Friday, June 3, 2011

CityBeat Article: DeMaio is back from the future

It all makes sense in this great CityBeat article. What matters is if these 1,027 contributors have already given, it would be illegal.

CityBeat Article: Goldsmith to Krvaric: Your lawsuit is a partisan, self-serving crock!

CityBeat says it all.

Stop the Republican Railroad

The Republicans started a petition a week ago attacking Redistricting Commissioner Carlos Marquez. After one week, they have collected 210 signatures. Let’s blow that out of the water.

Click here to help.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kehoe files for Mayor

As per the San Diego City Clerk.

Democrats' Interest in S.D. Mayor's Race Shows the Future of a Changing City

From the SDCDP
MEDIA ADVISORY: Thursday, June 2, 2011

A year from the 2012 primary election, two major Democratic candidates have now taken steps toward running for mayor of San Diego, promising the most competitive race for the office in years.

State Senator Christine Kehoe this morning announced that she’s opening a committee to explore a mayoral campaign. Meanwhile, Congressman Bob Filner has made statements in recent months indicating that he plans to run. Both are due to make final decisions later this year.

“With the interest of two strong, experienced Democratic leaders in the mayoral race, San Diego is poised to have a Democrat on a general election ballot for the first time in 20 years,” said Jess Durfee, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. “San Diego is already a very Democratic city, and 2012 will be our opportunity to show what that means for City Hall.”

Politically and demographically, the city has moved decisively into the “blue” column over the past decade. For example:

• Today there are almost 50% more Democrats than Republicans in the City of San Diego -- an advantage of more than 75,000 votes.
• Republicans are just 3% away from being outnumbered by independents in the city.
• In 2008, President Obama won the city with 62% of the vote to John McCain’s 35%.
• Census data this year showed that 55% of the city’s residents are non-white, with significant increases in the Latino and Asian / Pacific Islander populations.
Chair Durfee stated that given the new political reality in the city, Republicans will have no choice but to court Democratic votes –- particularly in a high-turnout presidential election year.

“We can all expect to see Republican candidates with staunch right-wing track records suddenly pivot and sell themselves as ‘moderate’ or even progressive,” he said. “On behalf of the Democratic Party, I look forward to making sure that the voters know the truth about who’s on the ballot in 2012.

“And I am very pleased that two real Democrats are emerging to give San Diegans a better choice in electing our next mayor.”

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Emerald files for re-election in D7

From the San Diego City Clerk.

State Senator Christine Kehoe to File Paperwork to Explore Run for Mayor

CONTACT: Colin Parent, Spokesperson, 858-442-7374,

State Senator Christine Kehoe to File Paperwork to Explore Run for Mayor

May 31, 2011, SAN DIEGO – State Senator Christine Kehoe will open a committee this week to explore a possible run for Mayor of the City of San Diego.

Senator Kehoe issued the following statement:

“Since my first election to the San Diego City Council, I have been committed to addressing our City’s problems with practical solutions.

I have carried that approach to the State Legislature, where I have authored commonsense laws that protected our natural resources, ended redevelopment loopholes, and forced local agencies to better balance the needs of all San Diegans.

The challenges San Diegans face together can be resolved. We need honest solutions that don’t cause more problems than they solve. Working together and using commonsense, we can get San Diego back on the right track.

That’s why I am taking a very serious look at running for Mayor.”

Senator Kehoe is a Democrat representing the 39th Senate District, which overlaps about two thirds of the City of San Diego. She has a long record of practical problem solving for San Diego:

· Served as the Executive Director of the Hillcrest Business Association, where she worked for small business owners to cut through red tape at City Hall.

· On the City Council, Kehoe shepherded the City Heights Urban Village project, a 12-block public-private partnership that has become a national model of mixed-use neighborhood revitalization. She also completed the long-stalled portion of the I-15 freeway.

· Closed a loophole that allowed redevelopment funds to be siphoned out of neighborhoods. (SB 93, 2003)

· Reformed the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority by eliminating $400,000 in excessive annual salaries for political appointees and requiring efficiency between local and state agencies. (SB 10, 2007)

· Created the San Diego River Conservancy to protect the 52-mile water route. (AB 2156, 2001-02)

· Co-authored a landmark bill which granted equal benefits under California law to domestic partners, (AB 205, 2003), and authored a bill that prevents the state from contracting with employers who discriminate with regard to benefits for registered domestic partners. (AB 17, 2004)

Christine Kehoe became the region’s first out LGBT elected official when she won her first race for the San Diego City Council in 1993. She was elected to the State Assembly in 2000, and most recently was elected to her second term in the State Senate in 2008. Kehoe served as the chairperson of the Senate’s Local Government committee, and currently chairs the Senate Appropriations committee. She is a homeowner in North Park with her partner of 26 years, Julie Warren.

Senator Kehoe will make her decision for the Mayor’s race at a later time.


Game over: Marquez stays

The SDUT and Two Cathedrals report that the Registrar has found Marquez to be a registered voter in San Diego and can continue to serve.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Labor files an Eithics Complaint against DeMaio

It is about his early fundraising.

See "Carl's Indiscretion" below.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Carl's Indiscretion

The Voice has the story of Carl DeMaio putting up a campaign site asking for donations before he legally can.

To Labor's credit, they took advantage of the situation and, to Carl's credit, he took the site down.

Thanks to the webverse, we have a page of the now removed site and the solicitation in question.

Below is a page from the site.

And below is the Donate button in question.

Labor said they donated money through the site. If the money is processed, we have an Ethics violation from a politician who wants to clean up city hall.