July 2023

Clean Elections San Diego
 
Hi Everyone,
How are you?  We are having some great weather and as a “native” San Diegan, I sure enjoy the warn weather! A quick update, we are almost finished with our review of the language of our Clean Elections measure and we are still outreaching to groups and residents about the advantages of clean elections.
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One of our best presenters is Mark Linsky, chair of the clean elections campaign.  Check out his message on clean elections below. And please let us know if you would like a clean elections speaker at your group.
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The best outreach is to friends and neighbors.  Talk to them about clean elections and then point them to our web page where they can watch the short, 7 minute Road to Clean Elections video created by Bill Moyers showing the 20 year impact of clean elections on Arizona and Maine.
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And you can always invite them to join me over coffee at LeStats coffee house at 10 AM on Saturday July 29.  LeStats is located in University Heights on Park Avenue, two blocks north of El Cajon Blvd.
or have them contact me personally at 619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com.
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San Diego Clean Elections Campaign by professor Mark Linsky


     The San Diego Clean Elections campaign has been going on for some time but in the last few years it has come remarkably close to success.  Clean Elections would offer a public funding option to candidates running for council seats in the City of San Diego and thus eliminate the troubling influence of private money.  
     In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, an effort to put the Clean Elections initiative on the ballot fell  just short of approval by city council.  Another effort is now underway to qualify the initiative for the 2024 election.  Only the naive and the new born are unaware of the pressure that money exerts in the political process and the huge negative effect  that it has on real democracy.
It’s time for Clean Elections.


Mark Linsky – Mark taught Political Science at San Diego City College for thirty years and has recently retired.  Before teaching he held administrative positions with the City of San Diego including assignment to the mayor’s office where he co-wrote a study on crime and criminal behavior.  He was a member of the Pacific Beach Democratic Club many years ago and is delighted to be back with the group

June 2023

Hi Everyone,
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Happy June gloom to everyone.  Remember that summer is right around the corner! We are still making steady progress working on the review of our clean elections measure and we have started on a new outreach campaign which you will hear about at another time.
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We are always looking for volunteers, especially in media and outreach.  If you can give us some volunteering time, we will be extremely supportive.  Give us a call or email us at the contact information listed below.
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We also invite you to check our web page at: CleanElectionsSanDiego.org, especially to view the 7 minute video entitled: Road to Clean Elections created and narrated by Bill Moyers. Share this with friends, neighbors and family members.
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And I again invite you to join me for coffee on the fourth Saturday of this month, June 24, at 10 AM at LeStats on Park Blvd, two blocks north of El Cajon Blvd. Bring your questions, suggestions and offers of help!
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John Hartley, Coordinator: Clean Elections San Diego
619-299-8870 – hartley2k@aol.com 
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Why I support Clean Elections by John Hartley
There are a lot of reasons to support clean elections.  One of mine is that I is that I do not feel that our neighborhoods or regular San Diegans get a fair share of help and support from the city of San Diego.
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The reason for this, I believe, is that developers, lobbyists and special interests have more clout with the city than our neighborhoods because of their big money contributions to their candidates.  The result is that their wants get the first priority with the city, while our neighborhoods needs come in second, or down the line or just ignored.
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I don’t feel that this right!
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With clean elections, clean elections candidates would have the funding to run competitive campaigns against wealthy and special interest backed candidates, for city council.  With clean elections, neighborhoods would have the chance to elect their own leaders, those they know and trust, to the city council.  With clean elections, neighborhoods and all San Diegans would be empowered.

May 2023

Hi Everyone,
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How are you?  Our campaign is moving along.  It might not seem exciting, it might seem mundane, but we are doing what it takes to win a campaign.  And our goal still remains to get a clean elections measure on the 2024 ballot, and then to win that election!
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We are still reviewing the clean elections language, day by day, to decide if we want anything changed.  Remember that we have different clean elections language.  The first version was written as a citizen initiative.  That version was amended by the city attorney’s office to conform with the city’s rules and regulations since we were now ask the city council to put clean elections on the ballot. And given our busy private lives, we are only able to work on it once a week or so.  But we will have it done by the time we need it done.
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The other area that we are now concentrating on is outreach to voters about clean elections.  We are resuming presentations to different groups and we are directly reaching out to voters. And, we continue to find voters supportive of clean elections when they know what it is.
Also, we continue to need help with our campaign. We could ,not only could use help, in outreach, but we still need help in such areas as working with social media and organizing data.
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And you can help by reaching out to friends and neighbors about clean elections. The most effective way to do that, besides you sharing your reasons for your support of  clean elections, is to point potential supporters to our web page, “CleanElectionsSanDiego. org” and invite them to watch the Bill Moyers 7 minute video entitled ” Road to Clean Elections”
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I end this clean elections update with an invitation to join me, over coffee, on the fourth Saturday this month,  May 27 at 10AM at the LeStats coffee house on Park boulevard,  two blocks north of El Cajon Blvd. I find it fun to meet with supporters and to share about clean elections, as well as, listen to their questions and suggestions.
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John Hartley: Coordinator,  Clean Elections San Diego
619-299-8870 – hartley2K@aol.com

April 2023

Clean Elections San Diego
Update
4/14/23
“If anyone should own our politicians, it should be we, the people”
—  Bill Moyers – American Journalist
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Hi Everyone,
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Our main thrust at the moment is that we are still reviewing the language of our initiative.  It is slow work but we want to make sure that we have it right.
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If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact John Hartley at 619-299-8870.  Our web page is: CleanElectionsSanDiego.org where you can read a little about our history, our endorsements ,our news updates and a video that I encourage you to check out, entitled “The Road to Clean Elections.” This 7.5 minute DVD was written and narrated by Bill Moyers, the journalist,  and it covers the impact of clean elections on Arizona and Maine. These states have had clean elections since 2000.
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Our goal continues to put clean elections on the 2024 ballot and then to win the 2024 campaign!  But if you would like to help out today, we suggest that you check out our web page, watch the video again and invite a friend to look at clean elections by having he or she, watch the video.  And then send me their contact information so we can keep them updated on our campaign.
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Lastly, I invite you to join me over coffee, especially if you have any questions or suggestions, on Saturday, April 22 at 10 AM at Le Stats coffee house, 4496 Park Blvd, two blocks north of El Cajon Blvd.
Below is a piece written by Mark Linsky.  Mark is our campaign chair. a professor at San Diego’s Community College and my colleague,  in the clean elections campaign.
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A few months back I wrote a commentary for the Times of San Diego about the need for clean elections
in our town.  I pointed out what the real cost of ‘politics as usual’ has been for
America’s Finest City.  Any objective observer—regardless of party affiliation—has to be concerned
with the long list of bad  deals which have enriched the downtown interests while short changing the
citizens who expect their elected officials to act wisely on their behalf. The Ash St. debacle is only the
latest and most costly example of this.
So how does this involve the push for clean elections?  The short answer is unless private money is  removed from the electoral equation,  candidates will continue to be beholden to the money which helped put them
in office.  This system will not go away.  But it can be offset by candidates who accept only
public funds and therefore are immune to the pressures and arm twisting of individuals and groups
who expect a return on their investment. In a democracy, the people are supposed to rule.
And it is high time for a clean elections initiative which will make that a reality for the citizens
of San Diego
—  Mark Linsky

March 2023

Clean Elections San Diego

Update
3/16/22

“If anyone should own our politicians, it should be we, the people”
—  Bill Moyers – American Journalist
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Hi Everyone,
I hope all is well with you.  We are still working on reviewing the language of our clean elections measure which might take us some time.  If you are interested in helping with this, please let me know.
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What can you do?
You can help in a couple of different ways.  First, you can talk to a friend or neighbor about the benefits of clean elections and invite them to our web page:clean electionssandiego.org to read about our history, our endorsements and to watch the 7 minute video “Road to Clean Elections”, created and narrated by Bill Moyers. And if you are a member of an organization, we are always willing to come and make a presentation on clean elections.  Just let us know.
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You can also join me for coffee on Saturday, March 25, at 10 AM at Le Stats coffee house on Park Blvd, 4496 Park Blvd where you can bring up your questions or suggestions or just join me for coffee.
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John Hartley: Coordinator, Clean Elections San Diego
619-299-8870

February 2023

Clean Elections San Diego
Update
2/13/23
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Hi Everyone,
Work on our Clean Elections campaign is moving along smoothly. Our goal is still to put our clean elections measure on the 2024 ballot. Right now we are working with the groups, Clean Elections Arizona and Clean Elections Maine, to see how they have protected public funds with their clean elections programs.  They both have had clean elections since 2000.
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If you would like to be part of this discussion, please let me know.
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I also wanted to remind you to watch “Road to Clean Elections” if you haven’t already seen it or if you just want to refresh yourself on the history and the huge impact of clean elections Arizona and Maine. It is only 7 minutes long and it is on the front page of our web page: cleanelectionssandiego.org.
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And lastly, I want to invite you to join me for coffee on Saturday, February 25, at 10 AM at Le Stats on Park Blvd, 4496 Park Blvd. Bring your questions, suggestions or just join me for coffee.
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John Hartley: Coordinator, Clean Elections San Diego
619-299-8870