Fantastic letter, Doug!
Methinks that Ms. Hopkins is quite adept at the "art" of doublespeak.
I am heartened that you have conveyed so clearly that you aren't buying such nonsense.
And neither am I.
It is one thing to use Donald Trump's victory and upcoming ascendancy to power as an easy diversionary target in an effort to deflect the memories of the voters away from the disturbing facts of how she obtained her seat.
However, it is quite another thing to think that all of the voters are so stupid that they will not realize the irony in the adoption of such a sordid political tactic.
Fortunately, the Fifth District isn't entirely composed of fools who will blithely buy into such nonsense.
It is now up to Ms. Hopkins to decisively prove the naysayers wrong by disavowing the unprecedented plethora of dirty tactics which were employed by her big-money donors, her advisers and her handlers who helped her to obtain this local seat of political power.
We'll be watching and waiting with equal parts of anticipation and apprehension.
But we won't be holding our breath.
The title of this article is highly misleading.
"Take Back the Fifth District" from who?
And for what?
From the SAME people who backed Efren Carrillo in his last two election bids?
And to keep the strings of power attached firmly to someone who has never held public office, who has never written a piece of legislation which has actually affected the lives of community members and who has NEVER cast a SINGLE VOTE for or against a resolution, an item or a bill?
As far as I'm concerned, this article is so full of biases, inaccuracies and intentionally misleading meanderings that it has been rendered completely meaningless to anyone who was looking to your publication for an investigative treatise on the two candidates' respective backgrounds, qualifications and abilities to represent and lead the voters of the Fifth District.
Sadly, you fritted away a grand opportunity to do so - and seriously impaled your journalistic integrity in the process.
I wish to clear up a major falsehood which is contained in your article:
You state that "Even Evans's supporters describe her as a carpetbagger."
That is absolutely FALSE!
Here's one supporter who doesn't - and I have yet to hear EVEN ONE of Ms. Evans' numerous and varied supporters tag her with that rather disparaging ascription.
I will note that Ms. Evans has lived in Sonoma County for approximately 36 years - which is something which cannot be matched by ANY of her opponents.
And I will further note that Ms. Evans represented the Fifth Supervisorial District as part of her leadership duties while serving admirably in the California State Legislature AND the California State Senate.
It would now appear that some of her opponents and their "advisors" are having second thoughts about invoking the spurious "carpetbagger" argument and are trying desperately to put the carpetbag genie back into the bottle where it belongs.
Unfortunately, you seem to have hastily taken a drink of this Kool-Aid and have fallen right into their trap.
I say that such a blatant inaccuracy is beneath the good voting community members of Sonoma County's Fifth District - and should never have been invoked in the first place.
I heartily support Ms. Evans' candidacy to become the next Fiftgh-District Supervisor for Sonoma County and would urge my family, friends and acquaintances to join me in doing so as well.
Excellent Open Mic piece!
I concur 100 percent with each and every one of the excellent points which you have expressed therein.
And to this, I will add that we are now living in a post-Andy Lopez world where the marginalization of our disempowered youth as well as the disparagement of the neighborhoods in which they just happen to reside are no longer going to be tolerated to the unsettling degree which they were in days past.
It is my sincere hope that those who have been so deeply affected by this horrific incident will continue to speak out about the injustices which still plague us, many of which were catapulted to the forefront of the public's consciousness after Andy was gunned down.
In the meantime, let us continue to do all that we can to see to it that a park in Andy's former neighborhood - which, as of the date of October 22, 2013, had been neither conceptualized nor built, 25 years PAST the original date that it was promised the neighbors that it would be - will finally come to fruition and that it will, indeed, bear Andy's name in its official name - as it should be, and as is only fitting.
Thank you for your excellent letter.
I concur 100% with the opinions which you have so honestly and valiantly expressed therein.
And I will further state that "mumbo-jumbo" is exactly what the powers-that-be are attempting to feed us in an effort to get us to "back off" and accept whatever environmentally misguided plan they have concocted for our portion of the beautiful California coast.
You and your fellow activists who are keeping a watchful eye on this matter have both my appreciation, gratitude - as well as my respect.
I, too, will take this opportunity to say: Expand - and strengthen - the protections which are already in place for the preservation of our precious Sonoma County coast so that its beauty will remain pristine, for today, tomorrow - and for generations yet to come.
And if YOUR nose weren't so pointed in the wrong direction, perhaps you would have time to pause and realize that there are viable alternatives to these architectural disasters which are actually being used at present by some stores, such as some Raley's Superstores, which offer patrons with physical infirmities "curbside service." And there are other alternatives as well which could be employed, such as kiosks, walk-up windows, etc., many of which are not being utilized by American companies but are quite popular in Europe.
And if you weren't so busy leveling personal attacks at me, perhaps you would have time to do your own research into this and other pressing issues and attempt to conjure up possible viable solutions.
But it's obvious from your comment that that involves WAY too much work.
As for me not using drive-thrus, you don't have to worry about that, since I haven't used one in years - and have no intention of doing so either, as hypocrisy is not one of my strong points...
Finally, let me give you a bit of free advice: DEstruction is always easier than CONstruction.
A great, big shout-out and thank you to you, the members of the North Bay Organizing Project and each and every community member who continues to fight, toil and press our Sonoma County "supes" to do more than merely pass a token, feeble, toothless living-wage ordinance - like the resolution which they passed at their regularly scheduled meeting back on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.
I was in attendance at that meeting and gave a speech in which I urged immediate passage of a REAL living-wage ordinance and, also, that action be taken by them on a number of other issues with which this county is currently confronted and urged them to exercise true leadership on those numerous issues as well.
The measure of your success will be in your ability to channel your steel resolve, your indomitable courage, your abiding spirit and your passion for all things social justice into inspiring those who may be your detractors on this issue to confront and accept the fact that no one deserves to be paid less than 15 dollars an hour for performing often menial but necessary tasks - especially those who are providing caregiving services to the elderly and disabled in their own homes - and who, by doing so, are saving the County of Sonoma literally millions of dollars a year. And this fact was iterated by a paid professional consultant retained by the County of Sonoma itself!
I am proud to stand with you on this issue - which I consider to be one of the most pressing social-justice issues of our time.
Good luck to you - and may your commitment to this laudable cause ensure that you and your fellow activists will attain eventual victory.
(Oh. And a couple more things: Don't stop calling...and, above all, don't accept their lame excuses - including the one that "There's no money." Just look at their overinflated salaries and overbloated benefits packages for concrete proof and affirmation that there's plenty.)
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