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Prop. 1

April 11, 1999

* Vague, vague, vague. That describes the reassurances we get from the backers of Prop. 1. Regarding a citizens oversight committee, a thoughtful voter will wonder by whom, how and how often will reviews take place? How can a citizen find out regularly whether performance and cost are on schedule? What will the lines of communication be? Can the project status be viewed on the Internet? Can we get a commitment from the press to publish an article, say, quarterly on progress?

Something is needed beyond promises that there will be oversight committees. Considering how much effort goes into preparing such measures, it is truly amazing how little thought goes into establishing real credibility with the citizenry. It is no wonder that bond measures are so regularly voted down. The public is not as naive and uncaring as the bureaucracy seems to believe.

ROBERT SCOTT

Los Angeles

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