But the abuse isn't limited to the Vallejo site. Here on Encinitas' Peak Democracy site, we found some unusual characters.
Here's Old Encinitas resident Derek Smalls saying, "Thank you to Teresa Barth, Tony Kranz, and Lisa Shaffer for purchasing Pacific View! What a jewel!"
We couldn't find any Encinitas listing for Derek Smalls, but it does happen to be the name of the bass player from Spinal Tap.
Here's James Darmody from New Encinitas, who writes, "I would like to thank our excellent city council, particularly Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz, for having the foresight to see that Pacific View can be a tremendous arts cent and a legacy for our children."
We were unable to locate Mr. Darmody of Encinitas; however, that is the name of a character in Boardwalk Empire.
Other fictional characters pop up without praising the council. Here's "Arthur Vandelay," a running pseudonym gag from Seinfeld.
And here's Vernon Wormer, the Dean from Animal House, suggesting that Encinitas purchase antiquities from Greece, Italy and Egypt.
Any comment on this, Dean Wormer?
True, Dean Wormer, but it's good enough for Encinitas!
If it weren't so serious that Encinitas is actually going to use this tool as the primary vehicle for public input on the housing element update, it would be funny.
Peak Democracy: what a great tool for
manipulating collecting public opinion!