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A coalition of organized labor interests holding hands with tax and build developer types will always be possible, when they each see profits in dividing up the ole barnyard. Every now and again the sheep in the middle (who pay the mortgage for the farm) decide that for the current cycle, they will decline to be sheared.
At the same time the Mayor is/was pleading poverty, he announced that we needed to build numerous downtown projects. And, he then does an end run around the redevelopment process giving the Chargers an inside track to a stadium, without a public vote.
I know that it disappoints people like Mr. Sanders and Mr. Hueso, but sometimes, the public has to be part of the “coalition.” I was willing to support a tax increase a few years ago (when Donna Frye had the integrity to put up for discussion) if it had been part of a “share the pain” strategy. Instead, Prop. D was a last minute bailout for minimal action during the last four years. We don’t care for activity that is low on production. If a coalition of labor, big business, and the elected class want some more “wool,” then accomplish something meaningful. And, that doesn’t begin with taxes for building, while at the same time threatening to close rec. centers, branch libraries, and cement ponds (swimming pools for the elite).
Dale Peterson lives in San Carlos.