This says it all:
The City will seek reimbursement from the Airport Authority for the total cost of the November 8 election and the production of the supplemental pamphlet, estimated at about $200,000…
Like that makes everything better, eh?
The Authority gets to pick and choose exactly what election venue they think will be the most favorable for their desired result. The fact that they’re actually paying for this selective little stunt makes it all the worse, not better. It shows us exactly what’s going on here.
Is this supposed to be some kind of favor they’re doing for us? Whose election is it, Burbank’s or the Authority’s?
And since when has a supposedly independent city clerk anywhere in California also distributed promotional literature for a single-issue referendum? It’s one thing for a school board somewhere to mail out “informational” brochures on an upcoming bond issue. That happens. But for the city clerk in charge of the election process itself?
That’s the kind of thing for the Authority to do. But of course, it would look (and would definitely be) avowedly self-serving and promotional to most people if the Authority mailed out something like this themselves; and so the council is having the city clerk do it instead in order to make it all seem so much more independent and impartial.
To anyone who’s sentient it’s not; it’s just incredibly and transparently manipulative. It’ll be fun too to see how “informational” only this planned booklet will be, and not a piece of illegal advocacy.
In a letter dated July 20, 2016, the officers of the Airport Authority Commission voiced their unanimous support for Measure B election cost reimbursement, which they believe is an appropriate action.
Nice of them to think so, isn’t it? It’s still an obvious common law conflict of interest. Rather than waiting until February for the next city election, they’re buying their own date where they think they can do better.
This upcoming November election won’t be an all-mail ballot one either. And so the next time you hear someone at city hall tell us how wonderful Burbank’s all-mail ballot system is, and that we should never, ever change it, tell them to go fuck themselves.
Just watch someday … it’ll be Talamantes or Gabel-Luddy. For sure.