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One more for good measure. Pick up the tab yourself, Governor!

A former member
Post #: 30

Here's an editorial from the Sacramento Bee that I thought might add to your ammo when you come to help us get petition signatures for San Diego for Democracy's effort to help the protest against the special election.

California for Democracy and Contest the Vote already have over 32,000, and are shooting, at the request of the California Democratic Party, for 100,000 to present to the Governor in the next 10 days. Charlie and Martha and their steering committees will be asking for your help soon. Please become a part of this important effort.

Only 23 of the state's 57 (as I count them) counties are scheduled for their own elections this fall. That's less than half, and the rest will be asked to share the burden of the "special" for no good reason.



Editorial: Hold on, governor!

Pay for the special election or wait until June

Published 2:15 am PDT Sunday, May 15, 2005

However reckless and hollow the threat might be, Yolo County Registrar Freddie Oakley's announced an intention to go to jail rather than comply with the governor's expected call for a special election in November has people talking. And that buzz is a good thing.
Elections cost money. All those special interests collecting signatures across the state, the governor and his allies included, don't have to foot the bill. Taxpayers do.

The greatest burden falls on already overburdened counties. If the governor calls a statewide special election in November, it will cost counties an estimated $70 million. Counties would save a lot of money if the governor delayed putting his initiatives on the ballot until June 2006, when the state's regular primary is scheduled.

Some counties have local elections scheduled for Nov. 8 anyway. They could tack the state ballot measures onto their local ballots without much added expense. But those local jurisdictions - cities, school districts, water boards and other special districts - reimburse the counties for the cost of such elections. The state does not.

A number of counties, Yolo and Sacramento among them, have no local elections scheduled for November. Nor have they budgeted for an election this year.

Oakley's Yolo County is so broke it had to furlough workers last year to balance its budget. Still, the county would have to come up with an extra $300,000 to pay for a special election in November if the governor called for it. Sacramento would need $2.7 million to hold a countywide election. The Los Angeles County registrar says it would cost her county an estimated $10 million.

Unless the state plans to reimburse the counties - so far Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given no indication he would do that - the counties would need to divert money from funds that pay for local police protection, road maintenance, mental health and other vital services

To keep pressure on a do-nothing Legislature controlled by Democrats, the governor may be right to hold a statewide vote on his initiatives as early as possible. But if that's the case, then the state should pay the tab, not the counties.

If he's not prepared to pay, then the governor should hold off until the regularly scheduled June 2006 primary election. A prudent delay saves money that neither the counties nor the state can afford to waste
A former member
Post #: 121
Thanks for the posting Don; I wasn't aware of such a petition drive.
BUT, instead of waiting for others, everyone against the special election or for fiscal sanity. please go here and sign the petition at contestthevote.
Currently, more people are signing via online than any other method and San Diego is really,well, the vernacular may be offensive to some people in this group so I won't 'say' it.
But please sign the petition.
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