Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Multiple Advocacy Groups: Fronts for the Same Person

The Alameda Daily Noose and I just received a press release from a newly-formed group called C.A.S.A., "Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda", ostensibly a group devoted to fighting Global Warming here in Alameda.

We checked with Janet Marchant, local Green expert, and she had never heard of the group, so they clearly cannot be legitimate. Therefore we will not be reporting on the contents of this release.

As we were doing some digging, we ran across another press release that had escaped our attention. It's from another group, M.A.I.S.O.N. (Members of Alameda Interested in Stopping Other Notions), which seemed to have some interest in other matters.

Very suspicious. Does anybody remember the infamous group H.O.M.E., a "front" for the notorious developer shill, Harriet Strauss. This editor remembers enough of his high school Latin classes to recognize the similarity of these three acronyms. Although these appear to be three separate groups, they are clearly the work of one person.

We challenge Ms. Strauss to come forward and admit that she is the sole person behind these three groups. Though their missions seem distinct on the surface, we know that her primary objective is the destruction of Measure Acorn, the development of a new New York City at Alameda Point, the expansion of the Super-Mega-Monster-Plex that Everybody Hates, and the Cancellation of "American Idol."

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