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Councilman Sherman Asks for Audit Committee Review of “Double Dipping” Proposal
Last week, I penned an editorial blasting a proposal to allow ex-City politicians to “Double Dip” by leaving office, starting to draw a full pension, and then returning to work at the City in a staff position with a full salary.
Councilman Scott Sherman is concerned about the proposal, so he has asked that the Audit Committee take up the issue at its next meeting.
“How can we continue to push for reform at City Hall?”
That’s a question repeatedly being asked these days.
It’s time to get past the disappointment of November’s election losses — and get back in the game.
On Saturday, you’re invited to come and find out how we can regroup and push for continued reform.
Reform San Diego is a grassroots 527 Super-PAC campaign organization that serves as a watchdog of city finances. In April and May 2013 we will hold a series of neighborhood “Town Hall” meetings where San Diegans will learn what really is going on at City Hall with our tax dollars. The forums will push for full implementation of Pension Reform, build opposition to unwarranted tax and fee hikes, and present thoughtful reforms to improve city government.
City labor unions and several city politicians want you to think that the “courts” have ruled against our Pension Reform efforts in San Diego.
Well, they are simply wrong.
The OC Register gets the story correct in this piece on PERB’s efforts to block pension reform by invalidating citizens right to ballot initiatives.
Read the entire piece here.
SDCTA Breakfast Panel: The Future of Pension Reform: What’s Next?
|Date:||Thursday, March 14, 2013|
|Time:||7:00 AM – 9:00 AM|
Organizer: San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Sponsor: REFORM San Diego
Carl DeMaio – Founder and Chairman of Reform San Diego
Hon. Jan Goldsmith – San Diego City Attorney
Tim Davis – Partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
Video of my talk on “Can California Survive?” and why we should start with pension reform to fix our state.
I penned an editorial that appeared in the Wall Street Journal today that proposes new ways for Congress to help resolve the massive pension crises that state governments are facing.
Read piece here:
WSJ DeMaio Opinion
Help support the work of Reform San Diego in 2013 by attending our kickoff fundraiser. Personal or corporate donations are accepted, and there is no limit or cap on the amount that can be donated. Suggested minimum donation for the reception: $75.
Please click link below to view the invitation.
If you missed my speech last week, you can view it by clicking the link below.
If you are worried about California’s future, there’s no shortage of disturbing statistics to keep you up at night. California’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in November – and, with a host of new regulatory mandates added when the New Year began, our state is becoming even more unattractive for businesses.
California’s three largest pension funds have promised $500 billion in retirement benefits that they don’t have the money to pay for. California’s cities have another $135 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, and a couple of municipalities have already filed for bankruptcy.
Politicians give inauguration speeches when they take office — often listing promises to constituents they hope to keep.
Four years ago, I did something different.
I skipped a speech, and instead presented a video — featuring my constituents expressing in their own words what they wanted me to focus on.
Here is the video. Enjoy!
Carl DeMaio: Building ‘new’ Republican Party in California
San Diego mayoral race offers glimpses of overhaul state party needs.
By Carl DeMaio
If you do not learn from your mistakes, you are destined to repeat them.
In the wake of last week’s staggering electoral losses, the California Republican Party must admit it did not merely have a bad cycle, but it faces a major crisis years in the making. And the crisis facing the California Republican Party is much more severe than the one confronting the national Republican Party.
San Diego is an amazing city – and it is time to come together to put the best interests of our city first.
All the votes are still being counted, but as the current tally shows us coming up short, I intend to support Bob Filner as he begins transition efforts. Nevertheless I want to assure every San Diegan that we shall ensure every vote is counted, and we shall accept the final outcome of this race.
DeMaio’s Sunshine Act Makes San Diego One of “Most Open and Transparent City Governments in the Nation”
In a bipartisan effort the San Diego City Council voted unanimously today to approve Councilmember Carl DeMaio’s “Sunshine Act” ordinance. The legislation authored by DeMaio is designed to impose tough disclosure and transparency reforms on City Hall.
DeMaio praised his Council colleagues for coming together in a bipartisan effort to improve transparency and accountability at City Hall. “I applaud my colleagues for their bipartisan vote to approve the Sunshine Act and make San Diego one of the most open and transparent city governments in the nation. This law sheds a light on City Hall and will allow the public to access information regarding city financial decisions, payments, and transactions,” DeMaio noted.
Duo to Collaborate on Education Reform, School Safety, and After-School Programs
Standing side by side with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio unveiled his “Clean and Safe School” Initiative — which dedicates more resources to school safety and after-school programs. As Mayor, DeMaio pledges to take an active role in education reform and forge partnerships with school boards, principals, teachers and parents to improve student achievement at every school.
DeMaio and Dumanis pledged to work together to implement key elements of the plan — which includes a Clean and Safe Schools Task Force and the creation of an City Education Foundation to fund after-school programs.
With five weeks to election day, the campaign of San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio launched its second General Election TV ad entitled “Leading by Example.”
“Last week, we were proud to have earned the endorsements of San Diego’s most prominent Democrat, Dr. Irwin Jacobs, and the city’s highest-elected Republican, Mayor Jerry Sanders,” noted Ryan Clumpner, Campaign Manager. “San Diegans are looking for a Mayor who walks that walk, rather than talking the talk, which is why our new ad focuses on Carl’s record of leading by example: cutting his compensation, turning down his city pension, and reducing his own city council budget,” noted Clumpner.
“Carl DeMaio has the right management skills and collaborative leadership style to bring people together to solve problems.”
Stressing the importance of keeping San Diego on the path of fiscal and economic recovery, Mayor Jerry Sanders today endorsed Carl DeMaio to be San Diego’s next Mayor.
“Carl DeMaio has the right management skills and collaborative leadership style to bring people together to solve problems,” said Mayor Sanders.
“After seven years in the job, I can confidently say Carl DeMaio reflects the qualities we need in a good Mayor: he listens to diverse viewpoints, draws on ideas from all sides of an issue, and he works to build consensus,” said Sanders.
“Job Creation isn’t a Partisan Issue; it’s a San Diego Issue,” says DeMaio
San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio announced today the formation of a broad coalition of Independents, Republicans and Democrats who will provide business leadership and guidance on job creation for San Diego.
Quiet since the primary, an overwhelming majority of the founders of the Movement to the Middle have now endorsed DeMaio. Movement to the Middle is a grassroots coalition of business and community leaders who want constructive, pragmatic leaders who want an end to the relentless divisiveness and bitter partisan battles that have caused gridlock in government.
California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter Endorses DeMaio
San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio garnered the endorsement and enthusiastic support of one of the largest small business organizations in San Diego: the San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association which represents over 6,500 restaurants in San Diego County and employ more than 100,000 employees in the county.
“As a former business owner, Carl DeMaio knows that streamlining bureaucratic regulations for small business owners will attract employers and increase jobs which in turn will generate more revenue for the City and restore neighborhood services,” said Mike Morton, Jr., President of the San Diego County Chapter of the Restaurant Association. “Our members appreciate his well thought out jobs plan and his leadership in support of small businesses.”
It’s no secret that the last decade has forced all city departments to make cuts in order to balance our city budget. In many cases the cuts did not impact core services – in fact they highlighted how bloated some city departments had become.
But when it comes to our communities, the impacts of these service cuts can be clearly seen. We are reminded of our crumbling infrastructure as we drive down our streets, as we pay our rising water bills, and suffer reduced hours at libraries and community centers.
Former Judge and Assemblyman says DeMaio is “Willing to Roll up his Sleeves and Work with Others to Ensure the City is Properly Managed on a Day to Day Basis”
With the fall campaign moving full-steam ahead, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio picked up an important, citywide endorsement today from San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith who touted DeMaio’s collaborative and balanced approach to governing.
Today we launched our latest television ad for the campaign called “Not a Label.”
Check it out here:
This morning I began an extensive two-day trade tour to Mexico with fellow officials and business leaders. I have learned so much about the importance of strengthening our economic ties and cooperating as a region to improve the quality of life on both sides of the border.
The San Diego-Tijuana border crossing is the busiest land border crossing in the world, with over 40 million crossings each year. This number is expected to increase significantly over coming years.
Streamlining and Transition Assistance Attracts Key Support
With less than 80 days to go until election day, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio picked up more support from key military veterans today. “With a narrowed field, I am pleased to announce that as the general election approaches, veterans of all branches and walks of life are rallying around Carl DeMaio,” stated retired U.S. Army Major General Dennis Kenneally, the volunteer coordinator of the Veterans for DeMaio Coalition. Kenneally was joined by several key veterans at a news conference today in front of the Veterans Memorial and Center at Balboa Park.
I was pleased to announce yesterday that we have built a coalition on the City Council willing to work together to get results for San Diegans through the full and complete implementation of pension reform.
While we have come together as a team to get results, Bob Filner is poised to negotiate away or outright invalidate the pension reforms in this citizens’ initiative.
See the news story below for more information.
National Latino Advocate & Communications Advisor Joins DeMaio Campaign
Latino advocate K.B. Forbes, who has served as a spokesperson and communications advisor on three U.S. Presidential campaigns and numerous state and local races, has joined the Carl DeMaio campaign as Communications Director.
“Carl DeMaio represents political reform and transparency, and I am honored to be working on one of the most important races in the nation this election cycle,” said Forbes. “I look forward to working with the media and community groups in San Diego and helping elect Carl DeMaio as the next Mayor of San Diego.”