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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?