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Cord Bauer, San Clemente

Last year, in response to thousands of calls for more officers in San Clemente and more than one Facebook group being formed simply to talk about crime in San Clemente, the City Council acted. They acted by commissioning the Matrix survey. The survey said that although we’ve got half the officers per capita as our neighboring cities, the most important thing that could be done for safety in San Clemente was increased “dialogue” between our sheriffs and the community. Really? More talk will solve our problems?

The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) recently commissioned a self-serving survey that showed Orange County loves toll roads and wants more of them. They actually used the term “through-pass” instead of toll road, which indicates the level of lies and deceit that the TCA will use to push their agenda.

A review of the survey by a senior methodologist from the Gallup Corporation showed that the survey was extremely poorly written and little more than a “push poll.” That is, the survey was designed simply to justify the actions of the TCA. No one is surprised, and yet the TCA uses this fake survey to get what they want, not the public.

There’s a new survey on the horizon from Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). What do you suppose will be the outcome from the survey? Perhaps that our schools need more money and that CUSD knows how to spend it? Perhaps a new bond measure (just like last year) will be released after the survey, in order for CUSD to “continue to bring excellence to our children?”

The next time you see a survey from the state or local government, look beyond the multiple choice questions. Are they trying to find out what you want or are they trying to justify what they want?

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  • Okay, folks, this person starts with his slant/rant driven by his personal desire for more emergency responders. By the way, this independent study concluded that while better communication and education are needed for the public there is enough staff for the actual crime levels. We just need to make sure OCSD is giving us all the staffing we pay for.

    With that said his points near the end regarding these polls/surveys intended to manipulate is true.

    We live in a world where news organizations no longer exist, they are owned by marketing companies. Marketing drives too many things today and is why so many things miss the mark.

    Now the CrapoUSD wants to pursue another 100 Million Dollar Bond specifically for San Clemente Schools because they’ve spent decades taking monies intended for San Clemente Schools and used it elsewhere — oh, and they miraculously cannot account for it.

    The take away here is NO to TCA efforts (as suggested above) and NO to CrapoUSD. Force them to be accountable and stop them from taxing us for their ongoing failures.

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