By Susan Duerksen| May 25, 2012 |
In the June 5 election, working people in the San Diego region have an important opportunity to protect our communities, local economy and quality of life. With that in mind, I’m sending CPI’s ballot recommendations in hopes they will help you prepare to vote on June 5.
CPI Executive Director
San Diego: NO on Prop A
Proposition A represents special-interest politics of the worst kind. It is designed to give an advantage to certain contractors who want to avoid standards for local hiring and decent wages, and it could be extremely costly for San Diego taxpayers.
Prop A would restrict the City’s options for public works contracting by banning the use of Project Labor Agreements. PLAs are commonly used by both business and public agencies for major projects, and have been proven to save time and money. They are contracts with the construction trades that will be doing the work, and they establish completion deadlines, safety protections and skill requirements as well as standards for the kind of jobs that build a healthy local economy.
It makes no sense to remove this tool, which is available for the City to use when appropriate and useful. Besides, passage of Prop A is likely to cost San Diego up to $158 million in state funds by violating state law on open and fair contracting for public works projects.
Proposition A is a bad idea all around, and CPI urges a NO vote.
NO on Prop B
The irony about all the political bluster over pensions for San Diego city workers is that the people getting the inflated, $100,000+ pensions are administrators, managers and politicians, not the workers. Proposition B doesn’t touch those high pensions.
The average city employee pension is $40,000, and they don’t get Social Security like most of us. City workers like firefighters, 911 operators, park groundskeepers, trash truck drivers and many others have already sacrificed to balance the city budget. Prop B would strip them of a modestly secure retirement.
Prop B will be costly to implement and it’s flatly unfair. CPI recommends voting No on Prop B.
El Cajon: NO on Prop D
In a city that already has the highest poverty rates in San Diego County, Proposition D would drive down wages for local workers. Greedy contractors are pushing for city charters, in El Cajon and elsewhere, as a way to get around state requirements that they pay prevailing wages.
Prevailing wage law ensures that builders and developers with taxpayer-funded construction contracts pay at least the standard wages and benefits for the job in the area. That way, the jobs stay local and stay middle class.
The last thing El Cajon’s economy needs is to give low-road contractors a pass from those requirements. Vote no on Prop D.
Oceanside: NO on Prop E
In Oceanside, an effort to phase out rent control in mobile home parks would benefit developers and out-of-town corporate owners of mobile home parks. The results would be devastating for many of Oceanside’s vulnerable senior citizens, whose rents could skyrocket for the plots of land where their mobile homes are located.
Rent control for mobile home parks in Oceanside has helped many seniors and veterans make ends meet for 30 years, and should be maintained. Vote no on Prop E.
Statewide: YES on Prop 28
Prop 28 is a simple reform that will set a 12-year limit on time in the legislature and eliminate the need to shift between offices. We believe it will help our lawmakers get the work done.
CPI joins the League of Women Voters and Common Cause in urging voters to approve Prop 28.