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Riddle's Letter Misleads Over Measure N: Compares Dixon's Apples to San Francisco's Oranges

Misleading letter by Measure N's Ourania Riddle in the Vacaville Reporter.

Ourania Riddle -- author of Dixon’s proposed Sunshine Ordinance -- tried to mislead Dixon voters in her September 30 opinion piece in The Vacaville Reporter. Here's the piece: Measure N: It helps citizens keep an eye on government

She stated, "This initiative has been modeled after the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance, which was adopted in 1993 and was reaffirmed by voters in 1999." 

Really. Did she think we wouldn’t read San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance - Section 67? Ms. Riddle is guilty of comparing Dixon’s apples to San Francisco’s oranges. Here are a few differences between the two.

Speaking Times

  • Dixon…Unlimited
  • SF…….. 3 minutes

Public Records Requests

  • Dixon…2 days
  • SF……10 Days

Screens Placed Behind Council Members

  • Dixon…yes
  • SF…No

Open Governance Commission (called Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in SF)

  • Dixon…”random” selection of three members
  • SF…….. 11 members appointed by Board of Supervisors

City Employees Briefing Council Members

  • Dixon…only two council members may be briefed
  • SF……..no restrictions

Items on City Agenda by Citizens

  • Dixon…20 signatures to place item on agenda
  • SF……..no provision

Online Posting of ALL Job Applications to the City

  • Dixon…all applications must be posted
  • SF……..only “successful job applicants” to have
  • applications posted

Ms. Riddle wants openness in government, but seems to think openness about the real differences between Dixon’s Measure N and San Francisco’s ordinance should be kept in the dark.

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Steve Steiert October 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Kerry, "smarter then all of them and they despise her for that" You mean the woman who wrote Measure N that: 1. gives unlimited time for speakers 2. forbids City employees from "briefing" more than 3 council members 3. "randomly" selects members of the Open Government Commission 4. bans cell phones 5. requires video screens to be put up behing council members to view their I-Pad searches That woman?
Kerry Jacobs October 05, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Steve my friend, Yes , That woman. The Liberals have bad hangovers today dont they..If The above 5 statements were the only thing you guys were so scared of you wouldnt have a No on N sign in every front yard in Dixon. You can spin this measure anyway you want to but just remember what happens when the spinning begins. Just look at what happend to your Presidant last night.. Im still a proud supporter of YES on measure N.
Kerry Jacobs October 05, 2012 at 02:44 AM
One more thing my friend!! That woman has been fighting for the citizens of Dixon for years. She has nothing personal or financial to gain. She spends her time and her money to do what's right for the citizens. To bad there weren't more people like "that Woman." PS. By the way, what have you done for your community??
Steve Steiert October 05, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Kerry, for the record, I didn't vote for Obama last time and will not vote for him this time. I have tried to answer your questions (not that you have asked any) concerning Measure N. But I can see I'm wasting my time. Good luck to you.
Mike Smith October 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Mrs. Riddle has done a great job of moving Dixon to a more open government and I did support her on a number of items when I was on the city council. We worked together where we could. I can see where she is going with Measure N and think the impact to business, due to how Measure N is written, was not her intent. But when you cut and paste from various city’s sunshine ordinances and mix in a few new items… unintended results do happen. Morning View has offered to work on a revised Measure if she would support a “No on N” as Morning View has stated in writing last week. As to Measure N and Dixon Downs, I was there at the time and feel there was more information provided then required by law. Since horseracing has no real competitors… I cannot see how Measure N would have helped the public or impacted the project applicant. Mike Smith

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