No one likes a sore winner and today Kris Hunt of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association continues to take minor nudges at the Measure S folks. In fact, I am really beginning to think this woman is delusional as she claimed 48-hours ago she did not make Measure S about Pensions and today she is claiming CoCo Tax did not spend any money on the “No” position.
I already touched on the pensions fib on Monday, but more proof of this came from the Contra Costa Times article where she mentions the word pensions in the comments section below the article–clearly, she made this about pensions as opposed to public safety.
But what is asinine is this claim going around by both Ms. Hunt and Arne Simonsen that there was no money spent. This is clearly a woman and group who do not want to take any responsibility for the consequences they now own.
Whether Ms. Hunt, Dave Roberts, or Walter MacVittie want to own it or not, its not their choice, their names are on the document. They are forever tied to this.
Ms. Hunt posted the following Facebook post today:
“The poorly conceived Measure S for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District was solidly defeated at 56.44% against and only 43.56% in favor of this parcel tax. There was no money spent on the “No” position – CoCoTAX authored a ballot argument along with two courageous East County citizens who signed the rebuttal. The “yes” side not only had mailers and signs, they were telling the residents that half their stations would be closed, firefighters let go, and their insurance rates would go up. In the face of these threats the voters still said no. It is to be hoped that both the fire district board and the firefighters union will learn from this profound message the voters sent.”
While it may be true it doesn’t cost money to write an argument or send letters to the editor, that is not what I am referring to. The asinine claim no money was spent is mind boggling. Ms. Hunt is PAID TO ARGUE BASED ON HER BOARD and members!
The firefighters were not paid to advocate on behalf of Measure S during off-hours as it would have been illegal to advocate during their shift. I was not paid to advocate on behalf of Measure S. Bob Mankin was not paid to advocate on Measure S. Others who wrote Letters to the Editor were not paid to advocate on Measure S.
The only one who was paid in this entire process was the consultant hired and Kris Hunt. By the way, did you know Ms. Hunt is actually paid more than our firefighters? How is that for irony!
The second question that needs to then be brought up is who is paying her salary? It’s the members full of corporations and big business. These are the Association Fees according to the CoCoTax website.
- Corporate Membership – $5,000
- Large Business – $500
- Small Business – $300
- Professional – $150
- Individual – $50
- Meeting Sponsor – $250
Finally, what members of CoCoTax benefit directly from Measure S failure? Are there banks involved?Are there insurance companies involved? There is no Form 990 on their website to show the money of this organization–not even a members list. No where does it list how many members the they have.
To go a step further, on election night she posted the following:
“Watching the results of East County Fire Protection District. If this measure is defeated it sends a very powerful message to firefighters.”
Within that same comment thread, she stated, if this measure goes down to defeat, it really makes a strong statement. We spent nothing – just wrote a ballot argument. The firefighters spent a lot of money. Voters were told stations would close, services cut, and their insurance costs would rise. If the numbers hold—whoa……..what a message that sends.
This woman is jabbing at the ECCFPD Board who meets Monday. Clearly, station closers, services cuts, and other promises will begin to work itself out over the next month. Meanwhile, as for the insurance rates, it will trickle in over time, it will not occur at one time as not everyone bought their house on the same exact date.
Again, for someone who lives out of District, she does not have to live with the consequences of her actions as the rest of East County does–she instead gets to be paid to moves onto CONFIRE to start the pension argument on their upcoming Measure.
I would encourage Ms. Hunt to attend Monday’s meeting and offer her solution going forward. Does she recommend the three station model or the four station model? Does she have a solution the board could consider?
I believe now is the time for her to shine and present this plan that she believes is better than what the Board spent years working on.
Response to Mr. Paul Seger:
Finally, I’d like to address Oakley resident Paul Seger who had some kind words for me today in a private Facebook group (don’t worry, someone emailed them to me Paul). Mr. Seger seems to want to contradict himself where he spoke nicely of the Measure in the Oakley Watchdog, but then turned his back on the Measure in the Oakley, CA Tomorrow Group.
This is the kind of two-faced behavior Oakley deals with on a daily basis from this guy. Anyway, here is is post that I would like to respond to.
Taking a look at the responses on watchdog, some of the firefighters have issues. How long will they berate the community for not voting for the tax? The fire department needs to stop being used as a political tool of Oakley and Brentwood… they are so polarized! They turned the people off by following Mike Burkholders suggestion early on to make the campaign about one of fear… and appeal to the emotions, not respectfully educating the community.
First of all, how dare he accuse the firefighters of berating the community! These are professionals and are an asset to our community which is more than what I can say for him and his behavior within the community.
Second, I really did wish they used more emotion than they used and I will not back down from that statement. This claim that they did not educate is a complete joke in an order to attack me. The Board held 20+ educational sessions which got them very little results based on the effort used to host those sessions. Doing the math, if you had 50 people at each session, you only reach 1,000 voters. A total of 13,358 voted yesterday.
To further show low little Mr. Seger knows about what education was performed, the firefighters further educated folks by leaving door hangers, walked precincts, hosted conversations, and phone banked.
Finally, to correct Mr. Seger, it was actually Ms. Hunt who went emotional as I said she would by attaching salary and pensions to the debate. Salary and pensions is a very emotional topic in America today and anyone stuck defending it will lose regardless of how true one’s statements are. The majority of education Mr. Seger claims was not done was actually in response to the pension issue.
So while I can appreciate Mr. Seger bringing up my name yet again, he really proved my point that he is a community terrorist that throws multiple things out to see what sticks in order to be controversial.
Mr. Seger, leave the firefighters alone!