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Comments made by Roberto Rolando Salinas

ICE Using New Tool For Detention Decisions

If ICE is releasing and has released "detainees" it obviously wasn't necessary to arrest and detain them to begin with. Fact is the Border Patrol, Customs, ICE, and the other unknown services and budgeting is nothing but a farce. The militarization of the border is totally unnecessary, it is a ruse used to line the wallets of the prison industrial complex, the paymasters of most all of our elected officials. By their own admission, Border Patrol apprehensions are at historic lows, not because of the 22-thousand agents and numerous military aides such as drones, sensors, A-wax, spotter planes, helicopters, and budgets in the billions of dollars, not because of those efforts. The real reason is very simple, the US economy. So if we are bankrupt as a country and we need to cut services, maybe we can eliminate unnecessary personnel. It is laughable, government officials lying, trying to convince the public that really, we really have a pending security crisis. You can't believe anything government officials say. Numbers don't lie, but lair's do figures. Shameful.

March 8, 2013 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Stronger Penalties For Gang-Related Crimes Proposed By San Diego Law Makers

The District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has a very serious credibility problem, as made evident during her mayoral race, and the rabid criticism of Bob Filner. She has committed serious flaws of judgement prioritizing cases to be tried by conviction outcomes. She proudly claims that she has the highest prosecution convictions of any the states DA's. She has tried murder suspects that were latter released and judged to be not guilty, she has failed to arrest and prosecute a husband that later killed his wife.

Sheriff Bill Gore seems to believe that lying or not disclosing the usage or number of drones owned by the Sheriff's department is considered to be the public's right to know. That kind of obfuscation should not be permitted by the San Diego taxpayers, he knows better. Both cases reflect the Republican mentality that the voters soundly rejected, lets hope that they too will soon be holding their farewell parties.

November 26, 2012 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Border Patrol Locks In Multi-Million Dollar Drone Contract

Sheer madness, more sophisticated toys for the boys, for the final leg of militarizing the border. Like the hundreds of billions of wasted tax dollars on the 40-year War on Drugs with no hope of ever winning. Hundreds of millions of dollars now being wasted by Homeland Security to fight a contrived enemy that can't be found and destroyed. An enemy being sought by 250-thousand Mexican soldiers, and 50-thousand Mexican Federal law enforcement agents, using the latest in American technology and assisted by the DEA, FBI, CIA, ICE, and US counterinsurgency elite military units. Just like under the Bush administration and the then Homeland Security Czar, Micheal Chert-off, as head of the agency he approved and ordered 1000's of x-ray machines for TSA to use at airports, we know know they are useless, then when he leaves the agency he goes to work for the company that sold the x-ray machines to Homeland Security. The only winners on the war on drugs and securing the border, are corrupted politicians, lobbyist, and their paymasters, the Military Industrial Complex, bleeding the taxpayer, of the last drop. Shameful, decadent and devoid of decency.

November 26, 2012 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kehoe Withdraws Request To Audit Controversial Escondido Checkpoints

Very disappointing that Sen. Kehoe has withdrawn her audit request. She is one of the few elected officials that has continually challenged those seeking to violate the rights of the public. Her call for more transparency in government is welcomed, but as we have witnessed in Escondido, they work more effectively under a cover of darkness.

August 8, 2012 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tule Wind Project Up For Key Vote in San Diego

There should be a major protest by animal rights groups. Over a billion birds a year die as a result of slamming into glass buildings and windows. What has the wind power initiators done to insure bats, eagles, hawks, and other necessary bird species are sparred and protected? Nothing, and they won't. The County Board of Supervisors has a long history of siding with corporate interest over the public's interest. Evidenced by their collective Scrooge attitude in making Food Stamps accessible to a starving citizens, mostly elderly and children. If they won't make food more accessible to the hungry, they sure aren't going to lift a finger to save birds.

August 8, 2012 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kehoe Withdraws Request To Audit Controversial Escondido Checkpoints

I want to thank Senator Kehoe for her attention to this most serious matter. Escondido needs more audits focusing on their blatant discriminatory policing and anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant policies and procedures. Mayor Sam Abed and Police Chief Jim Maher, can try and convince the public that their policies are not targeted at Mexican or Mexican looking people, but Sen. Kehoe, the ACLU, and former law enforcement officers know profiling when they see it. Shameful racist policies alive and well in Escondido, I for one will not spend a penny of my money in Escondido and have encouraged my friends and relatives to do the same.

August 7, 2012 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Goldsmith Hopes To 'Give Stability In The Midst Of Change'

Goldsmith is an anti-union, anti-worker, Republican and has demonstrated it publicly. His recent editorial in the anti-union, anti-worker, San Diego Union Tribune, gives true insight of this alleged public servant and his anti-union position. Like many of the city's elected and appointed figures, it is obvious that they favor the Republican insiders and the "Good Ole Boys" that have controlled city and county governments for to long. Afraid of offending his supporting fraternity, he didn't have the good judgement to file charges against the mayor when he broke the law. He has lost major and significant law suits, costing the city millions of dollars. A Superior Court judge recently admonished two of his prosecutors for discrimination. There are many other instances of his biased direction and policies. Elected officials should represent, or least give the appearance of representing the best interest of all the people, not just the chosen few. As a former judge, we trust that he has some understanding of the law and fairness. Goldsmith should more be more attentive to the many concerns of the public interest, and less to the concerns of the monied interest.

August 1, 2012 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Insiders Say San Onofre Failed To Fix Fire Safety Problems This Year Despite 2010 Warning From Feds

Does this surprise anyone? They don't care about public safety, even their workers had to leak to government investigators because no one within the company would, or wanted to listen. This is business as usual, when the melt down comes, it will be the Feds with taxpayer money subsidizing the Corporate pariah, because not only is it to big to fail, but it has friends in very high places. A who's who of elected officials who have their money invested in Southern California Edison. Never ending corporate corruption aided and perpetuated by elected officials and well connected government agency investigators that are powerless to regulate. Maybe the power companies can regulate themselves, just like the banks and wall street. Shameful.

August 1, 2012 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Military Force An Option Against Iran, Says Panetta

The practice is called "Perception Management", contrive through misinformation and propaganda a monstrous enemy that threatens the security of the state. Attack, define, demonize, and destroy. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama, beginning needless, never ending military conflicts. Since 1953, the US has been tormenting Iran, overthrowing a democratically elected government, imposing a brutal dictator, underlining the true motives and meaning of a Democratically elected government. All for the retention and control of the fourth largest proven oil reserve, controlled by British Petroleum who had cheated Iran out it's royalties and were thrown out. Clearly contrary to International Law. We have 40-US military bases surrounding Iran, Israel has nuclear weapons and the latest technological weaponry the bankrupted American taxpayer can't afford. 59-years of a fatally flawed foreign policy that only rewards military contractors,lobbyist, and the politicians who receive money for their support. It is a totally corrupt system that kills millions of innocent people, and defies any proportion of logic. Insanity!

August 1, 2012 at 2:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

District 1 Race Could Shift Balance Of Power On SD City Council

I heard the roundtable on midday with the candidates. Thank you for the program it was very interesting and insightful. I was very impressed with Mr. Byran Pease. I don't live in that district but if I did he would be my choice. He seemed to be the candidate that best understood the delicate nature of of going forward with pension reform. He seemed to be staunchly defending city employees against the flagrant abuses Prop B would impose with a 401K retirement plan. He also has vast experience in another very delicate and complex subject matter, the environment. I was very impressed, and though I can't support him in the voting booth I hope he is successful in his political career. We need compassionate, caring elected officials, who believe in public service, not corporate service, as is now the case in city and county governments.

May 25, 2012 at 11:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )