Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Chamber Could Bankrupt Cities

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

The California Chamber of Commerce, fresh off its embarrassing attack ad episode against Jerry Brown, is now pushing a statewide ballot measure that could bankrupt California cities in the future. The Chron reports that the chamber’s initiative would require that cities obtain a two-thirds vote from residents to raise a range of fees that support local services — instead of the current simple majority. And then there's this: Why is the Wine Institute of San Francisco bankrolling the chamber’s efforts? Are winemakers secretly Tea Party activists in disguise?

Could it be that tea partiers are actually chardonnay-sipping brie lovers who dress up as redneck, white trash birthers and carry around racist signs? Stranger things have happened. After all, according to a New York Times poll, the majority of people who identify themselves with the Tea Party are more educated and wealthier than the typical American. Weird.

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