Finally, a crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money

By Dan Walters : pasadenastarnews – excerpt

The FPPC voted unanimously to impose a $7,500 fine on BART for failing to report its spending on a bond issue as a campaign contribution. It also asked the attorney general and Bay Area district attorneys to prosecute the transit district for violating the law prohibiting the use of public funds for political campaigns…

Although state law specifically prohibits public officials from using taxpayers’ money for political campaigning, they have been doing exactly that throughout California.

Local governments hire “consultants” to poll voters on what tax and bond measures they would find acceptable, to draft those proposals accordingly and, finally, to run so-called “information” campaigns to persuade voters to approve them…

Finally, however, we may be seeing some effort to sanitize this very stinky phenomenon which, if left unchecked, will only become more commonplace.

Last month, the state Fair Political Practices Commission took a potentially significant action against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District for doing what it and other local governments have been doing…

The action stems from a proposed $3.5 billion bond issue, Measure RR, that voters in the three-county district approved two years ago by a 70 percent margin. The “information campaign” for the bond included a video, featuring Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, that the FPPC said was acceptable, while concluding that two other videos and text messages to voters were clearly advocacy… (more)

This article fails to mention the hours of work our public transit officials put in to sell the bills. After Measure RR passed, they ran RM3 using the same methods that won Measure RR. Below, see a video of one of the SFCTA officials selling selling RM3:

Regional Measure 3 – Tilly Chang, of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), explains the bill and the reasoning behind it. Videos of that presentation:

Presentation: https://youtu.be/YHz5KrwM3ss


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