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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.

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

Pension Reform Makes It to Ballot

Pension Reform Makes It to Ballot

The Comprehensive Pension Reform Ballot Measure has qualified for a public vote with nearly... Read »

Nov 9, 2011

City to Address Contentious Pension Shortfalls

City to Address Contentious Pension Shortfalls

A city retirement plan could have planned much better for city employees' retirement, a report says. Read »

Nov 7, 2011

City to Reimburse Coffee Cart Owner

City to Reimburse Coffee Cart Owner

San Diego officials have offered rent relief to owner of coffee cart located near Occupy SD protesters. Read »

Nov 2, 2011

2 Candidates Spar at Mayoral Debate

2 Candidates Spar at Mayoral Debate

An early debate for year's mayoral race took place at Balboa Theatre Wednesday night even though just two... Read »

Oct 20, 2011

SD Police Union Endorses Fletcher

SD Police Union Endorses Fletcher

The San Diego Police Officers Association endorsed Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for mayor... Read »

Oct 19, 2011

City on Track to Fix Pothole Problems?

City on Track to Fix Pothole Problems?

Money for streets sits idle as project schedules lag. Read »

Oct 3, 2011

DeMaio Pushes For Pension Reform Initiative

DeMaio Pushes For Pension Reform Initiative

The councilman plans to spend his weekend soliciting voter signatures for a pension reform initiative. Read »

Sep 3, 2011

DA Changes Mind on Pension Reform

DA Changes Mind on Pension Reform

Bonnie Dumanis' stance has impact on city employees’ 401(k) plans. Read »

Aug 26, 2011

Money Race for Mayor Tops $1 Million

Money Race for Mayor Tops $1 Million

Even more frantic fundraising is expected. Read »

Aug 1, 2011

DeMaio Talks Downtown Stadium

Carl DeMaio, 5th District City Councilman, says he won't support a deal where taxpayers pay more for a new... Watch »

Jul 29, 2011

District 5 Dilemmas

City Councilman Carl DeMaio discusses issues facing the city of San Diego's District 5. Watch »

Jul 15, 2011

Cat Owners Hiss at Licensing Proposal

Cat Owners Hiss at Licensing Proposal

Cat owners say the idea is ridiculous. Read »

Jul 12, 2011

SD Mayoral Candidates Tweet For Votes

SD Mayoral Candidates Tweet For Votes

With the election only a few months away, campaigns are utilizing Twitter to garner support. Read »

Jul 8, 2011

Fact Check: Lifeguard Training

Are San Diego lifeguards really not receiving any training, and does City Councilman Carl DeMaio have his... Watch »

Jun 18, 2011

Sanders Endorses Dumanis as Successor

Sanders Endorses Dumanis as Successor

The Dumanis campaign announced the endorsement Wednesday morning, releasing a YouTube video with Sanders’... Read »

Jun 8, 2011

Fletcher Joins San Diego Mayor Race

Fletcher Joins San Diego Mayor Race

A political marathon, not a sprint. Read »

Jun 6, 2011

Carl DeMaio Announces Run for Mayor

It was no surprise that San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio announced his candidacy for Watch »

Jun 6, 2011

San Diego's Hangover

San Diego's Hangover

When the stress of being so cash-strapped goes to the heads of city leaders in San Diego, PropZero reaps... Read »

May 23, 2011

Problems for Councilman's New App

Problems for Councilman's New App

A new app meant to report infrastructure issues throughout the city is having some trouble of its own. Read »

May 20, 2011

Retiree Health Care Deal Gets Council Nod

Retiree Health Care Deal Gets Council Nod

A City Hall showdown ends in favor of a retiree health care plan ratified by five of San Diego's... Read »

May 13, 2011

City Retiree Deal May Hurt Taxpayers: Critic

City Retiree Deal May Hurt Taxpayers: Critic

A handshake agreement for San Diego city workers was announced to great fanfare Friday. Read »

May 7, 2011

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