September 13, 2002

Political Notes:

Congressman Filner Seeks City Ethics Investigation into Plans for San Ysidro Library

On August 30, 2002 Congressman Bob Filner submitted a formal request that the San Diego City Ethics Commission investigate the application for state funding of the San Ysidro Library.

That request was based on the “donation” of the second floor of a building and parking space in the Las Americas shopping center that was valued at over $3,000,000. Filner claims that the value of this property was intentionally exaggerated to increase the amount of matching state funds – and to give these millions of public dollars to a favored private developer.

“Here’s what’s going on,” said Filner. “The new Las Americas shopping center is struggling. By leasing (not selling!) the second floor of a building for a library, the owner of that building gets millions of publiclypaid-for improvements to a building that hew still owns! It brings traffic to the center. In other words, millions of tax dollars are used to help a private business – and a library is built at the furthest edge of San Ysidro in an unsafe place for children, instead of in the middle of the community at the location chosen by neighborhood residents during a four year planning process.”

Governor Signs Bill Empowering Local Governments

Governor Gray Davis signed legislation, September 3, 2002, that gives local governments the right to enforce local labor standards on all economic development projects within their jurisdiction.

“This bill allows entities to enforce their own local labor standards,” Gov. Davis said. “It eliminates the need for local governments to negotiate with state agencies on the right to enforce such standards on a project-by-project basis.”

AB 2509, by Assembly Member Jackie Goldberg (D- Los Angeles), exempts state agencies that provide funding to projects in local jurisdictions from requirements that those jurisdictions not enforce local labor standards as a condition of receiving state funds.

State Legislature Approves Measure Affirming That Local and State Police Lack Authority to Enforce Civil Immigration Law

On August 29, 2002, the state legislature approved Assembly Joint Resolution 57 by Assembly members Manny Diaz (D-San Jose) and Marco Firebaugh (D-South Gate), which states the concerns of the Legislature about the use of state and local law enforcement agents to enforce immigration law. It also states legislative findings that under existing California law, state and local law enforcement agencies lack authority to stop, arrest, or detain persons based upon suspected or alleged violations of the civil provisions of the federal immigration laws.

Bill Creating California Cultural and Historical Endowment Act Heads to Governor

Legislation creating California’s first Cultural and Historical Endowment Act, authored by Assembly majority Floor Leader Marco A. Firebaugh (D-South Gate) is on Governor Davis’ desk for approval.

The Endowment will make grants and loans, using Proposition 40 funds, for historic and cultural projects. It would fund various projects, but would give priority to more recent historical and cultural developments, including:

· The histories and cultures of ethnic communities that comprise California

· Projects preserving and interpreting the ways that ordinary people live

· Projects preserving and interpreting the industries, technologies, and enterprises that built California’s economy.

South Bay Forum to Hold Candidates Forum

The South Bay Forum will host a Candidates Forum for Chula Vista Elementary, South Bay Union Elementary and San Ysidro Elementary School governing board candidates at the Chula Vista Public Library Auditorium, 4th and F Street at 6 pm., on Wednesday, September 18, 2002.

Republican Statewide Candidates Forum

The California Republican National Hispanic Assembly will be hosting the Republican Statewide Candidates Forum, Monday, September 16, 2002 from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Bahia Hotel 998 West Mission Day Dr., Mission Ballroom. The candidate’s forum is free and open to the public by reservations. Following the forum there will be a VIP Reception with a ticket price of $25.

For forum reservations log email: velcom1@aol.com, leave name and telephone number. For VIP reservations email: theresecr@prodigy.net, leave name and telephone number. For general information call the RNHA voice mail 619-889-RNHA (7642).

Meet the GOP Candidate

Billy and Shirley Casper will be hosting a “Meet the GOP Candidate for the 40th Senate District,” Saturday, September 14, 2002, 7 p.m., at the San Diego Country Club, 88 L Street, Chula Vista. 40th Senate District candidate Mike Giorgino is the you will be meeting. RSVP to Jeanne Bilson at 619-397-5797.

Meet Judge Dumanis, Candidate for District Attorney

The public is invited to a Kick-off Event for Judge Bonnie Dumanis, Candidate for District Attorney of San Diego County, Wednesday, September 18, 2002, 5 – 7 pm. at the U.S. Grant Hotel, Fourth and Broadway in the Pavilion Room.

Candidates for Otay Water Board, Seat 1

Carmelita “C.L.” Vinson is a candidate for the Otay Water Board, Seat 1. She states that ‘For years I have served in community service projects and programs benefiting people in need and intends to serve the Otay Water Board in the same respect, for the welfare of the public.’ Ms Vinson has extensive business experience and community involvement and has shunned the practice of seeking endorsements in order to demonstrate her independence.

Lynn Young is a candidate for the Otay Water Board, Seat 1. Ms Young states that ‘With three seats up for election, this is a pivotal election for the ratepayers of Otay Water District, and we can hope that good sense and integrity can once again prevail on the Board after the November elections. Ms Young is a long time resident of Chula Vista with extensive experience in public and community service. She has an extensive list of endorsements.

Democrats Open Campaign Office in North County

North County Democratic Unity 2002, a coalition of Democratic Clubs and candidate campaigns, will open a campaign headquarters Saturday, Sept. 14.

The kickoff will take place at 12:30 pm at the new office, 638 North Broadway, Escondido. The public is invited to meet local candidates for Congress, State Senate and Assembly. The event is free. “The State Democratic Party is supporting a coordinated campaign in North County,” said Erin Emblem, campaign coordinator. “We will be vigorously campaigning to elect Democratic candidates and strengthen the party here.”

John Herrera to Kick-off Campaign for the 74th Assembly

John Herrera, the Democratic party candidate for the 74th Assembly District will host a kick-off campaign gala on thursday, September 19, 02, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at La Casa Linda restaurant, 721 South Santa Fe Avenue in Vista. The public is invited. RSVP (760) 724-2508.

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