May 5, 2006

Political Notes:

Eminent Domain Forum

On Monday, May 8 the Northwest Civic Association will sponsor a community forum on Eminent Domain. Panelists will have a lively discussion, & answer questions from the public. Everyone is invited & encouraged to attend. To date, confirmed panelists include Congressman Bob Filner, Planning Commissioner Gary Nordstrom, & attorney Steve Haskins. Proposition C is the anti-eminent domain initiative that will be on the June ballot in Chula Vista. The forum will provide an opportunity for an exchange of differing views. Northwest Civic Association will not be advocating a specific position on the issue.

The Northwest Civic Association is a grassroots organization whose mission is to empower the diverse residents of northwest Chula Vista to enhance, protect, and preserve the unique character, quality, and heritage of northwest Chula Vista through education and group action.

Monday May 8th @ 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library at 4th Ave. & F St.

House Passes Solis’ Juárez Resolution

Resolution Expresses Support for Families of the U.S. Border City

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 90 (H. Con. Res. 90), legislation authored by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis to address the disappearances and murders of more than 400 women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

“We are one step closer to bringing justice to the families of Ciudad Juarez,” said Congresswoman Solis. “Passage of this important measure signifies strong U.S. Congressional support for the families of Juárez and the need to address this tragic human rights situation. Binational cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico will help bring an end to the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez and closure to their families,” Solis said.

H. Con. Res. 90 condemns the ongoing abduction and murders of young women in Ciudad Juárez and the city of Chihuahua in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico; expresses condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims; and proposes a set of actions to investigate and prevent the crimes. For the past three years, Congresswoman Solis has been working to bring more attention to the brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juárez, a city located just minutes from the U.S. border. 

The next step in the legislative process is for the Senate to pass an identical resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 16, was introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and has 18 cosponsors, including four Republicans.

Filner Fundraiser

Join Congressman Bob Filner for a an evening of food, wine and Baroque music featuring a short concert by the Windsor Hills Consort in support of his 2006 re-election campaign, Sunday May 7, 2006, 5:30 p.m. at the home of Pamela Bensoussan, 616 2nd Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Sponsor: $150 Friend: $75

RSVP to  (619) 425-5047; go online to: http://www.bobfilnerforcongress.com/bensoussan.html; Or email margret@bobfilnerforcongress.com.

North County Unity Coalition Monthly Meeting Saturday, May 13 in Escondido

The next monthly general meeting of the North County Unity Coalition is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 9:00am. The meeting will be held at the Communication Workers of America Local 9511 Union Hall, located at 1525 Simpson Way, in Escondido. The event is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for 90 minutes.

The May meeting’s agenda includes planning the Coalition’s June 17 fundraiser at the Buena Vista Adobe in Vista, which is part of the organization’s strategy to raising funds needed to open a coordinated campaign office in North County this fall.

Candidates for the SD Co Democratic Party’s Central Committee from the 74th and 75th Assembly Districts are also being invited to attend and speak briefly, followed by a straw poll of affiliated clubs’ leaders. Results will be publicized in an e-mail to Unity’s Activist members and posted at the Coalition’s website.

The North County Unity Coalition was founded in 1994 to coordinate local political action in North San Diego, Southwest Riverside, and Southern Orange Counties. The general meeting serves as a forum for the leaders of its affiliated clubs to plan and organize the coalition’s sponsored coordinated activities.

The public may contact Communications Chair Matt O’Connor at 858/774-1018, or by sending e-mail to moconnor@NCUnity.org with any questions.

More Than One Million Signatures Filed for Tobacco Tax Initiative

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at rallies outside of county Registrar of Voters’ offices throughout the state today to mark the filing of 1.1 million signatures for a ballot initiative that would provide critical funding to prevent smoking, especially among children. The initiative would strengthen and expand the reach of existing tobacco use prevention programs; fund health insurance for children; and provide needed resources for other health care priorities including disease prevention, medical research, and emergency room care.

Thousands of volunteers from sponsoring organizations have been in shopping malls, parking lots and churches throughout the state over the past three months signing up voters to support the initiative. A total of 200,000 signatures were collected from the coalition’s volunteer base, with the balance from paid signature gatherers.

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