This time, the mayoral hopeful isn’t telling the truth about volunteerism
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012
Last Thursday morning, San Diego Councilmember and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio interrupted a nonprofit community program in progress to complain in front of TV cameras that there’s not enough volunteer service happening in San Diego and that community facilities are underused.
The second scenario would be par for the course for DeMaio, who has a history of twisting the truth so that it fits a narrative he wishes were reality. This is his roadmap to election: Lie to voters about a problem that only he knows how to fix. Bruch says the North Clairemont Recreation Center often teems with activity; it’s not underused by a long shot. But the bigger problem is the narrative DeMaio is molding about volunteerism and paid city labor.
DeMaio wants you to believe that city-employee labor unions are robbing you, the taxpayer, by thwarting any attempt by the city to encourage volunteerism. He wants you to think the unions rammed laws through a compliant City Council that block the use of volunteers to provide city services. Once again, DeMaio is lying.