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If you missed my speech last week, you can view it by clicking the link below.
San Diego – Former Mayoral Candidate Carl DeMaio announced today that he will continue his work as a government watchdog by heading up two reform groups – one focused on the State of California, and one focused on the City of San Diego.
“I’m excited to take on these two new roles that allow me to continue to shine a big light on state and local government and hold both accountable to taxpayers,” DeMaio said.
After about a year of looking for work, my youngest son (M) got two job offers within a matter of a week. The first was with a fast food outlet and the second with a grocery chain. Signs that the local economy is picking up? I hope so. The alternate explanation is that hiring by local stores, ramping up for Christmas, left other openings in the economy.
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.”
Today we launched our latest television ad for the campaign called “Not a Label.”
Check it out here:
San Diego Politics & Media Mashup
If you believe Governor Jerry Brown, all of us are going to suffer if we don’t agree to tax ourselves more this November.
It’s a tired sales pitch we hear too often from California lawmakers, but that didn’t stop Brown from trying to play on our fears when he visited San Diego on Monday.
The first paragraph in the U-T San Diego’s story on Brown’s press conference framed the governor’s hyperbole this way:
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.
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.”
I have GREAT news to share!
Moments ago Judge Vargas DENIED the government labor unions’ legal challenge to Prop B – Pension Reform.
The court has rejected a “Restraining Order” that would have prevented the Mayor and City Council from proceeding forward with Prop B.
Here’s the brief statement I released upon hearing the news:
“Today San Diego citizens scored a big win for Pension Reform! Judge Vargas’ decision clears the way for the City to respect the mandate of 66% of San Diego voters who approved Prop B’s pension reforms.
Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio held a rally with a crowd of dozens of Pension Reform supporters in front of US Bankruptcy Court to send a clear message: San Diegans have spoken by voting for Pension Reform.
The rally comes on the eve of an important court hearing on a lawsuit brought by government employee unions seeking to invalidate the results of the public vote to approve Prop B.
Will of the Voters Must Be Respected and Prop B Implemented
Prop B, the Pension Reform ballot measure not only passed resoundingly with 66% of the total vote, it also carried each of the nine San Diego Council districts.
The overwhelming victory comes as no surprise to the thousands of volunteers who worked tirelessly in every community collecting signatures to qualify the measure and who volunteered for the campaign.
Volunteers talked to Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are tired of their roads falling apart and closed libraries and were ready for reform.
We did it!!
I’m so pleased by the outcome of Tuesday’s election – and hope you are too!
We passed Props A and B – to bring transparency to City Hall and to implement my pension reform initiative. We elected two more reformers to the San Diego City Council. And I’m pleased that we won a plurality of votes in the Mayor’s race and will now proceed to the November runoff.
The wins on Tuesday are not mine, they are YOURS. The wins reflect the hard work of thousands of San Diegans who walked door, collected thousands of signatures to qualify our reform measures, and made thousands of live phone calls to get-out-the-vote. We showed we can unite San Diegans behind solutions!
Well, depending on your horse(s), you were either drinking victory punch (Go Walker!) or suicide smoothies well into the night.
I joined in the Golden Hall festivities via the scrappy San Diego CityBeat live election night blog hosted by our very own San Diego Rostra and our lefty friends at OBRag. If you didn’t follow along with our 100 or so friends last night, including some elected officials and candidates, it’s worth a peek.
As results crawled in at a frustrating glacial pace, CityBeat editor David Rolland said the polling basically called the elections.
Excited to be live blogging today’s SOLD OUT (Wow and congrats!) Mayoral debate at the Town and Country. According to the wonderful daily updates from the registrar, 30% to 35% of votes have already been cast as of SATURDAY. Not sure we will hit the magic 50% number for mail in ballots but it is going to be close.
Ballot Measure Would Generate over $480 Million and Impose
Accountability on City Politicians to Fully Fund Street Repairs and Maintenance
San Diego Mayoral Candidate Carl DeMaio unveiled his “REPAIR” Initiative to generate over $480 million to fix San Diego’s crumbling roads without a tax increase – and hold city leaders accountable for improving how road repair work is done. The tax-free funding plan in DeMaio’s “Repave and Eliminate Potholes through Accountability for Infrastructure Repairs” (REPAIR) Initiative would be put up to a public vote – and in doing so would impose strict accountability on city politicians to make properly funding road repairs a top priority in the budget for the next five years.
ICYMI I introduced our Ratepayer Bill of Rights that will protect San Diego families from future rate hikes. Check out the story below.
Today our campaign released its third television ad “One Man” that focuses on my detailed and comprehensive plan to fix the budget problems that have plagued San Diego for nearly a decade.
I hope this ad will focus the discussion on important solutions to reform the fiscal problems in San Diego.
DeMaio’s detailed plan and record of results is the reason why organizations like the UT San Diego have endorsed him:
Among Items on DeMaio’s List: 359% Mark-Ups on Air Filters, $2 Million in Cash-for-Vacation Payouts, and 113 Largely Unused City Vehicles
You may have heard of the $10,000 toilet seat that the federal government bought, but have you heard about the 359% mark up on an air filter paid by the City of San Diego?
The air filter mark-up is one example of dozens of categories of wasteful spending outlined today in a report issued by City Councilmember Carl DeMaio.
Proving that the financial problems persist at City Hall, DeMaio’s report identifies over $130 million in wasteful and unnecessary spending by city departments.
Councilmember Carl DeMaio, one of the primary authors of the Prop B Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) Initiative, today unveiled another sweeping pension reform proposal to end the notorious DROP Program in the city’s pension system.
The DROP Program allows city employees to retire in place and retain their jobs for up to five years – resulting in a “double dipping” perk where city employees continue receiving a full salary while simultaneously receiving a full pension payout.
We released our second TV ad today called “Strong Man, Strong Plan” which features testimonials from some of our Democrat, Republican and Independent supporters.
My record of bringing San Diegans together to reform city hall is clear. We’ll win the fight against City Hall insiders by bringing the people together in 2012.
Earlier I issued the following statement in response to the release of Congressman Bob Filner’s proposal to borrow more money to keep unsustainable city employee pensions in place without reform:
Paying One Credit Card With Another
Bob Filner’s plan involves debt to pay debt. Filner’s use of Pension Obligation Bonds is not reform and simply kicks the can down the road. Filner is merely taking a page from the failed approach of previous City Hall politicians who opted to keep unsustainable pension benefits in place for city employees while passing higher levels of debt on to our children.
Brown signs bill to punish San Diego for Proposition A. Fletcher skipped vote.
UT San Diego reports that Governor Brown has signed Senate Bill 829, which would “deny state construction funds to cities that have bans on labor-friendly development contracts, potentially affecting three local municipalities.”
“I’ve defined my career on solving problems” – Nathan Fletcher, 4/23/12
When SB 829 was voted on, Assemblyman Fletcher was recorded as “ABSENT, ABSTAINING, OR NOT VOTING.”
Solving problems means taking a stand on tough issues, not dodging them to appease the government employee unions backing your campaign.
Latest Fletcher Political Game: Rich Downtown Insiders Handpick Their Choice for Mayor
Today State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s masterful gamesmanship continued as he attempted to use his millionaire campaign backers to make the case for his independence. Ironically, the wealthy downtown insiders featured at the press conference are the same people who have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his Super PAC.
“I think the question is not why are a bunch of millionaire backers joining their hand-picked Mayoral candidate in an election year ploy. Didn’t we all see that coming? But will Democrat voters be fooled by a politician who just last month proudly said he ‘voted for an all-cuts budget, not one that reduced welfare but one that eliminated it,’” said DeMaio.
I’m excited to share with your our first TV ad! It’s called “Uniting for Reform” and it focuses on our positive vision for ending the dysfunction at City Hall that has led to slashed services and decaying infrastructure in recent years.
Here’s the full ad:
Please help us get our message to as many voters as possible! We expect to be outspent by the unions powerful downtown special intersts. They have already opened an “Independent Expenditure” committee to attack our movement.
Gimmicks aside, the annual budget deficit remains $50 million, with $318 million needed to restore service to 2003 levels
City Councilmember Carl DeMaio today released a fiscal assessment of the Mayor’s proposed FY 2013 budget which reveals that instead of a truly balanced budget, the city will run an operating deficit of at least $50 million. When accounting for lost services, the city is $318 million short.
“Once again the city’s budget is not really balanced this year – and we face at least a $50 million shortfall. Taxpayers deserve a budget that is balanced for real,” DeMaio noted.