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The UnCampaign for P

Submitted by on 1, October 17, 2008 – 10:00 amNo Comment

Last week, we told you that members of the City Council were out there telling people that the property transfer tax-raising Measure P – which they put on the ballot – was likely to fail, and that there wasn’t really any kind of campaign to get it passed. Well, now it looks like Mayor Beverly Johnson has had a change of heart.

Johnson has a piece in today’s Journal explaining why she wants the Island’s voters to say yes to the ballot measure: She says the city really, really needs the money. She also disputes claims that the transfer tax increase, from $5.40 (gonna get it right this time!) to $12 per $1,000 of purchase price, will impact local home sales, adding that she thinks cuts to city services would have a far greater impact.

Interestingly, Johnson says that the No on P campaign is being funded by a Southern California-based Realtors association (we assume she’s referring to the $19,000 the No on P folks have gotten from the California Association of Realtors’ Political Action Committee).

I’m sure we’ll have more on this soon. In the meantime, the Sun’s got a big fat campaign ad for Councilman Doug deHaan featuring Grandpa Doug, his wife and (we’re assuming) five smiling grandkids, plus endorsements from a baker’s dozen of his closest friends. Add that to the proliferation of lawn signs and recent behind-the-dais fireworks, and I’d say you’ve got a guy who’s running like hell to win.

Across from that is a smaller ad featuring former Councilman Tony Daysog, who’s endorsing incumbents across the board – deHaan and Marie Gilmore for city council and David Forbes and Janet Gibson for school board. He’s also asking for a no vote on Proposition 8, the ballot measure that would eliminate gay marriage in California.

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