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John Riley discusses San Diego news stories and interviews politicians, community leaders, athletes, coaches, authors and influencers. Topics including free market economics, entrepreneurism, politics, leadership, current events, sports, history and philosophy. We discuss living your life on your own terms, having the political freedom to make your own choices, and a variety of topics that give life meaning and joy. We broadcast from Poway CA in the San Diego metropolitan area.

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John Riley discusses San Diego news stories and interviews politicians, community leaders, athletes, coaches, authors and influencers. Topics including free market economics, entrepreneurism, politics, leadership, current events, sports, history and philosophy. We discuss living your life on your own terms, having the political freedom to make your own choices, and a variety of topics that give life meaning and joy. We broadcast from Poway CA in the San Diego metropolitan area.

    Irrationality in Politics, Poor States with High Homeownership, Poway News

    Irrationality in Politics, Poor States with High Homeownership, Poway News

    The election season is really hot, and we are hearing more and more irrationality from candidates, the media and party supporters. What ever happened to thinking for yourself? People who live in poor states have higher homeownership levels. Does this seem counter intuitive to you? Poway Life Time Fitness survey and proposal to City Council. Poway Unified School District in trouble again. Got a question or comment? Drop your take in the live chat on Facebook, X or YouTube.







    It’s Wednesday, July 10, 2024. This is what John Riley thinks.







    Irrationality in Politics







    It’s an election year and the propaganda is thick. Candidates and their supporters put forward outrageous lies or completely irrational ideas in the hope of supporting their candidate or defeating others.







    The news media has been helpful in pointing out some of this, but in other ways complicit in spreading the disinformation.







    It’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of irrationality, particularly if you are a partisan for the Democratic or Republican parties.







    Tribalism is so strong, that people completely throw reason out the window. It is more important to remain loyal to one’s tribe than to dig for the truth.







    What ever happened to “Question Authority?”







    What ever happened to “Think for Yourself?”







    Instead, politicians, the media, and their supporters all are reading from a common set of talking points.







    Examples:









    * Biden’s mental state, Marie Kondo







    * Trump’s criminal past and demands for dictatorship.







    * Mass deportation







    * NIMBY vs Property Rights







    * Housing prices are rising because corporations are buying all the homes or too many vacant homes.







    * Social Security, Project 2025, blame GOP, denial about fiscal crisis.







    * EV myths (can’t drive long range, burn fossil fuels, etc.)









    Many people mistakenly believe these common political myths...  or they throw them around as scare tactics to frighten or trick voters.  In fact, none of these myths are true.







    Republicans are for small government, spending cuts.







    Republicans are for getting the govt out of your personal life.







    Republicans are for low taxes.







    Republicans are conservative.







    Bush tried to privatize Social Security







    Clinton reduced the national debt.







    Democrats are against corporate welfare.







    Democrats are for equality.







    Democrats are pro-choice.







    Democrats are fiscally responsible.







    Democrats are liberal.







    None of these are true.  But many people still think they are.







    It's irrationality!







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    Homeownership Rates







    https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/09/homes/mississippi-west-virginia-home-ownership-rates/index.html







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    Lee Hacksaw Hamilton







    Poway Lifetime GVCA







    Amateur Actors Needed







    Poway Historical and Memorial Society will produce a play.







    “A Hearty Poway Legend”

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Independence Day Memories, Poway Term Limits, Biden vs Trump Debate, SCOTUS Cases

    Independence Day Memories, Poway Term Limits, Biden vs Trump Debate, SCOTUS Cases

    Tomorrow, we celebrate America's birthday! I share some of my Independence Day memories and invite you to share yours. We also discuss Poway term limits, Poway Voices, Biden vs Trump debate, SCOTUS cases and more. Got a question or comment? Drop your take in the live chat on Facebook, X or YouTube to get involved in the San Diego Community Forum.







    It’s Wednesday, July 3, 2024. This is what John Riley thinks.







    Poway News









    * Term limit campaign suspended.







    * Haters hating







    * People in denial about the cause of the housing crisis* Housing crisis because of lack of inventory* System rigged for landlords, investors, homeowners.* They love NIMBYism, drives up prices.



    * Then other people can subsidize the rent.











    * More micromanagement







    * July 16th









    PowayStore.com







    General News









    * Debate performance.







    * Debate reaction.* Biden drop out.* If drop out, can he hold job down now?



    * Irresponsible for Dems to stick with him given threat of Trump.











    * Supreme Court Cases* Chevron (fisherman, eviction moratorium, vaccine mandate, immigration, etc.)* Separation of power: legislative, executive, judicial* Regulatory state, unaccountable, conflict of interest* Fisherman* Eviction moratorium* Trump Immunity* Law and Order POTUS* Qualified immunity (POTUS, police)* Kavanaugh, Alito said Nobody above the law.* Homelessness* Cities can remove homeless.* Local control



    * Reminds me of the Ben Sasse comments: Schoolhouse Rock, separation of powers, etc.













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    My Independence Day Stories







    All through my youth, the 4th of July always represented summertime and fireworks. It was never Independence Day to me. Always 4th of July.









    * Watching fireworks on the street in front of Burlingame house as a kid.







    * That great trip every year to the Red Devil fireworks stand.







    * Fuzzy memories of seeing fireworks in Guerneville.







    * 9 years old in Kearns Utah. Only allowed sparklers and caps.  We used a hammer to blow up caps, often a whole role at a time.







    * Learning about illegal fireworks at around 11 years old. Here stories about people blowing up toilets with M-80s.







    * The Bicentennial quarters.







    * About 12-13 years old we knew a guy who knew a guy and we would get some firecrackers and bottle rockets.







    * Around 16 years old make the trip to China Town and buy fireworks. Do a deal in a back alley.







    * Big fireworks show at La Jolla Cove freshman year at UCSD. Big fireworks show a much bigger thing here in San Diego than I remember in Burlingame.







    * Fireworks from Kate Sessions Park with synchronized music







    * Shooting bottle rockets from UCSD A-2 into B-16. Must have been left over from the summer.







    * With the kids, always attending a softball or baseball tournament somewhere.







    * Watching fireworks from our home in North Poway.  Little by little they would not get high enough over the hill to see them.







    * Driving to Flaming Gorge WY and seeing the fireworks store right when we passed the state line.







    * Then having leftovers back in Poway. I took them to the hazardous materials dump site. I always wondered if the workers there actually kept them.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Poway Life Time Fitness, Presidential Debate

    Poway Life Time Fitness, Presidential Debate

    I enjoy covering local news issues, so we will be doing a deep dive on the latest with the planned Life Time Fitness at The Farm in Poway. Some locals are opposing the project and micromanaging the details. Plus, we will discuss the upcoming presidential debate, SCOTUS social media ruling, and Trump on Green Cards. Got a question or comment? Drop your take in the live chat on Facebook, X, or YouTube and I will get you involved in the San Diego Community Forum.







    It’s Wednesday, June 26, 2024. This is what John Riley thinks.







    Developments at Life Time Fitness at The Farm in Poway









    * Constant Micromanaging of Life Time Fitness (square footage, traffic, wages, parking, fees, etc.)







    * Measure P reset







    * New Life Time plan considered by City Council July 16th* Will Council approve package? Approve it to go to ballot? Or reject it?* Updated application submitted May 29th.



    * Not a minor modification. Will require a majority vote of the people. (Nov 5th)











    * Chris Cruse recommended contacting the council and making memes. Good Idea!







    * Sent email to council, everyone responded except my representative! Read letter. Share responses.







    * Poway City Council (councilmembers@poway.org):* Seems there is another movement of opposition to the Life Time Fitness facility in The Farm. Certain community organizers are encouraging Powegians to write to the City Council expressing opposition.* I would like to offer an alternative point of view.* I support Property Rights. People across Poway shouldn’t have the right micromanage how a property owner chooses to manage his/her property.* America’s founding values are expressed in our inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Property rights are a natural extension of your right to your own life. If one cannot use their property resources for productive purposes (particularly if there are no damages created to others), then an interference in one’s property is an interference in one’s right to their own life.* Legally speaking, I realize that the Measure P situation likely means that it will need to go to a public vote. But from a moral point of view, I object.* Also…  the proposed plan by Life Time looks pretty good to me and my family. In fact, we were just discussing this over the weekend. Both my wife and daughter are hopeful the project is approved. They like all of the proposed amenities.* Thank you.* John Riley* Responses* Caylin Frank* Hi John, Nice to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughts. My understanding is that the voter initiative requires major modifications to go back to the voters so I feel that needs to be honored. But I understand your perspective on it. Hope you are doing well! Caylin* Brian Pepin* Hi John, Hope you’re doing well! Thanks for emailing. I always appreciate your perspective; I’ll take it into consideration when LifeTime presents their proposal to the City Council this summer. Thank you. -Brian* Anita Edmonston* Hi John. Good hearing from you – I hope you’re doing well! And thanks for weighing in on the Life Time Fitness proposal from your point of view. I appreciate your insights. As you are aware, the application is currently under review by city staff and council has not yet received a report or recommendation. I will be taking all input into consideration if/when the matter comes before council. In case you didn’t already receive the attached information directly from the city, I am including it here. It provides additional background on the application, the process, and its relationship to The Farm development. Best regards, Anita Edmondson* Steve Vaus* Thanks John - good to hear from you. SV



    * Peter DeHoff (my representative in District 3)



    * No Response. LOL

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Trump and Libertarians, Election Propaganda, Vacation in Ireland

    Trump and Libertarians, Election Propaganda, Vacation in Ireland

    There's not much to discuss at the local level here in San Diego or Poway, so I thought I would comment on some of the bigger national stories. We will discuss Donald Trump, Trump's attempt to partner with the Libertarian Party, breaking down political myths, and a review of our vacation in Ireland. Got a comment or question? Type it in the live chat on Facebook, X or YouTube.







    It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2024. This is what John Riley thinks.







    Donald Trump and the Libertarian Party







    The headlines in the media are about the rowdy libertarians booing Trump. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in what made this event so nuts.







    Libertarians were trying to negotiate with a con man. They were hoping that by supporting Trump, Trump would in turn support some of their causes.







    There can be no advancement of liberty when dealing with an authoritarian con man. It’s like Chamberlain trying to appease Hitler. It’s like negotiating with terrorists.







    Breaking Down Political Myths:









    * Trump lowered taxes for the middle class!



    * Trump raised tariffs. Trump raised income taxes by limiting SALT deductions. Trump wants to raise tariffs much, much more. Don't tell me Trump lowered your taxes.











    * GOP says, “Prices have now risen by 20.1 percent since Biden took office.”



    * Prices will rise even more when Trump radically increases tariffs.











    * Heather Cox Richardson: Just a reminder that what has driven us into debt is not Social Security and Medicare, but rather the George W. Bush tax cuts and the Trump tax cuts, both of which disproportionately benefited the wealthy and corporations.* Even with those tax cuts, revenue is up. The problem with debt is mostly a spending problem. With rare exception, they run deficits nearly every year, even before those tax cuts.



    * Trump and Bush tax cuts impacted revenue about $200B/yr. each, yet the deficit is nearly $2T.











    * Biden: Time for billionaires to pay their “fair share”!* Never defined, never explained, just means more.



    * What is a fair share?













    Ireland Vacation Highlights







    Our Ireland vacation was splendid. Beautiful countryside villages and small fishing harbors. Mizen Head, Garnish Island, Cliffs of Moher, Kinsale Scilly Walk were highlights in Ireland.







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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Poway Term Limits, Tony Blain, Poway Unified School District Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps Firing

    Poway Term Limits, Tony Blain, Poway Unified School District Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps Firing

    What’s going on in Poway? John shares stories about Poway City Council Term Limits, Tony Blain, and Poway Unified Marian Kim-Phelps’s termination and demand for her job back. Plus, John shares what he’s watching on streaming media.







    It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2024. This is what John Riley thinks.







    Poway Term Limits







    What are your thoughts on term limits? We have them for President, and in many state and local political races. But not here in Poway. Now Tony Blain is circulating a petition to get term limits on the November 2024 ballot. Is this the right approach? Or can “term limits” simply happen by voting against the incumbent?







    Terminated Poway Unified Superintendent, Marian Kim-Phelps, Wants her Job Back







    Imagine getting fired from your job as the top school official in the 3rd largest school district in San Diego County because you got into a bullying war with the local mean girls? That’ what happened with Kim-Phelps. She said she was fired unjustly, and she has hired an attorney. Why is PUSD always in the news for the wrong reasons?







    Relevant Articles:







    Fired Poway Unified superintendent asks judge to reinstate her, block disclosure of why she was fired.







    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2024-06-04/fired-poway-unified-superintendent-asks-judge-to-reinstate-her-block-disclosure-of-why-she-was-fired







    #SanDiego #poway #stevevaus #caylinfrank #brianpeppin #anitaedmondson #peterdehoff #barryleonard #jimcunningham #termlimits #tonyblain #powayschools #pusd #powayunified #mariankimphelps #meangirls







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    Fernando Garcia, San Diego City Council Candidate, District 9

    Fernando Garcia, San Diego City Council Candidate, District 9

    Fernando Garcia returns to the JRP Podcast Studio. Fernando is a candidate for San Diego City Council District 9. We discuss a range of issues affecting San Diego including:









    * Homelessness







    * Housing (SB10, high density, ADUs)







    * Energy (SDG&E, solar)







    * Mass Transit (SANDAG, EVs, busses, trolley)







    * Election Reform (Rank Choice Voting, Democracy Dollars)









    For more information about Fernando Garcia:







    https://www.garciaforsandiego.com/







    Recorded Friday, January 12, 2024.







    #SanDiego #fernandogarcia #homelessness #housing #sb10 #adu #sdge #solar #energy #masstransit #sandag #ev #trolly #rankchoicevoting #rcv #salestax #democracydollars #andrewyang #seanelorivera







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