All posts tagged: California

Bipartisan Budget Agreement – Message from Scott Peters

Dear Friend, The House of Representatives ended its 2013 session last Thursday, on pace to be the least productive Congress since historians started keeping tracking. As much as I love being in San Diego, it’s ridiculous that the House adjourned three weeks before the end of the year with so many critical problems left unresolved. The Budget Agreement I am encouraged by the recent budget deal and hope it signals a reduction in the hyper-partisan, crisis-to-crisis mentality that has become the norm in Washington. For the first time in a long time, the freshman class has brought a problem-solving attitude to D.C. that our constituents expect and deserve. The budget deal, the first to pass Congress in four years, is far from perfect but it dramatically reduces the likelihood of another government shutdown, provides some relief from the sequester over the next two years, and gives the funding predictability that our military and federal agencies desperately need. Congressional To-Do List The list of items to address in 2014 is long, and I will continue to …

Notes From Covering California with Obamacare October 2013 Meeting

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4pm and welcomed and introduced City Councilmember David Alvarez, candidate for Mayor of San Diego. Mr. Alvarez gave an overview of his candidacy and thanked the County Democratic Party for their endorsement and support, and he answered questions from the audience. Ms. Peinado welcomed and introduced Mike Aguirre, candidate for Mayor of San Diego. Mr. Aguirre gave an overview of his candidacy and platform and answered questions from the audience. Ms. Peinado also recognized Lori Saldana. Guest Speaker and Q&A Amid the controversial media coverage of the commencement of Obamacare this was the second club meeting focused on the the new California healthcare initiative and implementation of the Affordable Car Act (ACA).

Dark Money Contributors to Prop 32 Held Accountable for Money Laundering

Late in the battle we fought against Proposition 32 last year, $15 million dollars was contributed to the Yes on 32 campaign in the final weeks before the election. The money was contributed by the Center to Protect Patient Rights and Americans for Responsible Leadership, two out-of-state non-profit organizations, neither of which disclosed the true source of any of the funds. Both groups have known ties to the Koch Brothers, multi-billionaires with a network of political organizations that funneled millions of dollars to ultra-conservative causes and candidates in the past. The day before the election, an operative linked to the Koch brothers admitted that he had laundered the money through the Koch network, but refused to disclose who specifically made the contributions. The No on 32 campaign took aggressive action to expose the true source of these unprecedented “dark money” contributions, leading to an investigation by the California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and the California Attorney General. With your help, they were able to defeat Proposition 32 on Election Day, but they kept the …

Update From the California Clean Money Campaign

Take Action to Show Support for Real Disclosure Governor Brown Signs One Disclosure Bill (SB 594) and Vetoes Another (SB 3) This month showed both the challenges and progress revealing hidden Big Money donors in California. Governor Brown vetoed a disclosure bill we told you about, yet he signed another. Plus, early next year we face our highest hurdle yet on big disclosure bills like the California DISCLOSE Act. Show you stand with the California Clean Money Campaign in our fight for campaign disclosure: Mixed News: Governor vetoes Sunshine in Campaigns Act bill (SB 3), but requests action We asked you to support SB 3, a bill to begin replacing California’s outmoded online lobbying and campaign finance disclosure system, and you did! Yet, despite hundreds of phone calls, over 8,100 petition signatures, and an editorial by the Los Angeles Times urging him to sign, Governor Brown vetoed SB 3. Authored by Senators Leland Yee and Ted Lieu, and sponsored by California Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of California, SB 3 was the …

News from Congressman Scott Peters

October 24, 2013 Dear Friend, As you know, the Federal Government was partially shut down for 16 days earlier this month, and we came dangerously close to defaulting on our national debt. This irresponsible event took $24 billion out of the economy and hurt families across the country, including in San Diego. In the agreement that ended the shutdown and averted default – an agreement that I supported – the House and Senate will now reconcile their differences on the budget for our country. It is my hope that Congress will use these next few months productively to get our fiscal house in order, replace sequester cuts with more targeted, mission-drive ones, and reduce waste and abuse in the Federal Government, while also funding the necessary investments to keep America competitive into the next century. Scott speaking to San Diegans on a telephone town hall during the shutdown “Seeking Lessons from the Fiscal Crisis” I recently wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times about an opinion piece that had run calling for a …

Aug 24 – WOSD Kicks Off Campaign Against Violence Against Women: No More Excuses. Stop It Now!

The recent spotlight on sexual harassment in San Diego is indicative of what many women endure in their lives. Women Occupy San Diego (WOSD), is kicking off a campaign, No More Excuses. Stop it now! to declare San Diego as ground zero for ending violence against women in every form, in partnership with: League of Women Voters-San Diego International Museum of Human Rights at San Diego Women’s Equity Council, United Nations Association-San Diego Chapter Women’s Museum of California Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition American Women for International Understanding The kick-off event is scheduled for: Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego 92101. Speakers at the event will present an overview of how violence is perpetrated against women and actions we must take to end it. The Occupella Chorus and spoken word artists from Page to Stage: Women’s Words will provide their interpretations of the problem and solutions. Following this kick-off of the No More Excuses. Stop it now! campaign, WOSD and its community partners will present …