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PRESS RELEASE: Carl DeMaio issues statement on transparency

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Carl DeMaio has been San Diego's leading open government watchdog for years and has been calling for increased transparency for nearly a decade – beginning when he helped uncover the city’s financial problems and brought them to public light.

Exactly a month ago, DeMaio outlined a groundbreaking proposal – called the Sunshine Act – to make San Diego one of the most transparent cities in the country. Here’s the Fact Sheet: http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/cd5/pdf/news/2012/newsrelease120312.pdf

Additionally, DeMaio is not waiting to be Mayor to implement his transparency reforms.

As an example, DeMaio’s steadfast support for Proposition A will force the City to place contracts online for public review. DeMaio and other reformers (which did not include State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher) were instrumental in getting Prop. A on the ballot and it is a centerpiece of his reform agenda.

As a transparency advocate, Carl is happy to make his tax returns available to the media.

We welcome Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's election year flip-flop and newfound interest in transparency.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher has the dubious reputation of being one of the least transparent state politicians.

Fletcher is the author of the notorious redevelopment "Midnight Deal," where he struck a sweetheart deal for downtown insiders in the middle of the night handing them billions in local government funding.

• Will State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher fully disclose every donor to his campaign?

• Will State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher explain the tens of thousands in legal bills his campaign and State Officeholder accounts have incurred?

• Will State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher explain how he spent $232,700.24 from his Assembly campaign in early 2011, including $21,245 on Phone Banks, $11,000 on Brochures, and $31,100.00 on Literature and Mailings?