Posts Tagged ‘Marti Emerald’
Sounds like it if the new Council President Todd Gloria gets his way. The North County Times reports:
Neither new mayor nor council offer immediate reaction to $900 millon proposal
The new president of the San Diego City Council — rising Democratic star Todd Gloria — said he wants to put before city voters a proposed tax hike that would address a nearly $900 million backlog of infrastructure projects.
Gloria announced his idea during Monday’s inauguration speech for his second term. Hours later, his council colleagues unanimously elected him president — a key position at City Hall that allows him to set the panel’s agenda.
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.
Let’s put aside for the moment the well-debated controversies over the partisan backgrounds of some of those holding the reins of the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission.
After all, it still comes down to the maps the Commission is to consider, whether pulled out of their hats, drawn by a consultant, proposed by the community, or some combination thereof. Even if labor interests in San Diego are behind a Commission stacking effort, are those commissioners and their rookie executive capable of a corresponding map-drawing operation without some coordinated effort from allies in the community?
It seems after being publicly humiliated at a recent Council meeting Marti Emerald is taking steps to reach out to the community and push her message of, umm…well, I’ll try and get back to you when I find it.
She has reinvented her monthly community newsletter although spelling seems to not be a concern. “Subject: We need to restore borwned-out fire engines.” You’d think with a paid staff someone knows how to spell brown.
Congratulations to City Councilwoman Marti Emerald who lives to tax another day!
Today the three anti-business initiatives that were going to be placed on the November ballot by the union lackeys on the Council to confuse voters about which proposition to support were withdrawn. The initiatives spokesperson said they will “go to voters directly” if they want the initiatives placed on the ballot. Granted they can be resubmitted, passed through the Rules committee, and voted on by the full Council in the next 45 or so days, but doing that would open the measures and their sponsors up to immense criticism.
Did that headline make you read this? Good, because this is boring yet so exciting!
Unless you don’t neurotically check your twitter, don’t get breaking political news email pushed to your blackberry, or don’t regularly troll the City Clerk’s office (see: you’re normal), you are just now finding out that Carl DeMaio’s Fair and Open Contracting Ballot Measure, henceforth known as Turbo-Managed Competition, is currently in qualification limbo (see VoSD story).
Before today I heard very little about a serious decision to recall Marti Emerald. Today, I’ve had the conversation a dozen times. There is a movement afoot. I don’t know if this movement will succeed or fail, but it is afoot. What I think is that Marti is rather foolish for bringing it up the way she did — it got other people thinking about it who otherwise might have thought it belonged to the fringe.
It’s no secret that community leaders in the 7th Council District have been seriously discussing a recall of Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Recently, though, more serious ‘downtown’ types have also been overheard having similar discussions. A poll taken several months ago showed pretty conclusively that a funded recall would succeed.
Apparently the buzzing is getting to Emerald, never known for stability. On KPBS this morning (I just happened to hear it) she and Councilman Carl DeMaio were going back and forth about DeMaio’s labor initiative when Emerald outright accused DeMaio of masterminding a recall against her. More amusing, her source was “blogs”. I’m hardly an unbiased source, but I thought she just sounded paranoid, at best. Now I guess we know what Emerald does with her time though, sifting through blogs instead of balancing the budget.
This week could be the beginning of the end for Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Today Councilman Carl DeMaio, joined by a coalition of businesses, community groups, and taxpayers, delivered over 135,000 signatures to the City Clerk to place an initiative on the November ballot that mandates voter approved managed competition and ensures it is implemented by the City Council. The labor unions already lost this battle in 2006 in San Diego, and more recently in Chula Vista and Oceanside last week. So what is their last and only hope to prevent savings to the taxpayers at the expense of their massive benefits? Three incredibly deceptive, unrelated, and random ballot initiatives designed to confuse voters in San Diego into voting “No” on all measures in November out of frustration. Essentially the theory is this, bombard the voters with enough terrible propositions that they will just give a blanket “no” vote and an initiative that sets aside $3 of the city budget to save the lives of thousands of puppies would fail in the confusion.
I know blimps and balloons filled with less hot air than Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Last week Councilwoman Emerald proposed something shocking, but the shock will change as you read more about her proposal. When I first heard that she wanted to cap salaries for city employees at the Mayor’s salary of $100,500 I thought “Marti Emerald? San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald? Well, great, looks like she has finally seen the light and is going to start addressing the city’s problems”.
At the end of the 2008 election cycle everyone thought Marti Emerald had the least debt of all the city candidates. Turns out she had the most, and yesterday the City Ethics Commission ruled that her intentional or negligent non-disclosure of that debt would cost her $3,000. Emerald avoided the possible $10,000 fine, probably because of her cooperation (a point made by her attorney at least 482 times during her hearing) once the discrepancy was discovered. If you add this fine, and the political fallout that is sure to follow endlessly, to the ever growing list of Marti Emerald’s troubles the outlook for 2012 is worse and worse for her every day. She can still probably avoid a recall or a resignation if she keeps her head down, way down, but from what I hear the local Dems and union bosses might “ask” her not to run again in 2012 and are already looking for a replacement.
A meeting was held earlier today with several donors and community members within San Diego City Council District 7. The purpose of the gathering was to determine whether or not to move forward with a recall of the increasingly embarrassing Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Consensus was that she cannot survive a recall in a non-Obama tidal wave election. A larger group will be meeting this week.
What a rough few weeks for City Councilwoman Marti Emerald. After having a rather public falling out with her former Chief of Staff, Xema Jacobson, Marti is facing rather serious ethics charges related to her campaign finances. The ethics hearing regarding that case was today, and after a full day of witnesses and questions it seems to have made little progress.
Multiple people from several departments within City Hall have informed me that Xema Jacobson’s run as City Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s Chief of Staff came to an emotional end today. Who will replace Xema is yet to be seen, but I am sure there will be a flood of questions about Marti and the direction she wants to take, given her terrible standing in her district.
I can’t be sure, but at 4:52PM I think you heard it here first folks, just before the sun sets…
Emerald vs. Ethics Commission
So the “Troubleshooter” doesn’t like it when the shoe is on the other foot. As investigations from the Ethics Commission move her closer and closer to a large fine for various violations, Emerald is going to have the gall at the next meeting to “openly challenge the ethics panel over an enforcement action” while at the same time “her argument isn’t that she is innocent”. This is delightful. I think anyone who watched the “Troubleshooter” over the years knows she was Judge, Jury, and Executioner… right or wrong. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, listen to the squeal. My key question: in what looks like a Republican year will the scandals finely catch up with her?
At breakfast Friday morning (Hob Nob Hill, of course) guess who I ran into? A few of our local ‘Emerald Investigators’ pouring over some of the copious material garnered from the public information request generated from this blog a few months ago. They showed me two interesting lines of investigation, totally unrelated, that I imagine will be worth reporting on.
I’m not exactly sure what would get me up in the morning if I didn’t think I’d have another move by Marti Emerald that put her one step closer to resignation (I’ll save the rumors on this for a later post) or recall.
What did I awake to this morning? Half a dozen emails circulating around town which quote Emerald from a KPBS interview supporting new taxes, in direct contradiction to her campaign pledge. To paraphrase: For too long we’ve only focused on one side of the ledger. We must right the financial ship and put these tax initiatives on the ballot…
From this morning’s Union Tribune, an absolutely brutal article that demonstrates Councilwoman Emerald’s hypocrisy, arrogance, and simple inability to follow the laws she’s spent years demanding others to follow. Directly to you Marti (since you are a reader): this is not the cumulation of efforts to hold you accountable, it’s the beginning. You’ll know exactly what I mean shortly.
Link to the Union-Tribune:
Last week, San Diego News Network carried this article, which I missed. Brian Peterson, the author and President of the Grantville Action Group, was a pretty big Emerald supporter during the election if my friends in D7 speak the truth…
EMERALD’S BUDGET MEETING OFFERS NO CHOICES FOR CITIZENS
Last week’s meeting of the Grantville Action Group was billed as “Councilmember [Marti] Emerald to seek budget ideas at GAG meeting.” Some where along the way, though, the event morphed into a parallel universe version of the “District 7 Advisory Council.” At least now, I think I know how it must feel to be a D-7 Advisory Council member.
Rostra analysis shows 67 percent of Advisory Members are Donors
Last night Marti Emerald took a short interview where she said she was “surprised” that her District 7 Advisory Council would support the massive taxpayer expenditures required for a new downtown library and city hall.
I’d be pretty surprised too, since every public poll I’ve seen says taxpayers hate both ideas, both of which Emerald publicly supports. But then some little elves took a quick look at Marti’s “Advisory Council” and, stunningly would anyone have guessed that some 67% of the members of this group (the larger group of 34, not the original group of 20 her press release claimed were members) are Emerald campaign donors? Unless 67% of the district were Emerald campaign donors, I’d say this is a pretty unrepresentative voice of the community. (The info culled from online campaign resources is below.)