Sunday, October 19, 2008

San Diego City Council Declares War On Marriage Amendment - Citizens Prepare To Fight Back!

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October 20, 2008

San Diego City Council Declares War On Prop. 8:
The California Marriage Protection Amendment

City Council Rules Committee Violates Endorsement Rules
in 4-1 Vote to Send Resolution Recommendation to
the Full San Diego City Council for a Vote Which Will
Declare the People of San Diego are Opposed to Prop. 8
and Limiting Marriage to One Man and One Woman

James Hartline Calls For Citizens To Stand Up For Prop. 8
and Marriage Defined As One Man Married to One Woman
During Upcoming October 28, 2008 City Council Vote

(Action Alert) On October 3, 2008, Joe Nelson, the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of San Diego, issued an official memorandum to the San Diego City Council and the mayor outlining the rules for endorsing California's upcoming statewide ballot initiatives. This memorandum was given to the city council rules committee as an official guide for them to determine whether they could endorse or oppose the state initiatives on the upcoming November 4th general election ballot. Prop. 4, the parental rights notification initiative, also known as Sarah's Law, and Prop. 8, the California Marriage Protection Amendment, are two of the numerous initiatives on the ballot. Prop. 8 will restore the historical definition of marriage between one man and woman in the California Constitution. If Prop. 8 fails, homosexual marriages will be permanently legal in California and will presumably spread to other states.

The Director of Intergovernmental Relations, as established by the city's municipal code, is an official city position within the San Diego mayor's office. This agency is responsible for planning, recommending, coordinating and administering a state and federal legislative program for the City of San Diego in accordance with legislative guidelines established by city council policy. The guidelines for the San Diego City Council to endorse any of the state ballot initiatives were clearly articulated in Joe Nelson's October 3rd memorandum. Those guidelines stated:

1. Does the proposal provide significant revenue or funding opportunities to the City?
2. Does the proposal provide significant cost savings if enacted?
3. Does the proposal enhance public safety?
4. Does the proposal provide the City with greater ability or flexibility to provide municipal services to its citizens?
5. Does the proposal limit or enhance local control?

Finally, the memorandum added: These criteria do not inhibit individual councilmembers or the Mayor, from taking an individual position of support or opposition to any ballot measure.

On October 8, 2008, the San Diego City Council's Committee on Rules, Open Government and Intergovernmental Relations voted 4-1 to oppose Prop. 8. In doing so, the committee will now be sending the item to the full city council with a recommendation that the city council issue an official resolution which declares that the City of San Diego opposes Prop. 8, the California Marriage Protection Amendment. This dangerous resolution, in the name of the City of San Diego and its citizens, declares war on Prop. 8 and the institution of marriage.

More importantly, by issuing an official proclamation in the Name of every citizen who resides in San Diego, California, the city council is telling the voters of California that the people of San Diego are officially opposed to Prop. 8. And much like the arrogant declaration of the anarchist mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, the San Diego City Council will be declaring through its "No on Prop. 8" resolution, that every citizen in San Diego is forced to submit to a government sanctioned campaign of opposing Prop. 8, "whether they like it, or not!"

What makes the 4-1 vote by the rules committee to oppose Prop. 8 so outrageous is the fact that the committee knew it was violating the rules established by the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for endorsing or opposing the current California state ballot initiatives. The rules committee was assisted in their culpability by the Director of the Intergovernmental Relations himself, who stated in his memorandum:

"While this measure (Prop. 8) does not meet the criteria outlined above (rules for the city council endorsing or opposing ballot initiatives), the Intergovernmental Relations Director recommends an oppose position that is consistent with the action taken by the City Council in the amicus brief on the Supreme Court decision to strike down Proposition 22."

The lack of integrity and the obvious political bias on the part of the city council rules committee, as well as the questionable and confusing recommendation by the Director of Intergovernmental Relations, could not be more pronounced. Although Prop. 4, the parental notification ballot initiative, is opposed by liberal members of the city council, the rules committee took no action to oppose Prop. 4. The reason that they didn't take any action is because the guidelines did not permit them to do so. The Director of Intergovernmental Relations, in his enforcement of the rules for endorsing or opposing the state ballot initiatives, stated this about Prop. 4:

"This measure does not meet the criteria for a formal city position."

The same Director of Intergovernmental Relations also stated that Prop. 8, like Prop. 4, did not meet the criteria for the city council to issue a formal city position. Yet, in a stunning act of unethical hypocrisy, the director recommended that the city council go ahead and issue a formal resolution in the name of the City of San Diego to oppose Prop. 8. This is the kind of corruption that has dominated the municipal government of San Diego for decades. It further demonstrates how special interest groups, like radical homosexual power brokers, continue to corrupt and control city policies and budgetary expenditures.

The 4-1 vote to oppose Prop. 8 by the city councilmembers serving on the rules committee clearly demonstrates how specific members of the San Diego City Council are determined to reinforce their longstanding personal and political agendas in the midst of a city government that is nearing the point of financial and moral bankruptcy. Their 4-1 vote also serves as a reminder to voters that these same councilmembers have well-documented histories of bias and prejudice against conservative religious values.

The rules committee of the San Diego City Council is recommending that the full city council issue an official resolution in the name of the citizens of San Diego to oppose Prop. 8. We believe that this vote will be placed on the city council's docket for Tuesday, October 28, 2008, just one week before the November 4th general election. This will be a devastating statement of opposition to Prop. 8 if the entire City of San Diego is officially on record in opposition to Prop. 8. Additionally, this city council action is an extremely unfair and hostile act against the thousands of hardworking San Diego taxpayers and voters who are sacrificing their time and their money on the Prop. 8 campaign.

Do you want Your Name to be used by the San Diego City Council to oppose Prop. 8? Do you want the San Diego City Council to declare in Your Name that you oppose defining marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman? If not, contact the members of the San Diego City Council and tell them that you do not want the city council to issue a proclamation in your name to oppose Prop. 8, the California Marriage Protection Amendment. Furthermore, tell the city council that they must fairly and legally uphold the city's rules for endorsing and opposing statewide initiatives. This city council cannot be allowed to break the rules by picking and choosing to oppose or support ballot initiatives based upon their own personal opinions and political persuasions.

James Hartline, Publisher of California Christian News, in partnership with the Christian activist organization "Not On My Watch," will be holding a public prayer rally on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at the San Diego City Concourse prior to the hearing when the city council intends to vote for the resolution to oppose Prop. 8. Hartline will also be coordinating a team to speak against the resolution during the city council hearing on October 28th at 10:00am. The city council's vote will be covered extensively by the media. Hartline says that it is critical for the voters of California to actually see that the citizens of San Diego do not approve of what the San Diego City Council is doing in opposing Prop. 8.

James Hartline states, "The San Diego City Council is acting in complete opposition to the vast majority of their constituents who support Prop. 8. These councilmembers are using their time on the city council, as well as public funds, to force their own personal political agendas on the people of California. And we are not going to stand for this kind of neverending corruption on the part of this city council. It has to stop. And it will stop with our people rising up and making our stand, right here and right now."

Take Action!
Contact the San Diego City Council:
Tell Them, "Not In My Name!"
Tell them to Vote No on the Resolution Opposing Prop. 8.

Mayor Jerry Sanders:
Telephone: (619) 236-6330Fax: (619) 236-7228

District 1 / City Council President Scott Peters E-mail:
Telephone: (619) 236-6611From North County (858) 484-3808Fax: (619) 236-6999
Chief of Staff email:

District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer E-mail:
Telephone: (619) 236-6622Fax: (619) 236-6996
Chief of Staff:

District 3 Councilmember Toni Atkins E-mail:
Telephone: (619) 236-6633Fax: (619) 595-1481
Chief of Staff:

District 4 Councilmember Tony Young E-mail:
Phone: (619) 236-6644Fax: (619) 236-7273
Chief of Staff:

District 5 Councilmember Brian Maienschein E-mail:
Telephone: (619) 236-6655From North County: (858) 673-5304Fax: (619) 238-0915
Chief of Staff:

District 6 Councilmember Donna Frye E-mail:
Telephone: (619) 236-6616Fax: (619) 236-7329
Chief of Staff:

District 7 Council President Pro Tem Jim Madaffer E-mail:
Phone: (619) 236-6677Fax: (619) 238-1360
Chief of Staff:
Consultant to Rules Committee:

District 8 Councilmember Ben Hueso E-mail:
Telephone: (619) 236-6688Fax: (619) 231-7918

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ALX2000 said...

Very disturbing to to consider that a small number of city officials purport to speak for the minds of its citizenry. Thank you for posting this information.

Yes on Prop 8

fordy9erfan said...

This is such an injustice and truely sad the state of our country's foundational beliefs. I will be present Tuesday morning to protest this display of political abuse. Evil flourishes when good men do nothing. Let's not be caught doing nothing!!

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable that the City Council will break its own rules in an effort to defeat the marriage amendment. This speaks to a personal agenda rather than the rule of law and ethics. Time for the people of San Diego to take action so that they can be heard, rather than a handful of individuals who supposedly represent their interests.
btw this is DorothyJane. For some reason Google let me log in, but is not posting this correctly, so I had to post as Anonymous.