Orange County Supervisor Marian Bergeson on Thursday denounced the flurry of last-minute Measure S campaign mailers, accusing both sides of conjuring up "misleading" images of prisons and planes flying overhead to sway voters before Tuesday's election.
The passage of Measure S would repeal a proposal to develop a commercial airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station when the military abandons the base by 1999. The complex debate has left many voters confused or undecided, leading both sides to use scare tactics with just days to go before the crucial vote, critics have contended.
"Hopefully, most people will just throw these things away," said Bergeson, whose district includes the base. "These are misleading exaggerations."
Yes on Measure S mailers sent to Orange County voters in recent days contend opponents are trying to build an international airport at El Toro that would serve 55 million passengers each year. A map depicts flight paths striped across the county in an effort to jar voters in the north and south who have been previously unaffected by base flights, critics say.
"No one I know is suggesting an airport like that," Bergeson said.
Bill Kogerman, co-chairman of Taxpayers for Responsible Planning, the group responsible for putting Measure S on the ballot, defended the map as accurate based on projections for an airport at El Toro.