San Diego County Taxpayers Association Represents Rotarian Socialists

Brian BradyBrian Brady 8 Comments

I said this four years ago and I will say it again:   the San Diego County Taxpayers Association doesn’t represent taxpayers.  SDCTA represents the rotarian socialists who have infiltrated the Board of Directors:   representatives from big business, taxpayer funded entities, construction interests, public sector unions, political consulting forms, and law firms.  All of these entities benefit from fleecing …

Chris Cate for San Diego City Council

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Guest Commentary by Jason Jackson San Diego’s economic future remains precarious. Kevin Faulconer’s election as Mayor this February forestalled the immediate threat of the city government reverting to the unsustainable fiscal policies that led it to be dubbed “Enron by the Sea,” but he will need allies on the city council to drive economic growth and job creation in the …

Public Pensions: What to Expect in 2013

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Courtesy of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association The San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) is keeping a close eye on several significant changes to public employee pensions expected to impact state and local governments starting next year. Several stem from Assembly Bill 340, or “Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.” The bill, recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, impacts new …

Propositions AA, EE: Endorsing Organization’s Bias Questioned

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)  has been considered by public opinion polls to be the leading public policy organization for over sixty years.  Dr. Gary Gonsalves, M.D. , the founder of volunteer-led taxpayer advocacy group Stop Taxing Us  claims that the SDCTA has an inherent conflict of interest, when analyzing and endorsing school bond issues, because of its …

Propositions AA and EE are second mortgages on your home

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Thanks to the thorough analysis from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, we see that Proposition AA (which affects property owners in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley) would add $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation to a property tax bill and that Proposition EE ( which affects homeowners …

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 …

Labor Council’s “Middle Class Taxpayer Association”

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If ever a group assembled under a more inaccurate name, I’d be interested to see it. The “Middle Class Taxpayers Association” isn’t a new voice for responsible stewardship of our tax dollars. It’s a front group shilling for the San Diego Labor Council. The Labor Council doesn’t even try to hide its involvement. It seems silly to use this name, but I suppose there are people or news media who might confuse it with a real taxpayers advocacy group.

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 …

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. …