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June 10th at 7:30PM is our time to make Santa Cruz part of the solution when it comes to money in political campaigns. Please consider coming to the meeting- 809 Center Street or sending an email to citycouncil [at] cityofsantacruz.com
If you are not yet familiar with the proposal to establish spending limits, you can see it (and vote on it) at santacruzelectionreform.org or via the City’s website for the June 10th meeting, evening session. You can also see a U-Tube clip of an event we put on at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCwRcJn1hkA
In essence the proposal (which is sponsored by Don Lane and I) is to provide a one to one public match of campaign expenses for candidates who agree to limit their campaign expenditures and to make current voluntary limits on individual contributions mandatory. This is the best practice currently available to cities and counties who want to level the playing field used by over 40 cities including New York, San Francisco, Ventura and Boulder.
Councilmember Lane and I have gotten support from an interesting group of free thinkers including the Campus Democrats, local business leaders Peter Beckmann and Karl Heiman, the local UAW chapter, Robert Singleton of Civinomics, and the People’s Democratic Club.
The proposal is not a criticism of how things currently work in elections here in Santa Cruz (which is actually pretty reasonable compared to many other places) but a chance to put best practices in place and guard against future problems.
If you want Santa Cruz to be part of the solution to this national problem, please weigh in on the matter. The system will not change without your participation.
Working to make a difference,
Santa Cruz City Council
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