Prop D shot down: What now?
San Diego voters have shot down Prop D sending the message that the voters want meaningful reforms and they want leadership.
KUSI's Steve Bosh has more on the message voters are sending to San Diego political figures and where we go from here.
The defeat of Prop D confirmed what Mayor Jerry Sanders said months ago, that this election was about trust. What the voters said Wednesday night, convincingly, was that city government is leaderless and cannot be trusted.
Prop D started as a tax increase “without” reforms but died for lack of votes on the council.
It came back to life when 10-reforms were added to save money but nobody could put a dollar amount on the savings which were watered down twice. Then came the ultimatum, pass the tax or face deep cuts in the Police and Fire Departments, a threat to the public's safety.
But Wednesday night, that ultimatum was rejected and so were the politicians at City Hall.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said, “the people sent a very strong message that they want reform. They want to change the way things are done. They want pension obligations cut, they want a plan to pay it off, they don't want to hear about it anymore. They want us to do our job.”
The city's inability to implement outsourcing, which the voters approved 4-years ago, and its failure to address the pension debt did not bode well for Prop D.
City leaders couldn't come up with these answers and some who approved Prop D knew it wouldn't do the job.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the city has options to save money that other cities don't have, “(San Diego) has the medicine in the medicine cabinet. They've got to have the ability to administer it and they have to do it carefully.”
In the end Prop D came down to a matter of trust.
San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne said “I'm clear (on) what the voters said. They don't trust government and our ability to manage money.”
But can the trust be restored? After a bruising campaign can our elected officials come together and focus on what the people want?
City Councilman Carl DeMaio believes it's possible, “not only is it possible, its required. We absolutely have to, the future of our city (is) at stake.”
The first response to where we go now will come Friday when Council Member Carl DeMaio unveils a reform plan for City Hall.