This is my first post. I thought it would be really helpful if we all politely emailed and asked for Congresswoman Pannell's support back after she apparently changed her mind last night and supported the initiative to put the transfer of parking assets on the ballot in June. Here is the email I sent, and I ask that everyone consider sending her an email. I think that we would all be more comfortable with a 6-3 advantage than a 5-4 advantage that leaves no room for error. The point of this is not to spawn a political debate within Sactown Royalty about certain assertions within my email but rather to do everything within our means to ask for her support. Depending on the kind of response we get from her, there are other social media strategies that we might pursue, but I am convinced she will see the light.
Subject: A sincere plea
Body: Dear Councilwoman Pannell -
I am emailing you in the hope that I can respectfully ask that you reconsider your stance on the arena after last night's vote and support the arena efforts in Sacramento.
I know that there are strong arguments voiced by passionate people on both sides of this debate. As someone who grew up in Sacramento during the late 70s and 80s, I was struck during a recent visit home (I now live in Los Angeles) at how worn and run-down my old stomping grounds felt. I know that Sacramento has been devastated by the recession. My senses left no doubt of this. However, in these times, especially as evidence is beginning to mount that the worst of the recession is behind us, I believe that you are being called to be bold. It would be easy and natural to retrench, but can you imagine where our economy would be if President Obama had not had the vision to invest in the United States (look at the dividends the investments in General Motors and Chrysler have affected) when the overwhelming majority of citizens were against the "bail-out."
Surely if the transfer of parking assets had been put to popular vote, citizens would have balked. However, I think this is exactly why the Founding Fathers believed that a republic was a superior form of government to a pure democracy. Your constituents saw in you amazing leadership qualities that would allow you to be bold and wise in large matters affecting your district and the city of Sacramento. Now, I believe, more than ever, your vision and wisdom will result in massive long-term benefits to the city of Sacramento, and especially the downtown area.
I incidentally spent a lot of time in the Bay Area right after the San Jose Arena and Pacific Bell Ballpark were opened. The impact that those arenas had on their localities was simply profound. These initial investments resulted in a compounding return that have ongoing and growing benefits to these areas.
I know you have heard these arguments, so I simply ask that you strongly consider showing the wisdom and vision that will result in a major shot in the arm to the wonderful city of Sacramento.