If you’re wondering where all the mayoral candidates stand on the city’s financial issues, stay tuned.
The Performance Institute, that San Diego-based government reform think tank, and the campaign committee, San Diego Citizens for Accountable Government, are now surveying the contenders to find out their positions.
“San Diego voters have been presented with a rare opportunity to do something about the financial crisis looming in our city,” said Carl DeMaio, president of the institute. “If we are truly to have a ‘fresh start’ at City Hall, we must hold those seeking the mayor’s office accountable for clear and credible solutions to the city’s financial crisis. More importantly, it is crucial that voters are knowledgeable on where each candidate vying for the position of mayor stands on real reforms as they go to the ballot box.”
Each candidate has been asked to weigh in on several budget and financial reform ideas, some of them contained in the institute’s San Diego Citizens Budget Plan, as well as the soon-to-be-released San Diego Budget Accountability and Financial Recovery Initiative. They also have been asked to submit their plans for addressing the problems facing the city.
After that, the think tank will evaluate the survey responses and post them on www.sandiegobudget.org, where citizens can check them out.
For the November 2004 election, the Performance Institute also carried out a voter education campaign, including direct mail and media, spending $150,000, according to the group.