I was wrong in my predictions, though anything can happen within the next two weeks. Unfortunately.
The winner by volume is Santa Monicans for Sensible Priorities and its variations. Oh, I’m sure they’re all different groups made of civic-minded citizens and business owners, but they’ve dumped the most crap in our mailbox so far. They’re also beating Loosened Tie Guy’s team in the race for the Annoyance Ribbon, simply by bitching the most. Now, I know they can’t propose any policy or endorse any candidates, ’cause they’d probably have to change the filing status and come under some oversight. Whatever. Their job is to complain about the City Council, and complain they do. Rather than make me want to vote the bastards out, it makes me want to keep ’em in, just to stick it to these whiners. Of course, the whole thing could be a brilliant ploy and the whiners could really be working for the Council…I don’t know. I’m not a jouralist, and I haven’t been able to find much in the local throwaway papers. Either way, they’re in the lead.
And a special “Fuck you!” to Victor Elizalde for robocalling me twice so far. I suppose the email I sent to Victor and his PR manager, Jean-Marie Winikates, didn’t quite sink in when I asked to be left the hell alone. But, then again, a campaign that thinks that annoying its potential constituency is a winning strategy doesn’t need my help. Oh, and a tip of the middle finger to Jean-Marie for the non-apology apology s/he sent me; there’s nothing quite as bowel-churningly bad as the way flacks pervert the English language. Thanks, babe. Get stuffed.