San Diego County

Busby and Bilbray Square Off in Raucous Debate

October 19, 2010 by Andy Cohen
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Democratic and Republican candidates dominate debate

Democratic challenger Francine Busby took to the stage last night to take a few proverbial swings at Republican incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray for their first and only scheduled debate. A standing room only, bitterly partisan crowd gathered in the Del Norte High School Performing Arts Center in 4S Ranch to see the event and cheer on their candidate. It was a scene more befitting a highly charged college basketball game than a political debate, with only slightly less decorum than a kindergarten classroom.

It was a microcosm of just how sharply divided this county, and country, really are.

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Poverty rate at 50-year high in San Diego County

October 1, 2009 by Source
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New Census data show 850,000 county residents living in economic hardship
Poverty in San Diego County shot up in 2008, rising at a much faster pace than in California or the nation. This plunge in quality of life for many San Diegans is documented in U.S. Census data released today.

The data show that 850,000 county residents — 29% of the population — were living in economic hardship in 2008, according to analysis by the Center on Policy Initiatives. That measure, using a threshold double the federal poverty level, is a more realistic gauge in cities like San Diego where living costs are higher than the national average.

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Our San Diego County Government – What does it do and ‘what is it good for?’

February 18, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

Residents in this County, when asked what San Diego County government does, are often hard-pressed I have found, to list more than a couple of things. Uh, collect taxes they’ll respond, … uh, run the sheriffs office, uh, … and then there will be a long, thoughtful pause. And maybe they’ll add one or two other services.

Well, the County does collect property and other taxes, and it does finance the Sheriff’s Office – although the Sheriff is elected separately. But the County does so much more.

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Just When Did San Diego County Slide Into a Recession?

December 3, 2008 by Staff

Although the nation’s leading economists have determined that the national recession began in December 2007, regional economists are split over when San Diego County slipped into recession.
Some mark the beginning of the recession as early as spring 2007.

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California Supreme Court Rejects San Diego County’s Appeal of State Medical Marijuana Laws

October 17, 2008 by Staff

State high court won’t hear case – County Supervisors Want to Take Issue to U.S. Supreme Court By Jeff McDonald / UNION-TRIBUNE / October 17, 2008 The California Supreme Court yesterday declined to consider the latest appeal from San Diego County in its years-long effort to resist state medical marijuana laws. “This is a resounding […]

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