All posts filed under: Education

State of the Union

President Obama used the State of the Union 2015 to set the discussion on issues of importance to all San Diegans – Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Free Community College, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Fast Internet Access. Learn more here. President Obama’s State of the Union Address — Remarks As Prepared for Delivery There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech, but they can’t report on it until a designated time). The reporters then start sending it around town to folks on Capitol Hill to get their reaction, then those people send it to all their friends, and eventually everyone in Washington can read along, but the public remains in the dark. This year that changed. For the first time, the White House made the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online. On Medium, you can follow along with the speech as …

Ballot Initiatives this November 2014

In San Diego over the last few months we’ve seen how the ballot process is used to overturn the rule of representative government. The repeal of an increase of a levy on commercial construction that funds affordable housing projects, the overthrow of the Bario Logan Community Plan, and the minimum wage increase and earned sick days ordnance, are all examples of how the business community has learnt how to get its own way through calculation (of low voter turnout) and duplicity. Ballot initiatives are often tricky to interpret, written to appear like one thing while really being another. Then there are those that mix several proposals together in an attempt to find enough supporters.Propositions attempt to do an end-run around nuance and necessary compromises that are an outcome of the regular legislative process. So what are we to make of the propositions on this November’s ballot? Here’s the thinking that comes from the California Democrat Party. Yes on Proposition 1 WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) — Provides a reliable supply …

Oct 1 – Coffee with Senator Block – Pt Loma Library

You are Invited! Who: Senator Marty Block What: State Legislative Update When: 6 – 8pm, Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 Where: Pt Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire St, San Diego 92107 Please attend this town hall and hear the “annual report to the community” to understand the legislative work accomplished this year and laws going into effect next year. Whether it’s improving education, tackling water policy, reducing red tape at state agencies, or any other state issue or question, bring your priorities or legislative ideas to share. RSVP to Jay Baruian at (619) 645-3133 or

Oct 1 – League of Women Voters Candidates Reception & Forum

The League of Women Voters of San Diego invites you to attend a Meet the Candidates Reception and Forum for the following positions to be decided with the November 4 election: State Senate, Districts 36, 38 and 40; State Assembly, Districts 71, 77, 78 and 79; San Diego City Council, District 6; San Diego Community College, Districts A and E; Superior Court Judge, Office 25; and San Diego Unified School Board, Area B. When Wednesday, October 1, 6 – 8 pm Where Hall of Champions in Balboa Park Moderated by Carl Luna, PhD Professor of Political Science, San Diego Mesa College Candidates will each make two minute introductory statements. Time will be provided to network and ask questions of candidates in an informal atmosphere. Forum will follow League of Women Voters protocols. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited. If you have questions, please call Jeanne Brown, LWVSD Program Director, at (619) 857-1807.

Sep 6 – Meet & Greet in OB for Kevin Beiser, Running for School Board

Please join Jane Gawronski to support Kevin Beiser, president of the San Diego Unified School Board of Trustees (and unanimously endorsed by the club). This is NOT a fundraiser, it is an opportunity for folks to meet Kevin and pick up a lawn sign. When Saturday, Sep 6th 1:00-2:00 pm Where At the home of Jane Gawronski 4867 Coronado Avenue San Diego, CA 92107 This is not a fundraiser, but you can contribute online at