February 17, 2006

Political Notes:

Congressman Bob Filner, with many local supporters, today presented a “Welcome to the 51st District” basket to Juan Vargas, who does not reside in the district. Congressman Filner is pictured with the autographed picture of himself that was included in the basket. The caption reads “To my good friend, Juan Vargas—Welcome to our Congressional District—Your Congressman, Bob Filner!”

Former Council Member Patty Davis Endorses Pat Moriarty for Chula Vista City Council

Pat Moriarty announced that she has the endorsement of former Chula Vista City Council member Patty Davis in the contest for Davis’ council seat. The office is currently held by Patricia Chavez, who was appointed by the Council to serve out the balance of Davis’ term.

Moriarty’s top priorities as a council member will be improving the city’s transportation infrastructure and easing traffic congestion, preserving open space in east Chula Vista, high-density, pedestrian-friendly development of west Chula Vista, and expanding health services throughout the South Bay.

Steve Castañeda to challenge Steve Padilla for Mayor of Chula Vista

It has been reported that first term councilmember Steve Castañeda will run against incumbant Mayor Steve Padilla in Chula Vista.

Castañeda serving in his first elected position city, a number of issues that he feels Padilla mishandled over the past few months of Castañda’s tenure. In December, Castañeda stood with Padilla as he announced his candidacy for a second term, at which time Castañeda offered his full support and endorsement of Padilla.

National City votes to put one cent sales tax on June ballot

Tonight, National City’s Mayor and Council voted unanimously to approve a proposition that would place a one cent sales tax on the June ballot. A similar sales tax proposition for one cent failed in November – however the new proposed sales tax measure for June will include a 10 year sunset clause, in which voters would have an opportunity to either vote to eliminate it or vote to keep it.

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