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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.

Mayor Promises Huge Taxpayer Savings

Mayor Promises Huge Taxpayer Savings

Critics say, "show us the money". Read »

Mar 24, 2011

Dumanis for Mayor?

Dumanis for Mayor?

The District Attorney says her position has prepared her well for the job. Read »

Mar 10, 2011

Tug of War Over Billions of Dollars

Tug of War Over Billions of Dollars

The state is lurking for a big piece of the pie. Read »

Feb 28, 2011

Money Spared for Fire Station Artwork

Money Spared for Fire Station Artwork

Public art has become a flash point in San Diego. Read »

Feb 10, 2011

Trickle Down Effect

Trickle Down Effect

Citing cost increases, San Diego's city council votes on whether to increase water rates. Read »

Jan 24, 2011

Your Water Bill May Go Up ... Again!

Your Water Bill May Go Up ... Again!

The city council could vote to raise resident's water rates. Read »

Jan 21, 2011

City Leaders: Let's Try to Mediate

City Leaders: Let's Try to Mediate

City leaders offer mediation process aimed at settling the city's pension lawsuits. Read »

Jan 14, 2011

City Faces More Painful Cuts: Sanders

City Faces More Painful Cuts: Sanders

San Diego’s most pressing problem is its $73 million budget deficit. Read »

Jan 13, 2011

Eliminate Guaranteed Pensions for New Hires: Mayor

Eliminate Guaranteed Pensions for New Hires: Mayor

San Diego's mayor proposes ending "defined benefit" retirement plans. Read »

Nov 19, 2010

City Mulls Fire Engine Staffing

City Mulls Fire Engine Staffing

San Diego examines how many firefighters should be assigned to its rigs. Read »

Nov 15, 2010

SD Mayor to Council: No Mid-Year Cuts

SD Mayor to Council: No Mid-Year Cuts

Don't look for any sudden cuts in San Diego's municipal services. Read »

Nov 10, 2010

DeMaio Unveils Budget-Balancing Plan

DeMaio Unveils Budget-Balancing Plan

City Councilman offers deficit-to-surplus budget strategy after defeat of Prop. D. Read »

Nov 5, 2010

Prop D-feated

Prop D-feated

Voters to City Hall: We don't need a new tax in this economy. Read »

Nov 3, 2010

DeMaio Touts Roadmap to Recovery

In an appearance the morning after Prop D's loss in the elections, San Diego City Councilmember... Watch »

Nov 3, 2010

Proposition D: San Diego's Financial Future Debated

Speaking on behalf of Proposition D are Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Councilwoman Donna Watch »

Oct 28, 2010

San Diego Leaders Debate Prop D

San Diego Leaders Debate Prop D

What voters need to know about the proposal for a half-cent sales tax increase. Read »

Oct 28, 2010

Prop D Debate to Be Televised

Prop D Debate to Be Televised

Local leaders on both sides will offer the pros and cons of the half-cent sales tax. Read »

Oct 26, 2010

Tough Talk About Big Budget Deficit

Tough Talk About Big Budget Deficit

Mayor Jerry Sanders holds first of eight budget town hall meetings. Read »

Oct 21, 2010

Let's All Join the 'Had Enough Party': Fiorina

Let's All Join the 'Had Enough Party': Fiorina

The GOP candidate for senate calls the government out-of-control, arrogant and elite. Read »

Oct 13, 2010

'Skyrocketing' City Pensions Add up to Outrage

'Skyrocketing' City Pensions Add up to Outrage

Top-earning retirees allowances go under the microscope. Read »

Oct 13, 2010

CounterPunch: Prop D's Chances

CounterPunch: Prop D's Chances

Two bright lights in the local political sky discuss whether voters will pass Prop D. Read »

Oct 13, 2010

Lifeguard Force on Mayor’s Chopping Block

Lifeguard Force on Mayor’s Chopping Block

San Diego's beaches and bays are a prime attraction for tourists and locals. Read »

Oct 13, 2010

Prop D in a Race Against Time

Prop D in a Race Against Time

Backers of the tax measure on the November ballot are in a race against time. Read »

Sep 17, 2010

Council Approves Sales Tax Ballot Measure

Council Approves Sales Tax Ballot Measure

Yes, San Diegans, you will get to vote for/against an increased sales tax. Read »

Aug 4, 2010

You Might Not Get to Vote

You Might Not Get to Vote

Plans for a public vote on a new City Hall are in veto limbo. Read »

Jul 30, 2010

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