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News - October 22, 2010

Measure T campaign raises questions

Former councilman suspects city's involvement in phone tax measure

by Daniel DeBolt

In the campaign to update the city's phone tax, Mountain View officials are dismissing concerns about the city staff's involvement in the campaign. A former councilman has raised questions about the appearance of taking campaign funds from housing developers and the appropriateness of using of city funds on a mailer.

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Posted by Sean, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I am absolutely disgusted by this. The idea that city employees can run a shadow campaign this way is deplorable. The astute means by which these people kept their actions marginally legal, if we can believe their own words, is a pure manifestation of everything that is wrong in our governing bodies.

At the start of this week, I pretty much planned to vote for the incumbents in the city council races. Yesterday I received a mailer from the SEIU supporting Margaret Abe-Koga. Every big development in town is represented on the donation list, despite the fact that increasing taxes is a deterrent to home sales. The Regency Apartments city troubles are well documented, and the Fireman's union will undoubtedly turn their donation into a lot more than $2000 in political capital. It's seems really odd that groups that will see little to no benefit, or benefit only through graft, from the increased phone tax are such ardent supporters of it.

Mike Kasperzak's word doesn't mean anything to me after his comments here. He sounds like a greasy lawyer taunting the public to catch him at his crimes.

Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Mr. DeBolt, kudos for investigating this matter. Some of had picked up on hints that something inappropriate might be going on, but it's nice to have a journalist out there investigating.

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