San Diego Tax Fighters’ Recommendations for November 2014 Ballot

Priority Candidate Recommendations
SDTF encourages readers to consider donating and volunteering for these two critical races.


California State Propositions

  • Prop 1 –  No
  • Prop 2 –  Yes (weak endorsement)
  • Prop 45 –  NO!!
  • Prop 46 –  NO!
  • Prop 47 –  Yes
  • Prop 48 – No (gambling should not be a Native American monopoly throughout California)

Summary of County props:

Recommend NO on all tax increases and bonds. YES on Escondido’s Prop H (property rights issue — conversion of defunct country club into housing).

Supported Candidates in County

  • 53rd Congressional –  Larry Wilske
  • 75th State Assembly – Marie Waldron
  • La Mesa City Council – Bill Baber
  • La Mesa City Council – Guy McWhirter
  • Carlsbad Mayor – Matt Hall
  • Oceanside City Council – Gary Felien
  • Oceanside City Council – Jerry Kern
  • Carlsbad School Board – Sage Naumann
  • Poway School Board – Jeannie Foulkrod
  • San Diego Community College Board – Donna Woodrum

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 Blog, News Comments Off

June 2014 Primary Voting Recommendations

See and print San Diego Tax Fighters’ Voting recommendations for the 2014 June Primary.

June, 2014 California State and San Diego Region Recommendations

NOTE:  San Diego Tax Fighters is primarily interested in fiscal issues.  Thus we have a natural tendency to pick Republicans over Democrats – especially since no third party candidates will be on the November ballot (thanks to the “top two” bogus reform).

Some candidates we endorse by name – indicating we have enough confidence that they will be fairly good (to VERY good) on tax and spend issues.  Some races we make no endorsement for one or more of these three reasons:

  1. The candidate’s commitment to fiscal frugality has not been demonstrated to our satisfaction.
  2. We don’t know the people in the race.
  3. We think there is more than one good candidate choice for the race.

It should be noted that we do occasionally add OR SUBTRACT a recommendation prior to the election – this list is subject to change.   Bear that in mind.

IMPORTANT:  We have two general levels of support for a candidate:

1.  ACTIVELY SUPPORT – This rare category encourages SD TF supporters to both contribute and volunteer for this candidate.  These are KEY candidates in COMPETITIVE races where your financial and volunteer assistance can help affect the outcome of the race.  Occasionally this might be a candidate who is not a top-flight fiscal bulldog, but the competitive race is critical to the passage or blocking of legislation.  A designated candidate will have ACTIVELY SUPPORT after their name.

2.  PASSIVELY SUPPORT – This is the “normal” level of support – vote for them, but don’t feel compelled to donate or volunteer for the candidate based on our recommendation alone.  Since almost all candidates fall into this second category, we don’t need to list this level of support beside each candidate’s name.

In many races, the ultimate winner is already known, thanks to the state’s demographics or (locally) gerrymandered districts.  So while voting is a right/privilege/obligation/whatever, the outcome is too often preordained.  But there are enough competitive races to merit voting.  Propositions are particularly important, as they are issue specific.


Governor – Tim Donnelly

Lt. Governor – Ron Nehring

Controller – Ashley Swearengin

Treasurer – Greg Conlon

Attorney General – David King

Insurance Commissioner – Ted Gaines

Board of Equalization – 4th District – none (several good choices)


Prop 41 – Veterans Housing and Homeless Bonds – NO

NOTE:  Most people and groups support this measure.  Even taxpayer groups.  But most supporters (even taxpayer groups) think that it’s like the previous veterans bonds in that it’s self-funding (the previous veteran MORTGAGE bonds were paid for by the vets).

But this measure is a labor union and nonprofit boondoggle that will spend a lot of money for doubtful value and zero taxpayer reimbursement.  Redundant veterans’ programs will have fat budgets and zero performance requirements. The building of veterans’ housing will be incredibly overpriced “affordable” housing – built with “prevailing wage” labor union requirements.  The cost per assisted vet will be absurdly high.

Moreover, we don’t think it’s the job of the STATE governments to take care of military veterans – there are numerous federal programs, plus many nonprofits and charities helping vets.

Finally, the $50 million annual bond payment is a NEW expenditure and ongoing obligation.  To gain SD Tax Fighters’ support, we’d like to see a CUT in some other program spending (or public employee compensation) to make the prop revenue neutral.

Prop 41 is a “feel good” measure that will pass with overwhelming majorities, but sadly few understand this very different veterans’ bond measure than the self-funded mortgage bonds of years past – it’s a sop to the labor unions at taxpayer expense.

Prop 42 – Public Records – YES
In essence, it further mandates local governments deliver the goods when public record requests are received.  The cost is minimal compared to the valued disclosure (and ongoing THREAT of disclosure) that such transparency provides.



PROP A – Election “housekeeping” changes of little import and less cost – but necessary.
PROPS B & C – Attempts to dramatically cut back industrial activity around NAASCO shipyard for little residential benefit.  Definite NO votes on both.



52nd District – Carl DeMaio – ACTIVELY SUPPORT
53RD District — Larry A. Wilske

38th State Senate District – Joel Anderson

71st Brian Jones

75th Marie Waldron

78th Barbara Decker


San Diego County Assessor – Ernie Dronenburg

San Diego county Treasurer – Dan McCallister


District 6 – Chris Cate – ACTIVELY SUPPORT
District 2 – Lorie Zapf – ACTIVELY SUPPORT


San Diego Community College, District A – Donna J. Woodrum

San Diego Unified School District B – Amy Christine Redding

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 Blog, News Comments Off

San Diego Tax Fighters’ Proposition Recommendations for Nov 2012


Contact:  Richard Rider, Chairman        Phone:  858-530-3027

Proposition Recommendation Description
30 No Temporary taxes to fund education
31 Yes Two year state budget
32 Yes Prohibits political contributions by payroll deduction
33 Yes Changes law to allow auto insurance companies to set prices
34 Position Not Taken Death penalty repeal
35 Position Not Taken Human trafficking penalties and sex offender registration
36 Yes Three strikes law sentencing for repeat felony offenders
37 No Genetically engineered foods mandatory labeling
38 No Tax for education and early childhood programs
39 No Increase tax treatment for multistate businesses
40 Position Not Taken Redistricting of state senate districts
Proposition Recommendation Description
A Yes City of Carlsbad – charter amendment
B Yes City of Chula Vista – charter amendment
C No Cajon Valley Union School District – bonds
D No Dehesa School District – bonds
E No Chula Vista Elementary School District – bonds
F No City of Coronado – increase hotel tax
H Yes City of Del Mar – medical marijuana dispensaries
J Position Not Taken City of Del Mar – amend village specific plan
K Position Not Taken City of Encinitas – to elect a mayor and city council members
L Position Not Taken City of Encinitas – office of mayor to be two years
M Position Not Taken City of Encinitas – term of office of mayor to be four years
N Position Not Taken City of Escondido – amend general plan
P Yes City of Escondido – charter city proposal
R No Ramona Unified School District – bonds
S Yes City of Imperial Beach – medical marijuana dispensaries
T Yes City of Lemon Grove – medical marijuana dispensaries
U No City of Santee – increase hotel tax and broaden definition
V No Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District – bonds
W Yes City of Solana Beach – medical marijuana dispensaries
Y No South Bay Union School District – bonds
Z No San Diego Unified School District – bonds
AA No San Dieguito Union High School District – bonds
BB Position Not Taken Bonsall Union School District – unify school district with Fallbrook
CC No Del Mar Union School District – bonds
EE No MiraCosta Community College District – bonds
Carl DeMaio Mayor of City of San Diego
Ray Ellis City Council of San Diego District 1
Jerry Kern Mayor of Oceanside
George Plescia CA State Senate District 39
Scott Hasson San Diego Community College District B

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 News, Uncategorized No Comments