I signed the ballot argument (the rebuttal part) against the latest WCCUSD bond measure (measure H) to increase our “Ramsey tax.” Although I would have written things a little differently, I thought it was important to take a stand against the bond measure.
I would have been more rebutting in the rebuttal. The safety canard (after 6 bonds they haven’t addressed concerns about asbestos yet?) should have been confronted. Also, the routine recital of taxpayer protections, our committee and the audits, should have been called out on the grounds that they aren’t very protective if we need a seventh bond.
Anyway, originally, I thought I would sign it as “Member, WCCUSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee [For ID Purposes Only]”. However, at a recent CBOC meeting, a member raised concerns about members using their affiliation with the CBOC, so I decided I couldn’t comfortably use it without some kind of discussion in the committee first.
In the meantime, I have to use some designation that explains how I am connected to the issue beyond just being a citizen. I decided on “District Volunteer” as the best fall-back. I volunteer as a public official in the West County Unified School District by being on this committee.
However, when I looked at this, I immediately thought it was a title for some 30’s-style radio drama like “Nick Danger…Third Eye” (Firesign Theater reference). In this case, it’s “Charles Cowens…District Volunteer.” So, in the interests of fun, I’ve decided I need a theme song as Charles Cowens…District Volunteer.” After careful deliberation, I’ve decided on the opening to Danger Man a.k.a. Secret Agent, Patrick McGoohan’s big show before The Prisoner.