Wednesday, February 01, 2006
E-Mail From Steve Aceti
Prop C Opponents are Crying Wolf
In their ongoing effort to distract voters from the merits of the clean water ballot measure known as Prop C, leaders of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association made a lot of noise last week about being "duped" by city staff about who ballots would be mailed to. The ETA is so caught up in their own propaganda that they forgot about the paper trail at City Hall which refutes their claims as to what they requested from the city and when. An ETA member told the Coast News last week that he didn't file a written record request and that it's his word against the city's. Not so.
Take a look at the December 6 public record request that same ETA member filed with the city clerk asking for a disk of persons selected to pay the proposed water meter tax. That was the wrong list to ask for if the ETA wanted the list of people to whom ballots were being mailed. On December 27, the ETA finally got around to asking the city for the right list. Rather than admit its own mistakes, however, the ETA has chosen to blame others. That's not very mature, but it is consistent with the ETA's approach to campaigning so far.
Why did everyone else in the city know who was going to receive ballots except the ETA? A newspaper article published in mid- November, the city's Dec. 1 public hearing notice and a Dec. 14 city staff report all said that ballots would be mailed to "property owners" if the Council approved Prop C. Community activist Donna Westbrook knew which list to ask for on Dec. 1, so what was the ETAs problem?
So, did the city dupe the ETA, or is the ETA trying to dupe the voters? Are they the Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight, or is this all a deliberate effort to make the city look bad when it's trying to do something good?
If they can falsely claim to this newspaper that there are no written records to establish what they asked for and when, what else have they told the voters that isn't true?
Encinitas Citizens for a Clean Ocean
KLF Blogger's take: all this talk of who disclosed what and who is paying who makes my eyes glaze over in severe boredom in all honesty. Forget the minutiae and let's use Occam's Razor to figure out this Prop C thing. It cost $3.5 million a year to run the clean water stormdrain runoff program. That sounds like a pretty reasonable amount of money to me to come out of the general fund. No need for a new tax. I endorse a NO vote on C. After March 7th I am going to have to battle Mr. Aceti on parking meters. It will be a cold day in Hell when a quarter slips from my fingers into an Encinitas parking meter.