Measure for Measure D

MEASURE FOR MEASURE D: The county counsel’s office will examine Measure D informational materials distributed by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments in order to help SBCAG tread the thin line between education and propaganda. As the transportation tax wends its way to the November ballot, the association will spend $145,000 on brochures, newspaper inserts, and Power Point presentations. Noting the California Supreme Court recently accepted for review a lawsuit charging the City of Sacramento with using public funds to advocate a ballot measure, Shane Stark, chief county counsel, said he would be particularly conservative in his advice to SBCAG. The counsel’s office will also train SBCAG boardmembers to speak about the measure without crossing the line into campaigning.

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