GSD challengers’ endorsement claim is not even a half-truth


Posted by on Sun, November 1, 2009

Barry Parr
Can you tell from this that Erickson and Lohman were endorsed by the Review, and McCaffrey and Griffis were not? Can you tell who is more likely to tell you the truth?

UPDATE: Judy Taylor says that she has sent an correction to the original recipients of her email, saying in part "I was able to talk with the sewer plant management this morning and confirm that there is no connection and that the closures were a result of other causes." See this comments on this story for her full statement and a link to Jim Larimer’s original misleading article.

In the waning days of the 2009 election season, the challengers for the GSD board and their supporters have apparently decided that facts are not enough.

Placards have been added to at least four of the GSD challengers’ billboards declaring "Endorsed! HMB Review". That’s not even a half-truth. Write-in challenger Charlie Hall has been endorsed by the Review, but so have incumbents Gael Erickson and Ric Lohman. They’re on the other sign. The one without the endorsement claim.

The Review singled out challengers Bill Griffis and Lisa McCaffrey as potential puppets of development interests.

As if on cue to confirm the Review’s fears of pro-growth puppetry, Half Moon Bay Realtor Judy Taylor has been circulating a photo of a sign that the county has posted on unsafe beaches, claiming that GSD is responsible for the mess:

The above photo, taken 2 weeks ago, is the reason why the Granada Sanitary Election (Frenchman’s Creek to Clipper Ridge), this coming Tuesday, November 3rd, is so critical.  The incumbents have had 12 years to fix this problem and have not.  Our sewers are still polluting our beaches.  We need GSD Board Members who will address our most pressing needs.

Taylor suggests that GSD’s sewers are responsible for the current bacteria problem on local beaches. This is simply false. The county health department has trying for years to find the source, but it has turned out to be elusive.

Meanwhile, the GSD has a solution to the serious, unrelated problem of wet weather overflows. GSD’s solution is not only elegant, it preserves crucial El Granada green space. Pro-development forces have been trying to delay the project, putting the health and finances of the community at risk for political gain.

If you’re undecided about whom to vote for in Tuesday’s Granada Sanitary District election, this should be a clarifying moment.

Comment 1
Sun, November 1, 2009 1:37pm
John Lynch
All my comments

We know that this was sent to the Review and Talk-About


Why has this not been

Truth never gets in the way of the pro-realtor candidates.

Comment 3
Mon, November 2, 2009 7:32am
Cid Young
All my comments

John Lynch’s comment has been abbreviated or other wise cut-off. Barry is not playing “Clay” is he?
John, I’ll assume this was not the4 editor’s decision…please go back and finish your thought.

Comment 4
Mon, November 2, 2009 10:08am
Barry Parr
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I called Judy Taylor before running this article. She called me today to say that she was emailing the following correction to everyone who received her original email:

Over the weekend I sent out an email with photos of a “Beach Closed” sign with the understanding that the beach closures were a result of an overflow of the sewer system.  Late yesterday afternoon I received an email stating that there is no connection.  Before issuing a correction, it seemed best to confirm the issue with an apolitical source.  I was able to talk with the sewer plant management this morning and confirm that there is no connection and that the closures were a result of other causes.  If you passed the email on to others, please share this as well.  Misinformation of any kind is a disservice to all.

Taylor’s original source for Taylor’s email and photo was a misleading post on the Review’s website by CCWD board member Jim Larimer.

Comment 5
Mon, November 2, 2009 3:19pm
Barry Parr
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The challengers have “corrected” their sign:

Says Review editor Clay Lambert: “I still think the signs are confusing, so I’m using this space to clarify our endorsement.”