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Roundtable: More Darrell Issa, More Funds For County Supervisors, No Shelter In Escondido

KPBS Roundtable

Roundtable: More Darrell Issa, More Funds For County Supervisors, No Shelter In Escondido

Audio

Aired 6/27/14

Darrell Issa's Crusade; Escondido Says No; Supervisors Say Yes.

HOST:

Mark Sauer

GUESTS:

Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego.com

Jill Replogle, KPBS News

Alison St. John, KPBS News

Transcript

Darrell Issa: Champion Or Bully?

San Diego has five congressional representatives, but only Darrell Issa of Vista consistently is in the national news.

Issa, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is a huge thorn in the side of the Obama administration, which he has been investigating non-stop on a variety of issues, including Obamacare, Benghazi, a huge increase in the illegal immigration of children, the ATF "Fast and Furious" scandal and even the fine levied against a tree trimmer in northern California.

Issa currently is investigating scrutiny of the tax-exempt status of tea party groups by the Internal Revenue Service and the loss or destruction of e-mails and a lap-top computer belonging to Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit.

Issa's hearings have shown that the IRS is almost as bad at record-keeping as the Veterans Administration and that it lacks the capacity to store anything electronically beyond six months.

It has also been evident to many that the congressman can be his own worst enemy, at times seeming to be a petty tyrant, cutting off the microphone of Democratic committee member Elijah Cummins or objecting to the way the IRS commissioner raised his hand during the swearing-in, even as he investigates important issues and genuine problems.

No Shelter In Escondido

The Obama administration has been struggling to deal with a tsunami of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States for the last three years or so.

The government is looking for places to shelter the 50,000-plus kids until they can arrange immigration hearings — and probably deport most of them.

One area under consideration for housing them was Escondido, for some reason. But in a packed hearing Wednesday evening, the Escondido Planning Commission unanimously voted against housing any children in a vacant, 96-bed nursing home, citing parking and safety issues.

The children have made their way over an extremely dangerous route to the U.S. mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They or their parents seem to have been told that they will be allowed to stay under President Obama's executive Dream initiative. The administration is working to correct the mis-impression. , which, the administration says, is not true.

Why the government tried to house the children in such a conservative city with a history of anti-immigrant policies is anybody’s guess.

Slush Fund — Or Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants?

The San Diego County Supervisors reversed itself this week and is on the way to restoring $5 million to its discretionary fund.

The board halved the $10 million fund ($2 million for each supervisor) when budgets were tight and four years ago under heavy criticism about favoritism, self-interest and lack of transparency in the awarding of grants to community non-profits.

Supervisor Dave Roberts made the motion, which was approved unanimously. The motion and the entire budget must be approved later in the summer.

The supervisors' busy week also included addressing the Forest Conservation Initiative. It was passed by voters in 1993 to limit development on private lands in the Cleveland National Forest through zoning regulations. The sun, however, has set on the law, and it has expired.

The supervisors are considering a proposal to allow more development amid worries about lack of water and very real fire danger.

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ThomasDeSoto | June 29, 2014 at 1:08 p.m. ― 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Recently the Escondido Planning Commission voted to turn away immigrant children from a non-profit facility and were heckled by protesters from "The Heritage Foundation" , a Neo-Nazi arm of the GOP Republican Party. This was set up, a well organized, richly financed by the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and the GOP who has a long History of Pandering to the Super Wealthy and their personal agendas in order to take over public immigration hearing such as the one in Escondido with hundreds of members protesting in unison to verbally object too and intimated these charitable humanitarian facilities, as if these protestors actually live in Escondido themselves. They're all paid professional agitators, who make comments like the ones seen in the Union Tribune. This tightly nit, well organized group whose deceptive tactics of intimidation are designed to work in conjunction with the articles written by the Union Tribune, by pro Republican journalist to deceive the public into thinking that the majority of residents in Escondido are against this charitable facility. They tell others that a small minority of Spanish speaking people live in Escondido and they have no political voice and no political polling power to fight back, attempting to discourage any would be opposition from the Latino community. They say these young migrate children "Cost to much" and this will raise everyone's "taxes" in the community, when in fact the federal Government pays the majority of the bill. These people have no moral compass and are paid to object to everything Nobel that America stands for. Their actions are suspect and these types of organized protest are against the law. You ask, why would these people be so mean spirited against such a charitable organization trying to help children from the horrors of a drug war that we ourselves initiated in America. It's because of votes. These people realize that Latinos never vote Republican and by allowing more into this country dooms their chances of ever gaining political power in the future. I wish an attorney would investigate to see if anyone from the City Counsel knew prior and was monetarily motivated to this deception. If anyone from the Planning Commission attended the secret Koch Brothers meetings in Laguna Beach a few weeks prior and if anyone from the UT was there as well. The employees of the hotel could easily identify the players involved. If so, they could find themselves in big trouble and face felony charges if this story went viral. This was a well oiled conspiracy and it wouldn't take much effort by a true investigative journalist to expose these non-profits conservatives. The Supreme Court recently allowed "Donors Trust" and "Citizens United" a front group for Karl Rove and Koch Industries to poor billions into political campaigns and this was a direct result of such misguided legislation that were recently enacted.

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