DeMaio Unveils the “REPAIR” Ballot Initiative to Fix San Diego’s Roads

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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.

“San Diegans are sick and tired of pothole-filled roads, and with the Road ‘REPAIR’ Initiative we can force city politicians to make funding road repairs a priority again,” DeMaio said as he unveiled the proposal.

“City Hall politicians do not like ballot measures because it forces them to be held accountable for actually getting things done,” DeMaio noted.  “As we showed with Proposition B – my Comprehensive Pension Reform Initiative, a ballot measure is sometimes the only way taxpayers can be sure that problems are fixed,” DeMaio said.

DeMaio will present his ballot initiative to the City Council at the June 13 hearing of the Rules Committee, where ballot measures for the November 2012 election will be considered. Even if the City Council does not act on the REPAIR Initiative for November, DeMaio committed to follow the Initiative in each budget he presents as Mayor – and if necessary to consider a signature drive once in office.

DeMaio has built a reputation on his success in using ballot measures to drive reform at City Hall – including the Managed Competition Initiative to open city services up to competitive bidding or the current Prop B on Pension Reform which DeMaio authored.

Among the reforms included in DeMaio’s Road “REPAIR” Proposal:

  • Funding Lock Box: A Charter Amendment to create a five year “Road Repair Lock Box” where any increased revenues above the city’s FY 2013 budget would be placed for the purpose of repairing and maintaining city streets. In the fall, DeMaio released a financial forecast showing more than $480 million could be generated through this reform alone without raising taxes.
  • Surplus Property Reform: Establish a Citizens Infrastructure Review Committee to audit existing city assets to determine which are not utilized and could be disposed of in the next five years to help fund road repairs.
  • Accountability Reforms: Authorize the Mayor to outsource any function related to the repair or maintenance of roads through fixed price, performance-based contracts.  The citizens review committee would audit effectiveness of city repair programs.

For more information on the DeMaio’s Road “REPAIR” Initiative visit


Comments 3

  1. I commend Mr. DeMaio on honing in on one of the City’s most pressing problems and an item that should always be at the top of the priority list. I do, however, have two questions:

    1. Where did the $480 million number come from? If the current general fund budget is approximately $1 billion, revenues would have to grow by an average of 9% per year for there to be increased revenues of $480 million over 5 years. This seems like a very optimistic, even Jerry Brown-like, forecast.

    2. What happens if the cost of any other important service (public safety, parks, recreation, libraries were to increase over the next five years? Would these services need to be cut? This is the problem with ballot box budgeting.

    As an aside, I will be very interested to see if the San Diego Taxpayers Association which has a long-standing policy of opposing ballot-box budgeting, comes out against this initiative.

  2. Who needs a mayor? Who needs representative democracy? Let’s just ask the voters to make every decision.

  3. Another Demaio proposal that will never see the light of day. Just trying to change the news cycle after the mayor called you out for who you are.

    Carl…take your staff and your bs tactics and just leave San Diego.

    Jerry Sanders will go down as probably the second best mayor this city has ever had next to Pete Wilson…if you are elected…god forbid…I will comfortably put you in the Hedgecock, Dick Murphy class.

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