By Douglas V. Gibbs
The war against conservative cities in California, and the extortion of these cities so as to force them into breaking up into voting districts is upon us in Southwest Riverside County. I have written a number of articles about what is going on.
The lone council member in both Murrieta and Temecula willing to stand against the madness is Jonathan Ingram. The Murrieta Mayor Pro Tem, and Chairman of Riverside County's Republican Party is livid about what is happening, and I stand with him in his fight to stop Murrieta from succumbing to Kevin Shenkman's attack on local control.
While I am unable to attend the next Murrieta City Council Meeting due to prior commitments, I urge you to stand with him at City Hall. Pack the room, fill all of the seats, create standing room only in the lobby. Let Murrieta's "coalition of cowards" know that you do not agree with their capitulation to bullying by a leftist Malibu lawyer. . .
The following is Ingram's latest message to the voters of Murrieta:
ARE YOUR RIGHTS WORTH FIGHTING FOR?
A MALIBU LAWYER WANTS TO DIVIDE MURRIETA!
He is using Sacramento’s California Voting Rights Act to line his pockets with our citizen’s money and divide Murrieta into FIVE districts. This should be the people’s decision, not the decision of a lawyer profiting from bad legislation by Sacramento.
THE DISTRICT VOTING SYSTEM WILL CHANGE MURRIETA!
A district voting system denies you total representation. Your vote counts only in your district, it can produce local fiefdoms that fail to reflect the views of the entire community, cuts your voting power by 80%, and discourages election turnout. This can lead to political mischief.
THE DISTRICT SYSTEM IS FATALLY FLAWED!
Elected officials will be forced to look out only for their district, not the city as a whole. Under this system you’re likely to get purely politically-motivated policy making. You will lose your access to four out of the five Murrieta City Council members.
DISTRICTS PIT CITY OFFICIALS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER!
This leads to a tug of war over limited financial resources. Parochial politics infect city councils, school boards and other agencies. Districts won’t work for Murrieta. Our current system of at-large elections better serves us. Districts will divide Murrieta into five small cities, not one great one. We will lose the unity we now have.
DO WE FIGHT THE MALIBU LAWYER AND SACRAMENTO?
If this matter reaches the lawsuit stage, there’s a chance Murrieta could lose based on results of similar challenges in other cities. If we fight, taxpayers will have to foot the bill of a possible protracted court battle. With all that in mind, our City Council is now in the public-input phase. Do you want to fight to keep us whole?
MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN AT CITY HALL 6PM MAY 16!