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December, 2007



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Checking In On Simac's Political Career

When last heard from in the pages of the COASTAL Post, Simac had entered the political arena. Tossed in his hat for the Marin Community College district board of trustees. For those who don't follow local politics closely, Simac did not come in dead last.
That honor went to perennial candidate Peter Romano sky, self-described minister/raconteur, but only by a thousand votes. Disappointing because Simac actually campaigned and had a platform promising everything good for the College of Marin, not that many bothered to read it.

The race was decided before it begun, when the Marin County Board of Registrars charged College Board candidates $1300 to publish a short candidate statement. Since this valuable voter information or lack of was sent out in our publicly financed voters guide/sample ballot to all registered Marin voters, while it cost more than the fees raised from candidates or all those publishing statements, it was basically a poll tax. Even more undemocratic when this poll tax wasn't disclosed in the guide. Voters were led to believe it was a lack of ideas, not of funds. Only the four candidates who paid up won. Democracy isn't Free.

As Freedom Fighters, candidates are slipping around in the blood of martyrs who died for Democracy, the right of the People to challenge the powers that be. The advantages of incumbency and cash flush candidates are built in to the castle walls now. Mainly from the costs of informing voters, who often resist it strongly.

Simac's low budget campaign used SubliminalStickers tm, pasted around heavy pedestrian areas, instead of the usual driver size campaign signs everyone hates, yet still vote for. More people drive than walk in Marin apparently.

If Simac won, it could have been like the dog that caught the car it was chasing. He's too impatient to argue with the idiots currently on the college board. They have no desire to Cut the Fat at COM to lower expenditures and build reserves for the projected $14 million annual revenue losses, when the state cuts them loose from local property taxes. Since California is facing a $10 billion budget shortfall, legislators will be looking to hoover up any local revenues that aren't going to Sacramento now.

All two dozen people who actually watched our televised debate agreed that Simac chewed holes in the incumbents' records. They cringed while he hammered them with findings from the scathing 2007 report by the Marin County Grand Jury on the problems at COM. They were stammering excuses for the Grand Jury's critical findings. Their inability to face down the obstructionist faculty to drop underutilized classes based on a legally required program review is the reason the College is on accreditation warning. They have vastly overpaid the administration at the college based on results, while the bond monies are burning up before construction even begins.

Two Community Forums were held in the weeks before the election about how the quarter billion COM construction bond monies were being spent. "Effectively and efficiently". Quite a feat, when no ground has even been broken after three years, while construction costs have increased so rapidly that they've reduced the number of buildings and dropped green features.

These forums were advertised heavily in local media and with a countywide four-color mailer. Basically publicly funded campaign materials for the incumbents in the weeks before the election.

When the Pacific Sun published a letter to the editor by Simac, promising to dispute these claims using the Grand Jury report, only Eva Long showed up at the Kentfield forum. She slipped in late, and didn't say anything. So unlike her.

Simac's Kitchen Cabinet members were almost the majority of attendees, which shows the black hole that COM implodes in Marin's political awareness.


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