Tuesday, March 07, 2006
"people who are disgusted with the entire process"
Please be aware that the vote counting process is at city hall and will begin at 8AM on Wednesday. The Encinitas Taxpayers Association will try to observe as much as possible but we need help. We have now been told that the vote counting process may continue for several days.
Deborah Cervone at the city has indicated to me via email that she does not anticipate a final count until the 13th or 14th. Part of the delay is that your city staff is off on Fridays.
The count will be facilitated by MuniFinancial, the same consultants that specialize in helping cities pass tax and fee increases. That would not be my first choice but I am just a voter.
It would be greatly appreciated if any of you would have the time to stop by city hall to help observe over the next few days. It might be a great civics lesson and we may be able to put some pressure on the city to keep it above board.
I have been on the phone quite a bit over the past few days with people who are disgusted with the entire process. Several people wanted to change their vote based on the information that has come out in the press. Others never got a ballot and a few got their ballots forwarded from an escrow company that they used many years ago. One man on Sunday said that although he has several properties in the city he will not vote because his name and parcel number appear on each ballot. He may want to develop one of his properties and fears retribution if he votes against a city sponsored proposition. He said that this "whole mess" does not seem like the American way where citizens get to vote in the privacy of a voting booth. I agree.
Bill Rodewald is the president of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association.
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