Heather Rickard: Mayor, council to blame for Measure X's defeat

November 7, 2013 

Regarding the voters’ apparent rejection of Measure X: I take exception to the mayor’s comment, “I felt the community would have stepped up to have better police and a safer community, and I was wrong.”

Had the mayor and the council stepped up and provided the voters with a measure that guaranteed the funds would be utilized for public safety, it is entirely likely such a measure would have passed. I certainly would have voted for such a measure. As the mayor is well aware, Measure X did not do so.

Therefore, I believe that the failure of Measure X lies squarely with the mayor and the council. To imply that the voters do not care about public safety because they rejected Measure X is disingenuous, unbecoming of the mayor and frankly insulting to the voters who elected him.

HEATHER RICKARD

Modesto

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