DeMaio: ‘No regrets’ over San Diego City Council term

By Elizabeth Marie Himchak

Though Carl DeMaio’s unsuccessful run for mayor led him to being a one-term city councilman, the Rancho Bernardo resident said he would not have done anything differently.

Carl DeMaio

“My approach is to go with your gut,” the 38-year-old said. “I have no regrets. But I believe my role as mayor could have been significant.”

DeMaio said polls leading up to election day showed a mayoral victory was possible, but the race was “swept up in a national tsunami” that led to him and other Republicans failing to claim victory.

As for his four years representing District 5, DeMaio said he accomplished much that he is proud of and credited those of all political leanings who joined his efforts to bring pension reform to the city and stop a tax increase while restoring library and recreation center hours and repairing miles of roads.

DeMaio said issues were never Democrat versus Republican for him or those who rallied around the issues he advocated. Progress made can continue “if we stay the course,” he added.

DeMaio has yet to reveal his career plans once leaving office on Monday and did not rule out seeking office again. “I’m going to continue pushing City Hall, pushing for fiscal reform and giving back services lost over the last decade.” He added, “I love San Diego. It’s my home.”

As for accomplishments beyond the city’s finances, DeMaio listed cutting red tape for small businesses, last year’s passage of a regulatory relief package and recent passage of the Sunshine Act that brings more transparency to city government contracts.

“I’m quite proud of my staff’s responsiveness to resident inquiries and requests,” he said. “They were creative in finding solutions to work through (problems).”

As for Rancho Bernardo issues, DeMaio listed helping keep the Ed Brown Senior Center open when “city staff wanted to pull the plug on it.” He also mentioned eliminating for sale vehicles parked along Rancho Bernardo Road that predecessor Brian Maienschein had worked on but was termed out before it became reality.

He spoke of attracting businesses to the district, road repair rallies that drew hundreds of volunteers and initiating the annual Hats Off to Volunteers recognition program in RB.

DeMaio said he would have liked to see more services restored and had reforms he advocated been implemented when he joined the council more could have been accomplished.

“The frustration is that things take time,” he said. “It took a full four years to implement the reform agenda. I hope they stay the course to finish the job.”

As for lessons learned, DeMaio said, “There was a lot more resistance to working together. That was a surprise.”

Regarding his constituents, DeMaio said, “Thank you is so inadequate … but I’m feeling such gratitude and appreciation (of you).”

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2 Comments for “DeMaio: ‘No regrets’ over San Diego City Council term”

  1. Mike McGhee

    “There was a lot more resistance to working together. That was a surprise”….really Carl?? You’re divisiveness was present for all to see – blaming council members, blaming the Mayor, taking credit where none was due, demonizing city employees, referring to union leaders as “union bosses” to invoke negative connotations, targeting the downtown “insiders” when it benefitted you only to turn around and gladly accept their support in the General election, putting out misleading information to the public to get Prop B passed, taking huge financial and media support from people who clearly have worked against the LBGT community. You voted against $800M in Retiree Healthcare savings, you voted against concessionary labor contracts that have saved the City over a billion dollars.

    You could not get a consensus on council to go along with your plan(s) so you misled the public about the plight of the City, causing Mayor Sanders to call “BS” on your rhetoric, and you circumvented State labor law causing additional taxpayers money to be spent to defend your Prop B before the state labor board.

    Lastly, trying to say you didn’t promote republican or democratic ideals is a red herring. The Chair of the GOP couldn’t have been more political in support of your candidacy, and the majority of your money came from Republicans and the Republican party. You were so proud of that endorsement, when announced and then began to immediately attack fellow Republican Nathan Fletcher with a tsunami of negative ads. Tell me again how are you surprised that people didn’t want to work together?

    • Fade into sunset

      And then there was the Balboa park fiasco which he claims his boyfriend had nothing to do with it. Others say he did.

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