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THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE BONNIE DUMANIS CAMPAIGN
SAN DIEGO -- District Attorney and Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis today urged voters to get the entire story behind Nathan Fletcher's voting record and brief time as a Sacramento politician. Since the beginning of the year he has been missing in action 70% of the time at his job in Sacramento. A check of his record also shows he has voted along party lines most of the time and voted against women’s issues, environmental protection and transparency.
"Fletcher's accomplishments in Sacramento are overblown and lackluster. He gets low marks for his voting on the environment, women's issues, LGBT issues, consumer issues and issues related to seniors. Voters deserve the big picture so they can see what Fletcher was really up to in Sacramento," said Dumanis.
As Republican Party Whip, Fletcher lined up lock, stock and barrel with Republicans on most of his legislative votes. In 2009, he received a 65% rating from the California Republican Assembly and in 2010 a 63% rating from them because he voted straight down party lines more often than not. Here is the link to the proof:
Fletcher committed to opposing any tax hikes in Sacramento when he signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Yet, he then voted for the governor’s proposal to raise taxes on “out-of-state” companies by $1 billion. Here’s the video of Fletcher’s broken promise.
Not surprising, recently Fletcher FAILED to show up for a big tax vote in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee of which he is a voting member.
Fletcher Voted Against Women, Minorities, Seniors and Consumers
-- Against AB 3, which would have established the Workforce Readiness Initiative to put more women and minorities on workplace investment boards.
-- Against AB 260, which would have given consumers added protection against unscrupulous realtors and mortgage lenders from violating the Truth In Lending Act.
-- Against AB 2, which would have prohibited Health Corporations from canceling health plans, a bill supported by the California Medical Association and the Congress of California Seniors
-- Against AB 180, which would have reinstated many services for women's health.
-- Against AB 98 on maternity services for women.
-- Against AB 73, which ensured funding for domestic violence services at the Alameda County Family Justice Center.
In 2009/2010, Fletcher received a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood, 0% rating from Pro-Choice California and a 0% rating from California Abortion and Reproductive Rights League.
Fletcher Voted Against the Environment
-- Against SB 833, which would have prohibited a landfill from being built next to the San Luis Rey River and atop a sacred Indian burial site. http://hoguenews.com/?p=14454.
-- Following the huge oil spill in the San Francisco Bay, Fletcher voted with Republicans against AB 234, which would have required pre-booms for oil spill prevention.
In 2010, Fletcher received a 19% out of a 100% rating from the California League of Conservation Voters.
After he announced to run for Mayor of San Diego, his rating jumped to 53% in 2011.
Fletcher Voted Against LGBT Issues
He voted with Republicans...
-- Against SB 572, establishing Harvey Milk Day
-- Against AB 1003, which ensured grant funding for domestic violence prevention in the LGBT community.
-- Against AB 119 that would provide healthcare for those in the LGBT community.
--Two years ago, Fletcher went on the record saying he believes marriage is between "a man and a woman"
Fletcher claims Chelsea’s Law as his own, without recognition of the 9 Principal Co-Authors and 59 Co-Authors in the Senate and Assembly.
And he’ll never tell you that the District Attorney’s Office helped write this bill and that DA Dumanis testified before the Legislature in support of the measure.
SB 863 - Redevelopment Cap/Transparency
Fletcher doesn’t regret going behind the backs of County Supervisors and City Council members to lift the cap on redevelopment money for downtown projects. He only regrets not explaining the midnight deal to taxpayers. He picks and chooses what the public should know, voting against bills that would have increased transparency.
Fletcher voted with Republicans:
-- Against AB 7 (Political Reform Act), which would have required mass mailers and radio ads for candidates and ballot initiatives to disclose major donors of $50,000 and more.
-- Against AB 1899, which would have required the state Department of General Services and the state's Chief Information Officer to post audits/contracts of $5,000 or more on the state's Transparency in Government Website.
Fletcher’s Poor Attendance Record
Fletcher failed to vote 70 percent of the time this year. He has missed more than 100 votes since January 2011.
Fletcher’s only participation in Assemblyman Marty Block’s bill requiring a governor to give District Attorneys a 10-day warning when commutations are under review was to ask for his name to be included and showing up for the cameras during the news conference. That's it. This bill was written and sponsored by the Office of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. The District Attorney's Office worked closely with Assemblyman Block to ensure the bill’s success. http://www.sdcda.org/files/Clemency%20Bill%20New%20Release%2010-03-11.pdf.