The Honorable Carl DeMaio, past member of the San Diego City Council and candidate for congress (52 Congressional District), addressed members and guests of the Rotary Club of Mission Bay on August 11, 2014. Carl DeMaio was the first of two candidates running for congress to represent the voters in our district. He will be followed by Congressman Scott Peters, who will address the club at our next meeting, on August 18.
Carl DeMaio was a member of the Rotary Club of Mission Bay in 2002, and club members remember him complaining about the problems at City Hall and how people were predicting that the City would go bankrupt. He acted on his concerns and successfully ran for City Council in 2008. He was on the San Diego City Council from 2008 to 20012.
During his presentation at the Rotary Club of Mission Bay, Carl talked about his experiences on the City Council and his reform effort, such as pension reform, budgetary reforms, and redevelopment reforms. He found that the water department received bonuses every year. He found that retiring personnel received a higher retirement pension during the first year than they received in any salaried year that they worked. He worked hard to balance the budget and find ways to save money. He disagreed with the decision to send redevelopment money to Petco Park.
Carl answered a number of questions related to what he would do in congress, how he would fix congress, border patrol and immigration policy, Hobby Lobby, and health care.