Cori Schumacher worked tirelessly to help defeat Measure A and now has announced that she would like to continue her involvement in the future of the city of Carlsbad, California by running for a spot on the Carlsbad City Council. She announced her intentions March 6, 2016 and wrote about it here on Facebook:
Yesterday, at a gathering of folks celebrating the monumental and historic achievement of the defeat of Measure A, I announced my intention to run for City Council this November. The possibility of pursuing a proactive role working hard for social and environmental justice and the common good in Carlsbad intimately aligns with the core of who I am and is a natural extension of the nearly 16 years I have spent as a social and environmental justice activist. I want to work for this community in the most efficacious and substantive way that I am able.
For the official word from Cori, please click here or follow the jump for the rest of her announcement.
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Happy Hour Politics is pleased to host their own President, Melanie Burkholder, as the featured speaker at their March meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Carlsbad’s own golf course The Crossings. Her topic – On the Campaign Trail … as a Secret Service Agent!
Melanie served for six year as a Special Agent (SA) in the Department of Homeland Security with the United States Secret Service. Her duties included protection details for the President, Vice-President, and many foreign dignitaries. As an investigator of Identity Theft, Fraud, Money Laundering, Bank Fraud and Counterfeit in the Los Angeles Field Office, SA Burkholder was an integral part of an investigation into an international identity theft organization based in Nigeria.
The event starts at 6 PM on March 16, 2016 and costs $20 (appetizers included). If you enjoy conservative politics and drinking (the two seem to go hand-in-hand) then please follow the jump for all the official details.
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The preliminary results for today’s special election in Carlsbad’s Measure A, the Agua Hedionda lagoon shopping mall, will be reported by the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters, beginning just after 8 p.m., this evening (February 23, 2016). Click here to view that report (www.sdvote.com.) The results will include early voting at the registrar’s office and all the mail ballots received up until Election Day.
The Registrar of Voters will provide updates on its website as the count continues. The count is considered unofficial until the registrar certifies the election results. The registrar has 30 days to complete the count and certify the election results, however since the ballot only has one item, it could be done sooner. Once certified by the Registrar of Voters, the election results must be certified by the Carlsbad City Council at its next regular City Council meeting.
If you love Carlsbad please take the time and go to one of theses local polling locations and Vote NO on Measure A. That is the only way to get your voice heard.
Anti mall sticker as seen on the seawall.
We believe that placing a shopping mall on the shores of Carlsbad’s Hedionda Lagoon is such a ridiculously dumb idea that we’ve found it difficult to even comment. Exactly why it’s foolish seems so obvious as to make listing the reasons redundant. We’ll cut to the chase: The Carlsbad City Council believes putting a mall on the lagoon is such a good idea that they approved Los Angeles based developer Rick Caruso’s plans without even asking the citizens of Carlsbad to vote. Luckily a group of Carlsbad citizens (Citizens For North County) believe we should vote on it. That’s why they’re out getting signatures for a referendum that will overturn the Carlsbad City Council’s approval and put the Hedionda Lagoon Mall up for vote to everyone in Carlsbad.
If you think the citizens of Carlsbad should have a voice in deciding the future of the community and a beautiful piece of open space on the shores of the Hedionda Lagoon, then you should sign the referendum.
This afternoon (Friday, September 11, 2015) you can sign the petition at the corner of Highland and Basswood from 2 PM to 6 PM. Or stop by the Dove Library (at Dove and El Camino Real) to sign. All your signature means is that you’d like the people of Carlsbad to have a vote on the Mall.
For a little more background on the issues and the current state of chicanery surrounding this mall project please follow the jump for a nice overview by Richard Riehl. [click to continue…]
Join Happy Hour Politics on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at The Crossing At Carlsbad to meet Michael Page, US Border Patrol Agent. Michael is with the Information and Communication Division, and is the Border Community Liaison Agent in charge of the Northwestern part of the San Diego Sector. He currently works at the I-5 Checkpoint in San Clemente. Be there on June 17th to hear about the Border Patrol and its operations, and the problems and concerns facing these agents on a daily basis. Keep in mind that our San Diego border is the busiest in the nation!
The United States Border Patrol is the mobile, uniformed law enforcement arm of U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for securing U.S. borders between ports of entry. Since 9/11, the focus of the Border Patrol has changed to detection, apprehension and/or deterrence of terrorists and terrorist weapons. Although the Border Patrol has changed dramatically since its inception in 1924, its overall mission remains unchanged: to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States. Together with other law enforcement officers, the Border Patrol helps maintain borders that work, facilitating the flow of legal immigration and goods while preventing the illegal trafficking of people and contraband.
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Join Happy Hour Politics on Wednesday, April 22nd, to hear Juliet Cunningham speak about her life and struggles as an Assyrian Christian in Iraq. Juliet was the first in her family to escape from Iraq in 1979 and was able to help all of her 13 siblings do the same! It’s a story you don’t want to miss!
Juliet will also speak to the current situation in her home country, and how devastating the terrorists and ISIS conquests have been to Iraq, known as the cradle of Christianity. . . Juliet’s relatives escaped Syria in 1915 when Christians were purged by the Ottoman Empire. The family settled in Iraq. Juliet was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, and graduated from the University of Baghdad with a degree in Petroleum and Mining Engineering.
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Dr. Gina Loudon, the co-author of What Women Really Want will be speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
Dr. Gina has two master’s degrees and a PhD, and is a homeschooling mother of 5, one by the blessing of adoption who has Down Syndrome. She is credited as one of the 100 founding members on the Tea Party Movement. Dr. Gina moved to Southern California in 2012 to engage in the culture war and made a big splash when she appeared on a prime time ABC reality show as an outspoken conservative.
The luncheon will be at the Green Dragon Tavern at 11:00 AM and costs $35 for members and $35 for non-members. The Green Dragon Tavern and Museum is located at 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, California. For more information, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
On Thursday, May 15, 2014 Carlsbad’s Happy Hour Politics is presenting Brad Dacus and his topic The Eroding of your Moral Rights: How to Right Wrongs Legally at The Crossings at Carlsbad.
Brad Dacus served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas, School of Law. For the next five years, Mr. Dacus coordinated religious freedom and parental rights cases throughout the Western states. In 1997, Mr. Dacus founded Pacific Justice Institute, where he serves as President and continues to defend religious liberties and parental rights. The Pacific Justice Institute has a network with hundreds of volunteer affiliate attorneys and handles more cases on the West Coast than any other organization of its kind.
Yes, if you voted for President Obama we’re guessing you’d find some great people to argue with at this gathering. Happy Hour Politics begins at 5:30 PM and costs $15 (including appetizers) but you’ll have to buy your own drinks. For the official word from Happy Hour Politics, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
You could hear a collective sigh of relief in school district offices throughout California after voters approved Prop 30 on Tuesday. Not that happy days are here again for school funding. The Carlsbad school district has already cut costs by $6.1 million this year. Teachers, managers and other school workers pitched in with $2 million of that amount in pay cuts.
If Prop 30 had failed to pass, another $4.8 million would have been slashed from city schools, amounting to a hit of nearly $11 million in a single year.
But the best news from Tuesday’s election results is that the air is beginning to leak from the anti-tax Tea Party balloon. Maybe it’s the irony voters are beginning to see in the public’s eagerness to contribute millions to political campaigns to support candidates who pledge not to raise their taxes by a dime and who hate government so much they’ll say or do anything to win a seat in it.
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According to a local newspaper columnist, allowing Carlsbad’s new high school to sit empty for at least a year is the answer to the district’s financial woes. But T.K. Arnold’s argument for delaying the opening of Sage Creek High is about as watery as the school’s fictional namesake. A closer look reveals how his politics trumps his punditry.
Calling Prop 30 “Gov. Jerry Brown’s blackmail ballot” tells you all you need to know about Arnold’s political bias. But what’s equally troubling is his reasoning. In a facts-free claim, he says the district could “save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year” in operating costs that could be used to close a gaping budget hole as high as $11 million” if Proposition 30 fails. The mixed metaphor (I’m trying to picture a “high” hole) could make you chuckle if the subject weren’t so serious.
Arnold doesn’t bother to estimate the cost of letting a $104 million high school campus remain vacant for at least a year, as well as the loss of learning opportunities to students denied access to new facilities. [click to continue…]