Court rules that City of Healdsburg violated elections code by forcing “misleading, inaccurate, and biased” ballot language for Measure T, the fluoride safety initiative.

A Sonoma County judge spurned an attempt by the City of Healdsburg to alter the voter-approved language of Measure T.

Citing that fulfilling the requirement of obtaining safety documentation for the fluoridation chemical used in Healdsburg’s water would be impossible, the City attempted to change the wording of the ballot measure. Yes on T supporters filed suit, demanding that the ballot language match the language of the petition Healdsburg voters signed, and the courts agreed.

The judge ruled “The evidence demonstrates clearly and convincingly that the [City of Healdsburg’s] proposed ballot question is misleading, inaccurate, and biased, based, as it is, not on the actual wording and stated effect of the measure but on Respondent’s interpretation of what the measure may, in effect, cause. Petitioners’ proposed question, by contrast, tracks the actual language and stated effect of the measure.”

The wording for the ballot measure is: “Shall the City of Healdsburg institute a moratorium on water fluoridation in the city until such time as the manufacturer of the fluoridating chemical provides information regarding the identification of any contaminants in the fluoridating chemical batch, and a toxicological report and verification of safety for the fluoridating chemical?”

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Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative

In 2014 the people voted on Healdsburg municipal water fluoridation after being assured by a local dentist that water fluoridation is safe and effective.

Requests have been made to the Healdsburg City Council to secure the studies verifying the safety for ingestion by all consumers of Healdsburg’s fluoridation chemical. There has been no City Council response. The people’s response is this ballot measure.

Fluoride-Free-Healdsburg’s ballot measure calls for a moratorium on Healdsburg municipal water fluoridation, to remain in place until the specified information is provided.

INITIATIVE MEASURE TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF HEALDSBURG

Ballot Title: AN INITIATIVE TO INSTITUTE A MORATORIUM ON ALL MUNICIPAL WATER FLUORIDATION PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING FLUORIDATING CHEMICAL.

Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition

Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear below of their intent to circulate a petition within the City of Healdsburg for the following purpose:

Text of Measure: The City of Healdsburg shall institute a moratorium on all municipal water fluoridation until such time as the manufacturer supplying the fluoridating chemical provides to the public

  1. an accurate list of all contaminants and their amounts accompanying each batch sold to the City of Healdsburg,
  2. a detailed toxicological report on the fluoridating chemical, and
  3. a written statement verifying the chemical’s safety for ingestion by all water consumers, once introduced into the water supply

s/ Michael Lipelt, DDS, ND, 8201 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 94558;
s/ Barbara Jean Rudd, 531 Brown Street, Healdsburg, CA 94558;
s/ Barbara Wentzel, 424 Haydon Road, Healdsburg, CA 94558

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Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative 2016: City Attorney’s Title and Summary

The City Attorney of the City of Healdsburg has prepared the following title and summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed measure:

Title: AN INITIATIVE TO INSTITUTE A MORATORIUM ON ALL MUNICIPAL WATER FLUORIDATION PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING FLUORIDATING CHEMICAL

Summary of Initiative: The proposed initiative was filed with the City Clerk of the City of Healdsburg on October 30, 2015. If approved by a simple majority of voters voting on the initiative, it would institute an immediate moratorium on the City of Healdsburg’s fluoridation of all municipal water until such time as the manufacturer of the fluoridating chemical provides the public with: (1) an accurate list of all contaminants and their amounts accompanying each batch sold to the City of Healdsburg, (2) a detailed toxicological report of the fluoridating chemical, and (3) a written statement verifying the chemical’s safety for ingestion by all water consumers, once introduced into the water supply.

The initiative also states that if these documents are provided, the moratorium will be lifted and the City of Healdsburg will resume fluoridating water. If these documents do not exist or are not provided by the manufacturer, the moratorium will continue and the water will not be fluoridated.

The stated purpose of the initiative is “to secure studies verifying the safety for ingestion by all consumers of the Healdsburg’s fluoridation chemical.” The initiative contains proposed findings that recent studies indicate that fluoridated water has adverse effects on early childhood brain development and plays a role in hypothyroid condition and certain cancers, and that fluoridation chemical certification addresses average concentrations per contaminant but that each raw additive batch supplied to water facilities does not label concentrations per contaminant.

The initiative states that City of Healdsburg fluoridation does not fall under mandatory fluoridation required by California Health and Safety Code Section 116410(a). However, the City of Healdsburg operates under a Domestic Water Supply Permit issued by the State, which describes approved treatment processes including fluoridation. It is presently unclear whether the State would issue an amended permit authorizing discontinuance of fluoridation.

/s/ Robin Paige Donoghue
Robin Paige Donoghue
City Attorney
City of Healdsburg

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