Cassandra Moore's initiative petition for authorizing marijuana dispensaries in Palo Alto enabled me to flash back to the 1983 City Council campaign when Moore espoused her Libertarian philosophy and accepted $8,000 in campaign contributions from real estate developers to finance a last minute slate mailing for herself and four other candidates that the Palo Alto Weekly editorial of November 9, 1983 (page 22) called "an unfair campaign practice".
Maybe the Weekly can provide a link to a copy of that editorial.
The developers who financed the Moore mailing called themselves Committee for Balanced Growth, and the committee consisted of Scott Carey, Chop Keenan, and Ry Kelley who said, "We can't adopt the Libertine attitude, but in local development matters we think she'll come down in a reasoned way."
In the 1983 City Council election candidates competed for four at-large four-year seats and the two years remaining for one other seat.
In the election for the two-year seat, the developers $8,000 was more than the total spent by developer candidate Anne Witherspoon and opponent Bob Moss combined. The Moore slate mailing helped Witherspoon win by 132 votes.
In the race for the four-year seats, the Moore slate mailing helped developer candidate Gail Woolley get more votes than incumbents Leland Levy and Emily Renzel, and also helped developer candidate Jack Sutorius defeat Pat Cullen for the fourth at-large seat. Cullen had been a key opponet of excessive developer during the 1970s.
When Moore's initiative qualifies for the 2012 election, I wonder if she will be doing slate mailings for the same kind of candidates.