My Friends

Arrow Up

Arrow Up
Arrow Down
,
  • Sat
    20
  • Sun
    21
  • Mon
    22
  • Tue
    23
  • Wed
    24
  • Thu
    25
  • Fri
    26
Make it Snow: A Holiday Reading Show Dec 20, 2014 The Radvocate Magazine is holding a special holiday reading show featuring Juliet Escoria, Scott McClanahan, Ryan Bradford, Lucy Tiven, Jos Charles and more. 77 other events on Saturday, December 20
 
Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
Seen Local
City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem
News
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
The World Fare
Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town

 

 
Log in to use your Facebook account with
San Diego CityBeat

Login With Facebook Account

Recent Activity on San Diego CityBeat
 
Home / Articles / News / Turds & Blossoms /  Turds ...
. . . .
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

Turds & Blossoms: Carl DeMaio gets it wrong again

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Kelly Davis

The latest installment of CityBeat's election column, Turds & Blossoms, wherein we rate campaigns and candidates and award them turds or blossoms for their latest foibles and triumphs.

Wrong again

Twice in roughly a week, quotes from San Diego City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio were removed from stories by U-T San Diego reporter Craig Gustafson after DeMaio’s comments were called out for being inaccurate. Since we issue turds (or blossoms) only to political campaigns, Gustafson gets neither (though, we’d argue that the quotes should have stayed and DeMaio should have been asked to justify what he said). 

However, DeMaio, who’s made a number of appearances in this column, gets more stinkers. On Feb. 13, in a story about a complaint issued by the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against the city for how Mayor Jerry Sanders has handled a pension-related ballot measure, DeMaio told Gustafson that PERB regularly sides with labor unions. That’s not true: According to PERB’s annual reports, roughly two-thirds of the 3,898 unfair-labor charges filed in the last five years were either dismissed or withdrawn. And, on Feb. 21, after a hearing related to the PERB complaint, DeMaio claimed that labor unions have “delayed and dodged pension reform.” Again, not true. Legally, the city can’t touch vested pension benefits, but it can—and has—worked with its labor unions to reduce pension benefits for new hires. And, last year, the Mayor’s office and the labor unions negotiated a reduction in retiree healthcare benefits that will save the city roughly $700 million over the next 25 years. But no one sticks to talking points like DeMaio—truth be damned. And, for that, we give him a deuce for his double-dose of fictions.

Send T&B nominations to davem@sdcitybeat.com.




 
 
 
 
 
 
Close
Close
Close