Low comedy is a “comedy bordering on farce,” according to Merriam-Webster. And that’s what we would call what went on at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors July 29 when one of four initiatives that passed muster with the county Elections Department got shunted off the Nov. 4 ballot.
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Not that we like any of the initiatives, but the 3-1 vote of the board sending the initiative circulated by Sue Taylor and Laurel Stroud to a 30-day review meant it won’t see a ballot until June 7, 2016.
The argument for the 30-day review was made by Bill Center and Jim Moore, authors of a competing initiative that has already made it on the November ballot along with two others.
It goes without saying that this duo has a conflict of interest, though that didn’t seem to bring any red flags from this board.
We find their criticisms of the Taylor-Stroud initiative perceptive, but they were arguments they should have paid to have placed on the ballot. Both of these gentlemen have the financial wherewithal to make such a small financial commitment.
The unspoken factor is with only three initiatives instead of four on the ballot that ameliorates the “no factor,” where a voter would be more likely to vote against all the ballot measures.
Our view is that all the initiatives should have been shuffled off for a 30-day review and put on the June 2016 ballot. The November ballot will be larded up with state propositions in addition to the three local measures, four local candidates and state candidates. June 2016 would have no state propositions since the governor is doing his own initiative suppression by only allowing state propositions on November ballots.
That would allow us all time to move beyond this heated ballot battle, analyze their impacts carefully and put them in the perspective that only time can create.
The board majority indicated it hadn’t had time to review this initiative. There is no evidence it had reviewed the other two that were OK’d for the November ballot. It looks like high jinks, but a better term is low jinks and a complete farce.