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‘White Rabbit Tactic’

By From page A5 | August 25, 2014

EDITOR:

Why are local politicians scared of letting people vote? In Sacramento, the mayor and the boys used taxpayer money to defeat a petition to put the new arena up for a vote. The people of Sacramento needed to vote on the use of taxpayer money for the new arena. They should have let the majority decide the fate of the new arena, not the mayor’s legacy.

Locally our own Board of Supervisors pulled the “rabbit out of the hat,” or should I say a “30-day review,” specifically for an analysis of the potential economic impact to the county OOPs. They forgot the word government. I may be wrong but I haven’t read anywhere that the other initiatives had to have a “white rabbit,” before being put on the ballot.

This maneuver to delay the petition to 2016 is against the spirit of the use of the initiative process to change our government’s direction when politicians knowingly fail to do so. The use of this “White Rabbit Tactic” sets a bad precedent. It allows government or politicians to choose which, if any, initiatives go to a vote. You don’t have to be a first grader to figure out which ones they will delay indefinitely.

A curious thought: What do you think if the voters of this county decided to recall the entire Board of Supervisors? What would happen? They could use this “White Rabbit Tactic” to delay the recall indefinitely. This “White Rabbit Tactic” nullifies our constitutional right to do an initiative, recall or referendum to change our government.

If the initiative has enough qualifying signatures to put it on the ballot, then it should be on the ballot. The bottom line is we the people make the final decision.

After reading the entire article in the paper, I was stunned that a longtime duo of locals that have supported “no growth” and have their own initiatives on the ballot would be so negative about a no-growth initiative. I’ve never heard them worry about “serious economic impacts that need to be analyzed” in the past in reference to rafting and no dam building. Because of their success, the economic impact and lack of water storage has been realized with the drought. Dams would have put people to work, created recreation and tourism and could have encouraged controlled growth without initiatives.

The initiative should be put back on the ballot now. It is the people’s choice by voting which initiative passes and when, not the Board of Supervisors.

BRIAN DeBERRY
Placerville

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