You’ve heard by now about the “hogwash” mailer that supporters of Supervisor Efren Carrillo sent out last week attacking Ernie Carpenter, one of his opponents in the June 5 election. It wasn’t the only negative election piece that’s gone out in recent days.
An independent expenditure committee calling itself the “Coalition for a Better Sonoma County” has issued a hit piece on Santa Rosa City Councilman John Sawyer featuring an image of Pinocchio. The title: “Politician John Sawyer will say anything to get elected”
The mailer contends Sawyer talks about how he wants to support the business community. But it notes that he voted to raise business and community development fees in the summer of 2008. The group contends that Sawyer is “bad for business.”
What it doesn’t mention is that the fee increases were unanimously approved by all of the council members, including Susan Gorin, one of Sawyer’s opponents in the race for 1st District supervisor. It also doesn’t mention that the fees were part of a long-standing plan to ensure the Community Development was charging developers fees that reflected the true cost of the service. The City Council had set a goal back in 2004, before Sawyer was on the board, to ensure the department was less dependent on the general fund and was getting the revenue it needed from fees.
The group that paid for the mailer is funded by the Service Employees International Union 1021 and the Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers and Rick Theis, a former Santa Rosa planning commissioner.
Seen other hit pieces or any other mailers that you think are dubious? We would like to see them. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Paul Gullixson