Belly Up To The Bar 2: The Official Goldens Drinking Game

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Just in time could be my life’s mantra. I am reminded by Thor’s Assistant that no Official Drinking Game has been devised for tonight’s epic 17th annual San Diego County Taxpayers Golden Fleece and Watchdog Awards. Calling Ms. Tipit to the rescue. DISCLAIMER: In this litigious, risk-averse society, we must pause here to admonish anyone reading this column that it …

Filner Pension Plan: Skip Reform, Protect the Government Employee Unions

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 1 Comment

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 …

DeMaio Launches First TV Ad: “Uniting for Reform”

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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 …

Faulconer talks pension reform on national television

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In case you missed it, Kevin Faulconer appeared on Fox News Channel this week to talk about San Diego’s Comprehensive Pension Reform citizen’s initiative, the fight to put it on the ballot and the millions of dollars in savings it can bring to taxpayers. The reform measure, which will appear on the June ballot, comes at a time when cities …

Do State Labor Laws Trump Democracy?

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That seems to be the position taken in a lawsuit filed by the Municipal Employees Association of San Diego. From the U-T: The Municipal Employees Association, San Diego’s largest public employee union representing white-collar workers, has accused Mayor Jerry Sanders of violating state labor laws by refusing to negotiate the elements in the initiative while at the same time using …

Two Endorsements, Two Narratives

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Interesting day in the mayoral race. Both Nathan Fletcher and Carl DeMaio rolled out significant endorsements that say a lot about their priorities and what to expect from their prospective administrations. Nathan Fletcher and the Lifeguard Union Fletcher announced the endorsement of the Lifeguards union and released a “Clean Water and Safe Beaches Plan.” Fletcher is clearly continuing to advance …

Political Priorities for 2012 – One SD tea party perspective

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  My day job has become very challenging lately, and may continue to cause light blogging. When I have little time, it concentrates my mind on what is both important and within my sphere of influence. For example, I love following Presidential politics, but as a Californian I am going to have little influence on neither the Republican nominating process …

Unacceptable Tax Hikes in California

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A few days ago, I read Richard Rider’s detailed post about how truly awful the California tax burden is.  A quick refresher. California has the 3rd worst state income tax in the nation. 9.3% tax bracket starts at $46,766 for people filing as individuals. 10.3% tax starts at $1,000,000 http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp59_es.pdf (election likely later this year to again raise these rates) …

“It’s In The Voters’ Hands” — Comprehensive Pension Reform Qualifies For San Diego Ballot

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  One hundred fifteen thousand nine hundred ninety one. That’s how many San Diegans signed the petition to qualify Comprehensive Pension Reform for the June 2012 ballot, the City Clerk confirmed today. The initiative’s authors — Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Carl DeMaio — joined the Lincoln Club, San Diego County Taxpayers …

Mayoral Debate Fails To Strike Sparks, DeMaio and Dumanis Stay Out, Is Fletcher’s Heart In Pension Reform?

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I really wanted to see the mayoral debate on Wednesday, but my day job kept me until it was too late to go. But from what’s been printed about it, I didn’t miss much. Only two of the top four candidates even showed up — Nathan Fletcher and Bob Filner. Kudos to them for showing up. As for Carl DeMaio …

Poll: 70% of San Diegans Oppose Chargers Stadium Subsidy

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According to a new Survey USA poll, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’s proposed public subsidy for a new Chargers stadium is a tough sell to the public. In the October 13th poll that surveyed 500 adults in the City of San Diego, 70% of respondents opposed an annual $38 million taxpayer subsidy to fund a new football stadium for 30 …

Pension Reform Battle Just Heating Up

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This is no longer news, but nevertheless important. Carl DeMaio announced that the pension reform initiative had over 145,000 signatures, with 93,346 needed to qualify. It appears likely that the initiative will qualify for the ballot. The furious counterattack by labor on even allowing a vote on the measure has been curious. Clearly they see a huge threat in this …

DeMaio Statement on Submission of “Record-Breaking” 145,027 Signatures for Pension Reform Ballot Measure

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San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio was on hand as 145,027 signatures were submitted to the City Clerk to qualify the Pension Reform Ballot Measure.  DeMaio offers the following statement on this milestone in his ongoing efforts to achieve pension reform: “San Diegans hit City Hall with a record-breaking number of signatures reflecting their demand for an end to outrageous …

One More Pension Reform Signature

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Here’s a photo I took of San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio and supporters collecting signatures for San Diego City pension reform at a supermarket in Del Mar Heights Sunday, Sept. 25. After months of procrastination, I finally gave my signature there. So thank you, San Diego Firefighter Willie Alegre and colleagues, for helping galvanize my decision. Over at San …

Nice San Diego You Got There . . . Shame If Anything Happened To It

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“And we all know that an aging population of firefighters, police officers and lifeguards who can’t afford to retire isn’t best for our safety. Be fair and be safe. Refuse to sign.” — San Diego firefighter Willie Alegre, ever-so-subtly advising city of San Diego voters it wouldn’t be in their interest to sign the pension reform measure now being circulated. …

Pension Reform Goes “Door to Door”

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Mayoral Candidate Carl DeMaio has made pension reform his top priority – and has completely refocused his campaign’s energies on signature collection efforts. He has spent the past three months logging hundreds of hours in front of supermarkets, street fairs and other events – helping collect signatures to put his Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) Ballot Measure up for a public …

DeMaio Podcast with Tea Party on Pension Signature Drive

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I Appeared on the Stop Taxing Us podcast yesterday asking all grass-roots activists, in the County of San Diego, to help  gather enough signatures to get the pension reform measure on the ballot. Listen to this 12-minute plea for help now. I am asking for help from all San Diego County tea party activists, not just those who live in …