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Commissioner Fred Brummer Crosses the Line

Proposed County Ordinance and Special Election are Full of Pandering and Spite

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But the real kicker in this whole revision of county governance is that it doesn’t really aim to give people more power. In fact, the openly Republican board wants to make it more difficult for citizens to participate in their own local democracies by raising the threshold for petition-driven initiative, because, BrummerVose says, we need to “ensure that our community is not subjected to an avalanche of divisive, destructive and manipulative issues undermining civility and community spirit.” Wow, that’s a convoluted “fuck you,” right? In fact, buried in the ordinance language is a get-out-of-jail-free card for the commission that allows the board to determine if an issue just isn’t up their alley and then deny it. Karl Rove, your car is here.

Oh, and there’s so much more wrapped up in this bluster burrito that we’ll be following up on in coming weeks. For now, the practicalities are that the county is willing to spend nearly $2 million to possibly save $1 million while spending untold millions on two new districts. Really.

“I hope the discussion is not over what the cost [of the election] is going to be, solely,” Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles says. “I don’t want it to be the sole issue. It needs to be a discussion on the merits.”

There are no merits.

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