Don’t be duped by recall – Orange County Register

As a grandmother, I’ve made a point of teaching my grandchildren to tell the truth. So when I found out that special interests from outside my area had lied to me and tricked me into signing a petition to recall Senator Josh Newman, I was furious and decided to take action to prevent others in our community from being duped.

I was asked to sign a petition to stop the gas tax at my neighborhood Wal-Mart, and because I am close to retirement and can’t afford to pay a lot more for gas, I signed it. Later I heard KFI personalities John and Ken talking about removing Newman from office based on a single vote he took. That’s when it dawned on me. The people at the store lied to me — they said their petition would stop gas taxes from being raised, but they never said a word about Sen. Newman.

I am not alone. Thousands of other voters were tricked into signing the petition, and have asked the Registrar of Voters to remove their signatures from the deceitful petition once they found out the truth. Voters now have a 30-day window to rescind their signature before it is permanently attached to the petition.

I won’t stand by and let interests from outside our community with plenty of money lie to voters. Especially because they’re counting on continuing to trick voters who may not find out about the lies until it’s too late. Allowing interests from outside our area to force our district into a wasteful special election isn’t what our recall process was intended to do.

If you thought you were signing a petition to get rid of the gas tax, please visit and learn how you can remove your signature from the petition.

We must continue to stand up for right and wrong in our state and ensure that California is always a bright spot in the world of politics.

— Sharon Lane, La Palma

Poseidon moves forward

The fact that the Regional Water Board has deemed Poseidon’s application complete and the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant, after 17 years, can finally move through the permitting process is good news for Orange County. The county is approximately 50 percent dependent on imported water from the Colorado River and the State Water Project; two climate dependent, seriously contested water sources. Given the prediction of future droughts and predicted population growth, this kind of dependence is not sustainable.

— Robert Sulnick, executive director, OC WISE, Orange

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