You may have already seen the results on Prop A; not good.
As of 9:49 pm on Oct. 5, 2010 with 41 of 42 precincts reporting, Prop A was approved 60% “yes” to 40% “no”. Prop A received more total votes than Prop B (tax cap reinstatement) or any candidate on the ballot and turnout appears higher than usual for a municipal election. Prop A was “the defining” issue of the election.
This article includes a map showing the geographic split on Prop A: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article “Borough tries to reconcile ballot measure, Fairbanks air pollution rules” 10/14/2010. Also, the Alaska Dispatch published “Clean air and the cost of freedom” 10/20/2010 on the Prop A results.
Of Clean Air Fairbanks’ endorsed candidates, 4 won-
Assembly: Diane Hutchison, Karl Kassel
School Board: Sue Hull, Kristina Brophy
And 3 lost-
Assembly: Kelly Brown, Hank Bartos
City of Fairbanks Mayor: Terry Strle
With Prop A’s approval, all enforcement provisions in the local Air Quality Ordinance are may be negated. No limit on smoke opacity, no restriction on fuel types, no penalties for flagrant violators. The Borough’s educational and incentive programs will continue for the near future, however the funding to extend these programs is not secure.
Clean Air Fairbanks’ role in influencing the outcome of the elections may have been most evident in the Karl Kassel-Guy Sattley contest where the difference was about 1,125 votes. Not to be discounted were the over 3,400 additional votes which were split between two other candidates in the same race. For comparison, the Clean Air Fairbanks website received over 800 hits between Sept 20 (first posting) and the close of polls Oct. 5 (election day).
A display ad in the Oct 5 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner also raised awareness of the “NO” effort. Total expended: $240 for the ad which was paid for by three concerned families.
According to the 7-day APOC report, the North Star Landowners, sponsors of Prop A, raised $4,000, spent $1,500 on postcard printing and yard signs, and had $2,500 still on hand (some went for postage I’d guess). They’d spent nothing on the 30-day APOC report.
What next? Contact me directly to help plan what we’ll do next to clean up Fairbanks’ air. Thank you for your energy and committment to defending our community and our lungs from smoky wood burners. We remain…
Dedicated to cleaning up Fairbanks’ air because polluting is a choice, breathing is not.
Sylvia Schultz <email@example.com>