Re "Arena opponents obtain signatures paid for by Seattles Chris Hansen" (Sacbee.com, Sept. 17): Now that STOP has taken possession of the 18,000 signatures obtained with use of Chris Hansen's money, Stop Chair Julian Camacho says that the 18,000 petitions represent the will of the people.
According to Gary Winuk of the Fair Political Practices Commission, obtaining those petitions without divulging the name of the donor was aimed at depriving the Sacramento public with knowledge it's entitled to about who is funding campaigns.
This is another example of STOP attempting to deceive the voters of Sacramento. The fact that the voters did not know who was funding the petition drive is irrelevant to STOP. Trying to deceive the voters seems to be the only trick in STOP's playbook.
-- James Battles, Sacramento