Re "Arena Foes hang tough," (Our Region, Aug. 23):
Councilman Steve Hansen argues that the petition to place the arena project before city voters is leapfrogging representative government.
When Hansen ran for office in 2012, I listened carefully at two candidate forums and read everything on election that I could find. I found no hint that he would become an enthusiastic cheerleader public funding of an area.
Now, Hansen has discarded his campaign pledge to be an independent voice for Sacramento and marches lock step behind the power elite on this and other issues. He cites the sanctity of representative government in arguing against a ballot measure to prohibit using public funds to help build the arena.
So, according this theory, a politician can obfuscate or not state his strongly held position while campaigning and we're just stuck with the results -- and attempting to challenge this at the ballot box is not following the gentlemanly rules of representative government.
-- Steve Papinchak, Sacramento