My Turn: Bringing context to Kranz ‘hit pieces’
October 24, 2008
Are you wondering, “What’s this all about?” I, along with other residents of Placer County’s fifth supervisorial district, have received three very strange pieces of mail from the campaign of Supervisor Kranz. These hit pieces are directed at Jennifer Montgomery who is seeking to serve the good and wise people of our district.
These pieces are strange in that they fail to clearly identify the name of the project being discussed, and they inaccurately claim that unnamed “developers” and “real estate interests” are funding Jennifer Montgomery. The mystery project is the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project that has been in the works for years for the revitalization of our main street. The project is not described and the context is not explained because that background does not reflect well upon the incumbent. Here’s some needed background:
Context: Jennifer Montgomery did not direct or cast a vote in the long planning process. As a member of the public, and a candidate, she is responding to the expressed wishes of the people, as any aspiring elected representative of the people should do. Further, Jennifer Montgomery is funded almost entirely by small contributors unrelated to development or “real estate interests.” Bruce Kranz continues to lie about Jennifer Montgomery’s record and distort the facts. I urge you to visit http://www.montgomeryforsupervisor.org/contributions.html as I did, and see the financial filings for BOTH candidates, and then make your own judgment on which candidate is serving the interests of the development industry.
Context: A significant majority of the Kings Beach residents have chosen to support a three-lane traffic configuration with small roundabouts and generous sidewalks in hopes of providing a safer, walkable environment for their families as well as for visitors to our lakeside community. Of course, the sentiment is not unanimous but the choice came out of a series of county-sponsored public forums.
Context: In a four-to-one vote the other supervisors enthusiastically adopted the three-lane alternative responding to the strong community testimony. The decision was not made lightly because our main street is also a state highway. Yet weighing the input from the people and from public agencies, the Board of Supervisors voted with the people of Kranz’s own district in opposition to him. It was a stunning defeat.
Context: Supervisor Kranz, as a partisan for the alternative four-lane configuration with signals and minimum sidewalks, actively sought the adverse reactions from public agencies he mentions in his attack literature. Yet, for example, I recall that the Caltrans communication to the Board of Supervisors indicated that the adopted plan, while not the agency’s first choice, would be acceptable. As a partner in the project Caltrans could have vetoed the chosen proposal but chose not to do so.
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Context: In an extraordinary action, the Board of Supervisors temporarily removed Kranz as their representative to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency because he refused to carry the majority’s decision to that partner agency. An experienced substitute faithfully represented the board’s decision and the TRPA board voted to reconsider an earlier action while asking for further information on county plans for handling possible traffic overflow into the adjoining residential neighborhood on a few but significant heavy-traffic days. As a member of the TRPA board Kranz at an earlier meeting had sought to derail the project by engineering an adverse TRPA vote even before the project had been presented to his colleagues on the Placer County Board of Supervisors.
I proudly support Jennifer Montgomery for election as our fifth district Supervisor.