Richard Rider

Richard Rider
San Diego, California, USA
August 24
San Diego Tax Fighters
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: * AGE: 66 * EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 * MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). ** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner. * AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association * POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year" * FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.

MAY 29, 2010 1:05PM

San Diego Tax Fighters Endorsements for June 2010

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Contact: Richard Rider, Chairman

Generally, the board of San Diego Tax Fighters chooses to dwell on issues rather than candidates. But there are times when we make candidate endorsements – sometimes reluctantly, but endorsements nevertheless.

It must be pointed out that we may still make additional recommendations before the June election – especially in the little known nonpartisan races. We will consider constructive feedback from fiscally frugal sources.

In the June primary, we reviewed some GOP options to pick the best the party had to offer. Our endorsements are based on FISCAL matters – not on social conservative issues. We avoided endorsing in races where the outcome is not in doubt.

These primary endorsements are NOT necessarily our November endorsements. After all, some of us are Libertarians.


U.S. Senate: None (after a, uh, “spirited” discussion)

Governor: None (yet)

Lt. Governor: Sam Aanestad (running against GOP turncoat/low life Abel Maldonado)

Attorney General: John Eastman

Insurance Commissioner: Anybody but Mike Villines (another GOP turncoat who lied when he pledged not to raises taxes while in the state legislature)

AD 77: Bill Wells

SD 36: Joel Anderson


Yes, we’ve considered the sheriff’s race and the county races. No clear-cut preferences were found.

With the County Supervisors, perhaps not voting in those races is the best choice (the challengers were uninspiring, to put it mildly). When it comes to the outcome, it matters not, as our Supervisors have a lock on lifetime reelection, baring convictions of serious felony charges.

Chula Vista City Council: Larry Breitfelder

San Diego City Council: Lorie Zapf, Adrian Vazquez

San Diego Unified School District: Steve Rosen (appears to be an exceptionally good choice)

Proposition Recommendations of San Diego Tax Fighters – for June, 2010
Contact: Richard Rider, Chairman

San Diego Tax Fighters has completed its review of the June 2010 Primary Election state and local ballot measures and issued its ballot recommendations. A supermajority (75%) vote of the SD TF Board of Directors is required for a position to be taken on any ballot measure. The recommendations (with subjective exclamations marks added by Richard Rider — not by the board) are:


• Proposition 13 (Limits on property tax assessment; seismic retrofitting of existing buildings): YES

• Proposition 14 (Only “Top Two” in runoff in partisan elections — effectively bans third parties): NO!!!

• Proposition 15 (California Fair Elections Act — Public Financing of Campaigns): NO!!!

• Proposition 16 (Imposes new two-thirds voter approval requirements for establishing local public electricity providers): YES

• Proposition 17 (Allows auto insurance companies to consider driver’s history of coverage): YES


• Proposition A (East Otay Mesa recycling collection center and landfill ordinance): NO POSITION

• Proposition B (Term limits for San Diego County Supervisors): YES!

• Proposition C (City of San Diego adds veteran’s preference points in hiring): NO

• Proposition D (City of San Diego Charter revision relating to strong mayor form of governance): YES

• Proposition G (City of Chula Vista Fair and Open Competition Ordinance): YES!!

• Proposition H (ADVISORY: Coronado seek $500K study funding for tunnel boondoggle?): NO

• Proposition J (City of Del Mar Transient Occupancy Tax on short-term rental properties): NO!

• Proposition K (City of Oceanside adoption of City Charter): YES!

• Proposition L (City of Solana Beach business tax): NO!

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