Civic Center supporter’s arrogance is not limited to council members recommending non-believers leave town. They have also chosen two straight election dates for the likelihood that opponents won’t vote. Devaluing voter’s opinions doesn’t bother them. It’s their goal.
Their dismissive attitude even extends to the definition of a majority. There have been two ballot measures. In November, 2010 “NO” won with 3,477 to 3,083 for “YES” or 53 percent of a total 6,560 cast. Yes, that’s a majority.
Being the city, “YES” gets to select the ballot date. They chose August, 2012 for the second try expecting much lower turnout, which they got. “YES” received 2,227 to 1,692 for “NO”, 57 percent of 3,919 votes. They need 60 percent to win.
Their overview of that result fails to mention the obvious math. 2,641 of the 6,560 voters from 2010 didn’t participate. Even characterized as “overwhelming support” and a “clear majority”, victories just aren’t quite as “resounding” when the intention is to exclude 2,641 of 6,560 voters.
This April was chosen for the third try expecting an even lower turnout. Gentlemanly debate it isn’t. All available levers of their power are being employed, including threats and boatloads of misinformation. The intent is to intimidate and demoralize the 1,785 of you “missing” NO votes from 2010. That lack of consideration, in fact their entire strategy, is a telling measure of how little they respect differing opinions.
If you are against this measure and want your opinion to count, the most important thing to remember is to VOTE. NO ON PROPOSITION 1.
Jack S. Allen