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Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Dec 22, 2018

An article in yesterday's San Mateo Daily Journal, "Watchdog calls for prosecution of BART for campaign violations" promises to bring about needed relief from a deluge of sales tax, parcel tax and bond measures in California.

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The article stated:
"The commission Thursday morning at its meeting in Sacramento approved by a 4-0 vote a $7,500 fine against BART after it found the transit agency used public funds for political purposes in the campaign for Measure RR, a $3.5 billion bond measure that ultimately passed in November 2016.

As part of the vote, the commission approved sending letters to the attorney general and district attorneys with jurisdiction over BART to investigate and prosecute the case and any others like it, since the commission only has jurisdiction of issues concerning the state Political Reform Act."

SamTrans, and its publicly funded "GUM" campaign which helped Measure W pass by a slim margin, is a likely future target for the FPPC. Their use of TBWB and their 5 step approach invites an investigation and prosecution. Step 4 of that approach set TBWB up as consultant to a volunteer campaign committee(Yes on W - San Mateo County Neighbors for Congestion Relief ID1407448), which shared in the "work product" of the publicly funded GUM campaign. Web Link

Voters may remember "A quarter-billion for Sequoia District high schools?" in 2014. Web Link
That ballot measure passed with the help of a publicly funded TBWB campaign.
Four years later, we find that SUHSD's projected 20% enrollment increase, used to justify the bond, hasn't materialized.

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