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This voter guide is supersized

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm with No Comments »
May 23, 2013 3:59 pm

If you’re like me, you get a little peeved by the variety of phone books that show up on the doorstep. I generally keep one and pitch the rest right into the recycling bin to cut down on the clutter.

Now consider the voter guide that comes in the mail prior to elections. What if it were the size and heft of a phone book?

That’s the case in San Francisco, where the voter guide this year will be more than 500 pages. (Read about it here.) Blame a referendum on the height of a waterfront luxury condo project and a city ordinance requiring that ballot measures be printed in full. The section on the condo measure alone is more than 500 pages.

The guide could cost the city $1.8 million to produce. But voters can help the city save a little money by opting out of receiving the printed version. They’ll still be able to read the measure online.

I suspect a lot of folks in that environmentally conscious city plan to opt out of the paper guide. It’s hard to believe city officials haven’t changed the ordinance to fix this pricey problem.

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