Voter Warning: Don’t Sign Deceptive Petition Claiming to “Save Prop 13”

Voter Warning: Don’t Sign Deceptive Petition Claiming to “Save Prop 13”

The tax-raisers in California are at it again – and voters need to beware! Signature collection has commenced on a ballot measure that would gut Prop 13 property tax limitations.  Known as “split-roll,” the initiative would impose a massive tax hike on all commercial, industrial and retail properties. The tax hike would lead to cost increases on virtually everything and everyone. Politicians have already given the tax-hike measure a deceptively attractive title of “Increases Funding for Schools, Community Colleges, and Local Government Services by Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property.” Conveniently, this title for the ballot measure removes any…

New Report Reveals California Cities Struggling with Massive Rat Infestations

New Report Reveals California Cities Struggling with Massive Rat Infestations

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…

DeMaio Releases First Ads Against SANDAG Raid on Road Funds & New Congestion Tax

Ads urge San Diego voters to take action against politicians who want to raid Road Repair funds and add a “Congestion Tax” Reform California today launched a large-scale digital ad campaign across San Diego urging voters to be aware of the raids against the Road Repair funds, the proposal for a Congestion Tax, and to urge voters to contact the politicians who are supporting the proposed road fund raised and Congestion Tax to urge them to oppose it. "When politicians in San Diego attempt to raid road repair funds for mass transit systems and propose adding yet another tax on San Diegans,…

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…

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…

DeMaio Reaction to CA State Appeals Court Case on Pension Reform

DeMaio Reaction to CA State Appeals Court Case on Pension Reform

Today the Fourth District Court of Appeals issued an order to financially compensate 4000 city employees in light of the voters passing Proposition B in 2012 – the San Diego Pension Reform Initiative. Despite this decision, Prop B author Carl DeMaio issues the following statement: “Prop B Pension Reform is a Citizens Initiative that is protected under the California Constitution, and we continue to assert all of the legal remedies afforded to prevent it from being illegally overturned.”

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…

DeMaio Reaction to US Supreme Court Case on Pension Reform

DeMaio Reaction to US Supreme Court Case on Pension Reform

Today the US Supreme Court opted to not hear a case filed by the City of San Diego regarding First Amendment rights of former Mayor Jerry Sanders to support Prop B in 2012 – the San Diego Pension Reform Initiative. In light of the decision, Prop B author Carl DeMaio issues the following statement: “The Supreme Court accepts only 100-150 cases of over 7000 it receives each year, so while we are disappointed, we are not too surprised that the US Supreme Court did not weigh in. Prop B Pension Reform is a Citizens Initiative that is protected under the California Constitution and…

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.…

DeMaio Blasts “Flawed” CA Supreme Court Ruling on Pension Crisis

DeMaio Blasts “Flawed” CA Supreme Court Ruling on Pension Crisis

California Supreme Court Negligently Sidesteps Important Issue to Block Meaningful Pension Reform Leaving Taxpayers Facing Billions in Unfunded Pension Debt In a widely-anticipated ruling on whether lavish and unsustainable pension benefits for state and local government employees can be reformed or reduced, the California Supreme Court punted the entire issue yet again. “We’re disappointed that the liberal California Supreme Court once again is serving as a barrier to common-sense reform of unsustainable and indefensible gold-plated government pension payouts,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California. In the narrow ruling that upheld the elimination of the right to purchase service credits…