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Measure A a power grab

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Don?t let charter proponents pull the wool over your eyes. We?ve seen this before. When politicians and their power-hungry allies get exposed to having no facts to back up their arguments, they too often resort to simply making stuff up. It?s desperate, dishonest and more than a little bit sad. But it?s what?s become of the ?Yes on Measure A? campaign. Auburn?s proposed city charter (Measure A) has already been exposed as a loophole-riddled power grab that would expose city residents to more lawsuits, more special interest influence and more cronyism, while enabling local politicians to increase their own pay, give away taxpayer funds, circumvent existing laws (including those that require government transparency and protect public safety professionals), and impose new ?hidden taxes? on residents ? like dramatically higher fines and penalties. Measure A supporters were so threatened by these facts, they filed a frivolous lawsuit to try and keep you from learning them. Not surprisingly, their suit was rejected because facts are stubborn things. Speaking of facts, we have also now learned that Measure A won?t lower your sewer bill. The city clerk agrees that Measure A?s claim of sewer savings was conjured out of thin air by Kevin Hanley ? without any supporting documentation. Why? Perhaps it was to please his friends at the Associated Builders and Contractors of California. They are pushing the same garbage up and down the states. Why? Because it serves their narrow financial interests, never mind the fact that Measure A could turn Auburn into another Bell, Vernon, Vallejo, or Stockton. The facts also show that current law already protects Auburn?s volunteers, and that law passed unanimously. Here?s the bottom line: Current law has served Auburn well for well over a century, and today we have a budget surplus. Any objective look at the facts shows that Measure A is exactly as opponents say it is ? an unnecessary risk our community doesn?t need, and can?t afford. So the challenge for ?Yes on A? is to mask the backroom deal that brought this to the ballot, gloss over the city attorney?s own warnings about the dangers of a charter, spare no taxpayer expenses in trying to silence the valid opposition of four former Auburn mayors, the city clerk and the county?s leading taxpayer advocate, and to keep repeating documented falsehoods in the desperate hope that no one will notice. Don?t let them pull the wool over your eyes. Vote ?no? on Measure A. O. C. Taylor, Auburn, former Auburn mayor