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Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Sanders’

Rare is the day when we have the ability to directly rebuke the stupidity of our city council; but that day would be today.  Two months ago I pointed out the uselessness of linkage fees in alleviating affordable housing problems, even if that is the stated purpose of the tax.  Felipe Monroig of the SD County Taxpayer’s Association showed that most of the money actually goes to helping the homeless through “transitional” housing assistance, a large disconnect from helping the “working poor” finding affordable housing.  Meanwhile, the fee has a negative impact on development by raising “linkage fee” taxes paid by developers by over 350 percent.

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Faulconer’s first TV ad… “Sanders: Getting Things Done.”

Monday, October 21, 2013
posted by Thor's Assistant

“I worked closely with Kevin Faulconer to reform the city’s pension system — saving a billion dollars that can now be put back into our neighborhoods,” Jerry Sanders says to the camera.” Kevin is running to finish the job. His Neighborhood Fairness Plan uses savings to repave, increase police patrols and keep after school programs open longer. Best, Kevin’s plan starts in communities that have been neglected too long. I worked with Kevin Faulconer for seven years.  Kevin Faulconer knows there’s no Democrat or Republican way to fill a pothole, he’s about getting things done.”

Smart governing decisions saving taxpayer dollars and collaborative initiatives took top honors, while cavalier attitudes and lost opportunities were called out and shamed at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)’s 17th annual Goldens Awards Dinner, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley.

Remote controls were nowhere in sight as the evening’s theme “Taxpayer TV: We Can’t Make This $#!% Up!” entertained the appreciative audience who shared the details of the exclusive video parodies highlighting the program via social media. As in past programs, elected officials, members of the news media and other public figures willingly humiliated themselves in a good-natured send-up of the year in government news and achievements in San Diego.

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Remember back in 2010 when the local Municipal Employees Association went crying to its state level big brother, Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), about Mayor Jerry Sanders using the power and prestige of his office to inspire and endorse Prop D, the sales tax increase?

No I don’t remember that either, because it did not happen. However, I do recall more recently the Municipal Employees Association asking PERB to bully over 120,000 San Diegans, including Mayor Sanders, by blocking the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative from getting on the ballot. Last Tuesday, Judge William Dato told Goliath, labor groups and their heavy-handed bureaucrat friends, to back off of little taxpayer David… until after the election.

While the blogosphere and Twitterverse foams at the mouth over the spectre of hotelier Doug Manchester’s reported purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, far more attention should be paid to the other key player on this team: former radio station owner and executive John Lynch. When it comes to newsroom operations, John Lynch is likely to have far more influence on the day to day product as president and CEO than Manchester.

Young Guns Take Aim

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

As cross-posted on FlashReport.

Seems the young guns got it going on.

In just 25 days of the first reporting period for the 2012 San Diego mayor’s race, two young Republican candidates blew doors on the established competition with more than $300,000 cash on hand. Early predictors felt sure the mayoral primary would be a $1 million race. At this rate, we might be looking at $1.5 million.

Dumanis Steadies the Wheels

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

News just weeks into San Diego mayoral race from candidate District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis really got folks talking about her race.

It wasn’t big donor dollar numbers (which we’ve yet to see), but that she had already fired her campaign manager, Republican consultant Tom Mitchell.

The rumor mill ran amok with folks saying she looked vulnerable.

Today, her camp released news that she’s poached a Mayor Jerry Sanders press aide, Kevin Klein, to take over the helm under general consultant, Jennifer Tierney.

The San Diego County Taxpayers calls upon San Diegans to voice their opposition to a proposal by the San Diego City Council to double the so called “linkage fee” charged to construction projects in the City of San Diego. This fee is yet another short-sighted job killer and SDCTA is strongly opposed to this increase.

The Council will also consider setting this fee on “auto-increase” going forward, a sneaky little maneuver which no longer requires a vote of your elected officials to increase this job-killing tax. This action may be taken despite a historic recession and without regard for the concerns voiced by business leaders that this would further hurt jobs creation and economic recovery in San Diego.

Kevin Faulconer set the tone last night, telling a crowd of civic leaders, “This is not about Republicans and Democrats.  This is about what is good for San Diego neighborhoods.”  Faulconer gestured to a chart showing that, if left unchanged, local residents will one day pay $500 million-a-year for a “defined benefit” pension system. “If we act now, we can save $1 to $2 Billion in the next 25 years, and that will go instead to libraries, parks  & recreation, repairing roads and public safety.”   Carl DeMaio pinpointed a 65% rise in local water rates since 2007, and said “Pension Costs are fully charged into those stunning increases.”  Noting harassment of reform petitioners at local shopping centers, Mayor Jerry Sanders got laughs saying,  “I’m actually ‘proud’  of the people doing that because it means they’ve finally gotten off their #$%*&+#* and done something.“  (A helicopter passed overhead at this moment, and I could not make out just what the word  #$%*&+#* was.)  The Lincoln Club’s  T.J. Zane emphasized polling shows 70%  public support to end abuses like “pension spiking”.

A groundbreaking pension reform ballot measure would save San Diego taxpayers up to $2.1 billion, according to a comprehensive financial analysis released today.

“Taxpayers simply can’t afford to keep paying the staggering pension costs of city workers year after year, decade after decade,” Mayor Jerry Sanders said. “This ballot measure will restore us to fiscal sanity, creating a system in which city workers receive retirement benefits no better and no worse than the average taxpayer footing the bill.”

Sanders is working with council members Kevin Faulconer and Carl DeMaio, San Diego County Taxpayers Association and The Lincoln Club of San Diego County to qualify the Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) Initiative for the June 2012 ballot.

Comprehensive Pension Reform kicks off

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
posted by Tony Manolatos

You’re invited…

Who: Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Lincoln Club of San Diego County and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association

What: Comprehensive Pension Reform Campaign Kick-off Reception

When: Thursday, June 30

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Trellises Restaurant at the Town & Country Hotel (500 Hotel Circle, San Diego CA 92108)

Previous contributions or pledges gratefully acknowledged or $100 minimum at the door. Personal, company, corporate or PAC checks accepted.

To RSVP email info@realpensionreform.com or call 619.446.6441

Albongidas members like their politics spicy. The Mayor’s race in the City of San Diego is tailor made for this bunch and it remains the hot topic of monthly gatherings by members of the San Diego Chapter at Cafe Coyote in Old Town.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

San Diego District Attorney and Mayoral Candidate Bonnie Dumanis

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis made the first official visit by a declared mayoral candidate on Friday, June 10. She was well-received and by all appearances had a great time visiting with the poliwonks in attendance. Surprisingly, no one was arrested or served with a warrant, not always a given with our crew.

The Root of All Money

Monday, June 6, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Ayn Rand once asked: “So you think money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?”

Candidates now seek out that answer for the next 12 months in the hopes of being San Diego’s next mayor.

Primary races boil down to two very basic survival needs: money and endorsements.

In truth, they’re about as closely related as identical twins. A candidate strong in both shows viability. They have something important to tell voters (“I’m supported by people whose opinion you value”) and the means in which to communicate their message with good consultants and volunteers through campaign mailers, advertising, websites, social media and campaign signs.

Do I know what will drive Rostra reader traffic, or what?

While Mrs. Seal hasn’t technically made any direct comment, her admonition to contestants on her reality show “Project Runway” applies nicely. As in fashion, in politics one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.

In a few short days on June 5 when fundraising can begin, all our speculation will be verified as to who’s actually in the race and who’s out. Those of us with additional speculating to do need to get cracking.

Election results show city employees wouldn’t

I recently told you about a vote employees at City Hall were taking. City workers, including myself, were asked if they wanted to eliminate a controversial and costly employee benefit – the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).  

Who in their right mind would vote to eliminate a retirement benefit, especially one that allows participants to simultaneously collect a pension and a salary – costing the City millions of dollars?

Turns out, not many at City Hall voted to drop DROP.

Full disclosure: I received a ballot but did not vote. Not that it would have mattered, given the results of the election:

It was Unity Night at the Republican Party of San Diego on Monday, and “director’ Tony Krvaric gave the spotlight to three major heroes.   Carl DeMaio was the firebrand, asking, “Are you ready to make San Diego the Wisconsin of the West?”… Kevin Faulconer was the calm older brother, praising everyone for their hard work.  And Jerry Sanders explained himself to the GOP crowd as “that wayward spouse, that always comes back.  I wander some times…but  I was a Republican before most of you were born.”  (When the Mayor deadpanned that last line, a woman near  me murmured, “Spencer Tracy” with admiration.)

Applause for Mayor Sanders

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
posted by B-Daddy

I have been a harsh critic of Mayor Sanders at times. But I need to give credit where it is due; he worked with purveyors of competing reform plans to come up with a single ballot measure. This increases the odds that a measure will pass, because there will be a unified reform effort. Yesterday’s U-T has the news:

The new measure, to be announced Tuesday, combines elements from a proposal two weeks ago by Jerry Sanders and Councilman Kevin Faulconer with ideas from Councilman Carl DeMaio.

The San Diego Pension Reform Power Play: Is the Mayor a Lame Duck?

Friday, April 1, 2011
posted by Greg Larkin

Three weeks ago Mayor Jerry Sanders and his top staff were smug. They were sure they had the financial backing to get their pension reform measure on the ballot. They were sure they had the power to strong arm the Lincoln Club and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association into not backing a more stringent version of pension reform. The defeat of Proposition D…ahhh, that was a while ago…no lingering memories of betrayal. One insider literally said, “We have a million dollars committed and we are going to roll right over anyone who doesn’t back our version.”

The following is from San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer:

Faulconer on KUSI discussing 401(k) ballot measure

Hello: Mayor Jerry Sanders and I announced the details of our groundbreaking pension reform ballot measure today at a news conference. I sincerely hope you will join us in support of these very important and necessary changes. Below are my remarks from the news conference. Please let me know what you think. Thank you……Kevin

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Lead, don’t follow

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
posted by Greg Larkin

The San Diego City Council yesterday adopted a resolution in opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to get rid of local redevelopment agencies.

A real shocker of a news story there, that San Diego, or any city would be opposed to such a move by the State.  The only surprise is that Councilmember Sherri Lightner opposed the resolution, apparently needing more information.  Okay, but huh?

So, that aside, another non-shocker is Councilmember Kevin Faulconer driving the train on the resolution of opposition.  Grab the easy button.  A “gimme” effort.  A no brainer.  More of a willingness to latch onto something non-controversial — AKA a big “duh” — and run with it, instead of leading the charge on an effort that makes for a tough, uphill battle.

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San Diego Mayor’s Race Part 3

Friday, January 21, 2011
posted by Criticus

Normally I feel somewhat obligated to fact check posts by “mouth of the local gop” Mr. Murphy. So I did some calling around about the San Diego Mayor’s race. Turns out Murphy is correct: it sounds like Dumanis and Filner are in the race. To Filner first: if he runs, and he is the only Democrat, he is pretty much assured a spot in the run off. Easy.

Update on 2012 San Diego Mayor’s Race

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
posted by Mr. Murphy

Looks like DA Bonnie Dumanis and Congressman Bob Filner are both exploring entering the San Diego Mayor’s race.  How does this play?

With the DA in there are at least two “establishment” candidates in the race, Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Presumably Fletcher will be able to access Republican donor monies from his term in Sacramento and his and his wife’s national relationships, so he has some strengths she cannot count on.  Dumanis is reasonably well known and liked and may have access to national gay money. How the local establishment money will be split up is anyone’s guess.

What About Bob?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

At lunch with a well-connected San Diegan this week, I heard a fascinating rumor about the Mayor’s race in the City of San Diego. It was the notion that a sizable majority of San Diego’s Jewish community does not want Congressman Bob Filner to run for Mayor, because it would lose “the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress and a powerful voice for Israel” according to my source. This source isn’t one of the usual suspects and not Jewish, but a keen political observer in a position to hear such things.

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Zapf, Sanders and a Shiny New City Hall

Monday, January 17, 2011
posted by B-Daddy

Last Friday, I received an email in response to my question about the a City Hall from Job Nelson, identifying himself as Lorie Zapf’s Chief of Staff. (None of her staffers names are yet up on the City Council Web Site for the District 6.) I must say that I am still not impressed that the council member’s staff took this long to respond (from December 27), did not issue a public statement (as far as I can tell) and is not actually responding to my inquiry “Please address the rumors published in the U-T that you might support building a new city hall without a vote of the people.” Read the response for yourself and decide.

Faucett out. Hansen in.

Monday, December 27, 2010
posted by Sunshine

San Diego City Hall will soon welcome Katie Hansen, of Restaurant Association fame, as City Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s new Chief of Staff.

Hansen, who earns a best actress for her role in the overwhelming defeat of Proposition D as well as best supporting actress for her parts in the David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf victories, will be replacing Faulconer’s outgoing Chief of Staff Aimee Faucett. Faucett is vacating the position to accept a position as Mayor Sanders’ Deputy Chief of Staff in the recent “City Hall shuffle.”

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