September 23, 2010
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City’s Business “Leaders” Dodge Recommendations on Prop D
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce unable to support flawed ballot measure
(San Diego) – The Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce voted today to delay making any policy recommendation on Prop D, the City of San Diego’s half-cent sales tax measure. The Chamber board has called a special meeting to determine its position on October 7.
Instead, the Chamber’s board plans to work with the San Diego City Council to pass a new ordinance prior to the November 2 election that would purportedly require the City to achieve specific, measurable savings and concrete reforms -- in addition to the ten conditions that must be met in Prop D -- before triggering the half-cent sales tax increase.
“Today’s vote by the Chamber’s Board of Directors is cowardly and calls into question the Chamber’s relevancy to the business community,” said T.J. Zane, chairman of San Diegans Against Government Waste and President and CEO of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, the region’s only organized business-focused political action committee. “The committee members who voted to take a stand and recommend formal opposition to Prop D by the Chamber must be horribly disappointed and embarrassed that their leaders disregarded them, and wouldn’t stand up for their interests as employers working hard to stay afloat in a tough economy.
“Let’s call this tactic out for what it is: a shell game that gives cover to Chamber insiders who are part of the downtown special interests, the same people who created our budget problems in the first place, to avoid taking a stand that would make their politician and labor union friends angry at them,” said Zane.
“Even the Chamber realizes Prop D as written is a blank check with no guarantees of reform. What the Chamber confirmed today for voters is that Prop D is fatally flawed, lacks clarity, and is misleading to voters. Prop D should be rejected at the ballot box.
“While well intentioned, the Chamber must realize any Council resolution or ordinance approved by the Council can just as easily be repealed at any time by the same Council or a future Council. It has no binding impact on Prop D, which carries the weight of a voter-mandated measure. Today’s Chamber board meeting was a meaningless exercise.
“We don’t need to waste more time coming up with ‘pipedream solutions’ that won’t go anywhere,” said Zane. “We need the business community to stand firm and demand true reform before revenue, and to help identify ways to save money and streamline operations at City Hall - just as they’ve had to do in their own businesses.”
A growing list of organizations and individuals formally oppose Proposition D, including regional chambers such as the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, California Restaurant Association, New Car Dealers Association, Neighborhood Market Association, Asian Business Association, San Diego Association of Realtors, Building Industry Association, Associated General Contractors, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Lincoln Club of San Diego County, San Diego County Republican Party, San Diego County Libertarian Party, San Diego Tax Fighters, Stop Taxing US, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, and San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio.
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