Posted by: Bob Payne | May 2, 2011

The MLPA Initiative and Kearns and West: The Manufacture of Consent

As the MLPA “Initiative” – the bastardized version of the Marie Life Protection Act – moved into Northern California, many locals remarked how the whole show more resembled a hostile corporate takeover than any kind of public process they’d ever seen. The process was in fact anything but a legitimate public undertaking. The so-called “Initiative” employed the services of a high-powered public relations and management firm called Kearns and West. This private firm exists, according to their literature, to impartially facilitate government and public processes.

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