Yucca Valley, Ca.-Opinion
“You need to be discreet.”
“You shouldn’t air our dirty laundry in public.”
“The Lincoln Club called us and asked what exactly is going on?”
Those are just a few of the statements directed to me at a Special Meeting of the Yucca Valley Republican Women this morning because I objected to a tax proposal placed on the club website without club authorization or an approval from the members. Disguised as a “Press Release” it was a full page slanted presentation to promote the Town of Yucca Valley’s Revenue Measure.
Folks, it is a T-A-X! If it looks like a tax, walks like a tax, quacks like a tax…….it is a TAX! It is a General Fund Tax. Dress it up as a “Revenue Measure” it is still a TAX.
The Town wants us to hand over $100 million dollars over 30 years that is solely discretionary spending by the Town Manager. Yes, it should read spending by the Town Council, but if future councils are going to be spineless like the present members, it will be the Town Manager spending the money as it is presently.
It used to be the Republican Women were against taxes, big government and worked to educate the voter. Well, now we have a group with an elected President/webmaster placing a slanted “News Release” on the website of a $100 million town tax without authorization from the Board or even polling the members on this issue. I asked her to take it down, waited, she didn’t, so I sent out my emails to object.
Oh yes, what about another Board member endorsing a Democratic candidate at the General Meeting because the candidate is a “Christian,” and they say I owe the President an apology for speaking up and speaking out? Another Board member said I need to send a retraction to the Editor of the Hi-Desert Star.
You talkin’ to me? Do they not know that I will not be intimidated nor have my rights squashed of my freedom of speech to voice my opinion? Ooooooh….the Lincoln Club…see me shaking?
And to think I was not even going to attend this emergency meeting called less than 24 hours in advance. The President provided a 3 minute timer and called on me to speak first….I passed. When you only have 3 minutes to speak, I explained, I would prefer to know what the topic is or more about the issues. Several members also passed not wanting to spend their 3 minutes either. We all sat in silence…..until I greeted and thanked everyone for attending this meeting on short notice. That was the ice breaker.
Bottom line, the Board agreed it was a slanted press release and voted to place a large font disclaimer to read: The opinions expressed in this Press Release do not reflect the views of the Republican Woman and is not an endorsement by this club. Republicans are opposed to taxes as reiterated by this club with cartoons and slogans under the tab marked “Legislation.” Look for the T.E.A. letters….Taxed Enough Already! (Ok, I added the last two lines.) We’ll see what the President comes up with to be approved by the Board.
It wasn’t so much what I said, it was HOW I said it. Instead of addressing the mistake, the Board members felt sorry for the President and cried. (oh, boo-hoo!) The members asked that I send out emails to everyone to let them know this matter was resolved, until they realized the only person that possesses the entire list of email addresses is……the President/webmaster!
I informed the Board that I would write it up on the Blog because there would be more readers to “learn of the matter being resolved.” The website link omitted to spare their site from crashing. See you at the next Board meeting!
Readers- please considered yourself informed.
For the record: The Tax measure needs to go back to the drawing board to specifically pay for the sewer mandate so that citizens will not lose their homes. In the meantime: