If We Hurry, There’s Still Time to Screw Over The Voters

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 3 Comments

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Thanks to some vigilent citizen watchdogs spreading the word, we learned that Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood called a special meeting of the Oceanside City Council today at 4 p.m. The meeting just barely met the minimum public notice required.

Ask yourself dear Rostra reader why the council would be in such a big hurry to have an unscheduled meeting on a Wednesday afternoon? Could it be anything to do with the fact a new City Council with a newly elected member will be sworn in the next morning on Thursday, December 2? Hmmm. Could it be anything to do with the fact the Council will vote on three proposed labor contracts with police officers and firefighters?

The San Diego County Taxpayers has called on the council to postpone the meeting, and other regional tax activists are sounding off as well. The meeting will likely take place, but not in the quiet, anonymous way the Mayor and Council hoped it would.

Practically speaking, it’s unlikely the vote won’t change just because of a shift in one seat. Reporter Ray Huard writes in the North County Times that the closed session vote was 4-1 to approve the labor contracts, so even a 3-2 swing wouldn’t matter.

This is not the point, however. The point is that shenanigans like this one are the reason why so many people don’t trust elected officials and find it hard to believe anything they are told. The Council is saying to voters, “We don’t give a damn whether you care about this issue. Your input is irrelevant to us.”

What cracks me up is when proponents of tax increases, bond measures and big civic projects come back to those same voters and profess to be shocked at their cynicism and negative, distrusting attitude toward them and their issues. “Why don’t you believe us?” they whine. Honey, wake up to reality. If you’re truly that naive and unaware, you shouldn’t be making tough decisions in the first place because you are far too stupid.

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  1. In both the Oceanside and San Diego lame duck sessions called to do dirty deeds opposed by the voters, it’s clear who calls the shots at city hall — the labor unions.

    If EVER there were a time for “paycheck protection,” this is it. I hope we see this common sense reform on the early 2012 California ballot. And every future ballot until it passes.

  2. Follow-up: To no one’s surprise, two labor union contracts passed by a vote of 3-2, with Jim Wood, Esther Sanchez, and Chuck Lowery in favor; Jerry Kern and Jack Feller against. With Gary Felien having been sworn in to replace Lowery today, the vote could easily have swung 3-2 against the contracts.

    A third contract with police management personnel was rejected by a 3-2 vote. Councilmember Kern pointed out that a specific provision needed to be discussed in closed session first, and Feller and Wood voted with him.

    More details about the meeting are available in Ray Huard’s excellent coverage in the North County Times: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/article_8ac02128-d61b-5e6b-a5b0-8419466158e7.html

    These are the sort of episodes every voter MUST remember when it comes time to vote on issues like paycheck protection, the next great battleground between the union “haves” and the taxpayer “have-nots.” NEVER FORGET!

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