UPDATE (October 22, 2012): here is the latest information from the Grover Beach City Clerk’s office regarding campaign finance reports for the mailers against Measure I-12:
From: Donna McMahon
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2012 12:00 PM
To: Kevin Dayton
Subject: RE: Request for campaign reports (Form 460s) filed to oppose Measure I-12
Dear Mr. Dayton:
Good morning. The Committee opposed to Measure I-12 has no Form 460 on file with the City Clerk’s Office. The Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Cory Black) was at City Hall on October 16th and stated that the Committee had not spent or raised more than $1,000 for the filing period that ended on September 30, 2012.
I will request the October 1-October 20 campaign finance report of this committee opposing the charter (Measure I-12) on October 26 (the day after the next filing deadline).
UPDATE (October 20, 2012): the mysterious campaign committee opposing Measure I-12 – the proposed charter in Grover Beach – has posted its two mailers on its web site:
An article in www.CalCoastNews.com (Grover Beach Democrats Blast Party Leader Over Flyer – www.CalCoastNews.com – October 16, 2012) reports the following on the mailers:
Two Democratic candidates for the Grover Beach City Council are accusing San Luis Obispo Democratic Central Committee leaders of making false statements in a flyer that aims to persuade voters to reject Measure I-12…
A Sacramento businessman who printed the flyers and a San Francisco designer who created the No on Grover Beach I-12 website refused to disclose the person or people behind the committee…
The anti-measure I-12 flyer also appears to violate disclosure rules. While the flyer asks Grover Beach residents to join the San Luis Obispo Democratic Party and the Tri-Counties Building & Construction Trade Council in voting no on Measure I-12, it does not clearly identify who is behind the mailer as required by law. Instead, small print that blends into the flyer says it was paid for by No on Grover Beach I-12, a group that Grover Beach City Clerk Donna McMahon said has failed to file with the city…
Business as usual.
Wow! I never heard of a grassroots movement of ordinary citizens in a town of 13,000 producing anything like this before. (They didn’t. But we are meant to think they did.)
This slick campaign mailer in Grover Beach opposing the proposed charter (Measure I-12) on the November 6, 2012 ballot reminds me of the following dialogue in the movie Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope:
EXT. TATOOINE – WASTELAND
The speeder stops before what remains of the huge Jawas Sandcrawler. Luke and Ben walk among the smoldering rubble and scattered bodies.
It looks like Sandpeople did this, all right. Look, here are Gaffi sticks, Bantha tracks. It’s just…I never heard of them hitting anything this big before.
Ben is crouching in the sand studying the tracks.
They didn’t. But we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side by side. Sandpeople always ride single file to hide their numbers.
These are the same Jawas that sold us Artoo and Threepio.
And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.
Screenplay excerpt from The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb) – Star Wars.