Follow the Money; fourth in a series
The Tattler introduces a new feature for the 2014 election season: Follow the Money.
This election cycle is shaping up to be very expensive and very far-flung with lots of money from out-of-town interests pouring into the city. We plan on digging out and exposing this money from people and organizations we don’t know that are trying to change our town to their liking. These unfamiliar individuals and interest groups may effect our November elections with all their spending in Emeryville but the Tattler is going to make sure that while they assert their influence, we’re going to expose who they are.
Click on the 'Follow the Money' label at the bottom of this story or use the search bar to review the entire Follow the Money series.Sacramento Lobbyists Must Think Emeryville Citizens are Pretty Stupid
|The truth is that Emeryville|
citizens, REAL Emeryville
citizens are going to be
able to see right through
Contrary to what the lobbyists say, Measures U&V will permit Emeryville citizens to run our own town as we see fit as a 'charter city', independent of Sacramento. All our neighboring cities are charter cities, something these mailers don't want us to know. In addition, passage of Measures U&V will enable Emeryville to impose a real estate transfer fee to pay for essential city services. The fee is small, less than all our neighbors charge, probably a reason that every City Council member has endorsed Measures U&V.
The most recent heavy card stock over-sized mailer from these Sacramento lobbyists asks us 'What is the truth'? in its strange roaring 20's type font that we'll be totally sick of by election time. These paid lobbyists audaciously want us to know in the newest mailer the truth is "outsiders" will put Emeryville at risk if Measures U&V is passed...whatever that means.
These people hope we don't read the State mandated small print on the mailer that sheepishly informs us the citizens that want to "preserve Emeryville" actually live on Tribute Road in Sacramento. Isn't that nice? Even though they don't live here, these (nameless) caring individuals are only interested in preserving Emeryville. So nice of them to spend so much money to help us like this!
"Don't be fooled" they warn us. OK, thanks for that California Association of Realtors, we won't be fooled.