DeMaio Urges San Diegans to “Make 2012 the Year of Getting Pension Reform Done”

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Every New Year brings personal resolutions for most people. Some are kept, others…not so much.

I’m hoping you’ll make a resolution with me.

Let’s make 2012 the year we finally get Pension Reform done in San Diego!

I have made Pension Reform the centerpiece of my 90-page Roadmap to Recovery Plan to fix city finances and restore our neighborhood services – and am making Pension Reform the central theme of my campaign to be San Diego’s next Mayor.

And I’m not waiting to be Mayor to get these reforms done!

Thanks to the hard work of thousands of San Diegans who helped collect a record-breaking 145,000 signatures, San Diegans will have a chance to vote directly on my proposal in the June election.

Known as the Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) ballot measure, my solution to our city’s pension crisis would save taxpayers more than $2 billion by closing the existing costly pension system, shifting employees to 401(k) retirement accounts, and capping pensionable pay to end the costly abuse by city employees of “pension spiking.”

Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) ballot measure faces the strong opposition of the government employee labor unions.

Not surprisingly, the government employee unions do not want to give up these pension benefits – and they continue to defend the current pension system that allows current employees to retire as early as age 50 and permits city employees to receive pension payouts that are higher than the highest salaries they earned while working.

Put simply, we face an extraordinary battle in 2012 to get Pension Reform done – which is why I need your help in three important ways.

Contact the Current City Council
The government labor unions are pressuring the current City Council to disregard the citizens’ initiative and put a competing ballot measure on the ballot drafted by the unions themselves designed to continue the current city pension system.  That’s why we need as many San Diegans to contact the current City Council and ask them to refrain from trying to manipulate the election on Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) measure. You can access City Council contact information here: www.SanDiego.gov/citycouncil

Change the City Council in 2012
Voters are tired of approving reform ballot measures only to see politicians take office and completely ignore the reforms.

San Diegans should not settle for illusive lip-service on pension reform. Your next Mayor and City Council must be firmly committed to the full enactment of the Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) ballot measure. It is important that you demand specific commitments from candidates in the upcoming 2012 elections.

Join Our Grassroots Movement Today
We need volunteers to help us pass Comprehensive Pension Reform and send new leaders into City Hall to clean up the mess. Volunteer. Host a lawn sign. Contribute.

If you are interested in how you can play a role in the effort to reform City Hall in 2012, email me personally at carl@carldemaio.com

It’s a new year – and time for us to resolve to fix our city’s problems starting with Pension Reform in 2012.

I’m looking forward to working with you and so many other San Diegans to make this one resolution we keep this year!

-Carl

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