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Carl DeMaio, (born 9/14/74) a Republican, is a San Diego City Councilmember who represents neighborhoods in San Diego’s North County. DeMaio attended Georgetown University and started two businesses: think tank Performance Institute, and the American Strategic Management Institute. The sale of those two businesses helped him support his run for mayor. DeMaio is a self-proclaimed “Taxpayer Watchdog” and has pledged to comprehensively reform City Hall if elected. He also helped to author the ballot measure Prop B, which urges a city pension overhaul. Prop B passed in the June primary election.

POSITION ON KEY ISSUES

Pension Reform: DeMaio spearheaded Proposition B, saying pensions and all the perks that go along with them are wasteful. Prop B's passage in June meant the city council would work to switch all new city hires from a pension plan to a 401(k). It also caps San Diego's payroll for five years.

Infrastructure: DeMaio frequently mentions San Diego's crumbling streets when bringing up his Roadmap to Recovery plan. The plan is a comprehensive guide to economic recovery.

Education: DeMaio has not released a specific plan to reform education but has thrown his support behind a joint session between the city and San Diego Unified School District to determine how to best tackle the schools' most pressing issues.

Construction projects: DeMaio supports a new Chargers stadium but said he would not pay for it with taxpayer funds. He would first like to see environmental impact reviews before moving on with the Balboa Park renovations. As far as the Convention Center expansion, DeMaio would like to see it grow, but with financial help from the Port District.

Job Creation: In his “Pathway to Prosperity” plan, DeMaio outlined a few ways to spur job growth in San Diego. One is to transition small business licensing transactions to an online platform. He also suggests allowing non-union workers to join businesses with union representation and generally cutting the red tape in business creation. He also released a veterans jobs plan.

'Big Four' Discuss Pension Reform Measure

Nathan Fletcher, Bonnie Dumanis, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner discuss a pension reform measure. Watch »

Mar 14, 2012

Did DeMaio Strong-Arm Council Candidate?

Rik Hauptfeld tells NBC 7 reporter Gene Cubbison about the an incident involving mayoral candidate... Watch »

Mar 14, 2012

Fletcher’s Education Plan Focuses on Tech

Fletcher’s Education Plan Focuses on Tech

After a 10-month “listening tour,” Mayoral Candidate Nathan Fletcher was ready to speak. Read »

Mar 13, 2012

DeMaio is "All Bark, No Bite:" Fletcher

Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher talks with NBC 7 reporter Gene Cubbison about his opponent in... Watch »

Mar 11, 2012

Press Release: NBC 7 SAN DIEGO AIRS TWO MAYORAL DEBATES AND POLITICAL PROGRAM

Press Release: NBC 7 SAN DIEGO AIRS TWO MAYORAL DEBATES AND...

Press Release Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 Read »

Mar 1, 2012

Monday Focus: Carl DeMaio

City councilmember Carl DeMaio has raised the most amount of money leading up to the November... Watch »

Feb 29, 2012

Mayoral Candidates, Start Your Engines

Mayoral Candidates, Start Your Engines

Starting Wednesday, mayoral candidates will be taking some of the first official steps toward their... Read »

Feb 29, 2012

Pension Reform Initiative Overcomes Second Lawsuit

Pension Reform Initiative Overcomes Second Lawsuit

A second legal challenge to San Diego's "Comprehensive Pension Reform" initiative was... Read »

Feb 29, 2012

Mayor: Problem Solved, Surplus in Sight

Mayor: Problem Solved, Surplus in Sight

Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Thursday that the city’s major financial problems are solved. Read »

Feb 29, 2012

Carl DeMaio Talks Financial Health and Pensions

Political reporter Gene Cubbison interviews Mayoral Candidate and Councilmember Carl DeMaio again as... Watch »

Feb 29, 2012

Mayor: Problem Solved, Surplus in Sight

Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke at a press conference today, saying San Diego is back on track with Watch »

Feb 23, 2012

Bid to Halt SD Pension Measure Fails

Councilmember Carl DeMaio and San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith react to the recent... Watch »

Feb 21, 2012

Hearing Scheduled for Pension Debate

Hearing Scheduled for Pension Debate

A court hearing is set for Tuesday over a pension reform plan for San Diego city employees. Read »

Feb 20, 2012

Report Scathes Rising Pension Costs

Report Scathes Rising Pension Costs

Carl DeMaio released his annual pension report, shedding light on what he calls “excessive” amounts... Read »

Feb 16, 2012

Voters May Not Decide on Pension Plan

Voters May Not Decide on Pension Plan

In a decision that may bring months of campaigning to a halt, a state labor group has questioned... Read »

Feb 13, 2012

Mayoral Candidates Applaud Prop 8 Decision

Mayoral Candidates Applaud Prop 8 Decision

San Diego’s four major mayoral candidates all spoke in favor of Tuesday’s ruling. Read »

Feb 8, 2012

City to ‘Hit the Ground Running’ on Pension Reform

City to ‘Hit the Ground Running’ on Pension Reform

San Diego City Council is getting ready to make some big changes in the pension system – with or... Read »

Feb 2, 2012

Snapdragon Issue Prompts Criticism

Snapdragon Issue Prompts Criticism

It appears another chapter is unfolding in the story of Qualcomm Stadium's name being changed... Read »

Feb 2, 2012

Pension Reform Bid Goes to Ballot

Pension Reform Bid Goes to Ballot

A controversial, proposed overhaul of San Diego's municipal retirement system was forwarded to the June 5... Read »

Jan 31, 2012

2012 Mayor Race: Carl DeMaio

Carl DeMaio, 5th District City Councilman, is among the contenders to assume San Diego Mayor... Watch »

Jan 9, 2012

Dumanis Reverses Opposition to Initiative

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis joins Republican rivals City Councilman Carl DeMaio and state Assemblyman... Watch »

Jan 9, 2012

Carl DeMaio Talks SD Issues

Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio talks about Occupy San Diego and small businesses. Watch »

Jan 9, 2012

Pension Reform to Appear on Ballot in July

Pension Reform to Appear on Ballot in July

Some pension reformers are concerned the measure could be mischaracterized. Read »

Dec 15, 2011

Convention Center Expansion Plan Advances

Convention Center Expansion Plan Advances

A plan to have San Diego hotels bankroll the bulk of another Convention Center expansion took a big... Read »

Dec 6, 2011

Public Tells City What to Cut

Public Tells City What to Cut

City Councilmembers are calling for members of the public to bring suggestions to the table on... Read »

Nov 14, 2011

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