How about a healthy serving of pork for Thanksgiving?

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In Poland it’s called “election sausage” In the Czech Republic, it’s known as “goulash.” It’s called “sweetener” in the UK. In the USA, we call it pork. But everywhere including on San Diego Rostra it means government waste and it’s a turkey for taxpayers no matter how you slice it. We serve up plenty of pork around here. Now the …

Wonk Wednesday Welcomes Sean Karafin to the San Diego Scene

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Rostrafarians, isn’t it just like a cool breeze on an unseasonably warm evening when you find out there’s a new wonk at work in San Diego? In a fittingly timed announcement on Wonk Wednesday, Sean Karafin has been named Economic Policy Analyst for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA). Karafin brings formal education in economics, and experience working with …

Breaking: Labor Corruption…SD Labor Council Seeks to Oust Taxpayer Advocate from Oversight Committee

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Turns out it is not just occasional sewage flowing from the Tijuana River that sullies San Diego’s South Bay. San Diego/Imperial County Labor Council’s “Middle Class Taxpayer’s Association” does a fine job of soiling the South Bay as well. Proposition R passed in fall 2008, thus allowing the Southwestern Community College to issue $389 million in bonds to construct and …

Attention, Class: This WILL Be On The Test Monday

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Rostra columnist Jim Sills posted a question on my recent post “Calling San Diego Taxpayers: Oppose the “Jobs Tax” asking San Diegans to oppose a proposal by the San Diego City Council to double linkage fees. Sills had the courage (and the smarts) to ask an obvious question. What the heck is a “linkage fee”? I called on Chris Cate, …

Calling San Diego Taxpayers: Oppose the “Jobs Tax”

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The San Diego County Taxpayers calls upon San Diegans to voice their opposition to a proposal by the San Diego City Council to double the so called “linkage fee” charged to construction projects in the City of San Diego. This fee is yet another short-sighted job killer and SDCTA is strongly opposed to this increase. The Council will also consider …

Confident, Determined San Diego Pension Reformers hold productive Thursday night meeting in Mission Valley

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Kevin Faulconer set the tone last night, telling a crowd of civic leaders, “This is not about Republicans and Democrats.  This is about what is good for San Diego neighborhoods.”  Faulconer gestured to a chart showing that, if left unchanged, local residents will one day pay $500 million-a-year for a “defined benefit” pension system. “If we act now, we can save $1 …

Comprehensive Pension Reform kicks off

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You’re invited… Who: Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Lincoln Club of San Diego County and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association What: Comprehensive Pension Reform Campaign Kick-off Reception When: Thursday, June 30 Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Trellises Restaurant at the Town & Country Hotel (500 Hotel Circle, San Diego CA 92108) …

Do I Smell a Sheep? Nope, It’s the Golden Fleece Finalists!

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Politics is sometimes known for its pungent smell. (Rostrafarian wits, I expect great things from the Comments section with this opening line). For 16 years, April showers have brought much more than May flowers to San Diego – they bring the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Golden Fleece Awards. Yes, there are Golden Watchdogs and Media Watchdog Awards too. But …

Would You Vote To Reform Public Employee Compensation?

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Election results show city employees wouldn’t I recently told you about a vote employees at City Hall were taking. City workers, including myself, were asked if they wanted to eliminate a controversial and costly employee benefit – the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).   Who in their right mind would vote to eliminate a retirement benefit, especially one that allows participants to …

Welcome The New Poliwonk in Town

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A fresh face among San Diego’s political wonks is always a welcome sight. So it’s a pleasure to post word that Peter Amaro has been named the new Policy Analyst at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Amaro’s brief bio: A native San Diegan (hooray!), Amaro received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.  During his time at …

Taxpayer Association Analysis Backs DeMaio “Roadmap to Recovery”

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Plan Aligns with over two-thirds of SDCTA Budget Reform Principles The San Diego County Taxpayers’ Association released a 27-page report evaluating Councilmember Carl DeMaio’s “Roadmap to Recovery.” The report found DeMaio’s proposal to be substantially in alignment with SDCTA’s 38 Budget Reform Principles.  “We applaud the ideas of managed competition and outsourcing, as well as the details provided for streamlining …

Is That A Sheep I Smell? It Must Be Time for Golden Fleece Nominations!

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s annual Golden Fleece and Golden Watchdog Awards recognizing the best and worst of local government decision-making has become the poliwonk equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show for techies, Lollapalooza for arty hipsters, or Comic-Con for… you get the idea. But the Association can’t throw a party and produce those infamous parody videos featuring your …

There’s Joy on Rostra – It’s Caption Contest Time!

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THIS JUST IN (Jan 25, 9:30 p.m.): Lani Lutar and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association have kicked in a ticket to its annual “Golden Fleece Awards” dinner as the prize for the winner of this contest. We thank Lani and SDCTA for this generous donation! Value of the ticket is $150. This dinner is THE not-to-be-missed event of the …

Christmas Comes Early for Poliwonks Courtesy of SDCTA

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If you’re the sort who enjoys spending an evening or even an off-the-rails three day weekend pouring through reams of data secured through the Public Records Act to hold public agencies, their staff members and appointed and elected officials accountable (admit it, you’re reading Rostra aren’t you?), Christmas has come early for you thanks to the San Diego County Taxpayers …

If We Hurry, There’s Still Time to Screw Over The Voters

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Thanks to some vigilent citizen watchdogs spreading the word, we learned that Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood called a special meeting of the Oceanside City Council today at 4 p.m. The meeting just barely met the minimum public notice required. Ask yourself dear Rostra reader why the council would be in such a big hurry to have an unscheduled meeting on …

City Of San Diego Serves Up Turkey to Taxpayers A Bit Early

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For anyone still wondering why voters are so skeptical of political promises, look no further than the latest failure to enact reform by the City of San Diego. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association pointed out in a news release issued today that one of the ten reforms taxpayers were led to believe had been enacted prior to the November …

Taxpayers Champions Named for 2010

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Maybe it’s a little early for a holiday celebration, but it didn’t stop the San Diego County Taxpayers Association from a festive lunch event at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant (highly recommended!) in which it named the recipients of the  4th Annual Taxpayer Champions Awards. Taxpayer Champion Honorees for 2010 include: • Robert “Camo” Gleisberg, Oceanside taxpayer • Jon Walz, Senior Director, …

Yes on A Gets Local, National Attention

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Not too often that you see a local proposition garner national media attention, but that’s just what the Yes on A camp snagged last week following a feisty debate on KPBS’s “These Days.”

Yes on Prop A Endorsements Piling Up

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Strong Key Support Backs Local Jobs for Local Workers The list of endorsements continues to grow for Proposition A as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and North County Times editorial staff backed the ballot measure for local construction jobs. The passage of Proposition A on November 2 would enact a charter amendment at the County of San Diego prohibiting …

If We Say It Enough, They’ll Believe It

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The Yes on D campaign in support of the proposed half-cent sales tax increase in the City of San Diego has finally ginned up its efforts, less than eight weeks before election day. I suppose it took that long for the public labor union checks funding the campaign to clear. Its first news release announced the campaign’s team members. It …