David Broadwater is a long time Atascadero resident and a local activist.
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OPINION by DAVID BROADWATER Those agitated by what Bill O’Reilly of Fox News calls “The Dramatic Muslim Invasion” may find a soothing tonic in the history of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty was modeled after a Muslim woman. Our uniquely American icon beckoning the world’s refugees and immigrants to freedom on our... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER, Salty waves burn my cheeks – boiled by the seething rage in my gut. I was 16 years old when four black girls were blown to bits in their Birmingham church. On the day I became a citizen at 21, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Today, at 68, I see... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER A day of reckoning is coming in Atascadero on the Wal-Mart/Annex project at the June 26 City Council meeting. Multi-million dollar risks to the city’s businesses and residents are on the table. This will be your last chance to ensure the project is done the right way, and that your interests are served. But,... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER Not many locals were shocked to learn that Atascadero City officials allegedly fraudulently obtained and used $8 million in federal taxpayer money from FEMA, revealed by the recent release of its OIG (Office of Inspector General) audit. They may find it surprising, though, to realize that those officials also conspired to... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER From now on, when Atascaderans give public comments during Community Forum at City Council meetings, they can no longer receive the customary and occasional responses from council and staff members allowed by California’s open meeting law. Previously, under the Brown Act, in response to questions and matters raised regarding non-agenda issues,... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER Just as Atascadero’s new Wal-Mart/Annex enters the final phase of approval, the first taxpayer gouge appears. Due to a reported dispute between the developers (Wal-Mart & Rottman Group) over financing road/freeway improvements, city staff is asking the council for the power to negotiate taxpayer funding, changing current arrangements, i.e., developers pay... (Continue Reading)