The following is an open letter to the Davis City Council:
It is a given that you have a fiduciary duty to represent your constituents in a truthful and unbiased manner.
That means no cheating. It also means no wiggling around with words, phrases or statements. In short, it simply means, being completely honest. That is not too hard to do. Try it sometime.
A good start would be to discontinue using Proposition 218 in the way the councils have used it in the past. The system that has been used in the past is cheating. Also, you might confess and apologize for the ballot language you composed for the March 5 ballot. It tells the electorate absolutely nothing. It does give the council a blank check to put the community into deep debt for hundreds of millions of dollars, without actual consent. Shame on you. That is cheating.
We have watched many of our most highly respected athletes fall from grace by cheating. It seems to me that the Davis City Council members are stumbling and wobbling down the same path.
It will soon be two years since the council was presented a referendum by Michael Harrington, signed by nearly 5,000 Davis voters. That issue could have been and should have been placed on the November 2012 ballot, but because the council members were so afraid they would lose the election, the referendum has still not seen the light of day at the election polls. I call that cheating and maybe tampering with the lawful election process.
After many fumbling, mumbling starts and stops, the council did acquiesce to placing it on a special election for March 5. That will be an election by mail only.
I believe the lyrics to an old love song by Hank Williams is apropos: Your cheatin’ heart, Will make you weep, You’ll cry and cry, And try to sleep, But sleep won’t come, The whole night through, Your cheatin’ heart, will tell on you…
I wish you a nice day and please don’t forget how to spell “initiative.”