I am a SDPD Cop who works patrol. I am also a San Diego Taxpayer. I am fervently against Prop. D! I see on a daily basis the incredible fraud and waste of taxpayer money. I know, like all other so-called “temporary” taxes, not one penny of Prop. D will go to fire or police. Remember the taxes on gasoline are supposed to go only to roads, Social Security is continuously raided by Congress, and why do we need bonds when when we pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair and fix schools each year?
There is so much waste and fraud that taxpayers should be getting a tax cut! City government has grown to such a size that it is a burden to the taxpayers. City officials have forgotten that it is they who work for the taxpayers, not the other way around. Prop. D, using scare tactics, is another slimy attempt to scare the taxpayers to feeding the government more money.
Here are just a few ways the city can save millions: stop paying millions each year on providing police and traffic services for the Padres and Chargers, stop spending millions on ways to build the Chargers a new stadium, stop the downtown library that the public does not want, forget a new City Hall building, no more take-home cars for any city official, cut the mayor and city council staffs by 10%, put a freeze on paying consultants, stop paying city workers (the water department) bonuses, no more out of town trips for any city worker and put a freeze on new hires (except emergency personnel) until the budget is balanced and the city is out of debt.
As a police officer I am offended that the mayor will cut us before cutting the thousands of cubicle workers. Really makes me feel good that the mayor thinks I am more expendable than someone who sits in a office.
No on Prop. D, it’s time for the citizens to demand their government get back to the basis.
Jim Poole is a police officer in the Eastern Division.