As you have probably heard by now, we lost the election. The final count on Initiative A was 634 YES; 868 NO; 9 Abstentions
Yes, there were serious irregularities throughout the entire election specifically in confusion over what the initiatives meant and what a YES or NO vote would mean concerning the desire for parking permits or not.
Yes, this did cost us a number of votes, but not enough to make up the margin in the final results.
Yes, the vote was not counted the same night and there were questionable decisions made. However, as someone who believes in integrity and truthfulness, even in the face of defeat, I will put my word on it that there was no tampering with the ballots or cheating from the election committee.
The question of whether the election was set up specifically in a way for us to lose does remain open, as a great many of the objections we raised weeks prior when the rules were being established went ignored and subsequently were proven to be right.
This however does not erase the fact that the other side did turn out more of their voters than we did. Whether it was not knowing how to vote, or not wanting to wait in an hour long line, or not showing up at all – the other side wanted to win this vote more than we did.
If there is any responsibility or blame to be made for the outcome of this election, I take that upon myself and offer my apologies to the community – I did not do enough to get our people to come out and vote.
I would like to thank all of you who spent your time and energy helping to organize this campaign. You all did a fantastic job and are very appreciated.
The battle to save our streets, to save the integrity of our community, is not over by far and I know we will continue to do what we can to preserve the spirit and soul of our Venice culture.
Thank you again for your support and I wish you all the best,