Saturday, January 4, 2014

Carl DeMaio’s Extreme Record in San Diego

Carl DeMaio may be a relatively new name on the East Coast, but in San Diego and California’s 52nd Congressional District, voters know DeMaio and his extreme record painfully well. Among DeMaio’s most controversial positions and statements are the following lowlights:

  1. DeMaio called the Ryan Budget and its devastating cuts “a starting point.”
While polls consistently show that most Americans oppose the Ryan Budget because it ends the Medicare guarantee and raises seniors costs while giving the wealthy a pass, Carl DeMaio would use that framework as his starting point. Not coincidentally, the Reason Foundation – DeMaio’s employer – has said the Ryan Budget does not go far enough in slashing benefits that people pay into over a lifetime of work.
  2. DeMaio named Sen. Ted Cruz as a model legislator on the day the shutdown began. 

On the first day of the disastrous federal government shutdown, Carl DeMaio cited its architect, Ted Cruz, as an example of how he would try to stand out in Washington. He made clear that he would emulate Cruz’s divisive approach, saying, “it’s a question of whether you are willing to stand your ground.”
  3. DeMaio wants to “make San Diego the Wisconsin of the West” and twice voted against benefits for widows and orphans of slain police officers. 

DeMaio made his name in San Diego politics by attacking workers’ retirement benefits. In addition to his rallying cry to local Republicans to “make San Diego the Wisconsin of the West,” DeMaio cast high-profile and controversial votes against death benefits for the families of slain police officers.
  4. DeMaio earned a reputation for being “too polarizing” and left “behind a divisive legacy.” 

After DeMaio lost his bid for mayor, the Union-Tribune noted he had been “too polarizing” and left “behind a divisive legacy” on the San Diego City Council. Former San Diego Mayor and fellow Republican Jerry Sanders had a choice word to describe DeMaio’s reputation for taking credit for San Diego’s successes after doing nothing to help achieve them.


  • DeMaio: “The Ryan Budget Provides a Starting Point Of A Lot Of Good Ideas.” [The Hill, 12/12/13]
  • Medicare Rights Center: “The Ryan Budget Would End Medicare As We Know It.” [Medicare Rights Center, 3/12/13]
  • Reason Foundation: Tea Party Candidates Don’t Go Far Enough to Cut Entitlements. In 2010, Reason Foundation senior analyst Shikha Dalmia argued that the Tea Party movement did not go far enough in pushing for cuts in entitlement programs. [Reason Foundation, “Entitlement Reform? Not Their Cup of Tea,” 11/01/10]
  • DeMaio Compared Himself To Sen. Ted Cruz At The Peak Of The Government Shutdown. In October 2013, DeMaio said the following: “Take a look at what Ted Cruz is doing. He’s a freshman Senator, he’s certainly creating a lot of stir. So I do believe one individual can make a difference. And it’s a question of whether you are willing to stand your ground.” [San Diego Lions Club Video 4, 10/1/13]
  • Wanted To Make San Diego The “Wisconsin Of The West” by Eliminating Collective Bargaining. In 2011, DeMaio suggested that he wanted to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public workers. “Are you ready to make San Diego the Wisconsin of the West?” DeMaio said. [San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/28/12; Voice of San Diego, 4/12/11]
  • Twice Voted Against Benefits for Widows and Orphans of Slain Police Officers. In July 2010, DeMaio twice voted against labor deals that would have provided survivor benefits to the widows and orphans of slain police officers. [Voice of San Diego, 10/30/12]
  • Union-Tribune: DeMaio is “Too Polarizing” And “Le[ft] Behind a Divisive Legacy.” In 2012, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that DeMaio was “too polarizing” and that his defeat in the mayoral election “means that DeMaio will leave behind a divisive legacy.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/08/12]

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Applauds State Supreme Court Decision to Allow Sergio Garcia to Practice Law

Court Says Gonzalez’s AB 1024 Permits California to License Garcia and Qualified DREAMers to be Attorneys

SAN DIEGO – (Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) applauded the California Supreme Court’s decision today to grant Sergio C. Garcia a license to practice law after it was rescinded earlier because of his status as an undocumented immigrant.
The historic decision comes just one day after legislation, Assembly Bill 1024 authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez, became effective. AB 1024 empowers members of California’s immigrant community who pass the State Bar exam and are otherwise qualified to practice law as attorneys.
“Today’s decision is another leap forward for California in honoring our commitment to Sergio and so many others who want to serve our communities by practicing law as an attorney,” Gonzalez said. “This ruling gives tangible hope to the many hard-working, young members of our immigrant community, who, under no fault of their own, have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system. I am very proud that I was able to play a role in making this happen.”

In issuing the opinion, the Court stated, “in light of the recently enacted state legislation, we conclude that the … motion to admit Garcia to the State Bar should be granted.”

Having passed the State Bar examination and fulfilled all other requirements, Mr. Garcia was routinely sworn into the legal profession in 2011. Two weeks later, his license was rescinded by the State Bar on the basis that a 1996 federal law prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving professional licenses with the use of public funds, unless state law explicitly overrides it.
Directly inspired by Mr. Garcia’s case and the oral arguments heard before the Court last September, Assemblywoman Gonzalez authored AB 1024. The bill states that the State of California can grant DREAMers – who have graduated from law school, passed the moral character inspection, and passed the bar exam – a license to practice law. AB 1024 was passed in both houses of the Legislature with broad bipartisan support last September and signed into law by Governor Brown on Oct. 5, 2013.

“Sergio has paved the way for DREAMers and other aspiring attorneys who have worked hard, studied hard, passed the Bar exam and now just want the right to make a living for themselves in a profession they love.” Gonzalez said. “I am very grateful that my colleagues in the Legislature, Gov. Brown and the Court have recognized that California can lead the way in improving the lives of immigrants, even when the federal government fails to lead on the issues that impact the families of our communities.”

Linked: California State Supreme Court ruling in Re: Sergio Garcia, Jan. 2, 2014. Note: Reference to AB 1024 begins on bottom of page 2.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents the 80th Assembly District, which includes Chula Vista, National City and the San Diego neighborhoods of City Heights, Barrio Logan, Paradise Hills, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. For more information, visit


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Let's make it a Progressive year!