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52nd Congressional District Candidates Open Up On Key Issues

"...Bilbray said he did not have time and only agreed to be interviewed individually. He said family issues are taking up too much of his time."

If Mr. Bilbray's commitments do not allow him to campaign for the position, how can we expect him to fulfill the duties of the elected position.

That is concern one.

Concern two is his claim to be moderate while also vowing to never raise taxes on multi-millionaires or anyone else. Sensible leaders and wise legislators keep options on the table and even Regan rasied taxes. The tax burden on business has shrunk while the burden on people (especially the middle class) have increased over the last few decades. We need balance to be brought back to our tax system. His vow to the radical right means Bilbray will not serve in my interest, so I have already voted against him. TGFAB (Thank goodness for absentee ballots).

October 18, 2012 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Debate Over Prop A: Should City Ban Project Labor Agreements?

There are no PLAs in San Diego but Christen has labeled and advertized the Prop as a way to end them. So what is he really after? It makes me realize that the real pile of heaping bovine scatology is Prop A.

May 12, 2012 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kaiser Permanente Joins Chargers To Collect Sport Donations

It saddens me that the power of the Chargers and Kaiser have made this a story. There are so many other stories with merit that were not aired and were not posted online because of this PR campaign by wealthy organizations. I'd much rather see the less well-off who barely are making ends met and who have given to neighbors and friends who are in need also. It reminds me of the story of the widows mite that Jesus told. The gift of the well off were made with great fanfare (sounds like Kaiser and the Chargers) but the gift of the poor widow is of much more import in the eyes of this spiritual teacher. (Ref: Mark 13). This is just another indication of how KPBS is no longer a voice of all the community but the in service of the corporations. Sad to see it go.

December 6, 2011 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

To Clean Up SD Budget Dump, Talk Trash

Mr. Fudge, you are not providing our community good service with this story because you are simply selling the city's press release.

The planned privatizing as presented will certainly result in a tax increase. I lived in a condo in San Diego for many years and paid less than $15 per unit for our monthly trash pick-up. Now I live in a single family home and pay twice as much in property taxes as I ever paid while in the condo. This is despite the fact that the condo was 1,200 sq ft and the home only 100 sq ft more and valued at $70,000 more. I've considered the increased property tax to be more than enough to pay for trash pick-up.

If this plan goes through, I know I will be paying more than $15 a month for trash pick-up. The city has come up with a way to increase their income on the back of single family home owners. They will charge far more than the actual cost of trash pick-up.

December 10, 2010 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Defending Prop 8: Someone’s Got To Do It

I can't believe you actually said, "In other words, by refusing to represent Prop-8 supporters in court, the governor and the attorney general are disenfranchising blacks, Latinos and the poor."

Just because someone got to vote a bigoted, discriminatory measure into law doesn't mean it is valid, right, or consitutional. Prop 8 is getting it's day in court, no one is being hurt by the Governor or Attorney General's refusal to defend it.

You apparently don't understand that Prop 8's intention is to disenfranchise gay and lesbian couples. The Governor and Attorney General understand this and therefore are refusing to defend the discrimination.

Prop 8 was passed by lies and misinformation in a massive campaign orchestrated and funded by those with an ultra-conservative religious agenda. The court hearing is bearing out that their agenda is not based in fact; science; or what is best for children, families, or couples. The so-called expects and science Prop 8 supporters have presented in this case are jokes.

December 10, 2010 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Voters Reject Budget-Related Props

I was looking forward to seeing San Diego Week; we need a source of insight to help make sense of all the challenges and changes taking place in San Diego and California. How disappointing! It turns out to be nothing but the same ol' people saying the same ol' stuff. No perspective other than spreading the same old talking points. No one speaking on behalf of the everyday family.
The first story discussed was about the failure of the ballot measures. The answer the two panelist gave was to cut programs. No one mentioned how Prop 13 has been a key piece in creating the problem we are in. No one mentioned how the legislature has become so partisan they no longer work for the people. No one discussed the Governator's failed leadership. No one mentioned that Grey Davis was run out of office because he was increasing the car registration fee which, in hindsight, was a good thing to do - he was not feeding into the frenzy that created this financial mess we are in.
To make it clear, I will not bother watching the program again until I get word there is balance and broader perspective, especially someone representing the interest and needs of common ordinary people and not just large businesses.

May 23, 2009 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Activists Question Removal of Three Undocumented San Diego Teens

What has our country become and more fearful yet, what are we becoming. We've sacrificed our Bill of Rights and Constitution for a feeling of safety. We allow people to be tortured and treated worse than animals. Our country was built on immigrants and it's future will be built on immigrants.

May 23, 2009 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )