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Vote No – Measure Q is a Fraud

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COMMENTARY-Measure Q is meant to confuse voters. It is in response to Measure R, a grassroots voter-initiated measure that makes real budget cuts and reforms.

There was no interest by county politicians to “reduce” their own salaries until Measure R threatened to do it for them. Now they are trying to mitigate the effects by giving up a little to save most of their $270,000 salary and benefit packages and government vehicles.

More than 73,000 county voters signed the petition to place Measure R on the ballot. Now five county politicians hope to stop the outcome by placing a confusing, disingenuous measure on the ballot and calling it “transparency” and “reform.” Don’t be fooled.

The surest sign politicians are not serious about real reform is the argument that Measure Q will bring about transparency by requiring their salaries to be posted on the county’s website. That is pure hogwash.

If politicians want their information posted on the county website, they do not need a ballot measure put before the county’s 845,000 registered voters. The information could be added to the county’s website today, if they really want you, the taxpayers, to know how much of your hard-earned money is going to pay for their lavish lifestyles.  No vote required.

County politicians want you to forget how many times they have voted to raise their own benefits, how much of their responsibility they have delegated to an unelected bureaucrat and how many of their staffers are paid political hacks they hired in exchange for political favors.  Some of their staff members make up to $225,000 a year.  Their measure, Measure Q, does nothing to change that.  Measure R will put a stop to the waste and cut the county budget by million of dollars.

Politicians also want you to forget how many of them have been the subject of criminal investigations including  four out of five of the current batch who have been or are being investigated for a variety of crimes.  Don’t allow the waste to continue.

Vote NO on county corruption. Vote NO on Measure Q.  Visit our website at www.ReformSBCounty.com for more information.

 

 

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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