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PRESS RELEASE: Carl DeMaio releases plan to bring transparency to City Hall

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To mark the beginning of National Sunshine Week, I unveiled a proposal to advance open government reforms at City Hall called the “Sunshine Act for City Hall.”

The plan, which will be introduced at an upcoming Council committee meeting, will require the city to post all contracts, transactions and pension obligations online. Other proposals include:

• Automated Quarterly Disclosures of City Employee Compensation

• Post all Contracts Online – And Justify Number of Bids Received

• Post Performance Results Online

• Disclose the Details of Government Labor Union Contracts

• Improve Transparency of Campaign Contributions

• Post the City’s Checkbook Online

Though I have been pushing for transparency for the past eight years, openness at City Hall still needs to be improved. As recently as this year my office was not provided a list of important compensation data despite the investment of millions of dollars of new technology to track the data.

No one should ever have to beg for public information from their local government. That’s why I’m pushing for San Diego’s own ‘Sunshine Law” which will require information be made public and posted in a user-friendly format. I look forward to advancing these reforms!

In Service,

Carl DeMaio

P.S. – To view the full report, please click HERE.

DeMaio has led by example, proactively publishing his city calendar so that the public can see exactly who he is meeting with about city issues since he first took office in 2008.