Aug. 4 2010 10:15 AM

CityBeat grades the Lincoln Club's Spanish, Ernie Dronenburg's mailers and Tea Party Doctors

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Learn to spell

Even as the debate over immigration heats up faster than a Phoenix thermometer, San Diego's right-wingers are co-opting Mexican culture.

Take the Lincoln Club, the cabal of fiscal conservatives who are throwing a “Summer Fiesta Caliente” fundraiser to pull together money for the general-election campaign. The Aug. 16 event at the Ranch House in the planned community of Del Sur will feature “mariachis, margaritas and tacos” and a salsa-eating competition.

“WARNING: Chilies, like political fundraisers, aren't meant to be enjoyed by everyone,” the e-mail invitation says. “It takes courage, dedication and some personal sacrifice to become a hot chili lover or a political donor. Please be aware of your capabilities—consume chilies reasonably, but give generously. This is a fundraising event, not a complimentary happy hour.”

The invitation is signed by Lincoln Club CEO T.J. Zane, aka “El Presidente,” and developer Tom Sudberry, aka “El Jeffe.”

In Spanish, “el jefe” means “the boss,” and “el jeffe” means “the gringo who doesn't know how to spell.” Sudberry isn't the only conservative with a language issue; in 2009, the San Diego College Republicans launched a Facebook page for their “Taco Tuesdays,” a monthly get-together at “El Torito's or On the Boarder.”

The restaurants are El Torito and On the Border. We issue 18 mierdas to the Lincoln Club and 10 more to the College Republicans—the minimum Scrabble value for each of their misspellings.

Fair game

On the other side of the spectrum, we issue a dozen turds each to the San Diego Young Democrats and the Green Party of San Diego County for violating election law by failing to file required campaign-disclosure reports. The state Fair Political Practices Commission sent the groups official warning letters in July.

Ernest Dronenburg, a candidate for county Assessor facing incumbent David Butler in the November election, was also cited by the FPPC last month for leaving his campaign committee's address off its mass mailers in violation of the law.

The FPPC sent Dronenburg a simple warning, saying “the inadequate disclosure appears to be an inadvertent mistake and, on that basis, we have decided to close the case.”

We won't be so forgiving. Dronenburg describes himself as a “nationally recognized tax expert” and a partner in the “largest audit and tax consulting firm in the world,” and, therefore, he should be held to a higher standard when it comes to dotting i's and crossing t's. We dole out 5,000 turds in lieu of the maximum $5,000 fine.

Finding an angle

Sharron Angle, Republican challenger to Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada and never-ending source of political controversy, will be in San Diego this week for two fundraisers and a Tea Party rally.

The events are all tied to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a group whose medical journal has featured essays that advocate Creationism, suggest HIV doesn't cause AIDS and argue that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is unconstitutional. We award Angle three bouquets of carnations for capitalizing on San Diego's quack contingent.

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Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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