Rather than attack the substance of Proposition B, they came up with a new legal theory. They argue that Proposition B is not really a citizen initiative, but is a "sham" initiative placed on the ballot by "straw men" acting for San Diego's mayor who supported and campaigned for the measure. Because it's a "sham" initiative, they argue, it should be treated as a city-sponsored measure that required bargaining with its labor unions before adoption.
Citizen initiatives have been around for over 100 years. Yet never before has any initiative that qualified for the ballot through petition signatures been deemed a "sham" citizen initiative. Governors (including Jerry Brown on his current tax initiative), mayors and other political leaders have regularly supported citizen initiatives and never has that support rendered those citizen initiatives "shams."
Goldsmith is correct. This is a reminder of the lengths to which these unions will go to protect their privileges and payouts. They don't mind undermining the right to vote even as they chatter about the supposedly sacred right to collective bargaining.