For Props 1 & 2

RECEIVED Wed., May 10, 2006

Dear Editor,
    I will be voting for Propositions 1 and 2 on Saturday because I think our city government is broken and is not listening to the citizens. I hope these amendments will change that.
    I have participated in our public process over the past several years. What I have witnessed is citizens showing up for public hearings on matters they care deeply about only to be given their three minutes of time and a pat on the back for "participating.” Then they are sent on their merry way so the city can get on with the business of passing the deal that has been hashed out ahead of time. The public hearings are merely a formality and don't make a difference at all. The city is not listening, and the people are frustrated and have gone home.
    I visited City Council members with a group of others to ask them to pass a nonbinding resolution asking AMD not to move out over the aquifer. We were told "no,” and it was suggested that the "people" should do something about it.
    If these amendments pass, the citizens will have tools to know what the deals are before the public hearings, and grandfathering claims to build over the aquifer will require super-majority approval of council.
   The people are doing something. Please vote Saturday for Propositions 1 and 2.
Harold Daniel
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