Vote no on I and its process

By From page A8 | February 07, 2013

Davis voters face another fraudulent all-mailed ballot special election in March. Since this “experiment” started with Measure A in March 2011, I have been critical of the all-mailed ballot process. During Measure A, 16,333 ballots were counted behind closed doors, with no observers from both sides, no supervision.

It’s a process that eliminates the secret ballot and gives complete control to the county clerk’s staff of opening all ballots, seeing how you voted, counting the votes and issuing the results. This raises serious questions about the legitimacy of the all-mailed ballot election.

It is only a matter of time until more and more people will agree with me to vote against any measure that uses this fraudulent process. It took a while for the 9,253 Davis voters to believe in my leadership and agree with me to vote no on Measure E last November.

Now, the City Council wants its turn to dig in your pocket. Measure I is a special interest pet project. During the 32 years I have lived in Davis, never have we had a situation where there is no water in the homes or a loss of pressure. The water we have can be improved, treated better instead of going to a new, unnecessary, very expensive project and asking the voters to pay three times the price for water without any demonstrable benefit. It reads:

“Shall Ordinance No. 2399 be adopted, which grants permission to the city of Davis to proceed with the Davis Woodland water supply project, to provide surface water as an additional supply of water, subject to the adoption of water rates in accordance with the California Constitution (Proposition 218)?”

So they want an “additional supply.” It does not say it will solve any existing problem. Then, it is not necessary. It says “subject to the adoption of water rates.” What water rates? Tell us. Clearly, they are afraid to speak the truth. The water rates will be three times higher than now.

I invite everyone who believes in my leadership to vote no on Measure I. It is the right thing to do.

Jose J. Granda

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