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Just how ideologically polarized is San Diego’s state legislative delegation? Pretty much, judging from a recently released scorecard of how legislators voted on a series of critical bills. But some are more absolute than others. According to the survey, conducted by Sacramento-based, nonpartisan Capitol Weekly — in which a perfect liberal score was 100 and a perfect conservative score was zero — El Cajon’s Republican assemblyman Joel Anderson was tied with six of his GOP colleagues for most conservative, all with zeroes. North County assemblyman Martin Garrick wasn’t far behind, with a 2. By comparison, La Jolla’s George Plescia looked like a raving liberal, with 15, and Chula Vista’s Shirley Horton was even further to the left, with 22. Crossing the aisle to the Democrats, San Diego’s Lori Saldaña posted the delegation’s most liberal voting record at 97. Chula Vista’s Mary Salas had a 94.

Over in the senate, Escondido’s Mark Wyland tied with four of his GOP colleagues, all of whom came in with zeroes. Democrat Denise Ducheny looked more like a moderate, with 73. By contrast, her Democratic colleague Christine Kehoe was awarded 100. Among the assembly votes sampled were those on gay marriage (Saldaña and Salas, yes; Anderson, Garrick, Horton, and Plescia, no) and handing out condoms to prisoners to help prevent AIDS behind bars (Saldaña, yes; Salas, not voting; all the Republicans, no). … JMI Realty, the development outfit belonging to Padres owner John Moores, has just registered to lobby the state legislature regarding two of the firm’s big projects: Ballpark Village in San Diego and a condo development near the train station in Fullerton. Representing JMI will be KP Public Affairs, the home of David Takashima, a former top aide to ex–Democratic state senator Steve Peace, who currently works for Moores. The firm also represents Petco and the Barona tribe.

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Fred Williams Sept. 3, 2008 @ 4:19 p.m.

San Diego's representatives are polarized, but not its citizens.

Whether conservative or liberal, when I'm talking to voters while canvassing precincts door to door, the same topic comes up...corruption.

Any candidate who is willing to stand up to the entrenched downtown insiders has a good chance of getting into office this year. We're all disgusted with how many of our city representatives, of every political persuasion, have sold out to greed.

Regardless of their party affiliation, we need new blood in San Diego...the network of self-interested political prostitutes has been running things too long.

Talk to your neighbors, and discuss who you think is best placed to end the culture of corruption in San Diego. We cannot delay, deny, and deceive anymore.


jerome Sept. 4, 2008 @ 8:43 p.m.

you got it pal! i agree with you. what ever happened to integrity???? put the crooks in jail,no matter what the cost to taxpayers, the message will be sent, and the long range fiscal balance will more than a "wash" lets make san diego more popular than the weather ;i'm talking about a future for our children.with the promise of political responsibility USA FIRST. reality my friends;not political slogans.


Fred Williams Sept. 8, 2008 @ 12:16 p.m.

Where do you have your coffee? I wanna get in on this conversation, A2Z.



a2zresource Sept. 8, 2008 @ 10:02 a.m.

In my neighborhood, there is talk over morning coffee of "no" on every incumbent up for re-election, especially if the office holder had anything to do with the lack of a state budget out of the legislature.

Wasn't it Machiavelli who said a prince was essentially done for after having lost even the appearence of propriety?


a2zresource Sept. 8, 2008 @ 1:52 p.m.

Hmmm... it's kind of a virtual conversation of sorts among people with an interest in what the US DOJ calls parallel justice for victims.

Anyways, a lot of what's discussed gets posted as blogs anyways!

We just need to keep bouncing around the same general ideas here until they start sticking to a few more interested minds...


jerome Sept. 10, 2008 @ 7:50 a.m.

Machiavelli originally wrote Principe (The Prince) (1513) in hopes of securing the favor of the ruling Medici family, and he deliberately made its claims provocative. The Prince is an intensely practical guide to the exercise of raw political power over a Renaissance principality. Allowing for the unpredictable influence of fortune, Machiavelli argued that it is primarily the character or vitality or skill of the individual leader that determines the success of any state. The book surveys various bold means of acquiring and maintaining the principality and evaluates each of them solely by reference to its likelihood of augmenting the glory of the prince while serving the public interest. It is this focus on practical success by any means, even at the expense of traditional moral values, that earned Machiavelli's scheme a reputation for ruthlessness, deception, and cruelty.

got that A2Z ruthlessness,deception,and cruelty

THAT STEVIA HAS AFFECTED YOUR BRAIN and if i were you i would also quit coffee try a nice herbal tea........


a2zresource Sept. 10, 2008 @ 9:08 a.m.

Regarding #6:

I think you've summed up what is being exposed in the more developer-friendly venues here in San Diego quite nicely.

Off-hand, I'd say there are more than a few folks on and in front of our local boards and commissions who have no ruth when it comes to attaching themselves onto something lucrative, especially on the public's dime.

When the public finally sees past the clever advertising and grandiose public presentations of projects designed to sell more real estate to people who must eventually ration their water alongside their now-conserving neighbors, then the pretense of propriety is lost.

As for stevia, I'm still trying to find any research papers on its potentially narcotic effect... actually, losing over 50 pounds does make me feel kind of euphoric...


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