Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vaus is Boss

V is for Vaus Victory
Steve Vaus secures the Poway Mayorship with a historic margin of victory.
Never in Poway's history has a mayoral challenger defeat an incumbent by such a huge margin. (~9%)  A truly clear victory that sends a major message about the need for new leadership with fresh ideas about how to make Poway an even better place for the residents and businesses.  It should be interesting to see how Powegians appreciate having access to a mayor who is actually present at the Council meetings.

The official swearing in ceremony for Mayor Vaus will occur on December 16th at the Poway City Council Chambers.  Get there by 6PM to ensure you have a seat.

Name Votes Percent
Steve Vaus
Don Higginson

Parsing the City Council Race
Dave Grosch is clearly one of the most popular and effective Poway City Council members in history.  He turned out a considerable victory over all challengers with the other incumbent candidate, John Mullin, coming in a distant 2nd place.  When you look examine the number in detail, it looks like Grosch secured the vote of a whopping 91% of voters in this portion of the race.  There was likely a lot of bullet voting going on for Grosch and a sizable Grosch/Olps vote pairs.

What does this mean for Mullin?  Mullin's prime focus is on promoting developer issues before the council.  Does this mean his base of support is too narrow for the future?  Hard to tell.  He likely did not run a strong campaign this time around as incumbent's seats are generally secure and Olps was not able to mount a strong challenge.  That said, the results here imply that the Mullin seat is the most vulnerable to a challenge in 4 years, so best to watch that spot.
Name Votes Percent
Dave Grosch
John Mullin
Christopher Olps
Total Votes
Total Voters

Monday, September 8, 2014

Time to End the Reign of King Don

It’s High Time that Voters Give Poway Mayor Don Higginson the Boot
28 years of Unbridled Arrogance and Missed Opportunities is Enough

Why Voters Should Reject Don Higginson:

Caught On Tape Claiming:
(These are just two of several videos floating out there exampling Don Higginson's arrogance that has built up over his more than 25 years in office)

Higginson has missed more city council meetings than anyone else in Poway's history:
~129 missed meetings.... and counting.
Up to 23% of all meetings each year...absent
634 votes NOT CAST.... and he still collects the same paycheck.
It is almost like you have a better chance meeting him on the street than in a council meeting.
It's time to end the decades of place holding – actual Leadership is badly needed.

What skeletons in Higginson’s closet is the Party tired of sweeping under the rug?

  • Is it the years of crony capitalism that plagued Poway’s Redevelopment Agency, all while Don ran it into the ground?
    • Pay to play has always been a drag on Poway’s growth.
  • Maybe it was the millions that evaporated from the Community Plan, scuttling it...
  • Or maybe it was his overseeing the 20+ years of Consultancy Fees for Espola Road upgrades...
    • Plan after plan and still nothing has actually been done to improve the safety situation.
  • The opportunities to improve Poway that have been squandered is almost criminal.
But it gets worse:  For years, Poway has shown a rare (among governments) degree of fiscal responsibility that has built up a small reserve fund that has allowed it to weather recent financial storms.  Now, with the Mayor's race looking close, Don has set out to burn through that reserve to pander to select groups within the city, buying up votes where he can.  As quoted
...we need to reinvest in our city. We need to reinvest in our parks, trails, streets and other needed infrastructure. We need to reinvest in our Senior Center. We need to reinvest in our Community Center......
Don't get me wrong, these are worthy projects.  But they are being pushed out with a fervent and unplanned rush in an untimely manner.  Draining Poway's Fiscal Reserves is something that is best dealt with once the election has passed, not in the run up to an election where promises of payouts are used as empty promises, doled out to buy undecided voters.

Sadly, in the end, Mayor Higginson "has no friends, only interests."

He will buy, cajole, and hoodwink his way to get what he wants.
To desperately hold onto power.....
But if he does,
The old Don,
The arrogant and callus Don
Will come back

he never left.

There is more to come, soon....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Incriminating Videos

Don Higginson telling people that he has never made a promise while on the City Council.

Don Higginson telling people not to contact him.