EDITOR: It's election season and I, like many Santa Rosans, have been inundated with robocalls imploring me to vote for or against this or that candidate for City Council. Frankly, I am tired of the intrusions and tempted, as a form of protest, not to vote for any candidate in the council election. If candidates think these telephone tactics are effective, I question their judgment. The annoyance factor overrides any desire to pay attention to the message.
EDITOR: Petaluma's Measure X is a classic case of ballot-box budgeting. It raises money for one privileged program without concern for the many competing needs we share as a community. Measure X asks us to approve $12 million in new taxes to fund eight privileged recreation projects while the needs of our roads, seniors, public safety and veterans are ignored.
Not only that, the measure falls short of its promises.
First, there is a $2 million shortfall between the cost of these projects and the money being raised. No source is known to fill that gap.
Second, the measure fails to address ongoing maintenance or operating needs. Contrary to the claims of supporters, the measure includes no maintenance funding, thus ensuring these projects will fall into disrepair even if they were to be built.
Recreation programs are great, no doubt about that. But Measure X is not the answer. It funds only a specially selected list of projects that its supporters have placed above every other need in our community, and it doesn't even fully deliver on its promises. It's time to say no to ballot-box budgeting. Vote no on Measure X.