[SD]Election 2012
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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.

Bid to Halt SD Pension Measure Fails

Councilmember Carl DeMaio and San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith react to the recent courtroom... 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 of... 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 whether... 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 without... 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 to... 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 Jerry... 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 step... 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 how... 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 116,000... 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 Wednesday... 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

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