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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:37 PM

Received Offer to Withdraw My Signature from A Petition I Signed.

Our city is having a MAJOR battle right now in that our Mayor is trying to privatize our trash pick up. She's already pulled it for the commercial pick up and is now trying to privatize the residential trash pick up. That will be a loss of over 200 UNION jobs going to a non-union company. This particular mayor has her sights set on higher office and, being a Republican, one of the requirements is to show the Big Boys how bad you can fuck over the little people.

Anyway, I signed a petition to force the Mayor to wait until the people had the chance to decide via referendum on the next ballot. It was a weird situation in that two other guys were standing next to the petitioner wailing about Union Bosses getting rich, yada yada yada. Today, I got in the mail a big flyer from some outfit called "Fresnans for a Responsible Government,", with Her Ladysihip's butt-ugly-assed face on it, telling me I could withdraw my name from the petition and that, since time is running out, I could e-mail their office and someone could come and pick it up and deliver it to the County Clerk's Office. Apparently, they've gotten the names of the people who signed the petition (legal, as is all information from the County Clerk's Ofice) and are mailing out these fliers to try to undermine the petition process. Now, in the 40 years I've been signing petitions, I've got to say, this is a new one.

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Reply Received Offer to Withdraw My Signature from A Petition I Signed. (Original post)
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 OP
ZombieHorde Jan 2013 #1
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #2
arthritisR_US Jan 2013 #3
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 #5
arthritisR_US Jan 2013 #8
pkdu Jan 2013 #4
Gman Jan 2013 #6
The Second Stone Jan 2013 #7
LTR Jan 2013 #12
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 #13
quakerboy Jan 2013 #9
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #10
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 #14
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #16
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #11
Jim Lane Jan 2013 #17
Iris Jan 2013 #15

Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:40 PM

1. Wow. They're desperate. nt

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:41 PM

2. I would go and tell them that...

I thank you for your concern. It has given me the inspiration to help gather more signatures.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:43 PM

3. What kind of numbers do they have on the

petition and what numbers do they need to make it succeed?

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Response to arthritisR_US (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:13 PM

5. I wasn't able to find specific numbers

but the deadline is next Tuesday so we'll find out if it made it on the ballot or not. I suspect it will as people are really pissed about this. I just dropped a note to the media telling them about the counter-petition.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:42 AM

8. I have never heard of a mayor doing this, she

must really be worried!

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:55 PM

4. Take them up on it.....then tell hem to piss off when they come aknockin. Nt

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:55 PM

6. There must be some really big money at stake here

if they're spending this much to ram it through.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

7. Fresno trash collection was reported as being mobbed up

back in the 70s by the McClatchy newspapers. I believe the reporter was Denny Walsh. Google Luigi Gelfuso, wiki I think. He was their hit man.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:23 AM

12. Tony Soprano's front business was a trash collection company

Just sayin'.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:22 AM

13. Actually, it was the recycle portion

not Fresno Trash. I can't elaborate on the rest of it.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:11 AM

9. I wonder

If you emailed them, but then refused to give them anything, maybe have the guy picking up wait outside for half an hour or so, if there would be any reprecussions. I assume they have to pay people by the hour for such things. And any time that a "true believer" spends waiting is time they cant spend doing harm in other ways.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:15 AM

10. Go to the media...see if they'll run with the story. nt.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:22 AM

14. I did.

Just this evening.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:27 AM

16. Rachel Maddow? Or others? nt.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:18 AM

11. Abuse of office. Undue influence. That should be illegal. ACLU? nt

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:20 AM

17. Open government. Freedom of information. It should be legal. (n/t)

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:54 AM

15. That sounds like the kind of thing the mayor in my town would do

I live in a town of about 30,000 10 miles from Atlanta. local politics here are simply crazy

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