Concerned business owners and citizens will step forward to voice their opposition to a proposed sales tax increase in the City of San Diego prior to a discussion at the San Diego City Council meeting on Monday afternoon, July 26 at 1 p.m. Speakers will call for the City to address pension reform, managed competition and spending cuts before asking taxpayers for any more of their hard-earned money.
The event will take place at the Concourse next to San Diego City Hall, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101.
• Dave Martin, Point Loma resident and owner of Shades Restaurant in Ocean Beach
• Jim Musgrove, Ocean Beach resident
• Kristina Levit, San Diego resident and U.S. Army Reservist
• Ralph Pesqueira, Mission Valley resident and owner of El Indio Mexican Restaurant
• Dr. Allen W. Chan, San Diego resident/businessman; owner of Jasmine Restaurant
• Katie Hansen, California Restaurant Association
• Janelle Riella, Downtown San Diego Partnership
• T.J. Zane, President & CEO, Lincoln Club of San Diego County
• Carl DeMaio, Councilmember, City of San Diego (co-moderator)
• Kevin Faulconer, Council President Pro Tem, City of San Diego (co-moderator)
San Diegans AGAINST The Sales Tax Increase is a growing coalition of groups and individuals, including the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Lincoln Club of San Diego County, San Diego County Republican Party, San Diego Libertarian Party, San Diego Tax Fighters, Stop Taxing US, City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, and more. The group says: “We want REFORM before REVENUE in city government. We demand a fix to bloated pensions and wasteful spending before any tax increase is even discussed.”
I’m squarely behind this group and doing my best to assist by getting the word out. If you’re with us, there is plenty you can do to help. If you’ve got the time on Monday, show up at the City Council meeting at 2 p.m. We want to pack the Council Chambers to demonstrate how many voters are against this ill-considered idea. If you can’t make it, then call, write, email, or tweet the members of the City Council who need to hear from you: Sherri Lightner, Todd Gloria, Tony Young, Donna Frye, Marti Emerald, and Ben Hueso. Lightner is possibly the swing vote that will keep this measure from reaching the ballot, costing taxpayers PLENTY just to make what’s obvious official. It’s going to take a critical mass of people to make a firm impression against the organized support of public labor unions.
Bravo to Kevin Faulconer and Carl DeMaio who’ve both been against this gambit from the start.