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Goleta Valley Voice Article - April 2008

Pretending to Listen:                                               Larwin Development Co. has orchestrated an elaborate PR scheme to make it appear their development has community support. They call it a Commmunity Working Group. Attendees are forced to sign agreements stating they will not say anything bad. Larwin sets the agenda, Larwin controls the meeting, Larwin controls the outcome and will falsely advertise "Its what the people asked for." It is a public relations scam, it's a shmooze-fest designed to benefit the developer only. The events are organized, controlled and designed so that the Developer can "statistically prove" this monstrous development is suppported by the locals.