Yesterday, San Diego News Room reported that despite the state reigning in costs associated with the Ralph M. Brown Act, both the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego City Council both committed to following open government and transparency measures laid out in the 1953 legislature-enacted law.
As a point of information, the Brown Act was enacted by the state legislature back in the 50′s to allow the public right of knowledge and participation in municipal government meetings.
For years, Councilwoman Donna Frye championed open government in San Diego, and expressed her thoughts recently about the state’s move to curb certain parts of the Brown Act.
Although there’s much I may disagree with Mrs. Frye on, I must applaud her past and current efforts in highlighting government transparency at City Hall — and I encourage it at all levels of government. Continue reading
A close friend of mine who works as a political consultant put this chart together showing the progression of votes I’ve received from Republican voters in San Diego County since 2008.
He proceeded to tell me, “If you were a stock, people should be buying and investing.” I figured I’d post this and let you all decide.
I gotta tell you, there’s not a more rewarding feeling then having random folks — having just met some of them — communicate that they believe in you, and like the job you’re doing.
Can’t say I’d be as successful though if I didn’t listen to the needs of others and do my best to make it happen. Honesty, trust, and sincerity is a hard thing to find in politics. My advice: just keep yourself grounded and real.
12 propositions have qualified for the November ballot. My good friend Chris Nguyen over at OC Political provides a great rundown of all the initiatives and what they’ll effect if they’re approved (or not) by the voters. Check out Chris Nguyen’s post here.
For more information, check out the California Secretary of State’s website on ballot measures.
Today, is the June Primary Election.
If you need to know where your polling place is, please visit the San Diego County Registrar of Voters “Find Your Polling Place” page at this link. All you need to do is input your address, and the information should come up.
Polls open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm.
Today, the L.A. Daily News highlights a new radio ad push by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to help Latino voters better connect with the Republican Party.
Riordan, who served as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993-2001, earned as much as 60% of the Latino vote throughout his tenure as mayor of the nation’s second largest city.
Despite an unsuccessful gubernatorial run in 2002, Riordan continues to remain a pillar within the Republican Party — and he understands the need to include in this all-important demographic into our party.
As do I. Continue reading
Posted in 2012, May, Politics
Tagged california, diversity, gop, latinos, politics, primary election 2012, republican, richard riordan, ryan trabuco, voter registration
I’ve watched the last two Republican debates before the upcoming New Hampshire, and anyone who knows me will probably tell you that I’ve already made my selection for President, Jon Huntsman. His campaign mantra over the last few months has been putting “country first.” A noble line. A great line. But, it hadn’t hit me until this morning — watching Governor Huntsman defend his service as an Ambassador in Obama’s Administration — did it all start to gel. It clicked. I understood, and could actually personally relate to the Governor. Continue reading
UPDATED: June 23rd, 2011
Before I begin this post, I must first preface the fact the only reason any congressional, legislative, and/or other governmental districts are gerrymandered for one of two reasons: 1) to protect incumbents, and 2) to disenfranchise voters and communities.
Much has been said within the City of San Diego lately about redistricting. After all, the 2010 Census results have been released which means that every governmental body which elects by districts must be redrawn to account for population growth and shifts. Often times, it determines who even is able to best represent various communities of interest.
Posted in 2011, May
Tagged asians, california, clairemont town council, diversity, latinos, lgbt, politics, ryan trabuco, san diego, san diego county
The Noblest Motive Is The Public Good, County of San Diego
Yesterday, I had the honor of being re-appointed by my County Supervisor Ron Roberts, currently Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors, to serve my second term (although, my first, full four-year term) as a member on the San Diego County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board.
I was first appointed by Supervisor Roberts February of 2009 to fill a vacancy on the board. Given my previous experience with alcohol and drug prevention policy and issues, I was given this opportunity. I had perviously served on the Orange County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board from September 2006 until my move to San Diego in December 2007. Continue reading
Posted in 2011, April, Politics
Tagged alcohol and drug policy, alcohol and drug prevention, california, madd, politics, republican, ron roberts, ryan trabuco, san diego, san diego county
Here is a letter I have quickly drafted in response to Assemblyman Donnelly’s AB26:
Assemblyman Donnelly, as a fellow California Republican, I respectfully disagree with your proposed AB 26. Following SB 1070 in Arizona, the controversy and racial divisiveness it has caused Republicans in Arizona with the Latino communities hasn’t been good, and continuing down that path will not help us electorally in the future. Continue reading
President Abraham Lincoln
Viability. Dedication. Trust. Three of the biggest challenges my party faces in every election going forward with one very important group — Latino voters.
New U.S. Census figures for 2010 show that not only are Latinos the fastest-growing ethinic minority in the country, but they’re on the rise to become a minority-majority in various states. There are more Latinos in California than anywhere else the country, and with that power, comes the power to vote. And with that vote, comes great responsibility. Continue reading
Posted in 2011, March, Politics
Tagged california, gop, latinos, national, politics, republican, san diego, san diego county, somos republicans