Coalition Launches $100k Effort to Target Politicians Who Are Raiding San Diego’s Road Repair Funds

Coalition Launches $100k Effort to Target Politicians Who Are Raiding San Diego’s Road Repair Funds

Reform California, which led the successful Recall of State Senator Josh Newman over the Gas Tax Hike, Releases List of “Road Raiding Politicians” and Kickoff of Funded Campaign to Mobilize Voter Anger Against Them, Threatens Recalls

Reform California today released a list of “Road Raiding Politicians” who serve on the SANDAG board and have come out in support of an outrageous proposal to overturn the terms of a voter-approved tax hike measure from 2004 (TransNet Sales Tax) by diverting funds specifically earmarked for road improvements to transit and bike projects.

“San Diego taxpayers are paying high taxes already and should be driving on pristine roads, but politicians continue to fraudulently raid our road repair funds,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California. In addition to naming names with this list, Reform California today kicked off a campaign with an immediate $100,000 contribution to contact voters in these politicians’ districts to mobilize public anger on this issue.

“It’s time that voters band together and speak out loudly to demand an end to the raid on our road repair funds,” DeMaio continued.

If this raid succeeds, road projects originally promised to voters would be cancelled. Fortunately, if only 1/3 of the SANDAG board votes to oppose this outrageous raid on road repair funds, the raid will be BLOCKED. Reform California will also be publicly thanking SANDAG board members who have announced a clear commitment to vote against the raids on road repair funds.

“Any politician on SANDAG that votes to raid our road funds should prepare to face a Recall against them and removal from office,” DeMaio concluded.

Voters are asked to visit fixsandiegoroads.org to learn more and to join the effort, and to contact the elected officials below:

LIKELY ROAD DEFENDERS, TAXPAYER ADVOCATES

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond
Email [email protected]
Phone 619-531-5555

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar
Email: [email protected]
Phone 619-531-5533

Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-839-4610

La Mesa City Councilmember Kristine Alessio
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-667-1106

Santee Mayor John Minto
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-258-4100 x295

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-744-1050

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells
Phone: 619-441-1788

Oceanside Deputy Mayor, Councilmember Jack Feller
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-453-3056

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 858-668-4522

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-522-7320

Vista Mayor Judy Ritter
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-639-6130

Vista City Councilmember Amanda Rigby
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-643-5213

CONFIRMED ROAD RAIDERS, TAX HIKERS
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-236-6330

San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-236-6699

Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-633-2620

Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez
Email: [email protected]gov
Phone: 619-825-3800

Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-450-8863

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-691-5044

Del Mar Mayor Deputy Mayor Ellie Haviland
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 858-755-9313

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
Email: 619-423-8303
Phone: [email protected]

National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
Email: [email protected]gov
Phone: 619-336-4283

Solana Beach Mayor David Zito
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 858-720-4491

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

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio Promises Strong Defense of San Diego’s Pension Reform Initiative

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio Promises Strong Defense of San Diego’s Pension Reform Initiative

San Diego’s landmark Pension Reform Initiative faces two critical legal tests this week and next in the 4th District Court and at the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether a Citizens’ Initiative can legally be thrown out simply because a sitting mayor publicly endorsed the measure in public.

“We will vigorously fight any effort to overturn this voter-approved pension reform measure because doing so would not only bankrupt San Diego but it would also strip Californians of their cherished rights to use Citizens’ Initiatives to impose accountability on their government,” said Carl DeMaio, author of the San Diego Pension Reform Initiative.

“The government labor union bosses have lied throughout these court proceedings and liberal judges have been happy to accept those lies as part of their desperate effort to invalidate an election,” DeMaio continued. “San Diego’s Pension Reform was a Citizens’ Initiative approved by 65% of voters and no dishonest attempt to overturn the results of that election should be accepted by any court,” DeMaio said.

In 2012, San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved a Citizens’ Initiative called Prop B to cap pension payouts for existing employees and close the expensive city employee pension program and instead offer 401k accounts to new hires. Over 150,000 signatures were collected to put Prop B San Diego Pension Reform on the ballot. The San Diego mayor announced his endorsement of the measure – which the unions are trying to claim tainted the entire effort and should be remedied by invalidating the entire election and throwing the measure out.

Starting today, the 4th District Court in San Diego will consider what remedy should be imposed on the City of San Diego if the Mayor’s endorsement constituted a violation of “meet and confer.”

On Monday, March 18, the US Supreme Court will decide whether to rule on a separate case that would overrule California’s determination that a sitting Mayor cannot exercise his First Amendment rights of free speech to publicly endorse ballot measures that may impact wages of government union workers.

See also San Diego’s reporting from KGTV:

Courts tackle San Diego pension reform initiative; lawsuits hit Supreme Court, local courts this week