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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