Please do not feed me bullshit. I don’t like the taste.
I am holding in my hand a mailer from “Pacifica Residents for Preserving the Quarry”. Apparently the shills in front of the grocery stores are not getting enough signatures (You might want to hire some more) so now we are getting petitions direct mailed.
It’s the same disinformation – “Save the Quarry from the developers” but the word re-zoning NEVER appears on the slick mailer at all. Extra Granola on this one “green” slick printed multipage piece of junk mail- I think they should have added a picture of a puppy playing with a balloon, though. That would be cute. I like puppies.
In a way, maybe this is better – I actually have less concern about fraud compared to the card table shills, because if you tried to submit fraudulent material through the mail and got caught, we can go after mail fraud as well as voter fraud. So maybe this direct mail petition is superior to the way it is normally done – gathering the signatures in a public place.
Then again, I don’t know that the hidden powers behind “Pacifica Residents for Preserving The Quarry” are smart enough to realize this – their behavior up to now has shown a certain contempt for Pacifica and it’s residents. If they believe that we are buying the BS that slapping up a 200 unit yuppie storage complex is “Preserving the Quarry” then they might even think they can get away with tricks to circumvent our ballot process.
But enough of my paranoia. What set me off is not the potential for voter fraud, it’s the damn name. Seriously. If they called themselves “Pacificans for Rezoning the Quarry” or “Pacifica Residents That Think Low Income Apartments and Lots of Traffic On The Beach are a Good Idea” I would be ok with it. Hell, I’d shake the hand of the man with the stones to call a spade a goddamn shovel.
But you don’t become a millionaire absentee landlord by shooting straight I guess. Apparently you do it by putting up dummy “grass roots” groups, shading the truth if not outright lying, working through proxies, and saying what you need to say to get your way and make your dough. Real Estate is big business and Huele stands ready to get a lot of nice rent checks mailed to him in Michigan, if he can just fool those dumb ol’ hippies in Pacifica into thinking that apartment complexes are a form of ecological recovery.