Opinion poll regarding Measure D
Original post made by Yes on Open Space on May 6, 2010
I ended the call at this point.
Someone is paying for the poll. It's not the city, since it, via the city council, has effectively paid for the ultimate poll (the ballot measure). It's not the No on D coalition; they don't have funding for that, nor anything to gain financially should the measure pass or fail. I concluded it must be the owners/developers of Oak Grove, and the purpose of the "poll" is to get opinions in order to tailor their message to voters. Anything I said or didn't say could only help that group, and thus I ended the call.
I was warned that the pollsters would only call back, and when I informed the caller that I was on the no-call list, I was told that the no-call does not apply to public opinion polls.
I'm not going to re-hash the facts concerning Measure D; they have been stated and re-stated many times in this publication and others. I am going to state my opinion, however, which is that the owners of Oak Grove, having failed in the courts, are now attempting to sell their plan to the voters. Every sales pitch emphasizes the good points, the benefits, while downplaying or ignoring the bad. Every sales pitch contains an element of truth that makes it sound believable and beneficial; $1 million in money for road improvements sounds like a good idea until you realize that those improvements wouldn't be necessary if there was no development. The sales pitch to voters is the smart move; their last move, and, I hope, a failing move. There is nothing wrong (in fact, there is everything right) in acting in one's own self-interest, but not at my expense.
Beware of the pollsters; don't react as I almost did by giving them information. If you support Measure D, continue to support it; and press the city council for open space legislation for the lands surrounding Pleasanton as the next step.