Donovan emails: how SOC got signatures
August 14, 2006
This email is from Timothy Donovan to all his friends. He is asking them to sign the petition for the referendum. How does he persuade them? TD uses the Elebash message:
“to prevent $100,000,000 of our city taxes and 30 acres of prime waterfront real estate from being completely wasted by Trillium II. The city plans to give away control of our 30 acres of waterfront for $1.00 per year for the next 60 years to a private entity to build a baseball stadium. The project will cost us $100,000,000 in tax dollars. The only people that will benefit from this project are its promoters.”
Sounds like Elebash’s instructions to Marty and Charlie.
No mention of a better waterfront park plan. Fails to say anything about the land leases for private development going to the City or the bonds committment is $42 million (not $100 miilion) or the bonds are paid with CRA funds or the private entity is a non-profit board of trustees. This has Elebash’s fingerprints all over it.
SOC was formed to educate the public (it says so on their website). Instead it used half-truths and misstatements to get signatures to force this referendum.
Read the email: How to get a signature