Why Boyle-Duboc-Winkler Lost The Election
Original post made by ElectionWatcher on Nov 7, 2006
They were swept into power back in 2002, not because of the supposed "residentialist" issue, but because the city council made a huge blunder with the Santa Cruz Avenue traffic-calming fiasco. Look back at the vote count:
West Menlo was the key to their victory - the area most affected by that traffic calming project.
Fast forward to 2006 - this whole "residentialist" issue is of much less concern to average voters in the wake of the "dot-com" bust. Even Boyle-Duboc-Winkler haven't brought it up as a campaign issue.
Instead, what is their signature issue?:
Putting $17 million worth of playing fields on a landfill at the edge of town, across 101. (While a utility tax that they support is also on the ballot.)
I'm reminded of the phrase:
No matter how much lipstick you may put on a pig, it's still a pig.
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