Who is Funding Yes on Measures C and D? It Is Important!
Two groups provided support to the Yes campaign for these Measures.
The first one filed with Irvine City Clerk on May 4 is “Taxpayer’s for Ethical Government”, contributor is Building Industry Association of Southern California PAC. Building Associations have one interest in mind. Building.. The actual Association, detailed below, is funded separately from the PAC. The actual PAC is the one that is the contributor to this measure, but little can be found about its funding. A call to the PAC was not returned. Below is a little about Association’s goal and mission. Which is clearly building, building, with barely a nod to infrastructure!
Knowing they are trying to simplify or eliminate restrictive, costly building regulations, and introduce more flexible land use decisions doesn’t necessarily support good decisions in the public interest.
California Building Industry Association (CBIA) what they are about: Excerpt below is extracted from the website http://www.cbia.org/about.html
- THE VOICE OF HOMEBUILDING AND NEW CONSTRUCTION IN CALIFORNIAThe California Building Industry Association is a statewide trade association based in Sacramento representing thousands of member companies including home builders, trade contractors, architects, engineers, designers, suppliers and industry professionals in the home building, multi-family and mixed-use development markets.
CBIA continues to represent the interests of professionals in the housing, commercial, mixed-use development industry. The Association has been instrumental in furthering state policies that simplify or eliminate restrictive, costly building regulations and introduce more flexibility into land use decisions.
The second one was filed with the City Clerk on May 7 is “Irvine Education Guide”, contributor is OC Tax PAC. Irvine Education Guide is a very vague name
Again the OC Tax Association is separately funded and run from the PAC. The actual PAC is the one that is the contributor to this measure, but little can be found about its funding, other than their mission is to be in compliance with the OC Tax Payers Association. An email to the PAC was returned, but failed to answer the direct question of who is funding the PAC. Below is a little about Association’s goal and mission.
OC Tax Payers Association and what they are about: Excerpt below is extracted from the website http://www.octax.org
The Orange County Taxpayers Association is a group of members whose mission is “Fighting to make taxes fair, understandable, cost-effective and good for the economy!” They prefer fees to taxes. They like the fact that the users of a specific service, rather than the general public, pay for that service.
Fees: paid only by users of a service (toll roads, permits, licenses, public parking, and water bills). Motor vehicle fuel “taxes” which are spent on roads are actually fees.
Tax: motor vehicle fuel taxes that are diverted to general governmental services are true taxes.
The Board of Directors for OC Tax Association is an impressive list of utility companies, realtors, UCI, Disneyland and the Irvine Company. Other developers such as Five Point appear to be advertising on their website.