Mea­sure U cedes more power to SJ politi­cians

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Mea­sure U is a dis­hon­est ef­fort to de­ceive San Jose vot­ers

Mea­sure U asks vot­ers to ap­prove two com­pletely sep­a­rate and un­re­lated pro­posed amend­ments to the City Char­ter. The first part of Mea­sure U re­lates to the set­ting of the mayor and coun­cil mem­bers’ salaries. The sec­ond part asks vot­ers if the City Char­ter should be changed to al­low the City Coun­cil to place an or­di­nance on the bal­lot that com­petes with a cit­i­zen ini­tia­tive.

Th­ese are two sep­a­rate and un­re­lated ques­tions. Why aren’t th­ese two ques­tions be­ing pre­sented to San Jose vot­ers as two sep­a­rate mea­sures?

If you want to cede more power to a hand­ful of politi­cians, then Mea­sure U is for you. If you’d like po­lit­i­cal power to re­main with the peo­ple, then vote no on Mea­sure U. — Pete Camp­bell, San Jose

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