Dear L.A.: Leave San Diego Alone!

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San Diego, a.k.a. America’s Finest City, will always have a special place in my heart. I spent three years there during my time at UC-San Diego. Though I moved out of California several years ago, I fondly look back on my time in S.D.

I recently learned that UT-San Diego, formerly the San Diego Union Tribune (SDUT), was bought by the parent company of the L.A. Times. (Ugh.) Here’s more about the recent merger:

The day after the announcement of an agreement to sell the U-T San Diego to the parent company of the Los Angeles Times, the reaction among a variety of civic leaders struck a welcoming tone to the new owner, tempered with a cautious note of wait-and-see about possible changes in a newspaper that traces its lineage back 146 years.

SDUT always had decent commentary, especially with its conservative/libertarian-leaning editorial board. Its reporting is far superior to that of LAT’s “reporting,” in my humble opinion. (LAT is notoriously leftist.) I suspect UTSDo will adopt a more leftist bent following this deal. Truly sad.

This is not the only attempt to subvert San Diego or nearby counties to the whims of L.A. There is immense chatter about transferring Qualcomm Stadium in downtown San Diego up to Carson in L.A. (The Chargers would potentially share their stadium with the Oakland Raiders.) Additionally, the renaming of the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was perhaps the most idiotic move imaginable. (I don’t even follow sports that closely but found this move to be nonsensical since L.A. already boasts the L.A. Dodgers.) Again, L.A. has an encroachment problem.

Here’s more about the rivalry:

“There is a great rivalry going back to the late 19th century in terms of who would be the great Southern California metropolis, San Diego or Los Angeles,” said UC San Diego political science professor Steve Erie. “But then L.A. ended up getting the Southern Pacific railroad in 1873 because they were willing to pay more, and about a quarter of the San Diego business community high-tailed it up to L.A. believing that is where destiny smiles. In a sense, we have been in L.A.’s shadow ever since.”

Now don’t get me wrong–I don’t hate Los Angeles; I just prefer San Diego.

Growing up in Orange County, which is situated between these two metropolises, I had the luxury of traveling to both cities as a child, teenager, and college student. The L.A.-S.D. rivalry was widely apparent, and I always sided with San Diego. I always loved San Diego and knew deep down in my heart that I’d attend college there.

Suffice to say that L.A. is not an entirely horrible place; it’s just so overcrowded, leftist, and superficial. Several relatives live or have lived in L.A., so there were always frequent visits up to Santa Monica or Marina del Rey.  (Thank you Hollywood and decades’ long leftist policies in place for tainting this once-great city!) There are many wonderful things in L.A.–the food, the beach, great art museums, etc.–just not many attractive things available to convince me to move to the City of Angels. (Thankfully I’m out of California entirely.) However, here are just some of my observations as to why S.D. is more superior than L.A.:

  • Fewer, much nicer people – S.D. is home to friendlier people. It must be due to less traffic, proximity to beaches, and better standard of living.
  • Rich military history–Just about every branch of the military is housed in S.D. Navy SEALs are trained here. Plus, there’s the U.S.S. Midway.
  • Fewer taxes, more politically sane – The current mayor is a Republican, though he could benefit from being more conservative. It’s the eighth largest city in the U.S. and is more prosperous than L.A.
  • Nice beaches–Coronado, La Jolla, Encinitas, Carlsbad–need I say more??
  • Great brews, good food–S.D. is known for its variety of food and libations, especially its authentic Mexican food and craft beers.
  • Oldest city in California–S.D. was founded in 1769 and is known as the birthplace of California. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stumbled upon it about 200 years before its establishment. Top that, L.A.!

To my fellow California natives still residing in the once Golden State or residing elsewhere: what do you think? Do you think L.A. has an encroachment problem? Weigh in below!

Statist California Senator Set to Retire in 2016

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced today that she won’t be seeking re-election in 2016. ABC News writes:

The 74-year-old Boxer made the announcement in a video with her grandson.

She was first elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate one decade later. It was an election that marked a watershed year for women in politics with four winning U.S. Senate seats, including fellow Californian Dianne Feinstein.

In the Senate, Boxer has been a staunch supporter of abortion rights, gun control and environmental protections.

Isn’t this good news, fellow Californians? Though I may be an ex-pat residing in Virginia, I’m elated to hear this news. Babs was arguably one of the most statist, leftist U.S. Senators in recent memory. She’s been in office since I was 2-years-old. (22 years is a hella long time.) Scary, isn’t it?

And who could forget this gem of a video?

It’s a very long shot for a Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat (or any top position) in California. The most recent data on California voters says 44% of likely voters are Democrats, 32% of likely voters are Republicans, and 19% of likely voters are independents. The number of independent voters continues to rise, but most of them lean Democrat. Let’s not kid ourselves about the California Republican Party either…It’s in shambles.

It’ll take someone charismatic, principled, and likeable on the Right to clinch a U.S. Senate seat from Democrats. Maybe actor Gary Sinise? Not sure.

What do you think about Senator Boxer’s news? Weigh in below!

New Townhall Column: Online Abortion Class Demeans Free Thought at University of California

I’ve penned a new column for Townhall.com. Here’s an excerpt:

The University of California (UC) system is one of the most reputed institutions of higher learning here in the United States. Boasting 10 campuses stretching from Davis in Northern California to San Diego in Southern California, the UC system is historically regarded for molding future leaders and pioneers. Unfortunately, intellectual diversity and tolerance of differing opinions are concepts largely absent in the UC system today.

UC-San Francisco (UCSF)—UC’s medical school—is one of the first universities offering a free online course on abortion. The free six-week course is titled “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications.” It is taught by Dr. Jody Steinauer, a noted pro-abortion OB/GYN and former president of Medical Students for Choice. The course started on October 13 and will conclude on November 24. It is open to the public for enrollment.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

Year 2 in DC: Making DC Listen

Two years ago today, I boarded a DC-bound plane from Orange County, CA to begin my post-graduate life on the East Coast. Following my arrival, I began an internship at a reputed media organization and was then hired by LI a few weeks later. (I was very lucky to get a job straight out of college.)

You might be asking me, “Why would you leave sunny California for DC/NoVA?” Moving from the West Coast to the East Coast was certainly a big change in my life. I left family, friends, and all things familiar behind in California to advance my career in conservative politics. The DC-area gets a bad rap for being an incestuous, corrupt cesspool (which it is), but thankfully there are many good elements here.

Funny thing is, ever since I moved the to Washington, D.C. area, my disdain for politics as usual and the status quo has exponentially grown. Here in Virginia, I now pay fewer taxes and am working towards becoming a gun owner–which are foreign concepts to most Californians. Additionally, I’ve had more opportunities to enjoy the finer things in life like fishing, shooting guns, traveling, and relishing a quasi-Southern lifestyle. I’ve made some life-long friends, met some interesting people, and have done my part to #MakeDCListen in the process. I have no regrets moving here.

Thank you to my family, friends, coworkers, and everyone else who helped and welcomed this wide-eyed Southern California girl to the East Coast!

New Counter Cultured Column: UCSB Killer Elliot Rodger is to Blame for Massacre

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured. Below is an excerpt:

I want to start this article by first extending my thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Isla Vista massacre. I spent summer 2010 in downtown Santa Barbara and will always cherish the time I spent living there. No town should be subjected to this kind of horror. Please join me in offering your condolences to those in the UC-Santa Barbara area.

Following the massacre, unsurprisingly, many leftists have made calls to ban guns and to dismantle gun groups. Additionally, radical feminists gave birth to the viral yet misleading #YesAllWomen hashtag to blame the massacre on men.

22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student and son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger, went on a killing spree May 23 with knives and guns that left six coeds dead and countless others injured. He ultimately died following a confrontation with Santa Barbara police.

Elliot Rodger was a deeply disturbed guy. From his bizarre YouTube videos to his 140-page manifesto, Rodger appeared to be self-absorbed, antagonistic towards others, and troubled from early on.

I’ll be appearing on NRANews’ Cam and Company Show today at 2:40pm ET to discuss the article!

Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

Stop Using Immigrants As Pawns to Advance Big Government Policies

“Just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here.” – President Obama in California pushing amnesty

So, Democrats are racially profiling immigrants now? What happened to judging people on the basis of character and not skin color? America is historically known as a melting pot — a country that embraced people from all walks of life with open arms. For instance, my parents are immigrants. How can one tell? They have accents, unique worldviews, and powerful stories from behind the Iron Curtain. (My sister and I are extremely blessed to call them our parents.) Do these qualities make my parents any less American? No! Are they supposed to look a certain way? No! My parents assimilated into this country and embrace the American way of life.

Immigrants have greatly contributed to this country. Whether they hail from Europe, Asia, South America, or Africa, immigrants come to the United States to escape tyranny, enjoy freedom, pursue opportunities, and fulfill their dreams. Instead of using immigrants as pawns to advance big government policies, cherish them and see them for their individual worth.