Anonymous mailers and mystery groups in Felton
The following letter to the editor was submitted to the Valley Press:
Felton voters have received yet another anonymous mailer supposedly
from groups opposing Measure W, the vote to buy our water system
from Cal-Am. A look at the organizations is enlightening:
The Senior Coalition - Its executive director, Tom Walsh,
wrote us that his group is a "one trick pony" that opposes
any measure that doesn't exempt seniors, even if they are wealthy
-- even if it saves them money in the long run!
The San Lorenzo Valley Property Owners Association - The
organization accepted an undisclosed amount of money from Cal-Am
to oppose the water system purchase effort. Cal-Am also picked up
the $37,000 tab for Mr. Dugan's ill-fated challenge to the Yes on
Measure W ballot argument.
The Valley Information Alliance - Their spokeswoman Mary
Anderson was asked by Cal-Am's PR representative, Evan Jacobs, to
sign the No on W ballot argument.The only two other individuals
associated with VIA, Bev Koch and Margaret Verigan, don't appear
to have existed prior to their emails and letters to the editor.
Neither is a registered voter or property owner in Felton. Who are
they? Has anyone seen them?
The Redwood Preservation Club and Felton Citizens Against Measure
W - Has anyone ever heard of these groups before?
The return address on this new anonymous mailer lists a Felton
post office box. It is owned by Tom Anderson, who signed the No
on W ballot argument and whose wife Mary is spokeswoman for VIA.
Are fake groups being created to give the appearance of more support
for the No on Measure W position?
Cal-Am's parent company, American Water, has a track record of
paying existing community organizations or creating fake new ones
to get its messages out. Is Cal-Am so desperate to win that it would
stoop to this level of dirty politicking in our valley town?
Jim & Roxanne Graham