Tuesday Jun 05 2012
Another View Online: Measure A: Many reasons to vote yes!
By: Steve Cavolt, Auburn
Another View Online:
I found a propaganda/snake-oil-type flyer on my doorstep from the Vote No on Measure A group, peddling their deceit and dishonest statements! They had ?Top 5 Reasons to Vote No? here they are: 1. ?Measure A invites more costly lawsuits, more costly elections, and more special interests meddling in ?our? local affairs.? All false; ?Special interests? meddling in ?our? local affairs; that is the height of hypocrisy! They are the special interests and they?re not local. James Earp is the Executive Director of a Sacramento Lobbying organization who wrote the ballot argument against Measure A and who poured $25,000.00 in ?special interest? money to deceive Auburn voters about the real truth! 2. ?Measure A allows city council members to pay themselves thousands of dollars in extra compensation.? Totally false; (Sec. 202 of Auburn Charter) salary; same as general law city and the Charter specifically prohibits council members from receiving a pension or unemployment insurance. 3. ?Measure A lets the city give away taxpayer funds with no strings attached.? Totally false; It is unconstitutional for a city council in a general-law city or a charter-city to make a gift of public funds with no strings attached. 4. ?Measure A allows the city to impose higher fines and penalties than under current law.? Totally false; (Sec. 306 of Auburn Charter) taxing power; stays the same as general-law city and the Charter specifies No new taxing, fee or assessment authority. 5. ?Measure A would make Auburn more like San Francisco, Bell, Vernon and Vallejo-charter cities known for higher taxes, corruption, and even bankruptcy.? Again false; corrupt city officials, city council members who recklessly gave out opulent and unsustainable pay and benefit packages to their city employees and city officials who were funded / corrupted by special interest money. Auburn city officials are Not any of the above! Our city officials wanted to create more accountability and transparency; so in the Charter they specifically adopted a ?Performance-Based Management and Budget? (Sec. 300) which will be on the city?s website for all to review! Auburn voters are too smart to be misled by an out of town special interest pimping James Earp and his ?snake oil? salesman peddling their wares of deception. Vote Yes on Measure A to promote ?Auburn First?!