing my work with the Somers to fix these problems and provide our brave man and women with the care they deserve.”

Watch Rep. Peters’ recognition of the Somers in the House Veterans Affairs Committee HERE.

Recently, Rep. Peters joined the Somers at their inaugural “Operation Engage America” event held in San Diego, an annual forum during PTSD Awareness Month to bring attention to PTS and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by educating veterans about local resources.

Congressman Peters serves the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego.  He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology.  He was named the fourth most independent Democrat by National Journal last year. The Congressman is a former environmental attorney, City Council President, and Port Commission Chairman.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update from ICWJ regarding Immigrant Children Relief

--UPDATE from ICWJ--

First and foremost, thank you for the outpouring of “stuff” that was donated during this week!  See a few of the photos in this email.  WOW!!!!!   What a tribute of love and compassion.  Your donations are being dispensed to refugee families now and will continue to be as long as there is a need.  We cannot thank you enough!

There are a very few items that are still needed if you would like to make a donation:
    1.    Women’s underwear of all sizes (NEW ONLY)
    2.    Women’s socks of all sizes (NEW ONLY)
    3.    Feminine Hygiene Products

You can bring these items to our ICWJ offices, 3758 30th Street, San Diego, 92104.  Some of us are in the office between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.  To be sure, give us a call before you come, 619-584-5740.

If you have collected other items, please bring them this Saturday, July 12th to the fabulous Fiesta Del Sol from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. -  in Barrio Logan on Logan Avenue between Cesar Chavez Parkway & South 26th Street.

Secondly , we are working with government agencies to provide support and comfort to the families who are arriving in San Diego County.  We have NO unaccompanied children arriving here .  All those who are coming to our region will be families.  More than 90% of the families are being reunited with family members already living in the states, mostly in the Eastern and Southeastern part of the country.  The stateside families are so excited to get the call from their relatives and are arranging transportation for them right away!  

We are in need of two things right now.
    1.    Volunteers who can help transport families to the bus station on their way to reunite with family.  If you have some time and would like to volunteer, please email us at  Send us your name, phone number, and email address.  Spanish speakers are heartily invited and non-Spanish speakers are great as well.
    2.    We are seeking people who can host a family for up to 10 days.  If you have a room with access to a bathroom, a guest house, granny flat, or basement apartment and are willing to host a family for three to ten days, please contact
We will continue to stay in touch about how we can support the families that are coming through “America’s Finest City!”.  Your outpouring of concern and support helps to relieve the humanitarian crisis!

Thank you and blessings,

Rabbi Laurie, Lisa, and your ICWJ staff