This Stockton’s on fire

Just referencing the graphic on the pro-Measure H campaign mailer, which has hit Stockton homes and can be seen below. (It does not mention Measure H, but its intent is clear). Keep reading for more info.

safeschoolsA few things:

•The flier was distributed by the “Safe and Clean Schools Coalition,” a tax-exempt organization that does not have to disclose its donors. It is connected to this political consulting firm in Sacramento. Richard Temple is the executive vice president of that firm, and Temple was former Stockton Assemblyman Dean Andal’s campaign consultant in his failed 2008 bid for the 11th congressional district.

Andal also is a vocal supporter of Measure H. He told my boss, Mike Klocke, today he didn’t have anything to do with this flier.

•Like much campaign literature on both sides, this one quotes heavily from The Record, and far from accurately. This one’s a doozy. The quote, above, is selectively picked from a column Klocke wrote last month. As you’ll see, Klocke was stating the city’s perspective, not stating his opinion, in the quote this group selected. As for the report on the fire contract,Klocke was quoting City Manager Bob Deis from a meeting with the paper’s editorial board.

•Klocke also talked to Yes on H campaign manager Donna Brown, who said she knows “absolutely nothing about the flier,” which, on its back, pictures a fire extinguisher filled with “red ink” and another erroneously quoted portion of his column.

•On its most recent IRS Form 990, the group’s stated mission is to “educate the public about the need for safe and clean schools.” Sounds right up Measure H’s alley.

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