February 1, 2011
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Nominations Deadline Extended for Golden Watchdog & Golden Fleece Awards
Awards Showcase Best and Worst in Government Efficiency, Spending and Decision Making
(San Diego) – The nominations deadline has been extended for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) 16th Annual Golden Watchdog and Golden Fleece Awards, recognizing the very best and worst of local government efficiency, spending and decision-making in 2010.
Award categories include:
- The coveted Golden Watchdog Award honoring good government practices and efficient use of public money.
- The dreaded Golden Fleece Award calling out wasteful, inefficient or downright absurd uses of taxpayer dollars.
- The Media Watchdog Award recognizing excellence in reporting on behalf of taxpayers.
- The Public-Private Partnership Award for cooperation between the public and private sectors, stretching taxpayer dollars.
The winners will be announced on May 19, 2011, at SDCTA’s annual awards dinner at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in Mission Valley.
Golden Fleece Award recipients for 2010 included the City of Chula Vista, “Attack of the Taxasaurus,” for its repeated failed attempts to raise taxes on citizens; the San Diego Unified School District, for “Survey This! Governance Woes,” earned through a “series of nonsensical decisions” including a parcel tax slated for the November ballot plus a revolving door of superintendents; and Tri-City Hospital District for its “Trifecta of Troubles” including squabbles between board members and hospital executives, lawsuits, and bad budget decisions.
The 2010 Grand Golden Watchdog Award was presented to the East County communities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, for “Heartland Fire Rescue Consolidation Efforts.” The three cities joined forces to consolidate fire management services, creating additional staffing capacity and containing costs while maintaining a high level of fire and emergency medical services. The expected savings is $560,000 among the three cities without a loss of service to the public.
The Public-Private Partnership winner for 2010 was San Diego CleanTECH, “Public Facilities Renewable Energy Project,” for its successful effort capturing $154 million in allocations for financing renewable energy projects for public facilities available through the federal stimulus program in the San Diego region. The funds obtained for San Diego were equivalent to 19% of the total allotment going to public agencies nationwide.
Media Watchdog Awards were given to Eleanor Yang Su, San Diego Union-Tribune, “S.D. Marathon Runs Into Controversy,” and J.W. August, Mitch Blacher, Christian Cazares and Lauren Reynolds of KGTV 10News, “Water Department Bonuses.”
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary new taxes and fees. Founded in 1945, SDCTA has spent the past 65 years saving the region’s taxpayers millions of dollars, as well as generating information to help educate the public.