|Anti-government political militants?|
Here is a stone cold crazy ad currently being run by the Yes MUUTs on a whole raft of Google's Internet properties.
Apparently in the minds of the bug-eyed crazies running the Yes on Measure UUT campaign, if you are opposed to raising utility taxes here to some of the highest rates in California, you are a part of a vast conspiracy to destroy Sierra Madre.
So let me ask you this. In the previous two elections three City Councilmembers, pictured emoji-like in the graphic at the top of this post, strongly opposed raising utility taxes. One of them, Rachelle Arizmendi, whose campaign manager was the same offbeat individual now running the Yes MUUT campaign, had this to say in one of her campaign postcards.
Did you catch that? Here is what Rachelle Arizmendi claimed in 2014:
"The City of Sierra Madre must learn to live within its means without tax increases. The city's unfunded pension liability is a growing problem that must be solved."
So let me also ask you this. Does that make Councilmember Arizmendi an "anti-government political militant?" How about Mayor Capoccia or Councilmember Delmar, both of whom also made similar comments when they were first running for office? Are they also part of that vast conspiracy of dangerous political extremists?
And what about you? If you voted against raising utility taxes in 2012 and 2014, are you also an anti-government political militant?
If you were to click on this paranoid Yes MUUT ad, one that you can currently find all over Google (and at what I am certain was a considerable expense), you will be taken to a Pasadena Star News article that discusses specific ballot initiatives to entirely repeal utility taxes in several cities (link). None of which have anything at all to do with opposing Measure UUT in this Tuesday's election.
Voting against MUUT will only reinforce the will of the voters in 2012 and 2016, which was to lower utility taxes to the 6% taxpayers in Sierra Madre were promised when those rates were "temporarily" raised in 2008. Voting against Measure UUT in no way whatsoever abolishes utility taxes in Sierra Madre.
Of course, what the paranoid fibbers at Yes MUUT are really concerned about is people going to the Pasadena Star News site and reading the following editorial advising Sierra Madre's residents to vote NO on Measure UUT. Here is how it reads (link):
But maybe you shouldn't have read any of this. It will only upset the paranoid tax crazies. God only knows they're agitated enough as it is.