Eric W. Rose is a partner at Englander Knabe & Allen PR firm. It’s his name we see quoted in the press.
One case study on the PR firm’s website highlights the City of Whittier and how they influenced the city council to vote for oil drilling. Here are some quotes from Englander Knabe & Allen on their Whittier strategy:
- Wrote signs that said “Our Family Supports Whittier’s Future”. — Comment: Sounds like E&B’s “Protect Hermosa’s Future” signs/citizen’s group.
- “Through our program we were able to find local spokespeople who agreed to sign letters to the editor and who also agreed to comment at the public hearings of the Planning Commission and the City Council.” — Comment: Hmmm…. Wonder if E&B’s supporters are writing their own letters and ad statements or just signing what E&B wrote.
- “Our program not only increased citizen awareness of the project, but it provided the appointed and elected officials with the “political cover” they needed to make the right decision.” — Comment: Interesting statement on the “political cover”. The Whittier city council voted 5-0 in favor of the oil project.
Unfortunately for the oil company, later the LA County Board of Supervisors rejected the project, and it’s now on hold. “The supervisors voted unanimously to deny the city the change in use from habitat preserve to oil and gas drilling operation on land bought by county taxpayers.”
As of January, 2015, the city of Whittier plans to defy the county and drill anyway, says the Wittier Hills Oil Watch Group.
Not only do we need to vote “No on O”, but we need to also support our city officials who are also “No on O”.
— Comment: Wonder if E&B was really behind that ballot argument lawsuit. It seems highly unlikely a resident, who is not a specialist in election law, could have raised the argument and paid the lawyers and court costs.