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City Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio today unveiled the details for his “San Diego Sunshine Law” – a new proposal he hopes city council will soon consider.

“There is sunshine everywhere in San Diego except in city government,” said DeMaio as he explained the need for his Sunshine Law.

The proposal, if approved, would require the city to make all of its financial transactions, pension payouts, contracts, and employee compensations public by posting all the information in a user-friendly format online. Doing so, DeMaio said would increase transparency in City Hall.

“No one should have to beg for this information – whether they are a member of the public or even a councilmember,” DeMaio added.

His unveiling today, coincides with the start of National Sunshine Week, a national non-partisan, non-profit initiative that promotes a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know.

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Visduh March 12, 2012 @ 7:28 p.m.

I suppose Carl thought his comment about there being sunshine "everywhere" except in city government was a breezy, catchy one. It is that, but it is untrue. No public agency in this county, be it city, the county itself, school districts, water districts, fire protection districts, or . . . is being open about its operations. All keep their deliberations under wraps, all hide the bad financial news, and all would rather the voters knew nothing about the operation. Then there are the quasi-public operations, such as UCAN. Has any sunlight penetrated there in years? Nope. Plenty of charitable operations have had their scandals, such as the local chapter of the Red Cross, and its "wicked witch" director, Dodie Rotherham of a few years ago. Add in all the "civic betterment" organizations that have their axes to grind and their agendas and you have a picture of murk, fog and darkness.


BradleyFikes March 12, 2012 @ 10:30 p.m.

Speaking of secrecy on government, I just wrote about the San Diego County Water Authority's allegations http://j.mp/wasecret of a "shadow government" controlling Metropolitan Water District.


InOmbra March 13, 2012 @ 3:35 p.m.

During one Council session, everyone watched in amazement as DeMaio screamed and ranted at the Exec Director of the downtown PBID. That was because the PBID ED was honestly stating that the PBID could not legally fund maintenance of the CCDC's porta potties. DeMaio demanded that it be done, law be damned. It's true: DeMaio wasn't supporting breaking the law in secret, like Sanders and crew have always done, but I'll pass on Demaio's version of sunshine. I want someone who respects the law. For. A. Change.


Twister March 13, 2012 @ 9:09 p.m.

Please get the tape and post it on YouTube.


bsnipd March 13, 2012 @ 10:32 p.m.

Ironic that someone who made millions off no bid contracts with the Federal Government now calls for transparency


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