Thursday, October 27, 2011

Labor Council endorses Juan Vargas for U.S. Congress

For Immediate Release                                                                                                 

Labor Council endorses Juan Vargas for U.S. Congress

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is proud to announce its endorsement of Juan Vargas for California’s 51st Congressional District. Vargas, a state senator, is running for the open seat in a district that encompasses portions of San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, and Imperial County.

“Juan Vargas has demonstrated a strong commitment to improve job quality for San Diego and Imperial County workers,” said Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. “He isn’t afraid to stand up for working families like he has in the ongoing fight to protect neighborhoods and small, local businesses against big box retailers like Wal-Mart.”

To receive an endorsement from the Labor Council, a candidate must receive two-thirds approval from Labor Council delegates.
In addition to Vargas, the Labor Council also endorsed candidates in other 2012 elections.
Candidates receiving Labor Council endorsements include:

·         Juan Vargas – United States Congress, 51st Congressional District

·         Marty Block – California Senate, 39th State Senate District

·         Toni Atkins – California Assembly, 78th State Assembly District

·         Ben Hueso – California Assembly, 80th State Assembly District

·         Pamela Bensoussan – Chula Vista City Council

·         Mary Graham – San Diego Community College District D

·         Bill Garrett – Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District 3

·         Mary Kay Rosinski – Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District 4

·         Mark Anderson – San Diego County Board of Education District 4

For more information, contact Patrick Pierce, Communications Director of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council at (619) 228-8101 ext. 226 or



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sac Bee: California Supreme Court rejects challenges to Senate, Congress maps

The two separate lawsuits were rejected by identical 7-0 votes, said Lynn Holton, court spokeswoman.

The court's decision ended the first hurdle to implementing boundary lines that were drawn this year, for the first time, by a 14-member citizens commission created by voter passage of Proposition 11 in 2008.

Read the article here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SDUT: Log Cabin Republicans back Fletcher for mayor

The local chapter of the nation’s largest Republican gay advocacy group has endorsed state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for San Diego mayor, dealing a major blow to the two prominent gay Republicans in the race.

Read the article here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

La Mesa Patch: Assemblyman Jones Backs State Prisons in Other Nations

Assemblyman Brian Jones, who represents much of inland San Diego County and a wide stretch of the border, says Sacramento should explore the “wild idea” of building state prisons in the countries of illegal immigrants to relieve overcrowding in the state.

“Let’s build their prisons in their home countries and send them to those prisons,” he said Friday morning in a meeting with Patch editors in his hometown of Santee.

Read the article here.

La Prensa: Dumanis and DeMaio demonstrate a lack of character by avoiding debate

A mayoral forum for the City of San Diego was held Wednesday night and of the four announced candidates only two participated and answered the questions from a diverse panel. What the audience did hear were the positions of candidate Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher on a variety of topics. But, the audience probably learned more about the two candidates who did not show up. They learned that Bonnie Dumanis and Carlo DeMaio lacked the courage and the courtesy to attend this mayoral forum.

Read the editorial here.