I'd say the survey tells us what we already knew: that people love to live in Encinitas and have almost no interaction with City Hall.
So here is the mailer we've been expecting. "Thank you to our city council... for making our city such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Keep up the good work."
But the new twist is that the group paying for this is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, "We Love Encinitas."
Quoting from the IRS web site on 501(c)3's:
The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests [...]Charity money going to send out love notes to politicians during campaign season? Whose interests are served by this at all other than the private electoral interests of Jerome Stocks and Mark Muir? When, in the history of all municipalities, has a legitimate charity ever been formed to mail out puff pieces on politicians during campaign season?
Think about that: Jerome Stocks' backers are getting tax deductions for sending out what are, for all practical purposes, campaign mailers. I suspect the IRS will frown on this charade and those involved will face legal consequences. But even if not, what was Stocks thinking? On the heels of sign-gate, to serve up another prime example of cutting corners and bending or breaking rules for political gain? How much more blatant could he be in validating the complaints of his harshest critics?