“Dollar for Dollar” Proposes Match of Cuts and Sales Tax Dollars

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 2 Comments

Save a dollar, get a dollar. It’s a refreshingly simple approach to solving the City of San Diego’s budget problems proffered this morning by San Diego County Taxpayers Association President & CEO Lani Lutar. Lutar delivered this memo to Mayor Jerry Sanders and member of the San Diego City Council this morning. So far, Councilmember Carl DeMaio has reacted favorably …

Councilmember DeMaio’s Statement on “Blank Check” Sales Tax Increase

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 5 Comments

Councilmember DeMaio issued the following statement regarding the proposed sales tax increase: “Until pension reform is implemented, San Diegans can continue to expect chronic budget deficits and service cuts.  This tax hike is not a solution to fix run-away pension costs.  It’s a blank check tax increase on working families that will end up delaying reform.”

RINO Exhibit at City Hall Zoo

Aynd Rand Aynd Rand 6 Comments

As the melodrama surrounding City Hall unfolded this week, one thing became obvious to all observers of city and local politics. Jerry Sanders has shown himself to be a R.I.N.O. (Republican in Name Only) who lacks the ability to lead this city. His commitment to Republican principles has been whispered about for years. This week has shown Jerry to be …

City of San Diego moves headlong toward “something”

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Voice reporter Liam Dillon is literally camped out at SD City Hall.  From Voice of SD… City Sets Emergency Financial Meeting; Frye and Mayor to Present Joint Proposal? The San Diego City Council will meet Friday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss City Councilwoman Donna Frye’s proposed ballot measure linking a sales tax increase to a series of cost-cutting reforms. …

DeMaio & Faulconer Outline Criteria for Achieving Fiscal Reform Without Raising Taxes

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 3 Comments

DeMaio & Faulconer Outline Criteria for Achieving Fiscal Reform Without Raising Taxes  Proposed Sales Tax Initiative Does Not Fix Broken City Government Read Full Report San Diego – Councilmember Carl DeMaio joined Councilmember Kevin Faulconer in identifying “10 Criteria for Real Fiscal Reform in City Government.”  The reforms include significant reforms to the city’s debt-ridden pension system, immediate implementation of …

ZOMBIE SALES TAX RETURNS YET AGAIN

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 10 Comments

SALES TAX IS NOT DEAD YET! We enjoyed some brief success yesterday (Monday, 26 July, 2010) when Donna Frye threw a monkey wrench into the San Diego City Council majority’s plan to put a sales tax on the ballot. As you probably all know by now, she joined with Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer to torpedo a sales tax increase …

Delicious Stagecraft By Donna Frye… and the Mayor

Criticus Criticus 2 Comments

It’s not just that Donna Frye voted against putting the sales tax on the ballot, its how she did it. She warned the majority of Democrats days ago that she wouldn’t vote to put a tax increase on the a ballot without cuts at the same time. Yet again, labor and her fellow Democrats rolled their eyes and ignored her. …

DeMaio Thanks Grassroots for Helping Defeat City Sales Tax Hike

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 1 Comment

YOU did it!  We received countless emails and calls at the City Council today against the sales tax increase.  I want to thank my colleagues Donna Frye and Kevin Faulconer for voting against the sales tax proposal today — and standing firm for real pension reform.  If you have a moment, please shoot both Kevin and Donna an email thanking them …

DeMaio: Sales Tax Hike a “Bailout” For City Politicians

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 1 Comment

Sales Tax Hike a “Bailout” For City Politicians on the Backs of Working Families Without Pension Reform Funds From Tax Increase Will Be Wasted San Diego – City Councilmember Carl DeMaio today labeled the proposed city sales tax increase a “bailout” for city politicians that have failed to implement long overdue reforms to the pension system and competitive bidding on …

San Diegans AGAINST The Sales Tax Increase Plan Monday News Conference

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 4 Comments

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 …

DeMaio Proposes Action Plan to Help Small Businesses

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Flanked by a number of small business advocates, City Councilmember Carl DeMaio today released an extensive action plan proposing big changes to how the City of San Diego interacts with local small businesses – such as migrating at least 95% of all business transactions online, streamlining regulations, consolidating small business grants, and refocusing the City’s Office of Small Business. “Too …

Emerald Melt Down On KPBS

Mr. Murphy Mr. Murphy 41 Comments

It’s no secret that community leaders in the 7th Council District have been seriously discussing a recall of Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Recently, though, more serious ‘downtown’ types have also been overheard having similar discussions. A poll taken several months ago showed pretty conclusively that a funded recall would succeed. Apparently the buzzing is getting to Emerald, never known for stability. …

Emerald and Lightner may turn against unions?

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 1 Comment

It’s not time YET, but as the city of San Diego runs out of options, and Carl DeMaio keeps hammering on real solutions, look for cracks in the Dem CC members’ heretofore unflinching loyalty to their bosses — the public employee labor unions The one Dem who has for years sometimes failed the union loyalty tests has been iconoclast Donna …

A Fresh Start for San Diego City Taxpayers

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(originally featured in San Diego News Network) The recessionary turmoil and state tax increases of 2009 were a devastating one-two punch for many San Diego families, leaving few prepared for our unknown financial future. Rather than allow greater harm to befall our economy this year, City Hall leaders must take action today and prioritize the long-term interests of local taxpayers. …