Author: pldcruth

Mar 16 – Sunday Brunch to Meet Sarah Boot

You are invited! Sarah Boot is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, who is running to fill the District 2 City Council seat that was held by our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer. Her experience prosecuting some of San Diego’s dangerous criminals, from drug dealers to child sex traffickers, gives her a unique perspective on some of San Diego’s problems. We will be serving a Sunday Brunch on March 16, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Rollins home at 1268 Savoy St, San Diego, CA 92107. Please come and meet this brilliant, dynamic woman, who is asking for your vote in the June 3, 2014 primary election. If you already know Sarah Boot, then bring a neighbor or friend to brunch. Download this meeting flyer (PDF) to print and share. There is no charge to attend this gathering. If after meeting Sarah, you are inclined to make a donation to her campaign, it will be welcomed. RSVP to pldcruth@gmail.com or call (619) 222-9344 and leave a message if no one answers. We will be …

District 2 Seat to be Filled by City Council Appointment

The District 2 City Council seat vacated because of Faulconer’s election to mayor will be filled by a City Council appointment. There is some interest in putting Ed Harris, our Point Loma lifeguard, up for this position. He could devote the 9 or 10 months to this position and will be a good place holder for Sarah Boot. There has to be some way to undercut the help Laurie Zapp will get from the new Mayor. (Yes, I know that is not how to spell it, but that is what we will be if she gets elected to represent us, Zapped.) What do you all think? Email or leave a comment below. Ruth Rollins Treasurer & former President, Point Loma Democratic Club Within thirty days of Faulconer being inaugurated, and because there is less than one year left on his term, the City Council must appoint a replacement who agrees not to run for election for the seat. The council will hold a public hearing and listen to each potential candidate’s three minute pitch, review their …

Brian Schweitzer

Montana Experiment Brings NHS-Style Health Care to USA; Saves State Millions, Patients Delighted

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has pledged his support for single-payer health care in the past, but his recent efforts to bring zero-cost sharing primary and preventive care to Montana government employees and retirees may be doing something that most progressives would only dream could happen in America: bringing NHS-style, socialized medicine to Montana. This is a big deal and — while currently limited to state employees and retirees — could be laying the groundwork for America’s most socially-just health care system. NPR has the details: A year ago, Montana opened the nation’s first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. The Helena, Mont., clinic was pitched as a way to improve overall employee health, but the idea has faced its fair share of political opposition. A year later, the state says the clinic is already saving money. Pamela Weitz, a 61-year-old state library technician, was skeptical about the place at first. “I thought it was just the goofiest idea, but you know, it’s really good,” she says. In the last year, …

Great Presentations and Announcements at July Meeting

A Brief Summary of the July 28, 2013 Meeting James H. Kimber announced that he is running for California’s 50th Congressional District against Duncan Hunter.  James is a 20 year Veteran of the U.S. Navy and graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. He currently practices Neurosurgery in Escondido, California. The first speaker was Zuhair Al-Jezairy, an Iraqi journalist, currently editor in chief of Aswat al-Iraq news agency and part of the Iraqi Journalist Union, the previous editor in chief of the daily Arabic newspaper Al Mahda. He has also written publications and has worked on various documentaries. Since 1968, he has worked as a journalist in Baghdad, Beirut and London. Zuhair lives in Iraq, where he manages the country’s first independent news agency, Voice of Iraq. He has published nine books, including two novels, in Arabic. His account of returning to Iraq after 25 years in exile is called “The Devil You Don’t Know: Going Back to Iraq“. Robert DeVries reported on the Central Committee meeting held on Thursday, July 25. He read the official statement from the …

Draft Resolution on Identity Theft – For Discussion

History of my concern: After the Cedar Fire in 2003, my daughter opened a bank account for the FEMA funds covering her losses and at that time moved to Del Mar. A friend, pretending to help watch her daughter after school some days, intercepted her bank statements and began to siphon off the funds via Pay Pal payments and ATM cash withdrawals. Then he would make deposits to cover the withdrawals with checks that appeared to be pay-checks but would later bounce. She learned of this when the bank called to say they were closing the account. It only had about $2,000.00 left. She attempted to file a police report in San Diego, where the bank was located, but was told she had to file in Del Mar. After jumping through a lot of hoops a report was filed and a deputy came to pick up the evidence. That was the last she ever heard about that. I called a friend who worked in the court system and gave her the case number and other references …