Solana Beach and Del Mar fire department, city of Solana Beach finalists for Golden Watchdog Awards

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) recently announced the finalists in its annual Golden Watchdog Awards categories.

These awards highlight smart, sensible practices in taxpayer-funded programs.

The Golden Watchdog is awarded to government programs or services that exemplify efficient use of tax dollars or good government practices.

The Metro Golden Watchdog finalists are:

City of San Diego – Re-Bid of City Help Desk Contract

City of Solana Beach – Comprehensive Pension Reform

City of Carlsbad – Reform of Firefighter Pensions

The Regional Golden Watchdog finalists are:

Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach Fire Departments, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District – North County Fire Departments’ Cooperative Efforts

North County Transit District – Privatization Rolling Right Along

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority – Green Light for the Green Build

Winners will be honored at an awards event at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley on Thursday, May 19. Now in its 16th year, the Golden Watchdog & Golden Fleece Awards Dinner gives the public an opportunity to voice compliments and criticism of government spending through nomination of programs that highlight the smart and not-so-smart decisions of the past year. SDCTA receives dozens of nominations from individuals and organizations throughout San Diego County.

For more information about the 16th Annual Golden Watchdog and Golden Fleece Awards Dinner please call the San Diego County Taxpayers Association at (619) 234-6423 or email



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