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San Joaquin County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
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Returning our government to the people

By Malma M Nicholson

Candidate for Mayor; City of Manteca

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It is important that the Manteca City Council listen and discuss issues with the citizens who speak from the 'Peoples Podium'.
The citizens of Manteca are mostly ignored when they appear before the City Council. The mayor has put the 'Oral Comments' toward the end of the meeting. Often it is 10:30p.m. before the people get to speak. It is very difficult for the elderly and the handicapped to stay at a council meeting that late. It is also too late many times for the elderly, handicapped and commuters to stay up that late to listen to what the people have to say.

I have been told that it is not important that those at home should be allowed to hear what the people have to say at the public's podium, that those comments are for the council's ears only. Many of our citizens disagree. Most of the time what the citizen at the podium is saying is what the citizen at home would like to say if they could be in the council chambers.

Developers are running our present council. If you look at the voting record of council members you will find that everything a developer wanted was voted approval on a 3-2 vote. Then look at the Financial Disclosure Statement of each candidate in this election and you will see a pattern of payoff for those votes. An award if you please. A third candidate has taken up the torch and is moving in the same direction.

Don't allow developers to buy our city government. Look at where the money is coming from and who it is going to and tell them NO loud and clear. I am and always will be a 'People's Adocate', the people and the people alone will be my trust.

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