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Toni Atkins, Developer. What?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
posted by Sunshine

A few days ago I raised some questions about interesting ballot titles and over the past few days I have received some answers, some more hysterical than others.

It looks like I do have my answer about Toni Atkins being a “small businesswoman”. She backs up her claim by listing herself as a Senior Principle at LeSar Development Consultants. My questions now become did she take a salary for this while on the City Council and if so does she list it in her economic interests as influencing her votes on the City Council? Is she a registered lobbyist with the City now? Did she exchange votes on the Council for a position? We’ll just have to wait and see…

On the Sheriffs ballot designation I am told that issues were raised with all three and that the Registrar would be issuing some statements this week, afterward court proceedings may take place.

The titles in the 53rd Congressional Primary, which fall under the wing of the California Secretary of State, will be interesting if at all relevant, seeing as three if not all four of the Republicans running are having some complaints raised. Does Michael Crimmins have to put “retired” in front of his “Teacher/Marine Officer”, does C. Mason Weaver get to use his stage name or must he go by his legal name of “Clarence Mason”, does Mari Fink get to use “Community Volunteer” (when you use CV it needs to be for a registered 501c3/Gov/Edu group and you can’t have another primary paying job), and what exactly is a “Commerce-Productivity Consultant” for Matt Friedman. If I had to guess I’d say that Crimmins and Friedman get to keep theirs, Fink does not, and Mason Weaver, well, that is anyone’s guess.

We do have one winner in this for funniest ballot designation and explanation, please note I am posting without the name to save face for someone and posting this exactly how it appears on the sheet (spelling and all), enjoy:

Proposed Ballot Designation…
First Choice: Comunity Volunter
Alternative 1: Honor Our Troops

Describe what you do and why you believe you are entitled to use…
I co-oridate media relations, write press releases, walk precincts, in general – a all around jack of the trades.

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8 Responses to “Toni Atkins, Developer. What?”

  1. Sgt Romero says:

    That business position is with the firm of
    her spouse.

  2. Ye Gods, you can’t make this stuff up. I’ll be searching my ballot for the culprit on the “media relations” designation.

    People with so little attention to detail don’t enjoy much success with their badly botched “press releases.” At least he or she avoided the embarrassment of using the term “public relations” and leaving the “L” out of “public.” Yep, happens more than you might think!

  3. Greg Larkin says:

    Additionally, of course, LeSar is not only Atkins’ spouse and longtime partner, but she has served as a board member including chair and treasurer at Centre City Development Corporation, which in the past raised questions about possible conflicts of interest when Atkins was on the city council. So, assuming that Atkins did not have the position at LeSar when she was on the council, what is the time limit for lobbying the city after leaving office?

  4. BlueSD says:

    Everyone knows that Atkins went to work for LeSar after she left the city council.

  5. D7 Voter says:

    I’d be interested to know what development projects Atkins has actually worked on. If you’re gonna use the title of “developer” then prove that you actually have done the job.

  6. Sunshine says:

    Well she is using the title “small businesswoman”, but even that is far from the truth. She has destroyed more business then she has created, this longstanding tie to the developer just makes things that much worse.

  7. vern says:

    http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=16316

    In 1985 Atkins was the Director of Clinic Services at the abortion clinic ” Womancare Health Center”. I think businesswomen probably does apply. What kind of business is another matter.

  8. James Wallace says:

    Why doesn’t Mason just admit he is using his goofy stage name and go fix it on his own?

    SO MANY OF US TOLD HIM TO CHANGE IT… and instead he continued to use the name and refused to follow the law and change his name at the Registrar of Voters.

    Mind you Mason still has trouble spelling, who wants to play how many typos is in his voter campaign statement?

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