DeMaio's Greatest Hits

  • November 2010 - Cast the lone vote to continue taxpayer subsidies of lawbreakers, opposing a rule change eliminating subsidies of parking ticket fines. San Diego could have saved $3.8 million for other services without the subsidy.
  • September 2010 - Falsely tried to blame worker earnings for water rate increase. The director of the San Diego Public Utilities Department noted that the raises were due to a rise in wholesale water costs (“Expect another jump in water rates,” San Diego Union-Tribune, Sept. 9)
  • August 2010 - Recommended corporate sponsorship of San Diego beaches. (San Diego Business Journal, “Corporate Sponsorship Proposed for Area Beaches,” August 2, 2010)
  • July 2010 - Failed to gather enough valid signatures to qualify ballot measure that would outsource city jobs without ensuring that workers receive a living wage.
  • June 2010 - Voted against safety improvements to railroad crossings in downtown San Diego.
  • May 2010 - Cast the lone vote against condemning Arizona's SB1070 immigration law. The law sparked protests and boycotts, and continues to face numerous legal challenges, with major components receiving a court injunction. Voters recalled the bill's primary proponent from office in November 2011.
  • May 2010 - Cast the lone vote in opposition to measure that would use profits from the Port to support infrastructure and capital projects in surrounding, impacted communities like Barrio Logan.
  • March 2010 - Citing opposition to a provision that would help the unemployed, underemployed, and low-income find work, voted against successful effort to reform corruption at city's redevelopment corporations by allowing the Mayor to hire and fire top redevelopment executives.
  • January 2010 - In first year in office, DeMaio spent $32,000 in taxpayer money on mail. That was 45 times as many mailers as all other elected officials combined.
  • December 2009 - Opposed budget eliminating public safety programs, slashing city services and laying off 200 employees for not going far enough
  • November 2009 - Opposed plan to eliminate vacant city positions despite $70 million in permanent savings from the strategy.
  • May 2009 - Cast the lone vote against a fee change to better reflect the police cost of responding to false burglary alarms. Less than 1% of burglary reports are legitimate, costing millions each year.
  • May 2009 - Case the lone vote against a fee change to charge casino parties for the full cost of policing.
  • May 2009 - Cast the lone vote against charging homeowners who fail to respond to fire officials' warnings of brushfire dangers on their property.
  • April 2009 - Opposed Grand Jury report calling on San Diego to let citizens vote on standardizing the fees for city services.
  • November 2008 - Just before joining council, Blasted city council vote that postponed fire, library, and rec center closures.
  • April 2006 - Penned OpEd criticizing Perkins Student Loan Program. According to the President of the Coalition of Higher Education, “his entire article is based on a faulty 2003 evaluation of which he quotes the misleading summary, apparently without reading the report."
  • October 2005 - Refused City Attorney call to register as a lobbyist for his efforts to influence city policy.
  • August 2004 - Advised and promoted California Performance Review, modeled on the plan he recommended to Governor Schwarzenegger during his campaign. The eventual report wildly overstated potential savings thanks to faulty math. The plan claimed more than double its actual potential savings. The Governor dropped the plan after independent analysis discredited its proposals, and a spokesperson for the Governor dismissed DeMaio's influence.
  • June 2004 - Introduced San Diego Citizens Budget Plan. Early supporters like the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and Mayor Dick Murphy withdrew support citing "wrong information...and inaccurate budget totals" that challenged DeMaio's credibility.
  • April 2003 - Released mock state budget with proposals such as eliminating the Coastal Conservatory and outsourcing state park rangers.