Door hangers and campaign literature from the local PAC known as “Yes on P” pushing the sales tax increase are being distributed to residents with a blatantly false statement, intentionally misleading voters with false facts.
The false statement being spun is “Overhead Electrical Utilities #1 Cause of California Fires,” which is 100 percent false. Overhead utilities have never been the top cause of fires in California, not even close. You can fact check it at Cal-Fire. The PAC knows this statement is false and was given an opportunity to retract this false statement from their literature, but they refused, preferring instead to intentionally mislead residents and continue their “fear and fire” campaign.
Referencing an LA Times article with an asterisk, where the reporter clearly did not fact check or his words were taken entirely out of context, does not absolve the Measure P PAC from spewing falsities. It’s disingenuous, just like the city’s “fear and fire” undergrounding campaign.
Unfortunately, with the PAC’s deep pockets, much of it from big property developers (and at least five times the money raised as our grassroots opposition campaign), we can expect to see more such propaganda that plays fast and loose with the facts as we approach Nov. 6.
Is there any wonder there is so little trust in government these days, even on a local city of Laguna Beach level? This “win at any cost,” “the ends justify the means,” and “facts be damned” mentality destroys any level of trust in our elected officials and those trying to shove this tax measure on residents, robbing Peter to benefit Paul.
Before you vote on Measure P, the sales tax increase, ask yourself why the three City Council members and PAC organizers feel it is necessary to mislead residents with false statements. If they are willing to so blatantly mislead voters, what else do they have up their sleeves if Measure P passes and they get their hands on all that tax money? Just one more reason to Vote no on P. Join other Laguna residents voting no on Measure P at www.stoptaxingourproperty. Enough is enough.
Jennifer Zeiter, Laguna Beach