Editors, Daily Planet:
Becky Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s recent editorial (â€œDown at the Alligatorâ€™s Ball,â€ Daily Planet, Sept. 17-20) gives an unseemly example of a City Council candidate and current Zoning Adjustment Board commissioner accepting campaign contributions from people who have an interest in ZAB and council decisions. Berkeleyâ€™s current system of campaign fundraising means this â€œfishyâ€ situation is too often the norm.
Fortunately, there is a better way. Berkeley Measure H would make candidates responsive to Berkeley voters, not beholden to their donors. That is why Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Sierra Club, the National Womenâ€™s Political Caucus, Common Cause, and dozens of others have endorsed Measure H. Vote yes on Measure H on Nov. 2â€"because democracy matters.
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