Do local lawmakers make the grade? - Brian W. Jones

Do local lawmakers make the grade?

SACRAMENTO — There were a couple of interesting twists in the latest round of annual legislative score cards issued recently by disparate special interests championing taxpayers, the environment and...

gay rights.

Grades for San Diego County lawmakers generally followed the expected norm, with Democrats mostly earning top marks on the environment and gay rights, while Republicans scored better on tax issues.

The most recent score card was issued by Equality California, which lobbies on behalf of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. Every local Democrat was awarded a 100 percent.

But the marks handed out to local Republicans varied. San Diego Assemblyman Brian Maienschein’s 71 percent was the second highest among all GOP lawmakers. Assemblyman Rocky Chávez of Oceanside earned a 43 percent; Sen. Joel Anderson of La Mesa a 25 percent and Sen. Mark Wyland, 13 percent. Assemblymembers Marie Waldron of Escondido and Brian Jones of Santee were given zeros.

Conversely, area Republicans earned all A’s on the score card issued by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. In contrast, Democrats in the San Diego County delegation flunked, with a capital F.

The environmental community split this year.

Democrats mostly did well on the California League of Conservation Voters score card. Among the San Diego delegation, Hueso’s 88 percent was the lowest mark, with most earning a 100 percent rating. No area Republican scored higher than Maienschein’s 23 percent.

But the Sierra Club’s grades were markedly lower, primarily because the club took more stringent positions on some of the most controversial environmental bills.

Sen. Marty Block and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, both San Diego Democrats, came in at 70 percent. That was the highest score among the region’s Democrats. Maienschein’s 20 percent was tops among area Republicans.

UT San Diego