Letter: A look at environmental voting records
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EDITOR,

Is Bruce McPherson pro-environment? Should you take the word of his endorsers? Personally, I’d rather check his environmental voting record while he served in the state legislature.

Since 1973, the California League of Conservation Voters has tallied pro- and anti-environmental votes in each year’s state legislative session.

According to CLCV, in 2004 — his last year in office as a state senator — McPherson voted pro-environment only 6 percent of the time, compared to the average state Senate Democrat, who voted pro-environment 87 percent of the time.

Of course, considering that Sen. McPherson was a Republican then, his environmental voting record didn’t look so pathetic. The average Republican voted pro-environment only 1.5 percent of the time.

We deserve true environmental leadership in Santa Cruz County. I support Eric Hammer for 5th District Supervisor.

Betsy Herbert, Santa Cruz

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Dan Tanner
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September 11, 2012
What misrepresentations? Be clear and specific.

Also, do you really believe that Eric will represent the residents of the 5th District? Or just the Valley Women's Club. Seriously think about it.

Jeannine Dell
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September 11, 2012
If Mc Pherson is the true environmental candidate, why did the Sierra Club endorse Eric Hammer yesterday?

And all the misrepresentations about the Boulder Creek Rec District's proposed purchase of properties to build a future Rec Hall aren't supported by the actions of that Board, which is posted on the agency website.

Ugly talk, from shadowy people, distractions to obscure the really important issue--which candidate really knows, understands, and will truly represent the interests of the residents of the 5th District, every day, not just the ones involving a politcal contest.

Irina Porokva
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September 11, 2012
Because the Sierra Club endorses Democratic Candidates. Period. Wish the Sierra Club took a closer look. Sad.
Dan Tanner
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September 11, 2012
What misrepresentations? Be clear and specific.

Also, do you really believe that Eric will represent the residents of the 5th District? Or just the Valley Women's Club. Seriously think about it.
Basill
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September 11, 2012
Betsy Herbert's letter makes no sense. McPherson is one of the more environmentally oriented leaders in the county. What has Hammer done but advocate for unsustainable building?

If you care about the environment, that's a vote for Bruce.

If you care about how women are treated, that's a vote for Bruce.

If you care about an intelligent representative, that's a vote for Bruce.
Felton Moth
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September 09, 2012
I support the changes but wish that the public process were more honest and open.

When they move to enact restrictions on wood burning stoves, which they intend to do, the supervisor's office must reach out to the citizens and important groups in the valley. For a change.
Dylan Sez
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September 08, 2012
Now, I’m liberal, but to a degree

I want ev’rybody to be free

So if you think that I’ll let that fake enviro women’s group

Dictate policy and elect a nincompoop

You must think I’m crazy!

I wouldn’t let them do it for all the farms in Cuba…

Petra Gliff
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September 08, 2012
On so many levels Betsy Herbert's letter is disingenuous. She and her womens club jumped the shark during the Felton housing nightmare. This takes it even further.

Eric Hammer's supporters/advisors/handlers are the very same which formed an astroturf group supporting the Felton Fair housing project.

I can just picture it:

Environmental Meeting 10:00am

Get SUV serviced 11:00am

Attend meeting preventing valley homeowners from remodeling: 1:00pm

Form astroturf group to build 60 houses and apartments in rural Felton 3:00pm

Pathetic.

OMG....
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September 07, 2012
We're still waiting for someone to post those so called skeletons. Have yet to see anything of substance. I guess trying to make improvements in the area for the community is a "skeleton" simply because it pissed off a couple of neighbors and one guy who lives miles away, all who are vocal against it.

McPherson only cares about the votes he might get in the SLV. Other than that he could care less about us. Voting for Mcpherson just because you don't want to vote for Hammer is a poor reason to vote.
rebekkah f
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September 07, 2012
Isn't it interesting how so many people are voting against Hammer?

I say if you so intently have a concern about someone's lack of qualifications, well then that's the very best reason to vote against them.

Vote, people, vote!
One Guy.....
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September 08, 2012
"....and one guy who lives miles away...."

I guess it should not matter when people cannot remember my name.

I was not pissed off about the Zayante Meadows Project. I opposed it because I knew from training and experience that any on-site sewage disposal system proposed for the site was likely to fail, due to high groundwater, springs, 7 micro-wetlands, and very poorly percolating soils. I knew it was close to Zayante Creek and the San Lorenzo River. I did not want to see the project become an environmental and public health disaster. It also would have been a financial burden to the county, the developer, and the new residents, when they tried to repair the failing system in the future. Projects should be designed to fit the site conditions, not vice versa.

By the way, I do not get to vote on the question at hand, living so "far" away in Bonny Doon (i.e. right next door). That being said, I really like the SLV and especially Felton, my favorite small town.

Good luck to you all. Enjoy your very special place on earth.

Steve Homan, R.E.H.S., B.S.
Leslie Kendle
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September 08, 2012
Stephen, I'm not positive but Jim may have been referring to the Boulder Creek Rec project. That's mostly what the Hammer team is defending.

Because, well, obviously the Felton meadow housing project could not be construed as "improvements", it was a disaster and that whole crew is embarrassed about it now.

On the other hand, I think they see the new big recreation center as a community improvement.
still waiting
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September 14, 2012
change the subject much? WHERE ARE THESE SO CALLED SKELETONS? BECAUSE THERE ARE NONE IN HAMMER'S CLOSET!!!

BUT on the other hand, Mr. McPherson has PLENTY! seems there are loads of posts on his record...

VOTE FOR HAMMER! We need his leadership and vision, not the same old shiat!
Carla Brun
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September 06, 2012
Do you really want to start talking about the candidates "records"?
Martha Hammer
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September 07, 2012
Seriously, please think first, research second, then double check your results.

Voting record based on percentages instead of finding out if the bill was solid or a boondoggle? Intelligent people ask questions.

Plus, as Carla implied, comparing records may not be the best thing for the Hammer-man. Some of his skeletons are still fairly fresh and juicy.
LOLOLOLOL!!!
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September 14, 2012
fresh and juicy skeletons. that's a good one. Martha- or should we call you Tom... Or maybe Rich?
Ephraim Hameeb
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September 14, 2012
Why do you feel the need to call someone out by name. This is the biggest reason I will vote for Mr.McPherson. The people with Hammer are just plain mean and nasty. So uncivil.
what the???
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September 19, 2012
Afraid to use your REAL name? what has that got to do with Hammer?

Sounds like a pretty lame reason to vote for a candidate. Pretty pathetic that your feelings trump what is best for our community.


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