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Piece of Mind: Bully tactics unnecessary in a city that holds its own

March 02, 2011|By Carol Cormaci

The use of fear motivation to induce a given outcome has always struck me as nothing more than a bully’s way to go about achieving goals.

It’s common when there are challengers in a given political race that they set themselves apart from the incumbents by pointing out flaws in the existing system. For that reason, I’m neither surprised nor disapproving when a challenger takes such a tack, such as is occurring during the City Council campaign. It is disappointing, though, when comments made are unfair or exaggerate how a vote for one specific person will vastly improve relationships between the city and its residents.

It’s key to pay close attention to what each candidate has said — or written in campaign statements — then compare those statements to what we actually see or experience ourselves before casting our votes on Tuesday. We can’t be swayed by negativity unless we ourselves have experienced a decline in city services.

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In my opinion, our fair city has weathered the Great Recession years very well. There is a healthy reserve of money that’s probably the envy of other municipalities. Life is pretty sweet here and I doubt that would be the case if City Hall were poorly managed, or if the City Council was derelict in its duties, as some of the challengers maintain.

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Shifting gears a bit, but I hope you’ll stay on for the ride: There is an undercurrent I’m hearing on the street that some people are feeling bullied as a special task force goes about trying to encourage all stakeholders in the public school system to give $2500 annually — even more, if they can afford it — for the foreseeable future, in order to maintain programs (note I use the word “maintain” not “improve on”) as they were during years when the state budget situation was less appalling than it is today. The specific need is to fill in about $5 million annually that the LCUSD is going to lose due to state cuts.

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