More Problems Found in Briggs-Frye Tax Hike Measure

A legal analysis of the tax hike measure being promoted by Cory Briggs and former Councilwoman Donna Frye raises serious concerns over the legality of the measure that is now being promoted by the Chargers as a possible revenue source for their downtown stadium project. Lawyers for Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek say the measure violates the California state constitution by trying to avoid a two-thirds vote to get tax increases approved when they are earmarked for specific expenditures. The legal memo is just the latest in problems uncovered in the measure. Read more


ALERT – Union Bosses Try to Invalidate San Diego Election on Pension Reform

In 2012 San Diego voters overwhelmingly voted to approve Prop B – the landmark Pension Reform Initiative that is credited with helping turn around the city’s financial crisis.  Under Prop B, city employees would no longer receive bloated six-figure pensions – and instead would receive more affordable 401-K retirement accounts. Read more


DeMaio to Announce Legal Challenge of Hotel Tax Scheme

Briggs Tax Initiative Violates Prop 13 - DeMaio Announces Pledge to Challenge Measure in Court Since Proposal Contains “Back-Door Earmarks” Requiring a 2/3rds Vote WHAT:  Announcement of legal challenge to Briggs Initiative – a measure that would raise hotel taxes by 5% and allow for earmarking of funds without the Constitutionally-required 2/3rds vote of electors WHO:  Carl DeMaio – Chairman of Reform California WHEN:  Friday, October 23, 2015 at 1:05pm Read more


Carl DeMaio Urges San Diegans to Sign Petition to Stop Water Rate Hikes

The City of San Diego wants to hike water rates AGAIN - another 40% on top of the massive increase in rates in recent years. Yet they refuse to adopt cost saving reforms to the water dept! There is a way to stop the hike - anyone who pays a water bill can sign a rate protest form. If enough do, the rate hike is suspended for all. Get the petition to sign here and SHARE IT ASAP: Read more


Carl DeMaio Calls Out Closed Door Effort at City Hall to Undo Voter Reforms

San Diego City Council Considers Motion to Force Taxpayers to Pay for Illegal Pension Credits If approved, Carl DeMaio vows referendum to force issue to 2016 ballot September 22, 2016 - It’s happening again.  Some on the City Council are bowing to a scheme proposed by the government unions to force taxpayers to pay millions more for high-priced city pensions. Read more


DeMaio-Reed Pension Reform Initiative Cleared for Circulation

Sacramento, Calif. – The California State Attorney General today cleared for circulation the landmark Pension Reform Initiative known as the “Voter Empowerment Act.”  A bipartisan coalition led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D) and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio (R), filed the ballot initiative to give voters the final say on compensation and pension benefits of state and local government employees. In light of today’s developments, DeMaio and Reed issued the following joint statement on behalf of the campaign: Read more


DeMaio and Reed File Pension Reform Initiative

With California government pension systems facing hundreds of billions in debt, a bipartisan group of current and former local elected officials, led by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio (R) and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D), have filed a statewide ballot initiative to reform compensation and pension benefits of state and local government employees. Read more


DeMaio Raises Questions Over Management of Convention Center

City leaders can claim ignorance and avoid responsibility for the default revelation, but now that these issues are out in the public, city leaders are the ones who ultimately should be held accountable for what’s happening – or not happening – at the Convention Center. Read more