There may be two or three abnormal readers, that is 50% of you, who are curious about how the ballot measure I worked on fared. We poled 60.22% of the vote. That may sound good but we needed two thirds of the vote to make our measure law. This is California after all. In California we don’t like property taxes no matter how small or to what end.
I think John Clifford, one of the key members of our advocacy group, said it best,
Out of 22921 voters in the election, we fell short by 1473. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to convince more of our fellow Pomonican’s . . .. to think about the future of our children and the betterment of our city over their own interests. BUT, we have made a statement!! Hopefully, those on the city council and the city staff will take it as a message that a significant majority of the people in the city support the library.
I’m disappointed but I think the effort was worth it. We spend around $6000.00 in favor of the proposition. I’m not sure of the exact number. The Citrus Valley Association of Realtors spent in the neighborhood of $20,000.00 to defeat it. While a few local Pomona based realtors belong to this association, it is bases in a different city and draws the vast majority of the members from outside Pomona. Many are themselves or represent absentee landlords with property in Pomona. Considering the similar details of message (you know – intertextuality), it appears that they may have also funded all or part of a mayoral candidate’s campaign. He claimed to know how to fund the library without the new small tax. He never got around to telling anyone exactly how he would do it without destroying something else. The two ideas he mentioned to me were both bogus and I’m pretty sure he knew it. He actively campaigned against our measure. He also lost his bid to be mayor rather spectacularly.
We have two areas of Pomona where many residents don’t consider themselves part of our city. In one of these cases, they tend to use their community identification, Philips Ranch, rather than their/our city name. Many of these folks think that living in Pomona is like having a crazy uncle. You try to ignore it as best you can. In this area we didn’t even get 50% of the vote.
So we lick our wounds and go on to whatever is the second best solution to funding our library. We know that over 60% of our fellow citizens will be behind us.
Truly abnormal stuff should start soon but I’m still rather exhausted from the last two months of campaigning.