Wyland on Target
I continue to be
impressed with Assemblyman Mark Wyland.
He is one of the few legislators who has the moxie to tackle a difficult
piece of legislation but, in so doing, shows that he has correctly read the
mood and need of his constituency He has proposed a constitutional amendment to
bar illegal immigrants from obtaining state driver's licenses and other
benefits. If, like last year, the Democratic Legislature refuses to act on the
amendment, he will push for a ballot initiative if his bill is not passed.
Then, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said he will help
pay for mailings supporting the anti-illegal immigrant ballot initiative.
remember that we are a sovereign nation with the right to control our
borders," Issa said in a release. "Illegal immigration has no place
in our nation."
Wyland and Issa
cite a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group aimed
at curbing immigration into the country, that said illegal immigrants cost the
state nearly $9 billion each year.
to our cover story dealing with immigration (7/29/04 issue, “Time To Get Tough)
clearly state that this is an issue important to North San Diego County. We have zero problem with the Latino population. We welcome them with open arms . . . but only
if they are legal. We want absolutely
nothing to do with illegal activity in any way shape or form. Wyland’s amendment, with Issa’s support, would helps set matters right.
Grant Manning knows how to throw a party.
He and his
partner, Kirk Hansen, owners of Century 21 Home First Real Estate, are not only
the ‘wunderkids’ of real estate
(they’re only 25 years of age and are well on their way toward building a real
estate empire in North County), but they also have to be acknowledged as two of
the most genial and generous hosts in the area.
Having just opened
their new offices this year in San Marcos, they had their 1st Annual Holiday
Celebration last Saturday. They had a
shuttle bus run guests to and from their office at 935 W. San Marcos Blvd., to
Kirk’s beautiful Coronado Hills Estate that was somewhere around 4000 square
feet in size, beautifully landscaped, a lush home, both beautiful and big . . .
like a castle. There was a nice little
combo that played a mixture of Christmas music and dance tunes all night, a
lovely decorated pool and jacuzzi, with subdued holiday colored lighting, and a
good mix of lively and interesting people.
I haven’t even
mentioned the food. They had catered
food that was out of this world. The
appetizer tables were loaded with lots and lots of fresh shrimp, practically
any hors d’oeuvres you could imagine, an open bar, tables with most any wine
you could imagine, and plenty of soft drinks for teetotalers. The
guest list included almost anyone associated with real estate - mortgage
folks, escrow companies, title companies, and the rather large staff of Century
21 Homes First as well.
It was truly the
finest party I’ve ever attended and I’ve been to a few. I’m putting my bid in now for an invite to
next year’s Christmas Party as long as Grant and Kirk throw it.
The elections are
over. We need to put them behind
us. I get email “jokes” and
“commentaries” about the election, particularly the national election. They go into the electronic waste
basket. I don’t have time for them. There was enough rancor during the
campaign. We need to move on.
Have a great
Christmas everyone. See you next year!