Tainted cove

In case you missed it, the City Council last week voted to place the Open Space initiative on the ballot in April in a Special Election.  The cost should run somewhere in the hundreds of thousands of dollars because that’s how much special elections cost.  The reasoning, according to the Council majority, is because if the City Council were to wait for the 2020 general election the cost could be a lot higher to the City if (1) the ballot initiative is successful and (2) a court decides that the ballot initiative constitutes a “taking” of the property.

But none of that seems to matter to the Friends of Crab Cove who persist in insisting that their position on the issue is the only one that counts.  That any and all property is “open space” if it’s not currently being used.  That even though the East Bay Regional Parks District had repeatedly announced that they do not want a bunch of abandoned buildings, FOCC still insists that it should be a part of Crab Cove.

But here’s an interesting tidbit reported out by Steven Tavares at the EB Citizen, it appears that FOCC hasn’t filed a campaign expenditure report yet.  From the piece:

Friends of Crab Cove received a FPPC identification number on April 24. Any financial activity from that date to June 30, should have been disclosed in a  campaign finance report sometime in late July. There’s no record of a report being filed.

The group’s expenditures before June 30 could be significant if paid signature-gatherers were employed. The cost per signature can run between $6 to $15.

According to lots of people who were tricked into signing the petition, there were some paid signature gatherers giving out very bad information about the purpose of the ballot initiative.

I think what proponents need to reflect on is how much obfuscation was required to get the signatures to qualify and how much more difficult it will be if they don’t withdraw the initiative.  This time they won’t just be able to stop someone in a shopping center parking lot and throw out words like “protect open space” they’ll have to run a real campaign.  And much like what happened with Measure K, because the messaging was tainted from the very start, they’ll never be able to get the support of the community.


from Blogging Bayport Alameda http://bit.ly/2SRSV52