April 14, 2006

Political Notes:

Congressman Bob Filner Announces a Congressional Hearing on his bill: The Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act, H.R. 23

Congressman Bob Filner announced that a Congressional hearing on his bill, the Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act, H.R. 23, has been scheduled by the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

The bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a monthly benefit of $1,000 to WWII Mariners or their widows in lieu of benefits not received after World War II. The bill has 249 co-sponsors and was introduced last year in the 109th Congress by Congressman Filner.

The Merchant Mariners are considered the forgotten service.  The group was denied their rights under the G.I. Bill of Rights that Congress enacted in 1945, in spite of the fact that World War II Merchant Mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any of the branches of service in that war. 

“It is vital that we fix this injustice endured by our nation’s Merchant Mariners and pass H.R. 23 as quickly as possible,” stated Congressman Bob Filner.


South County Residents Invited To Discuss Future Healthcare Needs

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled In Chula Vista On County’s Healthcare Safety Net Study

WHO: Supervisor Greg Cox; The Abaris Group; and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency

WHAT: Public meeting for South County residents to learn more about how the County will conduct its Healthcare Safety Net Study.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: HHSA South Region Center, 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista

WHY: Initiated by Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts, the County of San Diego will soon begin its Healthcare Safety Net Study that will ultimately project future healthcare demand and determine the resources required to meet the community’s healthcare needs.

Town hall meetings have been scheduled throughout the County to inform residents and stakeholders about how the County will conduct the study with its contractor, the Abaris Group, as well as to gather perspectives from the community.

The April 18th meeting has been organized by Supervisor Greg Cox specifically to hear the concerns of residents in Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Otay/Nestor, San Ysidro, and other South County communities.

Attendees are being asked to RSVP by calling (619) 531-5111. For information, visit the project website at www.abarisgroup.com, and click on “Project Sites.”

National City Tax Proponents Can’t Count!

Randy Myrseth, a disabled veteran and registered Libertarian, is suing the authors of a ballot argument for being unable to count.

The authors are proponents of Proposition D, a National City June ballot measure which, if approved in this June election, will raise the sales tax throughout National City by one full percentage point. These high tax advocates are being sued because they submitted the official ballot argument which exceeds the legal word limit – by a lot!

Ballot arguments are the short essays that accompany the propositions in every voter’s sample ballot — exhorting the reader to vote either for or against each measure.

By state law, ballot arguments are strictly limited to 300 words or less. Myrseth, a National City resident, is suing because the proponents submitted a ballot argument of 341 words — 41 words over the limit.

It’s official. Remy Bermudez for City Council 2006

Remy Bermudez is a qualified candidate for the June 6, 2006, election for the Eighth City Council seat for the full 4-year term.

Bermudez states that she has the heart, passion, commitment, courage, knowledge and ability to deliver to turn things around in our District. “With my heart on hand, my Master’s in City Planning and my commitment to deliver, I’ve tackled local and regional problems, always creating solutions in partnership with our residents and organized neighborhood groups.”

Bermudez believes that the future of our District is still up in the air because business is still as usual. For decades, the 8th District seems to be on a standstill as far as public improvements, community services, lack of job development, lack of affordable (low, low-moderate and moderate income) housing…all due to institutional neglect. In addition, our agricultural lands in South San Diego, our bay in Barrio Logan/Logan Heights, and our environmentally-sensitive resources and urban creeks go unperceived by all levels of governments, associated bureaucracies and the media.

Atkins Endorses Barrera for Supervisor in race against Roberts

San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkins formally endorsed Labor leader Richard Barrera in his campaign for Supervisor against 12 year incumbent Republican Ron Roberts. Atkins, who had considered entering the race herself, said Barrera had the passion and drive need for position of Supervisor.

“As a council member dedicated to a better San Diego, I’m excited to endorse Richard Barrera for County Supervisor. Richard’s devotion to the working people and families of San Diego will bring a critical new perspective to our county government and our community. I was encouraged to run for this seat myself, but chose not to because I need to focus on the challenges facing our city, and because I believe that Richard Barrera has the right commitment and right expertise to be a great County Supervisor,” said Atkins.

Barrera, a Democrat, announced he is seeking the seat due to what he labeled the current Board’s “ideology,” which he said attacks government support for working people as “a hand-out, not a hand-up.” The county Board of Supervisors is currently represented by five Republicans. All of the Supervisors have been in office more than a decade, with Roberts elected to his current seat in 1994. Barrera earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and his BA in History from the University of California at San Diego.

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