Experts Urge Governor to Declare Public Health Emergency, Warn of Risks of Epidemic Outbreak Without Immediate Remediation Effort

 Leading experts in public health and vector pest control today released an explosive report showing an explosion in the rodent population in California cities across the state and a spike in dangerous diseases such as Typhus. 

California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

Among the findings:

·    California is experiencing a massive spike in its rodent population that is both measured by available data sets and observed by field personnel.

·    Increase in California’s rodent population is not explained by environmental factors – but is directly related to the decision by some government officials to ban effective rodent control methods and a spike in the state’s homeless population.

·    Rodent infestations fueling an increase in reported cases of dangerous diseases such as Typhus – current rate of increase in cases raises concern regarding possible public health epidemic.

The report also outlines 4 recommendations for remediation framed by the expert panel, including:

  • Declare a Public Health Emergency, Work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Require Local Governments Conduct Immediate Assessments
  • Require Remediation Plans Be Formulated and Executed by Local Governments
  • Launch Public Education Campaign For Businesses and Residents to Mitigate Risk Factors
  • Oppose and Reject Assembly Bill 1788 – A Misguided Attempt to Ban Best Practice Pest Control Tools That Will Be Needed to Fight the Rodent Infestation

“Instead of acting to address this developing crisis, California state lawmakers are just days away from passing legislation (AB1788) to ban the best rodent control tools and methods available and would require use of less effective so-called green alternatives. It’s madness!,” DeMaio concluded.

The full report is available for distribution here

About Reform California

Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money. For more information, visit reformcalifornia.org

New Poll Shows Supermajority of San Diego Voters Oppose SANDAG Raids on Road Funds & Proposed Congestion Tax and Transit Sales Tax

New Poll Shows Supermajority of San Diego Voters Oppose SANDAG Raids on Road Funds & Proposed Congestion Tax and Transit Sales Tax

If SANDAG proceeds forward, the politicians who vote for these unpopular proposals will undoubtedly face the wrath of voters.”
In recent weeks, a debate has erupted at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) transportation agency over a controversial plan proposed by City of San Diego politicians to divert road funds for mass transit programs and possibly impose a Congestion Tax on drivers and sales tax hike for Transit. Politicians in East and North San Diego county have come out in strong opposition to the proposals, but politicians representing the large urban areas of the City of San Diego and Chula Vista have come out in support of the proposals.

A new poll shows that even voters in the heavily urban areas of the City of San Diego overwhelmingly oppose these proposals – by a whopping two-to-one margin! Moreover, the issue could be a defining one in the upcoming races for Mayor and City Council in the City of San Diego.

“These polling numbers should be a wake-up call for the tax-hiking and road-raiding politicians at SANDAG,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California. “This poll shows voters will not be fooled into approving new tax hikes until the previous promises to fix the roads are fulfilled,” said DeMaio.

Reform California conducted the poll to determine whether it should invest campaign funds in fighting the proposed road raids and tax hikes during the 2020 election cycle. DeMaio said he was very pleased with the findings of the poll and based on the results has committed additional resources to fight both the road raids and the tax hikes.

“We already knew that voters in East and North County were overwhelmingly opposed to these extreme proposals to raid road funds and hike taxes for transit, but we really wanted to know whether the politicians who back these crazy ideas would be vulnerable with their own inner-city voters and the answer is a resounding YES,” DeMaio notes. 

“This poll shows not only can we block these extreme proposals but we can punish the politicians who are fronting them,” DeMaio concluded.

DeMaio also says the poll also shows that the longer the SANDAG debate rages over road diversions, the less likely voters will approve the proposed Hotel Tax that would allegedly fund the expanded Convention Center, social services for homeless, and road repairs. “If voters continue to hear that SANDAG plans to divert funds from roads no matter what voters were promised, the less likely voters will be to trust claims made by new tax hike proposals,” DeMaio warns.

Reform California helped defeat the last SANDAG tax increase – 2016’s Measure A. In addition, Reform California successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman over his deciding vote in hiking the car and gas taxes in 2018.

SURVEY RESULTS 
Remington Research Group
Field Dates: 5/14-5/15/2019
Sample: 1030 voters, City of San Diego – Mayoral Election Turnout Model

Q1: In 2004, San Diego voters were asked to approve a special forty-year half-a-percent sales tax increase. At the time, voters were told that the funds would be specifically earmarked and used for road and highway projects. Now, 15 years later, city politicians want to cancel those road and highway projects and transfer all of the earmarked money to transit and bike projects instead. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this proposed shift of funds from road projects to transit projects?
 
Support: 15%
Oppose: 70%
Not sure: 15%
 
Q2: City politicians are considering a proposal to charge drivers a “Congestion Fee” for permission for them to use the roads during rush hours – typically 6am to 9:30am in the morning and 3pm to 7pm in the evening. Supporters of the Congestion Fee say it is designed to discourage people from driving cars, and the funds raised from this new fee on driving would be used to expand transit and bike programs. Opponents say the Congestion Fee is outrageous because we already pay taxes to drive on roads. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this new Congestion Fee?
 
Support: 12%
Oppose: 82%
Not sure: 6%
 
Q3: Only 2% of San Diegans currently use transit: 1% use bikes and 97% use cars. Thinking about how to prioritize spending our transportation funds, what percentage should we spend on transit?
 
1-10%: 30%
11-25%: 32%
26-50%: 18%
51-100%: 5%
Not sure: 15%


NOTE: SANDAG spends MORE than 25% of its funds on transit and bike programs annually – putting its current spending priorities at odds with voter sentiment.
 
Q4: City politicians are proposing an increase to the city’s hotel tax to raise $30 million more in funding annually. Supporters say this tax increase is desperately needed to expand the Convention Center, support social service programs for the homeless, and fund road repairs. Opponents say this tax increase is simply a way for the city to compensate for its budget deficit. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this hotel tax increase?
 
Support: 37%
Oppose: 48%
Not sure: 15%
 
Q5: City politicians are proposing a half-a-percent increase to the city’s sales tax to fund transit and bike programs. Once this sales tax increase goes into effect, the city’s total sales tax will be nearly 9% of every purchase made. Supporters of the tax say we need better transit programs to fight climate change. Opponents say the sales tax is regressive and unfairly hurts working families the most. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this city sales tax increase?
 
Support: 15%
Oppose: 74%
Not sure: 11%


Full crosstabs of survey available upon request.
New Poll Reveals California Voters Overwhelmingly Opposed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Policies

New Poll Reveals California Voters Overwhelmingly Opposed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Policies

Just 90 Days in Office, Gov. Gavin Newsom Out-of-Step with California Voters on Death Penalty, Water Tax, Gas Tax Threat, and High Speed Rail

New poll results released show that even in liberal California, Gov. Gavin Newsom and his early policies are out of step with a large swath of California’s voters.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting national media attention for his moves, but what the media is missing is how Newsom is actually out-of-step with California voters – and in several instances out of step with Democrat voters as well,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, the group sponsoring the scientific poll conducted by Remington Research.

“This poll reveals that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s early policy proposals are big turn-offs for voters – and without some sort of moderation soon, his extreme agenda may end up costing Democrats in the 2020 elections,” DeMaio noted.

Among the results of the poll on policy proposals:

Q1. What is your opinion of Gavin Newsom?
Favorable: 39%
Unfavorable: 39%
No opinion: 21%

Q2. Do you think Governor Newsom should be recalled from office?
Yes: 31%
No: 52%
Not sure: 17%

Q3. In 2016, Californians voted to keep the death penalty. Despite this, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced he will permanently suspend the death penalty because he considers it immoral. Do you support or oppose Newsom’s decision?
Support: 39%
Oppose: 52%
Not sure: 9%

Of interest, the poll reveals a super-majority of white voters and even a plurality of Latino and African American voters opposed to Newsom’s position on this issue.

“In 2016 voters voted to keep and strengthen the death penalty, but by overruling the will of the voters with this arbitrary order to permanently suspend the death penalty, Newsom shows he’s not only weak on public safety issues, but willing to arrogantly overrule the judgment of the voters,” DeMaio said.

Q4. Governor Newsom’s first budget proposal included a tax on drinking water. Do you support or oppose California enacting a tax on drinking water?
Support: 13%
Oppose: 78%
Not sure: 9%

Newsom has managed to unite California voters of all political parties – just not in a good way for him. The poll reveals even a 67% supermajority of Democrats oppose Newsom’s Water Tax – along with 94% of Republicans and 78% of Independents.

“With California’s cost-of-living reaching a crisis point, the Water Tax may shape up to be the biggest liability for Newsom and Democrats in the Legislature – and could rightfully cost them seats in 2020 if they dare vote to impose it on working families,” DeMaio said.

Q5. In 2018, Californians were told that the gas tax would be guaranteed to go to transportation projects and fairly distributed to all regions of the state. Despite that, Governor Newsom wants to take away gas tax funding from any city that does not comply with his affordable housing mandates. Do you support or oppose this decision by the Governor?
Support: 32%
Oppose: 53%
Not sure: 14%

A solid majority of voters oppose Newsom on this diversion of gas taxes, and Democrats risk alienating Latinos who oppose this move by a sizable 14% margin.

“By raiding Gas Tax funds yet again, Newsom shows California’s voters that he’s untrustworthy and demonstrates complete contempt for taxpayer money,” DeMaio added.

Q6. Governor Gavin Newsom recently admitted that the High Speed Rail Project is billions over budget and behind schedule. Despite this, Governor Newsom wants to proceed with a scaled back segment of the project in the least traveled route. Do you support or oppose his decision to proceed?
Support: 31%
Oppose: 54%
Not sure: 15%

“Californians see through Newsom’s phony cancellation of the project and realize that he is still throwing good money after bad by completing a partial route in violation of voter protections that were promised when the project was proposed,” DeMaio said.

Q7: After hearing some of the things he has done since taking office, do you think Governor Newsom should be recalled from office?
Yes: 37%
No: 50%
Not sure: 13%

 

About the poll
Survey conducted by Remington Research Group on March 17 through March 18, 2019. 1,303 likely 2020 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2020 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-2.71% with a 95% level of confidence. Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding.

About Reform California
Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money. In 2018 Reform California successfully led the Recall against State Senator Josh Newman over his misguided vote to approve the car and gas tax hikes.

Poll results/crosstabs

DeMaio Blasts Newsom on Keeping High-Speed Rail Boondoggle Alive

DeMaio Blasts Newsom on Keeping High-Speed Rail Boondoggle Alive

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement on high-speed rail in his State of the State address today, Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, issued the following statement:

“Make no mistake about it: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement today is not about killing the wasteful High-Speed Rail Project, it is about keeping it very much alive. Newsom wants to spend tens of billions on a rail line between Merced and Bakersfield – a complete waste. Once this segment is done, politicians will argue that no one is riding this route because it doesn’t travel far enough and voila: the entire project will continue. Taxpayers should not be fooled. The insidious move is actually designed to keep this boondoggle alive rather than do the right thing and terminate this wasteful project immediately.”

DeMaio Blasts Gov. Newsom After He Threatens to Withhold Gas Tax Funds for Road Repairs

DeMaio Blasts Gov. Newsom After He Threatens to Withhold Gas Tax Funds for Road Repairs

“This proves exactly what we warned everyone about during the Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign”

In releasing his proposed California state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom included a proposal to hold back SB1 Gas Tax funds from cities unless they agree to change various housing policies. If Newsom’s proposal is enacted, taxpayers will be forced to pay the higher gas tax rates without receiving the benefit for road repairs.

“Is anyone surprised that only a few months after defeating Prop 6 that Sacramento politicians are threatening to divert our gas tax funds? This outrageous threat shows that Sacramento politicians simply cannot trusted with our gas tax funds and they are not interested in fixing our roads,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

DeMaio and Reform California led Yes on 6 – the Gas Tax Repeal campaign during the 2018 election cycle, activating an army of over 30,000 volunteers who helped collect nearly 1 million signatures to qualify Prop 6 to get it on the Nov 6 ballot, and who later helped the proposition earn 45% of the vote despite the campaign being outspent 22-to-1.

Reform California Blasts State Attorney General Over Another False Ballot Title on a Citizen Initiative

Reform California Blasts State Attorney General Over Another False Ballot Title on a Citizen Initiative

Pattern Emerges of Grossly Misleading Titles Being Placed on Ballot Measures Opposed by State Politicians

In 1911 California voters secured a Constitutional Right to use “Citizen Initiatives” to place items on the ballot to impose reform on their politicians. Today the state politicians have found a way to strip citizens of that precious right through pure deception. Read More

Reform California Demands Performance Audit of DMV

Reform California Demands Performance Audit of DMV

Leaders Across California to Demand Immediate Reforms & Independent Audit

Leaders statewide gathered at eight DMV offices across California in today to demand that state leaders stop raiding car tax funds collected by the DMV for non-transportation uses and to demand a truly independent audit of all DMV operations. Read More

In Blatant Violation of State Law, Caltrans Work Crew Caught Stopping Traffic to Distribute Campaign Fliers Opposed to Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

In Blatant Violation of State Law, Caltrans Work Crew Caught Stopping Traffic to Distribute Campaign Fliers Opposed to Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

Yes on Prop 6 Campaign Files Ethics Complaint with Three Law Enforcement Agencies
Traffic was delayed 18-24 minutes and motorists were furious with the clear violation of state law in using taxpayer monies to campaign.

Photos, video, and witness testimony of the incident was released at a press conference along with a Criminal Complaint alleging violation of numerous state and local laws. The campaign flier passed out clearly contains prohibited “express advocacy” language such as “Vote NO on Prop 6” and the Caltrans work crew member is caught on video admitting he was “working with Caltrans” and “They just told me to hand it out.” Read More