Watch: Town Hall with Carl DeMaio on Reform California’s 2021 Strategic Initiatives

Watch: Town Hall with Carl DeMaio on Reform California’s 2021 Strategic Initiatives

Reform California scored many wins in the 2020 election (defeating tax hikes like Prop 15 and local tax hike/bond measures as well as flipping several legislative seats). Our 2021 plans build on those successes!

Among the initiatives discussed in this virtual Town Hall:

• Election Integrity Initiative: Making sure we stop fraudulent practices that weaken the security of our electoral process.
• Defeat Gavin Newsom: Update on the Recall signature drive and our comprehensive efforts to build the case for stopping Gavin Newsom’s extreme agenda and electing a new common-sense Governor ASAP
• Blocking Tax Hikes: As state and local politicians look to fill budget holes, Reform California has prepared a rapid response program to stop any tax hike proposals.
• Electing Reform Leaders: Redistricting is underway statewide and we must ensure fair and reasonable districts are drawn – and we must recruit, train and support solid candidates for office in 2021 and 2022

DeMaio Statement on Efforts to Invalidate Prop B – San Diego Pension Reform Initiative

DeMaio Statement on Efforts to Invalidate Prop B – San Diego Pension Reform Initiative

“The effort by City Hall politicians and government union bosses to invalidate San Diego’s Prop B Pension Reform Initiative is a shameful and corrupt attempt to invalidate the will of the voters.  A super-majority of 65% of San Diego voters approved common-sense Pension Reform in 2012 to save the city from bankruptcy and to end the outrageous gold-plated pension payouts routinely awarded in city government at taxpayers’ expense. 

These same politicians will now try to award massive pension payouts and salary hikes to government bureaucrats at a time when the city is once again facing a financial crisis. 

Let me make it perfectly clear: this fight is far from over.  Armed with the knowledge that city politicians intentionally chose to ignore the will of the voters on pension reform, we will easily defeat ANY tax hike they propose and will redouble our efforts to fight the wasteful spending at City Hall at taxpayers’ expense.”

Citizens who want to join the fight can do so at www.ReformSanDiego.org

Carl DeMaio blasts San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and City Council for accepting a MASSIVE PAY HIKE during Covid-19 lockdowns!

Carl DeMaio blasts San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and City Council for accepting a MASSIVE PAY HIKE during Covid-19 lockdowns!

Carl DeMaio is slamming San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and members of the San Diego City Council for accepting massive pay hikes starting December 10, 2020 – hikes in pay that come as these same politicians impose draconian lockdowns on struggling small businesses that are destroying jobs.

In a recent appearance on KUSI TV, DeMaio slammed all of our local politicians for “taking massive pay raises on day one in office, in the middle of an economic downturn and pandemic.” Continuing, “Todd Gloria is going to get a mayoral salary that is double what Kevin Faulconer earned. The salary is going to go from about $100,000 to over $200,000 today alone. And the city councilmember salaries will be increased from $75,000, to over $125,000 each.”

DeMaio said the politicians who accept these increases is “shameful,” explaining, “as small businesses are closing their doors, as working families are unemployed, the idea that our politicians are taking pay raises at the same time? No. They have to lead by example and turn down those pay raises until we get through this rough patch.”

Concluding that none of the newly elected politicians are required to accept these salary increases.

Carl DeMaio’s 2020 Election Recap and Preview of 2022

Carl DeMaio’s 2020 Election Recap and Preview of 2022

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio recently hosted a virtual briefing to provide a recap on the 2020 Elections in California and preview some exciting plans for preparing for success in the 2022 elections.

In 2020 California voters and reformers scored some major hard fought victories this year. We defeated Prop 15 the massive tax hike, stopped multiple local tax measures across the state, and we prevented other tax increases from hitting the ballot.

To build on their 2020 success, Carl DeMaio and Reform California unveiled several new initiatives for 2022 to keep the momentum. Reform California will play a major roll in redistricting, expand its grassroots organizing, and grow its footprint with a new Action Resource Center. 2021 will be a crucial year for California, and the grassroots Army Carl DeMaio has built is ready to take on the fights.

Watch the briefing in full below:

No on Prop 15: Carl DeMaio and Small Business Owners Warn of New Home-Based Business Tax

No on Prop 15: Carl DeMaio and Small Business Owners Warn of New Home-Based Business Tax

Carl DeMaio and a coalition of small business owners and advocates today held a press conference to urge voters to vote NO on Prop 15 – the massive statewide property tax hike on the November ballot. 

“We already know that Prop 15 immediately imposes a massive tax hike on California’s small businesses, but we are also now learning that the fine print in Prop 15 also authorizes state politicians to impose a new tax on home-based businesses,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.

DeMaio and the small business coalition he assembled decried the cost of Prop 15’s tax hike to small businesses that are already struggling with Covid-19 lockdowns and an economic downturn. 

“If Prop 15 passes, it will be the final nail in the coffin for many of these struggling small businesses and the job losses will be immense,” DeMaio warned.

DeMaio also released analysis of Prop 15 provisions that he says authorize the state legislature to impose a new tax on home-based businesses. 

“Many small businesses are operating out of people’s homes and Prop 15 opens these home-based businesses up to a massive tax hike,” DeMaio warned.

Prop 15 would increase property taxes on commercial, retail, industrial and other properties to the tune of $11 billion.  Prop 15 is seen as just the first step of a two-step effort to completely repeal Prop 13 from 1978 and increase property taxes on all properties – especially single family homes.

How Prop 15 Authorizes Politicians to Impose a Tax on Home-Based Business

Initiative Text: What Prop 15 Says

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 5, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(c)(4)(B):

“The Legislature shall also define and provide by statute that limited commercial uses of residential property, such as home offices, home-based businesses or short-term rentals, shall be classified as residential for purposes of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).” 

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 6, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(c)(2):

“’Mixed-use property’ means real property on which both residential and commercial or industrial uses are permitted.” 

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 5, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(c)(4)(B):

“The Legislature may provide for an exclusion from reassessment for the commercial share of mixed use property provided seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the property by square footage or value is residential. 

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 5, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(d)(1):

Subject to paragraph (2) of this subdivision, upon reassessment pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b), each commercial and industrial real property with a fair market value

of three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less shall not be subject to reassessment pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and shall be assessed as required by Section 2 of this Article.

Initiative Impact: What Prop 15 Does

How We Know Prop 15 Gives The Legislature the Power to Tax Residential Property Used For a Home-Based Business:

Prop 15 gives the State Legislature the power to define and provide by statute what constitutes “limited commercial uses of residential property.” The Legislature could define “limited commercial uses of residential property” in any number of ways—including how much income a home-based business generates.

If a home-based business does not meet the Legislature’s definition of “limited commercial uses of residential property,” it will be treated as “mixed-use property,” as defined by the initiative, because it has both a residential and commercial use.

In doing so, the Legislature would create two classes of home businesses: one that qualifies as “mixed-use property” subject to reassessment and another that will retain residential designation with “limited commercial use.”

How We Know the Legislature Can Pick and Choose Which Businesses to Raise Property Taxes On:

The Legislature may provide an exclusion from reassessment for the commercial share of mixed-use property but is not obligated to under Prop 15. This is purely optional and is subject to the political whims of state politicians.

This discretion gives the Legislature the power to impose higher property taxes on the commercial portion of home-based businesses with mixed-use designations. The Legislature’s power to define “limited commercial use” will allow politicians to pick winners and losers among home-based small businesses and target those homeowners higher property taxes.

How We Know Residential Properties of ANY Value Operating a Home-Based Business Can Be Reassessed:

The three-million-dollar exclusion from reassessment is for “commercial and industrial real property” only. Thus, it will not apply to a home-based business that is designated as “mixed-use property.”

There is no dollar threshold for “mixed-use property” in Prop 15, so a residential property of any value operating a home-based business could be subject to higher property taxes.

What Prop 15 Means for Residential Property Used For Home-Based Businesses:

Prop 15 strips long-standing Prop 13 protections from residential property. Prop 13 limits property tax increases to 2% annually, providing certainty to homeowners and small businesses that they can afford their taxes in the future. Prop 15 allows state politicians to raise property taxes on millions of home-based businesses – meaning skyrocketing property taxes for homeowners.

More Californians than ever are conducting businesses from their homes, and Prop 15 gives the Legislature the power to raise taxes on these homeowners. If past actions by the Legislature are an indication of future behavior, it’s likely that many home businesses will be subject to Prop 15’s higher property taxes.

Taxing home businesses is just another step towards the full repeal of Prop 13 for all homeowners.

Carl DeMaio’s California Election Guide 2020

Carl DeMaio’s California Election Guide 2020

The 2020 California General Election ballot is REALLY long and confusing – and over 240 tax hikes have been placed on the ballot this cycle. 

Worse, politicians have even deceptively worded several ballot measures to hide the tax hikes and other bad policies!

Fortunately, Carl DeMaio reviews all ballot measures and candidates and produces a “Plain English” voter guide to help voters by revealing

which ballot measures contain tax hikes and suggesting some great candidates that are worthy of support.

Please review the voter guide for yourself – and then share it with your friends by emailing/posting this simple link: www.ElectionGuideCalifornia.org

ACCESS THE VOTER GUIDE HERE

San Diego County Voters Face Expensive November Election Ballot: 13 Tax Hike Measures, $2.5 Billion in New Debt

San Diego County Voters Face Expensive November Election Ballot: 13 Tax Hike Measures, $2.5 Billion in New Debt

Carl DeMaio Slams Local Politicians for Proposing Costly Tax Hikes During Pandemic; Urge “NO” Votes on All Local Tax and Bond Measures

In the midst of a severe economic downturn and pandemic, local politicians in San Diego county are asking struggling taxpayers for even more money by filling November’s local election ballot with 13 separate tax hike measures. Local politicians hope that a crowded ballot combined with no funded and organized opposition campaign may result in their favored tax hike passing. Not this year. A coalition of activists, elected leaders, and taxpayer advocates led by Reform California today will hold a press conference to announce a unified campaign to defeat all 13 local tax measures. The development of an organized opposition campaign to these tax hikes increases the likelihood they will be defeated.

Local Bond Measures: $2.494 Billion
Local Bond Measures: $2.494 BillionLocal Tax Measures: $50+ million per year

“At a time when San Diego families are already struggling because of the economic downturn and the pandemic, local politicians should be ashamed that they filled up San Diego county’s election ballot with tax hikes and more debt. These same politicians were hoping no opposition campaign would be launched against their tax hike, but we’re here to make it clear that we will fight every tax hike and debt proposal on the San Diego county local ballot. By voting NO on all of these flawed and costly measures, voters can tell San Diego County politicians loudly that we won’t support their out-of-control and out-of-touch spending.” – Carl DeMaio, Chairman, Reform California