San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said he wasn’t surprised at the early returns showing Proposition D, the sales tax/financial reform ballot measure, trailing by a likely insurmountable 62 percent to 38 percent margin.

Goldsmith traveled the city to talk about Prop. D at debates and said voters told him their preference was clear.

“We need to take a look at reforms of how we do business in the city,” Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith, who didn’t take a position on the race publicly, said the city has plenty of options to address its budget deficits. It could impose cuts to labor unions through contract negotiations and reduce its pension and retiree health care deficits through ideas his office already has produced.

The city attorney also said he would continue to discuss ideas to reforming services. Right as the deadline to place items on the November ballot neared, Goldsmith suggested the city consider privatizing its trash collection. Similar ideas are forthcoming, he said.

“Putting options on the table, I will do that,” he said. “But I know the line on policy and I won’t cross it.”

One option the city shouldn’t consider, Goldsmith said, is bankruptcy. Goldsmith’s predecessor, Mike Aguirre, has said the city should file bankruptcy if Prop. D failed.

“I made the case against bankruptcy once and I’ll make it again,” Goldsmith said.

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