With some delicate last-minute wordsmithery, Brooks Firestone persuaded fellow supervisors to endorse ballot language opposing the proposed county split, which will come before voters this June. Given that North County supervisors Joni Gray and Joe Centeno signed the initial petitions putting the split on the ballot, this unanimity had long hung in the balance. Firestone’s willingness to delete the phrase “Please Vote No on Measure H” ultimately changed Centeno’s mind. Nevertheless, it should be obvious that the text – crafted by Firestone and Supervisor Salud Carbajal – argues against the split. They contend the proposed new Mission County would begin $30 million in debt, causing public safety and health services cuts, and massive layoffs. Split supporters argued the debt predicted was grossly exaggerated to scare voters.

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