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Primary election roundup

Roseanne Barr is running for president, seeking the nomination of the Green Party. One candidate for the American-Independent nomination is named “Mad Max.” The Libertarians have NINE presidential candidates. Brian Bilbray’s daughter Briana, who supports medical marijuana, is a candidate for Republican County Committee.

So many races, so little time….

The big issue for Del Mar Heights and Carmel Valley is the Kilroy project, One Paseo, a massive shopping center and residential tower complex proposed for the 23 undeveloped acres on the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in Carmel Valley. If built as proposed, this development would bring to I-5 at Del Mar Heights Road the kind of traffic now associated with the La Jolla Village Drive junctions with I-5 and 805.

An evening of political theater

The race for mayor of San Diego is important, not only for voters in Del Mar Heights, Carmel Valley, and La Jolla, but also for residents of all communities within reach of this newspaper. The mayor is not only CEO of the city of San Diego but also chief spokesperson and cheerleader for the San Diego region — as we learned from a recent episode of “South Park.”

Change coming to Board of Supervisors

Gordon Clanton

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is the neglected stepchild of politics and political journalism. Most county voters live in one of 18 incorporated cities, so they don’t think much about county government.

Bilbray draws two strong challengers in key race

The redistricting process of 2010 was not kind to Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray. His newly drawn 52nd Congressional District has a Republican registration edge of only 3 percent, compared with 9 percent in his old district.

Habits of the heart

“Habits of the Heart,” a 1986 book by my teacher Robert Bellah and four colleagues, is a sweeping and provocative study of individualism and commitment in American life — and a fit focus for a meditation on community life and civic responsibility.

His favorite hike

He walks south from the trailhead. The sky is clear and blue and perfect. Ground squirrels scramble over the rocks. The earth is smooth, tan streaked with gray. He fixes his gaze on the left side of the trail, deciding to focus on the other side only on the walk back.

Not a dime’s worth of difference? — Revisited

In the June 30 column, I challenged the view of some “independent” voters that there is “not a dime’s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans.”

I suggested that Democrats want to raise taxes on the very rich; Republicans want to lower them. Democrats are pro-labor; Republicans are anti-union. Democrats support Social Security, Medicare, and national health insurance; Republicans oppose them. Democrats are pro-choice; Republicans want to outlaw abortion and stem-cell research.

Not a dime’s worth of difference?

A growing number of “independent” voters hold that there is no meaningful difference between Democrats and Republicans. I disagree. Democrats favor progressive taxation. Republicans favor huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Clippings from a cluttered desk

Gordon Clanton

My 400-word limit for these musings often leaves me with more material than I can use, so my desk becomes cluttered with info-bits about the topics of recent columns and other interests.

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