I was disheartened to read in Village Life (Aug. 6) of the decision of the Board of Supervisors to delay “Initiative to Reinstate Measure Y,” effectively blocking it from the November ballot. I think this was a mistake on several levels.
I believe that the competing initiative “Fix Highway 50 Traffic First/ Keep Us Rural,” which was approved for the November ballot, is designed, in both title and language, to obfuscate rather than genuinely address the environmental issues of citizens in the county concerning land development, population density and existing infrastructure. I myself, though reasonably well-informed on issues of concern to me, wound up signing the Fix 50 by mistake — a result , in my view, of a disingenuous mission statement, clever marketing and the aggressive enthusiasm of the worker paid to collect signatures.
It was not until afterward, in less of a rush and in more of a research mode, that I realized that this was not the initiative I wanted to sign. I decided to forego the laborious process of removing my signature, with the assumption I would get to vote for the competing initiative on the November ballot. I believe a significant number of voters who encounter Fix 50 on the ballot may inadvertently make the same mistake. However sincere the motives of the board in delaying an initiative that was presented for review back in May and had widespread grassroots support in their constituency, that action has unfairly advantaged the competing initiative and undermined faith that the voices of ordinary citizens can be heard on issues of land development in our county.
Either both initiatives should have been delayed or neither.
El Dorado Hills