Real Justice PAC, a political action committee of former Bernie Sanders operatives backing the district attorney candidacy of Genevieve Jones-Wright, has rolled out the beginning of a so-called peer-to-peer texting campaign on her behalf, an April 9 disclosure filing with the county’s Registrar of Voters shows. “We organize mass participation through volunteering, door-knocking, calling voters and peer-to-peer texting in order to get the word out about a candidate and this platform,” the group’s Becky Bond, a coauthor of Rules for Revolutionaries, a political organizing guide, told Mic.com last year.
Ninety thousand dollars from Real Justice is credited in part for the March 6 success of Democrat Joe Gonzales, who prevailed over Democratic District Attorney Nicholas “Nico” LaHood with a 20-point margin of victory in a San Antonio, Texas primary. “We collaborated on strategy, pitched in on tech, and raised the hard dollar contributions from individual donations needed to fund the effort,” Bond told the San Antonio Express. Since March 29, according to its filing here, the political action committee has spent less than $2000 on the San Diego campaign.
Meanwhile, the GOP Lincoln Club is ramping up for some major spending of its own, channeling $50,000 on April 4 to an affiliated committee called Job Creators for a Strong Economy. A political takedown specialist, the fund’s torrent of late hit pieces played a key role in 2016’s defeat of Democratic county supervisor Dave Roberts by Republican Kristin Gaspar.
La Jolla has been free of violence in its schools but has long been known for its high-dollar jewelry store heists. Thus, when La Jolla Elementary went into an April 5 trial lockdown, talk of shooting and guns was strictly discouraged. “We do lockdown drills to practice responding to the bell signal, and what would happen should we have an actual situation where we would lock down the campus,” principal Donna Tripi explained in an email to parents following the event. “Students are told that there could be a situation like a robber on the loose in the village, and we would have to keep them safe. We do not discuss shootings as we think this would produce fear and anxiety.”