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Walmart Fight Moving To Sacramento

I would be willing to bet that even before the SD City Council voted to resend the ordinance, that the Labor controlled members had already had assurances that Juan Vargas would take up the fight. That way, they still get the Labor vote next time. Juan Vargas was pushing this before he went to the State. I hope the people who elected Juan Vargas finally see what kind of person he is, and either recall him or at the least replace him in two years.
And Yes Juan, the people DID VOTE on the ordinance, the quick signature gathering that forced this decision by the City Council should show you that people know what they want, NOT WHAT YOU WANT.

February 3, 2011 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supercenters On San Diego City Council Agenda This Week

This issue that bothers Councilman Gloria is the same issue that bothers the Unions which own him. Walmart is NON UNION. Therefore it is bad and creates problems. NOTHING can be further from the truth. Most employees of Walmart really like the Company and the job they are doing. Most of all, the majority of persons who shop Walmart do it to save money, which is what real people do to make ends meet, unlike standard Government purchasing which is designed to be the MOST expensive.

November 2, 2010 at 9:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Council Mandates Equal Benefits for Domestic Partners

This is just another "back door" mandate to make sure "managed competition" can't possibly be cheaper for any contract. This just means a private business owner must provide the same overly expensive benefits, retirement, healthcare, and wages that we already pay for the union employees. Councilman Todd Gloria is only doing the bidding of his union bosses by pushing this new mandate.
Government DOESN'T have the RIGHT or LEGAL authority to tell a private business how to run his or her business, and what wages or benefits to offer. The last time I looked, there is no "mandantory" vacation, sick leave, or "living wage" (which is not the same as minimum wage) in any of the California Labor Codes. An employeer MAY offer these benefits, but is not required to provide them. AND THIS IS THE CITY WHICH WANTS ANOTHER 1/2 CENT SALES TAX INCREASE. I hope the residence of San Diego are not stupid enough to fall for this .

October 19, 2010 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Move Afoot To Cut Benefit Costs For Public Safety Employees

Give away a little, and take back a lot. This just shows how public employee unions have driven San Diego into near bankruptcy. Not to mention City Council members who DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD. Take a look into the near future. If ONE class of employee gets special treatment, then ALL should get same treatment. THERE GOES PENSION REFORM. For the first time ever the SDCERS has taken a positive step to controlling costs associated with over promising and under funding, now the UNIONS are crying foul and TOLD there employees (City Council) to bypass the SDCERS rulings.

July 22, 2010 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plastic Bag Bill Ban Moves Ahead In Sacramento

Anything that Surfrider wants, I am against. They have cost the California economy and untold Millions of Dollars. Its very interesting that like most enviornmental groups, all they are interested in is wheres the money.
FACT: Create a problem and file a lawsuit to get the problem corrected.

SETTLE OUT OF COURT: give them $$$$ and all of a sudden the problem doesn't exist.

Every grocery store that I have been in offers "reusable" bags, which last maybe 5-6 times or is just plain to much of a pain in the "B***" to carry around.
And we all know, any "regulation or law " comming out of Sacramento is only in it for the Money. I would bet NO Sacramento official ever has to carry their own bags, let alone acually going shopping.

Get REAL: learn how to live within a budget, stop spending what you don't have . Then you can ask the people if this is a "problem" or needs addressing.

June 1, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Growth Conundrum: SANDAG Hosts Workshops On Transportation Planning

SANDAG has been wrong on their growth projections for the past 2-3 years.
But I digress. If SANDAG want to "reduce the carbon footprint" , we CAN NOT GROW. In order to "reduce " , the complete size of our county and all the needs of water, electricity, food production, birth rate, and yes even transportation would have to fall at a minimum of twice the projected growth.
If and when SANDAG convinces the various Cities, and County to stop all development until our population can drop by an appropriate percent to accomplish the "carbon reduction", then they should sit down and shut up.

April 27, 2010 at 10:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Citizen Survey Reveals Spending Priorities

Out of a City of over half a million persons, posting a results of only 600 persons is not even close to a representation. Also, the survey said they called 600 persons, is this the total response , or is the people who responded less than 600. Lets get real numbers, get a response of at least 25% of the households and let us know the economic status of respondents (ie: average income per respondent), then you start to get a feel of how people rate the city and the spending priorities.

April 21, 2010 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Unified To Push For A Parcel Tax

In any other business requires making changes to assure that it is not running in the "red". San Diego Unified has NEVER (at least in the last 25+ years) done that. If more money came in, they spent it even if it had to add employee's (ie: do nothing jobs) to justify the added money. On top of this, the District has fooled the Public twice now on "must have" money to update existing facilities so students can learn. Prop MM and the current bond have been or will be wasted . History has proven that.
Now they want a parcel tax to "pay employee salaries, math and science programs, and new technology" which is in reality full employement for all existing employee's. Math and Science classes are part of the core classes in any school, and new technology what what was promised on the last Bond Issue. I can remember when a School could run very well with one teacher for each classroom, one Principal, one very good Secretary, usually a school nurse, a librarian (jr and senior hi), and a janitor. Parent volunteers always helped out in the lower grades, there was no vice Principal (usually a senior teacher filled this spot as part of other duties). I can also remember when kids had play time (otherwise known as physical education) and most actually enjoyed school. I would suggest that the District "SHOW ME" you can actually graduate a Hi School senior that doesn't need remedial classes when they get to College, and know something about balancing a budget before they ask for anything more.
As President O'Bama has said "BRING IN ON" and we shall see who wins

March 25, 2010 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kyocera Putting First U.S. Solar Manufacturing Plant In San Diego

There is a BIG difference between "manufacturing" and " assembling". Whis is it ? The SD Union today says "assembly" , you say "manufacture".
Putting togeather already manufactured modules, which are made outside of the US is a very small portion of the entire manufacturing process for solar power systems. The "75" persons and not necessarily NEW jobs, but saved or reassisgned jobs currently at Kyocera's San Diego Plant.

March 4, 2010 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County To Approve Pay Raises

Please don't tell me this recommended increase is due to "cost of living". Read the news, the consumer price index's are down last year and seem to be down this year (except for energy and healthcare). If you think it should go up , what about all the refunds due homeowners due to "value dropping" the past two years. If any pay increase, including the planned increase for labor contracts go thru, then the Supervisors are really OUT OF TOUCH and need to be replaced during the upcoming election. We dont need a term limit to do this.


March 1, 2010 at 10:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )