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Friday, July 31, 2009

Assemblyman Dan Logue on Retaining Jobs & Businesses in California

In response to regulatory authorities in California stalking California businesses, California Assemblyman Dan Logue discussed concerns about California's regulatory climate and job loss with representatives of the business community at the Capitol.

One business testified they were inspected 150 times in one year alone and paid over 9 million dollars in fees. Their crime was creating 300 jobs.

All of them testified on how costly and difficult it is to do business in California.

It was heart breaking to see these businesses fight for their lives and create opportunity for us and to be treated like criminals.

View video here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Economy Must Be Focus

An Editorial in the Sunday issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune accurately describes how California State Republican lawmakers are focusing on the critical issues that will help ease the economic burdens levied upon California Families, while State Democrats are adding to that burden.

Read that article below:

Recent headlines about San Diego County's jobless rate hitting a 26-year high of 10.1 percent and California's remaining at a record high of 11.6 percent are an urgent reminder to state lawmakers that they must act to help the economy.

This shouldn't be a partisan issue. All lawmakers must stop focusing on what the recession means for state revenue and focus on what it means for Californians.

Such a focus is plain in the agendas of Republican lawmakers from districts entirely or partly in San Diego County - Senate GOP Leader Dennis Hollingsowrth of Murrieta and Sen. Mark Wyland of Solana Beach and Assembly members Joel Anderson of El Cajon, Nathan Fletcher of San Diego, Martin Garrick of Carlsbad, Diane Harkey of Dana Point and Kevin Jeffries of Lake Elsinore. They have introduced or supported a variety of bills to reduce heavy regulations and to provide incentives for businesses to expand.

But this pro-jobs focus is absent when it comes to local Democratic lawmakers - Sens. Denise Ducheny and Christine Kehoe of San Diego and Assembly members Lori Saldaña and Marty Block of San Diego and Mary Salas of Chula Vista. Collectively, the four are listed as authors of 202 bills in the current session (the number is inflated by the dozens of measures credited to Ducheny as chair of the Senate budget committee).

There is a Kehoe bill to suspend onerous rules adopted during the state's 2000-01 energy crisis. There are also Ducheny bills including pro-jobs concessions won by Republicans in budget negotiations. Outside of that, virtually all the other bills either do nothing to help the economy or would make the business climate worse.

All four lawmakers' districts include areas that are reeling.

Perhaps Ducheny thinks her bill requiring coupons to have an Internet address is a priority. We suggest helping struggling family owned stores on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach is more important.

Perhaps Kehoe thinks changing bike-seat rules is crucial. We'd rather she help the tiny shops and restaurants barely making it on University Avenue in City Heights.

Perhaps Saldaña thinks having a Lobster Management Enhancement Advisory Committee is all-important. We suspect the hard-hit non-chain retailers on Ulric Street in Linda Vista would prefer regulatory relief.

Perhaps Block thinks urging Congress to go after tax havens is a smart use of time. We suspect the beleaguered auto body shops on Broadway in Lemon Grove would prefer tax relief.

Perhaps Salas thinks proclaiming May 3-9 as Drinking Water Week is a great idea. We bet the car washes and fruit vendors on Main Street in Chula Vista wish she thought about them instead.

Yes, lawmakers and parties have different priorities. But when unemployment is setting records, creating and saving jobs should be every lawmaker's top priority.

What will it take for this to finally sink in with Ducheny, Kehoe, Saldaña, Block and Salas? A jobless rate of 14 percent? 16 percent? 20 percent? We may find out.

View article here.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Our American Achievement

Together, let us remember those who have sacrificed over the 233 years that have led to this day to give us a nation founded on principles and defined by ordinary Americans making extraordinary accomplishments.

July 4th has come to mean even more than independence from Great Britain and the impressive journey that has followed. Today, it serves as an opportunity to appreciate the blessings of liberty over tyranny, of democracy over dictatorship, and of courage over fear.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction," said Ronald Reagan. "We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States when men were free."

Let each of us pray for those who are engaged in that ongoing struggle to preserve and defend individual human freedom and self-determination around the world. As so many have observed, the price of liberty is indeed eternal vigilance, and our nation has been blessed with an abundance of sons and daughters who have exercised that vigilance, and in so doing created a nation that has served as a refuge and safe haven for oppressed people around the world.

That is our truly American achievement.

Best wishes to you for a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

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