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…

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…

12 Democrat Legislators Named Targets of Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

12 Democrat Legislators Named Targets of Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

Group that successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman in 2018 over Gas Tax will now target 12 “Water Tax Weaklings” in State Senate and State Assembly In 2018, State Senator Josh Newman was successfully recalled from office over his decision to cast the deciding vote on the controversial Gas Tax hike. In light of equally-controversial Water Tax being proposed in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, Reform California announced it is targeting 12 state legislators (4 state Senators, 8 Assemblymembers) over the issue in an attempt to either block the Water Tax from being passed OR to use it as a wedge…

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio Blasts Proposed “Water Tax” as Just Another Way to Hose Taxpayers

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio Blasts Proposed “Water Tax” as Just Another Way to Hose Taxpayers

Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California, blasted a proposal cooked up by Gov. Gavin Newsom to impose a tax on water. The so-called “Water Tax” would be a new tax imposed on every water bill in California and would be added on top of the actual cost of water consumed by each Californian. California already has some of the highest water rates in the nation! DeMaio is launching a campaign to block the Water Tax from taking effect and is urging all Californians to join is effort. “This outrageous Water Tax must be stopped because it is just another way…

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…