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Its' Freakin’ Immoral

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Its' immoral, cowardly, and just plain wrong for us to "resolve" today's' budget issues by passing them on to future generations. Doing so is every bit as much "taxation without representation" as was the Stamp Act that spawned the Revolutionary ...

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Holding the Bag-Pensions

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Our first two “Holding the Bag” articles put the spotlight on a common yet irresponsible financial management practice – making promises to public sector employees to pay for health care after retirement, without putting money aside to cover their cost. ...

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Holding the Bag - There's More

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Last week we pointed out that the La Mesa Spring Valley School District has an unfunded liability for retiree health care of almost $24,000,000. That amount of money should have been set aside to pay for promises to provide for ...

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Who Is Left Holding LMSV $24 Million Bag?

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The La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group strongly advocates that public sector governing bodies practice sound financial management. Among other things that means paying for current services with current revenues. It is far too easy for public officials, when money is ...

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Madrid tops SANDAG payments list with $45,650.00

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SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments, has provided information on stipend payments since 2003 for La Mesa representatives. Mayor Art Madrid tops the list with $45,650. In that same time period the other payments are Dave Allan $6,700, Ruth ...

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La Mesa passes tougher AB1234 policy

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On the heels of a Art Madrid rehearsed temper tantrum directed at Council Member Ernie Ewin and described by one La Mesa city hall insider as "rude, boorish and offensive" the City Council, ignoring the Mayors request to close the ...

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La Mesa Mayor again tops list for travel expenses!

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La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid has again outdistanced other city council members in travel for the first half of fiscal year 2012-2013 with just under $5,000 expended. The list of expenses was provided by the La Mesa City Clerk. The ...

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La Mesa reaffirms 2009 "Germane to The Operation of The City" Policy

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12/11/12 -Thumbs up to the La Mesa City council for reaffirming in a 5-0 vote the 2009 “Germane to the operation of the city” policy for council initiated items as a way to further trim unnecessary actions and expenses not ...

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Mayor Wants to Promote Agendas Without Council Majority Approval

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Both the Fair Trade Town and fracking issues discussions going on right now are not really about fair trade or fracking. They are really about the same core issues—process, open government and transparency. In both cases, the mayor wants to ...

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LMCOG La Mesa City Council Recommendation-Laura Lothian

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Over the past month LMCOG has had the opportunity to meet with each of the five candidates for City Council to discuss their ideas for the future of our City. We appreciate their willingness to meet with us and to ...

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LMCOG Proposition Recommendations

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Proposition 32: Stop Special Interest Money Now. La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group recommends a YES vote on Proposition 32. This proposition allows employees to decide whether or not they want their money to be used to support political causes. At ...

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Questions for Helix Water District Board Candidate Lori Kern

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In an effort to begin a dialog on political issues for the residents of La Mesa, the La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group recently sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates for the Helix Water District Governing Board. Today we ...

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Pension Reform Legislation - A Fig Leaf For A Tax Increase

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Pension Reform Legislation - A Fig Leaf For A Tax Increase is how one publication described the recent California "pension reform" legislation. The Wall Street Journal agreed, opining, (Governor) "Brown's pension deal is little more than grease for a tax ...

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Questions for La Mesa City Council Candidates

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In an effort to encourage a dialog on political issues for the residents of La Mesa, the La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group recently sent a questionnaire to all of the 5 candidates for La Mesa City Council. Four of the ...

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Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
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