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Since joining with labor union owned City Councilmembers to push a sales tax increase, the Mayor appears to be losing credibility at lightning speed in an attempt to somehow justify increasing taxes by $100 million per year.

In just the past week, he’s been continually called out in the media for peddling falsehoods about the sales tax proposal.

First, the most utterly hilarious:

“Our pension payments after 2012 will start going down instead of up.”

Um…not quite Mr. Can’t Get Out of Office Fast Enough, er, Sanders. Voice of San Diego says:

“The mayor was mistaken. The pension system’s most recent projections say the city’s payments will increase every year until 2025, peaking around $500 million, and then start to fall.

Oops! Just a minor mistake. Trust the Mayor, his comments were “obviously not meant to deceive” according to his spokesperson.

Well how about this other myth he’s been touting? The one where he says if he’s not satisfied with reform progress, he can prevent taxes from even being increased.

The Union-Tribune isn’t so sure.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ strongest argument for Proposition D is that he finally has a “hammer” to guarantee that cost-saving reforms actually will be implemented as part of an ambitious budget compromise in which taxes are raised.

But does the mayor really have the hammer he says? City Attorney Jan Goldsmith doesn’t think so.

Uh-oh. The Mayor appears wrong again.

As the editorial explains, the auditor makes the determination of whether reforms have been met. But in making that determination, the auditor “is to review documentation from the mayor ‘and any other information necessary to determine whether the reform measures have been met.'”

I imagine that this would include information provided by the labor-union dominated City Council, no? The U-T mentions that even a mayoral veto “can be overturned on a 5-3 council vote.”

So if we believe that City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is correct, “Sanders’ leverage isn’t nearly what he has argued.”

Given his recent spout of falsehoods and inaccuracy, a smiling handshake and a “trust me” from a Mayor in the middle of a credibility crisis seems to be a less and less viable strategy to sway voters.

For the sake of taxpayers, let’s hope the mayor keeps up these unintentional contributions to the anti-sales tax campaign.


Comments 5

  1. Is there even an issue left that Jerry can point to and call himself a republican? I’ve heard of RINO’s before but Jerry takes the cake.

  2. Why stop there? How about looking at our County Board of Supervisors. You might want to check out the following report from CPI. This has all happened on their watch.

    Making Ends Meet in San Diego County 2010

    Sept. 3, 2010

    3 in 10 working-age households in San Diego County can’t meet basic expenses

    Almost a third of non-retired households in San Diego County have incomes lower than what they need to meet basic living expenses without going into debt. Half of those struggling households include someone with a full-time job.

    These sobering findings from CPI’s new report, Making Ends Meet in San Diego County 2010, demonstrate deep economic hardship beyond the high numbers who are unemployed. The data show clearly that good jobs that pay well above minimum wage are necessary to strengthen the middle class and revive the economy.

    The study, done in collaboration with United Way, measured local costs of housing, child care, food and other no-frills expenses to determine a bare-bones budget for families of various sizes. Using census income data, it found that more than 229,000 non-retired households in the county — 3 in 10 — earn less than that “self-sufficiency” level. That includes more than 180,000 households with at least one person working full-time or part-time.

    Vicky Maheu, a community college teacher in San Diego for 28 years, said at CPI’s press conference yesterday that she has resorted to selling her belongings online after her part-time hours were cut. She said she would leave San Diego, but her elderly parents need her here.

    “I basically can’t pay my bills on time,” Maheu said. “Now I have to ask people I know if they have things I can sell. I won’t ever be able to retire, the way things are going.”

    Mechanic Jose Paniagua, of Chula Vista, said he often works 16 hours a day but he and his wife were about to lose their small home to foreclosure until his daughter’s family moved in with them to share expenses.

    Seiko Sudo, of Vista, said she earns only $9.50 an hour as an in-home health aide. Even with a second job teaching about butterflies as a Monarch Program docent, she can barely pay her bills and can’t afford to replace her 1986 car.

    Among the findings in Making Ends Meet: A single person needs to earn at least $13.13 an hour, or $27,733 a year, to meet basic expenses. By contrast, California’s minimum wage amounts to only $16,896 for a year of full-time work, and even that is higher than the official federal poverty level of $11,161 for a single adult.

    Budget and income needs are higher for families, as costs rise for essentials like child care, food and transportation.

    To make the study easily accessible, CPI has published it as a tri-fold pamphlet or 6-page report, available at, under What’s New. Copies will be mailed to CPI members.

  3. Mayor Sanders, or at least his political advisors, appears not to have got the memo that Susan Golding/Dick Murphy-style happy talk doesn’t fly anymore. Thanks to VOSD for pointing out Sanders’ falsehood about the pension payments.

    Sanders should either start telling the truth about the city’s fiscal woes or resign so he doesn’t do any more damage.

  4. When San Diegans elected Sanders I was in shock. He was and is totally unqualified to be a mayor of a city of any size. He reminds me of Obama and Arnold. You get what you vote for(or Pay for) He was in the right place at the right time.

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