Proposition D is full speed ahead for the November ballot.

The city of San Diego’s ballot measure that couples a sales tax increase with 10 financial reforms survived its second legal attack in court today.

This one challenged the city’s fiscal analysis that was based on the reforms saving the city $626,000 to $85.5 million annually. The sales tax, which would kick in once the reforms are met, would raise $102 million each year.

Two weeks ago, the city won a lawsuit that contended, among other things, the proposition was unconstitutionally vague.

This afternoon, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith issued another entertaining press release announcing his victories. Earlier, he had issued a release criticizing opponents for using colorful language (read: “Frankenstein Proposition“) in a lawsuit. The release said:

The lawsuits challenging Proposition D were filed with much fanfare and creative language that received a great deal of media attention. But, in the end, they were all quietly defeated by the City Attorney’s Office.

“We did our job,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “We defended the City’s right to ask voters for approval of Proposition D without getting embroiled in the political battle of whether or not voters should actually approve it. I am proud that our office acted professionally, was well-prepared in facing the onslaught of lawsuits; and, we demonstrated how we’ve been winning lawsuits for the City through solid legal work. Proposition D is now entirely up to the voters as it should be.”

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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