Steve Stewart, Dana Point
A mailer* supporting Michelle Brough for Dana Point City Council arrived at our home on Oct. 17. The sender was a Sacramento-based political action committee (PAC), “Taxpayers for Ethical Government.” In the ad header there was a disclaimer that neither the candidate nor their campaign committee was involved in funding this mailing. When my question about the mailer was asked to Michelle Brough at the Niguel Shores Men’s Club forum on Oct. 18, she claimed not to know a thing about it, even though a photo of her family was prominently featured in the ad. Taxpayers for Ethical Government is a dark money PAC injecting money and influence into Dana Point politics. I wonder what they want.
The same mailer touts the endorsements for Michelle Brough’s campaign from prominent former Dana Point City Council members Harold Kaufman, Steve Weinberg and Diane Harkey, along with current Council members Carlos Olvera, Joe Mueller, Richard Viczorek and Mayor John Tomlinson.
Consider the outside funding in support of Brough’s campaign and her list of supporters. Some of those supporters share a track record that includes funding the multimillion dollar Strands gate litigation debacle against the Coastal Commission on behalf of Sanford Edward and the Strand; spending tens of millions of dollars on the Town Center/Lantern District improvement program; and what appears to be seven years of operating with multimillion dollars of city budget deficits. We also don’t want to forget their Measure I, a parking giveaway program that 59 percent of the voters voted down last June.
These politicians pose as fiscally conservative public servants, but in Dana Point, their accomplishments have drained our treasury on behalf of special interests and generated a downtown district that will never recover the public investment made in it. Don’t be fooled by the mailers in support of Michelle Brough. She is only running to bring us more of the same.
I urge you to support and vote for Debra Lewis and Paul Wyatt. Electing them to the City Council is the only way we will ever get our town back.
*Mr. Stewart provided Dana Point Times with a copy of the mailer.
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