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San Diego City Council: We Said NO $5-Million Special Elections

Tuesday June 06 2017

FROM: No One Special, One Voter
San Diego City Resident 1976-
San Diego CA 92116

TO:  San Diego City Mayor and City Council

According to the City’s website, San Diego City’s population is about 1,307,402 people and San Diego County’s population was 3,095,313 in the 2010 Census Bureau count.

112,000 petition signers would like San Diego City to spend $5,000,000 that City taxpayers earned, most of them hour-by-hour, to hold a special election that would authorize our governments to spend a lot of the money paid to them.

VIDEO: Soccer City Pushes San Diego For $5-Million Special Election, City Council Votes NO 8-1

The voters of San Diego have already voted not to hold any more special elections. The costs are too high, turnouts are too low and produce flawed pictures of residents’ opinions, and there is always a dramatic increase in opportunities taken to manipulate and mis-inform residents and voters.

Under the increased glare of regular election spotlighting, these common criminal practices are more easily spotted, reported, and stopped by City elections officials.

Except for certain campaigns’ advertising blitzes, special elections are practically held in the dark, by comparison.

San Diego City Police: Medical-marijuana raids involved 105 police personnel

SDPD: Medical-marijuana raids involved 105 police personnel
Oct 06 2009 by John R. Lamb
CityBeat’s Original Story

On Sept. 15, CityBeat filed a public-records request with the San Diego Police Department and county Sheriff’s Department requesting a personnel and cost breakdown, including overtime, for the Sept. 9 raids of 14 medical-marijuana collectives in San Diego County.

Six days later, Sanford A. Toyen, a legal adviser to Sheriff Bill Gore, responded to the request by saying no information was available because “[t]ypically such ‘cost breakdowns’ are not generated unless overtime is used. No overtime was used for the raids referenced in your request.”

Today, San Diego Police Department spokesperson Monica Munoz finally wrote back, and her response was — to say the least — eye-opening. Here’s her reply verbatim:

On Sept 9, 2009 SDPD conducted a sweep that targeted illegal marijuana dispensaries. Generally the SDPD does not keep a specific record of money spent for each operation or event, and did not in this instance.

However, through an operations plan, we do keep a record as to the number of officers involved in an event / operation. The sweep involved the following personnel:

San Diego holds kiss-in Wed., July 22, at Mormon temple in solidarity with Salt Lake City gay, het couples’ 2 kiss-in protests

San Diego group plans ‘Kiss-In’ protest at big Mormon temple
By 365gay.com and The Associated Press
Jul 21 2009
(Edited)

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: San Diego Mormon Temple
Street: 7474 Charmant Drive
City: San Diego, CA 92122
Please RSVP here.

An equal rights group in San Diego plans to stage a mass kissing demonstration outside the San Diego Mormon temple as a show of support for a gay couple insulted, man-handled and handcuffed in Utah by “temple police” and cited by Salt Lake City Police for trespassing after sharing a kiss on so-called “temple property”.

The Empowering Spirits Foundation says the “kiss-in” is intended as a peaceful rally to encourage dialogue between Mormons and the gay community.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m. at an enormous Mormon temple on a hill overlooking the freeway near La Jolla, Calif.

Two “kiss-in” protests have already been held, including both opposite-gender and same-gender couples, since Matt Aune and Derek Jones were cited on July 9 for trespassing on property still called Main Street Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City, the sale of which (along with all public easements onto the formerly, still visually, public property) to the Mormon religion the Mormon-majority city council of Salt Lake City inappropriately orchestrated, and the Mormon-majority courts in Utah upheld.

Video: San Diego vigil and Houston funeral held for August Provost III, gay sailor murdered on guard duty at Marine base

Videos: Murdered San Diego sailor gay and harassed

The full name of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy Democratic President Bill Clinton saddled us with — when his half-hearted attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to lift the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. military on his first day in office — soon expanded to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” and then to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harass”.

Each previous set of “Don’ts” was violated in turn by those in the military who hate gay people and they tried to find ways to ignore the new policy of DADT and get the message across that gays and lesbians were still not welcome in the military. The haters needed to be told specifically what types of discrimination were not allowed, until DADTDPDH became the policy.

Now an obvious gay sailor, 29-year-old Seaman August Provost of Houston, Texas, has been murdered on a Marines military base outside San Diego, California, and his mother says he was being harassed for being gay. She reports that she told him to go to his commander and report the harassment, but her son felt that would compromise his career since he was, in fact, gay.

Queer community rallies again against local hate crimes

The Gay & Lesbian Times of San Diego covered a recent Lemon Grove march and rally held to protest two violent anti-gay crimes.

GLBT Community rallies in Lemon Grove against hate crimes
by Rick Braatz, Staff Reporter
Published Thursday, 02-Jul-2009 in issue 1123
[Original Story, Emphasis added]

More than 60 people turned out for a rally and march against hate crimes, organized by the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) at Civic Center Park in Lemon Grove, last Friday, June 26.

“This gathering tonight is a wonderful demonstration from members of the LGBT community and their friends that we will stand together against hatred and violence. That while cowardly acts like those that brought us here tonight may still exist, they will not be tolerated and, instead, only embolden us to fight for what is right and what is fair,” said Assemblymember Marty Block in a letter read by his Chief of Staff, Christopher Ward.

Recent attacks on Ron deHarte, executive director of San Diego Pride and local musician Rhythm Turner were the impetus for the event, but the attack on deHarte during the June 6 Equality Torch Relay in Lemon Grove was the reason for the holding it in the low-income community, located a few miles south of San Diego State University.

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