Letter to the Editor: Elections have consequences

| April 25, 2018 | 5 Comments

I work outside of Martinez and depending on the level of stress from the past week I tend to hunker at home on the weekends to decompress as such I am not entirely sure when the sign favoring Tim Platt’s land grab initiative over the city’s parks protection measure went up on Alhambra Ave. With less than 45 days till the June 5th primary I am surprised I haven’t seen more.

Speaking of the consequences of elections, who hasn’t read, watched or heard the pleas from the Martinez Police Department regarding staffing levels and pay inequities? During the public comment period at the April 4th council meeting one speaker plainly laid partial blame for the city’s financial forecast at Mr. Platt’s feet. The comment was prompted by Mr. Platt’s leveraging of the full council chambers, people there in support of MPD, to make his pitch for his latest land-grabbing, revenue killing, initiative.

As people decide how they’re going to vote in June and again in November remember elections have consequences. Some of those consequences have cumulative impacts. The voting public (with the guidance of those like Mr. Platt) is, in part, responsible for the structural deficit Martinez faces. As the rhetoric heats up remember, it is disingenuous to ignore the many attempts the city has made to jump start our economic engine. Redevelopment, voted on and passed by the city, thwarted. Attempts to annex North Pacheco, Alhambra Valley, thwarted. Property owners and builders attempts to breathe life into our stagnate housing market, thwarted. And these are just in recent memory.

Mr. Platt as well as others will try and distract voters from owning these consequences by placing that blame on anyone other than themselves, like the latest rumor that Mr. Dunivan’s frightened mom is the reason why cops aren’t being paid more. They will try and marginalize the impacts of foolish initiatives, as Mr. Platt did in response to the criticism that his obstruction of the Pine Meadows project was merely a loss of $100,000+ in ongoing, annual, revenues.

A city’s ongoing bills are paid with ongoing revenues (property taxes, sales taxes), not one-time monies. The city of Martinez and the voting public needs to come to grips with the reality that as a built-out city we have precious few avenues to generate streams of ongoing revenue. If issues like wage parity are important to you, so too should be reasonable plans to generate the revenue necessary to pay those wages.

Yes elections do have consequences and our police force has been feeling them for a while.

– Linda Meza

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